It's time to depan and serve the bread. Which, in "formspeak", refers to publishing your form, either internally or externally. 😃 As you'll soon see, FULL FABRIC has a range of solutions to fit different needs, so wherever you want to publish your form, you can. The world is your oyster, mate! 🐚🌍
However, with publishing a form, also comes the responsibility to track data and performance, another thing we discuss in this article. So stick around – after all, you won't know if the recipe was a triumph unless you see that empty plate! 🍽
How do I publish a form?
There are three ways to make a form publicly available: creating a landing page (through the Landing page tab), integrating it into an external application or website (through the Integration tab) and displaying it in a page of the application portal (through the Portal module).
Create a landing page
After creating a form, the next logical progression is usually to design a landing page, i.e., a standalone web page dedicated to hosting your form to help convert visitors into submitters. No coding required, promise. 🙏
First things first, access the tab Landing page and choose a layout out of the three possible contenders: a narrow one-column layout, a wide one-column layout and a two-column layout. Depending on your layout, you can then start putting up the content of the page by simply adding widgets and text.
These are the elements typically added to a pane:
Text — A self-expandable text box for the purpose of supplying relevant instructions or information to readers. An abundance of formatting options are at your disposal: six levels of predefined headings styles, plus a quote style and a normal style; bold, italic, underline and strikethrough; bullets and numbering; outdents and indents; links; images; and, lastly, typographic alignment. You can also upload attachments to the text box. Unlike the other elements, you must press Save to save changes.
Form — Lets you select a form from the assortment of existing forms in FULL FABRIC to embed on the page. You can reuse this widget to embed multiple forms.
Those are the main widgets you'll need, although others exist that you can add to the form landing page (to be explored in a future article), but don't forget that you can preview the page as you tinker with different things and then successively go back to apply subsequent amendments. The old adage applies here: practice does makes perfect! 🌟
Integrate the form externally
As the name suggests, the Integration tab is where you handle the ability to integrate a form with an external database or share a form on a website.
Enable external integration is the main control: you can choose No (which is the default value), Endpoint or Embed iframe.
Endpoint allows you to connect the form to an external service via the API. By way of illustration (but not limitation), suppose your school works with a number of marketing agencies – since marketing agencies often have their own websites to capture data, it would make sense to integrate FULL FABRIC with the agencies' webpages to pull leads and other data from the former into the latter.
Alternatively, Embed iframe directly embeds the FULL FABRIC form as a frame on a webpage, using CSS customisation. It's a beautiful and natural-looking solution to promote the form outside of FULL FABRIC (e.g., on your school's official website, where traffic is probably higher) and therefore boost submissions.
Whichever you decide on, enter the respective URL in Allow external domain and follow the onscreen guidelines under INSTRUCTIONS.
Display the form in the application portal
Head over to the Portal module, open a page and jump to Contents. Portal pages work identically to form landing pages, with the exact same layouts and the exact same widgets. Consequently, what you have to do is insert the widget Form (described above) into a page, pick the intended form and tap Preview on the top right corner to preview and green-light the page.
How do I track performance and see the submissions of a form?
To track the performance of a form and see every submission you've gotten so far, click Stats on the upper right-hand corner:
The ensuing page is essentially a list of form submitters, updated to the second (although you need to manually refresh the page to see the new coming submissions, if there are any). The three-striped icon is the column selector, and the vertical ellipsis next to it, which is the bulk actions button, lets you Export submissions into an Excel spreadsheet – very convenient to produce graphical reports, process data somewhere else, etc. 📈
VIEWS indicates the total number of times that the landing page has been accessed, and SUBMISSIONS, predictably, is the amount of submissions you've hitherto received.
Finally, click X to delete a form submissions (for instance, if it's a duplicate or a test), and press the ID card to visit that submitter's profile. As Annette Hanshaw would say, "That's all!" 😊🎵
PUBLISHED: February 18, 2020
LAST UPDATED: February 18, 2020 at 6:27 p.m.