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.
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 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).
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".
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.
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.
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.