One of the most complicated things I’ve tried to do, when building
simple web site, is to build a nice looking form. It’s not hard to do,
in fact there are many services that help you build forms, and receive
the form input into your email.
Just buy Google-ing “free forms”
and you’ll be inundated with a variety of free and free based form
tools. Services that host the forms for you or tools that provide you
the programming code to host the form on your own web site.
I recently come across a form service, Formspring
that has quite stunning and powerful set of features. One of the
features, is intelligence which enables you to integrate payment fields
of your form, to payment services such as PayPal and Google Check out.
Formspring also includes smart routing so that you can customize who
gets notified based on form use and how data is routed once information
is entered into the form.
Forms are simple, yet powerful ways to gather input online. Maybe you’re:
Having an event and want to capture attendee information. (I use Eventbrite for events)
Conducting a survey and want to gather survey entries (or you could consider SurveyMonkey)
Having a contest and want to capture entrant information
Whether you’re a small business owner, non-profit (who are small
businesses in many cases), government or other entity, powerful online
forms can be great way to add interactivity and important data capture
capabilities to your web site.
Other forms services you might want to look at include:
Two more things to keep in mind:
2. Remember that for some purposes, such as a survey for example,
it’s best to use a service that is built from the ground up to do what
you need. Why use a form, no matter how interactive and feature rich it
might be for entering your banking information, when Quickbooks or
Freshbooks (for invoices) might be much better.