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Forms: The Real Connection to the User

A form allows a user to enter data that is sent to a server for processing.
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Forms on WordPress have the same limitations that an HTML form has. Granted, WordPress comes with a built-in form-making tool to make a contact form, and a tutorial for how to use that can be found in the “More Information” section below, but that’s not what I’ll be talking about.

WordPress also has numerous Plugins that allow you to utilize a tool for creating custom forms, or you could create your own with some HTML. If you just install a Plugin, the creation process is dictated by that specific Plugin, so in this tutorial I’ll be talking about making forms with raw HTML.

What Can a Form do?

A form consists of a number of varying input types, that you supply to the user, in hopes of receiving feedback. There are 23 different input types, along with the “select” element for creating a drop-down list. The full list of input types can be found on an HTML input tutorial page.

Since forms have so many input types, the applications for their use are almost endless. You could create an embedded calculator to determine a person’s BMI (Body Mass Index), or you could use a form to have users complete a survey. You could even use a form to allow users to alter program variables for software that you are running.

How do I Make an HTML form?

Technical Cafe actually has a great video that goes over the basics of creating an HTML form. Just watch the video below, and you can apply the basic input types they talk about with other input types to fully utilize the form creation possibilities of HTML.

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How to Create a Contact Form with the Jetpack WordPress Plugin

WordPress.com has a built in contact form available to self-hosted WordPress sites via the Jetpack WordPress Plugin</a .  A contact form allows you to give your readers the ability to get in touch with you from your page or post. 

From a post or Page, look above the toolbar for a button labeled "Contact Form."

Contact Form Button

Contact forms are a great way to get in touch with your readers, without giving out your personal email address, but don’t just limit yourself to thinking about contact forms for communicating with readers. The Contact Form feature of Jetpack allows you to set up many types of forms to increase interactivity on your site.

Here are instructions on how to create a contact form with the Jetpack WordPress Plugin and on WordPress.com. Continue reading How to Create a Contact Form with the Jetpack WordPress Plugin