Online forms can be incredibly useful and are an irreplaceable tool to collect information on websites and other platforms. That being said for them to be effective you need to be able to purpose-build each form so that you can optimize its design and structure according to your requirements.
Building custom online forms from scratch isn’t easy, and if you don’t have experience writing code in HTML or CSS you are likely to struggle. The same applies if you were hoping to use ‘readymade’ forms that you found online, and you’ll need to alter their code to customize your form.
The easiest way around all that is to use a platform such as AidaForm. It is a specialized online form builder that is designed to make creating forms easy, and won’t require you to write a single line of code. In fact if you want to learn how to create a form right now – you can just follow a few simple steps:
- Plan the form that you want to create
Before you actually start to build a form with AidaForm, you should take a step back and plan it out. In particular there are a few questions that you should ask yourself, such as:
- What type of form do you need to create?
Some of the more common types of online forms include surveys, feedback forms, contact forms, lead capture forms, and registration forms – but there are lots of others as well. By deciding on the type of form in advance, you can proceed to look up examples, or browse through the templates on AidaForm itself.
- What fields will be required?
Based on the type of form that you’ve decided to create, you can then plan the fields that will be required. Try to limit it to the bare minimum, as shorter forms with fewer fields invariably get more responses. Take note of the types of fields that AidaForm supports, as some may be better than others in certain situations.
- Where will it be published?
Deciding where the form will be published will affect how you opt to publish it. For example while you could copy and paste the HTML code for your form to publish it on your website – the same cannot be done on social media.
By the time you’re done you should already have a firm plan for the form that you want to create in AidaForm – at which point you can actually start to create it.
- Create an account and log iIn
If it is your first time using AidaForm you’ll need to create an account to proceed – but it is completely free to do that. Just head over to the website and register for an account, then use your email address and password to sign in.
- Select a template and customize its structure
To start creating a form, click on the ‘Create a Form’ button in AidaForm’s member’s area and select the template you want to use. That should be easy, and you can base it on the plan that you came up with – or can opt for a blank template if you’d prefer to build your form on a blank slate.
In the AidaForm’s Form Editor you can then customize the structure of your form by adding new fields, removing fields you don’t want, and arranging them in the right order. All you need to do is select blocks with the field that you want to add and then drag and drop them into place.
The content of each block can be customized by adjusting its settings, which will allow you to set the label that you want to use for it. Some special fields such as the PayPal Payment block can be added as well, though you will have to open the Third-Party Integrations area in the Settings tab to configure it.
- Select a theme and customize the design
Arguably the easiest way to adjust the design and appearance of your form is by opening up AidaForm’s Form Designer and selecting a theme. If you don’t find one that matches your web design, you should just pick the closest fit and then customize it.
In AidaForm it is possible to customize practically every element of your theme’s design, including the font and colors. If you want you could even add a logo to brand your form and give it a more professional look.
- Publish the form
Before you publish your form you should explore the other areas in AidaForm and see if there’s anything else you’d like to customize. In particular you may want to set your own custom message that will be displayed after users submit the form.
If everything checks out, you can click on the ‘Publish’ button and select an option to publish your form. As you’ll see AidaForm will either let you export the HTML code that you can copy-and-paste on your website, or directly link to the form. It should be easy enough to choose between the two, based on where you want your form to be published.
See how easy and straightforward it is to create an online form with AidaForm? As you may have noticed you will never have to actually write any code, and yet will be able to purpose-build forms and fully customize their appearance and structure.
If you haven’t already signed up to AidaForm, you should do so right now. At the end of the day the best way to see what it can do is to actually use it and build a form of your own – and there’s no time like the present to do that.
Be sure to explore AidaForm’s features fully, and try experimenting and adding them to your forms. With its capabilities you’ll be able to create any type of business or personal form that you require, and should have no problem effectively collecting exactly the data that you need once you publish it.