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Every web designer has to make email submit forms and if you are like me, you hate having to code them.  I remember making the php forms being the last thing I did on any website, so that I can delay having to deal with them for as long as possible.  Differences in mod_security settings and PHP versions on the different servers created so many headaches that I at one point considered removing contact forms from all my designs.  Then I discovered Jotform

Jotform in 2 Minutes

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Jotform is a web based form builder.  It was founded in 2005 by Aytekin Tank.  It has let’s you build web forms using a WYSIWYG drag & drop interface.

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It has quite a lot of features and getting started is quite easy.  Select
an option on the left to open up the form elements available:

Example:

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From here you can just drag your elements to the right to build your form.

Styling your form

The form can be styled using the Form Style toolbar:

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You can style your whole form using the Themes button, but you also have the option to style individual fields.   These changes are not very in-depth though, so further styling via CSS might be needed.

Setup & Embed your form.

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Click on Email Alerts to create your email alert for your form.  Thank you creates your Thank You page or message. Once you complete the setup of your form, you can then embed the form by clicking on Embed Form. There’s a variety of platforms available, so all you need to do is to choose the appropriate one for your site. You can also setup a thank you page or have them redirected to your page of choice when someone submits or fills out your form.

Other features

JotForm can also integrate with popular services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Spreadsheets, Mailchimp, Aweber, Facebook, Freshbooks, Salesforce, Zoho CRM, Highrise, Constant Contact, Solve 360 CRM and Campaign Monitor. Once you select to integrate to one of the programs, an integration wizard will walk you through the process to complete the procedure.