Fort Hays State University > Creating Forms
The CMS can be used to create online forms to help gather information from visitors. Forms can be used to make simple contact forms, requests for information, registrations, polls and surveys, and more. The below steps will demonstrate how to use the CMS to make a variety of forms.
The editor window appears. Fill out the metadata, Alias, etc. as you would a normal content item. Also be sure to click the Template tab, and choose a form template. The editor looks the same as when creating a content page, but the form specific buttons have been added.
The below image shows the form specific features labeled 1 – 11. Each option is explained in detail respectively.
1. Text Field: allows the user to enter text. To insert a text box, position your cursor where you want the text box placed, and click the “Text Field” button. The text field dialog will pop up.
2. Choices Field: This field is used to create a list of choices. Choices fields can be displayed in many different ways. For example, a vertical list with checkboxes, a horizontal list with checkboxes, a list box, or a drop down list. To insert a choices field, position your cursor where you want it placed, and click the “Choices Field” button. The choices field dialog will pop up.
3. Checkbox Field: This field is used whenever a user needs to make a True (checked) or False (unchecked) selection. To insert a checkbox field, position your cursor where you want it placed, and click the “Checkbox Field” button. The checkbox field dialog will pop up.
4. Calendar Field: This will create a text box with a calendar icon so the user can select a date from the calendar. To insert a calendar field, position your cursor where you want it placed, and click the “Calendar Field” button. The calendar field dialog will pop up.
5. Insert Button: Inserts form information to the server. By default it is blank. To add text, double click the button and update the fields that display at the bottom of the editor. 6. Insert Reset: Inserts a reset button that will revert all fields back to their state when the form was first loaded7. Submit: Inserts form information to the server. By default, it says submit8. Field properties: Select a field and click this to edit the field properties. You can also select the field and right click and choose field properties to edit.9. Validate: Will check if the page is validated10. Check Compatibility: Check’s for compatibility issues11. View Data as field list: Displays the field list coding*When creating the form, the content editor can be used as it would any other content page to develop the forms content. Publish the form when it is complete.
Once the form has been published you can go in and add more properties.
If a form is set to store data in the database, you can run a report that displays the submitted data. To view a form report, follow these steps.
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