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2012

The Form Element Gets a Makeover

Although our birthday celebration is over, we still have one major gift to give away! Today we're launching a completely redesigned Form element for all users.

 

We've listened to your requests and ideas for improving Jimdo, and in the last few weeks Jimdo developers were hard at work completely remodeling one of the core Jimdo elements.

 

The new Jimdo Form element is fully customizable and more flexible than ever. In this post we’ll walk you through what's new in the Form element.


Here's how it works:

New design, new functions, new capabilities


Start by adding a new Form element to your Jimdo site. Notice anything? That’s right, it looks completely different than before. Hover over a line in the form – for example, ‘Message’.

 

See the up arrow, trashcan symbol and + symbol on the top right? You can use these buttons to add, delete or drag and drop content within the Form element to customize it completely.

 

 

Once you click into one of these Form sub-elements, you can change it around completely. The settings and options here help you ask the questions you want and get the answer form you want from visitors.

 

The Label field is your prompt to visitors: you can enter an entire question here or just a word.

 

The Question type bar lets you select what kind of data you want from the user: a name, a number, an email address and more.

 

Check the Make required? box to do just that: require visitors to complete a response (otherwise the form will not be sent).

 

Let's take it on a test run, shall we?

Let’s imagine we have a vacation rental in Florida we want to advertise. The new Form element allows us to gather all the information we need from visitors to our website.  The best way is to set up a form for reservation requests. We start by customizing one field for name, one for the email address, and one for the message (using the Text, Email Address and Text Area types).

 

1. Add arrival and departure dates

Now it’s time to add a date module to our booking form. When you scroll over the Question type icons, you'll see a description of what they do.

 

We choose Date and change the label to "Arrival Date". After we save it, repeat this step to create a line for "Departure Date".


2. Add a number field

Now we click on the + sign and add a new form component - this time a Number field. We could use this for the number of people staying at the apartment, for example.


You can also set a “Minimum” and “Maximum” – in our example, if you only want to rent to a certain number of people.


3. Add a drop-down menu

Now let's create a dropdown menu in the form to allow people to choose where they want to stay.

 

When you add a Dropdown List to the form, two options are already filled in for you. To add more options, press the Return key on the last line and the cursor will move down to the next empty line.

 

To enable selecting more than one option, be sure to check the "Allow multiple selections" box.


4. Customize the confirmation message

Your custom form is almost finished! All you have to do now is decide what message you want your users to see when they click on the "send" button (or whatever you decide to name it - just click on the button to change the text here, too!).


You can also change the position of the question labels, choose where the form submissions should be sent (email address) and switch the CAPTCHA on or off.

 

We hope you enjoy the new Form element - and are looking forward to your feedback.

Comments: 22 (Discussion closed)

  • JimdoBusiness
    #1

    Oran Parker (Monday, 27 February 2012 20:09)

    Incredible addition, gang. Love this. It's advances like these that make Jimdo a power-tool in our advertising arsenal. ~Oran

  • #2

    Jacob Perez (Monday, 27 February 2012 20:17)

    Yes this is how i envision the Jimdo form to be its perfect.

  • #3

    Nikola (Monday, 27 February 2012 20:27)

    Fantastic improvement! What is next?

  • JimdoBusiness
    #4

    Dad Ibe Lodge (Monday, 27 February 2012 20:34)

    Excellent =) I LOVED !! www.dadibelodge.net

  • #5

    Tom Kranz (Monday, 27 February 2012 20:53)

    This eliminates the need to go to another vendor just to get the form I need.

  • #6

    Tiffany Chaplin (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 01:44)

    that's awesome...that's why I choose jimdo for my business needs. you really take care of your clients:)

  • JimdoPro
    #7

    mmpt (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 01:47)

    Brilliant - thanks!

  • #8

    LEARNEASY- A collection of educational pages (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 02:43)

    Its Great and Nice:)

  • #9

    Sebastian Riveros (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 04:10)

    Awesome job, I really needed this!

    But what I need even more is to be able to charge more than one tax on my Jimdo store plz!!!!

  • JimdoPro
    #10

    Charles Wardell (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 08:33)

    Neat!
    Thanks :-)

  • #11

    guest-house (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:00)


    Good job thx

  • JimdoBusiness
    #12

    Allen Hayes (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:01)

    Great job guys....I need a "discount code" box in my store checkout, so I'm able to assign a discount to a select group of people. any plans for that ??

  • JimdoBusiness
    #13

    Lucas Millheim (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:24)

    Hi Sebastian,

    Our Store team are definitely aware of the tax limitations, and are working on it.

    Allen, the discount code is definitely in the works, too - but it will take some time.

  • JimdoBusiness
    #14

    Robert Udowitz (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:15)

    Love it - have been using a third party source so this makes life easy.
    Question: Can you download the responses to a .csv or Excel file? That would make this a no-brainer for me.
    Keep up the great work.

  • JimdoBusiness
    #15

    leah chamish (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 19:20)

    Nice! This is a big help, Thanks!

    Would love to see an option for adding a form onto the payment page.
    This would allow my customers to leave personalization details for the items they order. Do you see any possibility for that?

  • #16

    Steven Pham (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 21:37)

    Jimdo is the bestest of web to create web, they have so many element for designing

  • JimdoBusiness
    #17

    Lucas Millheim (Tuesday, 28 February 2012 21:44)

    Hi Robert -- cool idea! I'll bring it up with the dev team.

    Leah, thanks for the suggestion. I'll pass it along.

  • #18

    bobby@Computer Repair In Leicester (Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:43)

    Wow. I just come across Jimbo and its excellent. Was going to use magento but i'm definitely going to give this a try. I'm learning this myself so it's a huge task but it is a great learning experience. I'll let you know how i get on. Hopefully not as complicated than magento. Thanks.

  • #19

    Natural Geo-Team (Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:12)

    GOOD JOB GUYS!

  • JimdoPro
    #20

    ocalasummermusiccamp (Thursday, 01 March 2012 04:19)

    I second Robert's request. The form is a great tool but I would like to ultimately export the data to Excel. Is this currently possible? An option on the form archive, maybe??

  • JimdoBusiness
    #21

    Lucas Millheim (Monday, 05 March 2012 15:26)

    Hi Ocala,

    We've heard you and I've put it on the 'improvement' list. I can certainly understand why this feature would
    make sense.

  • #22

    scrb recipes (Sunday, 18 March 2012 10:48)

    I just come across Jimbo and its excellent. Was going to use magento but i'm definitely going to give this a try.

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