How to Create a Web Form

Jan 4, 2019 | Getting Started, Tips and Best Practices

When it comes to building effective, well-designed web forms, we know that you have to start with the basics. This tutorial takes you from the ground up so that you can become a form-building expert in no time!

What Can You Accomplish?

Web forms have endless uses, from the simple to the very complex. If you’re thinking of building a website contact form, an online application, or a customer survey, you’re in the right place; those are all web forms but with different names. You’re essentially looking to collect information, in a structured way, for a specific purpose.

If you’re technically inclined, you could learn HTML, CSS, and Javascript and learn how to create a web form by hand. The truth, though, is that even web developers prefer to use software to lessen the tedious aspects of form-building.

FormAssembly is an easy-to-use solution that allows anyone to quickly create great web forms. Developers, webmasters, and Salesforce admins like our solution because it comes with many useful and cost-saving features, such as a Salesforce integration, searchable reports, email notifications, reCAPTCHA, and more. Everyone benefits from easy-to-build forms that don’t require extensive coding knowledge or technical expertise.

How Do You Get Started?

Step 1. Create your account here and select a plan based on your team’s needs. Professional and Premier plans begin with a 14-day free trial so you can try FormAssembly before you purchase. (Reach out to our team for more information on Enterprise and Compliance Cloud trials.) You only need to provide your email address and choose a username and password, which takes 30 seconds or less!

Step 2. Once logged into your account, click ‘New Form’.

Step 3. You’re now in the Form Builder. Click The ‘Add Content’ dropdown menu.

Step 4. As you learn how to create a web form, you’ll uncover a world of customizable possibilities. Select from a variety of ways to have your question display on the form, including single line text, multi-line text, or multiple choice questions (checkboxes, radio buttons, drop-down menu, etc.). 

Step 5. Repeat step 4 for all the questions you need to ask in your form. If you’re just trying out FormAssembly, you may find it helpful to start with a simple contact form that asks for a name, email address, phone number, and message.

TIP: Use field sets to group standard blocks of similar information together for an organized, cohesive look.

Step 6. That’s it. Click ‘Save’ and you’re done. Simple forms merely take minutes, and you can grow the complexity of your forms as you learn.

Once you save, you’re presented with an option to preview the live form, complete with publishing instructions. FormAssembly provides a public address for your form. You can try it, use it, and share it right away – no hassle required. It just works!

Give It a Go!

Now that you know how to create a web form using a few basic rules, you can build more complex forms, customize the look and feel according to your own branding, embed the form on your own website, check out reports, and so on. Some features vary by plan type, so consider upgrading if you need more enterprise-level functionality. We’ll be glad to have you on board!


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