Jotform

From the simplest of email subscription signup forms, to slightly more robust contact forms, to complex ecommerce order forms and more, forms are essentially how we make our websites roll up their sleeves and get to work collecting data, doing transactions, and actively interacting with visitors and customers. But for many non-coders, they aren’t exactly the easiest things to create and build.

Jotform helps you do the job—from the simplest to the very complex—without getting your hands too dirty with code. You can build forms from scratch, or work with one of the templates in its robust library. What appeals to me the most are the slick form features and functionality Jotform makes easy to implement, form wizardry that even folks who aren’t intimidated by form hand-coding will likely find difficult to do. Such as calculations and using conditional logic (e.g., if that field’s value is greater than or equal to X, then do Y, otherwise do this other thing…).

Here’s an example I whipped up quickly to fiddle around and test Jotform’s basic calculation capabilities. It works, and it’s actually useful too for calculating total royalties due you from sales of your ebooks on Amazon. Note that the total is dynamic, and automatically changes as you fiddle around with the form’s field values and selections. No need to even click on Submit!

One non-obvious thing to note with this example is that although I built this on Jotform’s site, here it is embedded and usable in this post, instead of sending you away from this site to use it (the basic option, if that’s what you want). Since I’m running WordPress, I could’ve used Jotform’s free WordPress plugin to integrate the form, but I opted to use its iFrame code option instead (one of various embedding options Jotform provides). Looks like it works great!


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