Create forms on the fly for your website or blog!

Picture_1 We talk about conversation and the need for providing feedback mechanisms for our readers, clients and prospects.  But how do we make that happen?

One of the elements we’ve been wanting to add to the MMG site’s Contact page is a form where people could subscribe to the blog, our e-newsletter or get more information. 

But we were struggling with creating a form that actually worked in all the different browsers and let us modify the form on the fly.  Then, I stumbled onto Wufoo.com.

You create the form and then they provide the code to paste into your site.  I literally created our Contact Us form and had it on our site in less than 15 minutes.

Think about the kinds of things you could add to your blog or website:

  • Event Registration
  • Contact Us
  • Customer Delight survey
  • Employee Application
  • Post Topic Suggestions
  • Speaking Requests
  • What else?

Wufoo.com has a free version (the one I used) and depending on your needs (# of forms, # of fields etc.)

Besides how easy it is…my favorite feature is that when I edit the form on Wufoo.com, it automatically edits the form on my site.  So there’s no going back to amend the code.  Gotta love that!

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6 comments on “Create forms on the fly for your website or blog!

  1. Mike says:

    Hey Drew,

    I gotta question about that contact form.

    The coupla places where they can subscribe to the blog or the newsletter, does that lead them to a double opt-in situation so as to remain CAN-SPAM compliant ?

  2. Hey Mike,

    Our e-newsletter and feedburner’s opt in system are automatically double opt-in. So in our case, we’re covered.

    The form is more of an information gathering tool, than a re-direct kind of a thing. But again, as I have confessed above…this stuff is way out of my skill set, which is why I love wufoo.com!

    Drew

  3. John Dawson says:

    Hi Drew – I’d also recommend Zoho for this type of application. I’ve used it for exactly the same type of thing on our website. We also use it to gather info on software bugs since users can attach files and send them to us that way.

  4. Thanks for the additional resource, John. Is there anything about Zoho that is dramatically different from wufoo?

    Drew

  5. Hey Drew,
    Thanks for passing on the info! I didn’t know this was out there – very cool tool.

    Pat

  6. Pat,

    I just came across it on someone else’s site and was like “sweet!” It really answered the need that we had for a client and our own website.

    Glad to hear someone else hadn’t heard of it before either. Sometimes I feel like I am a little late to the party!

    Makes you wonder what else is out there that we don’t know about.

    Drew

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