Some ideas which can help designers or coders can make the maximum of Jotform Service

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    Asked on July 09, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Hi I am using Jotform for a while and really like it, its quite handy and useful, but here are some suggestions i'd like to make as a designer and on behalf of my development team.

    Despite you have some themes and you let the source code for local development and design i think it would be nice to change css properties by items (like adding edit css item to the context menu of the form items) . Thus we can implement changes online and instantly. (And i know there is an additional css section for that)

    And the second request (may not apply for the free version but can be a one time fee)  you can create a local database installation for the ones who wants to access this data in database. (you can make an MYSQL connection interface and you setup your tables on our own databases so we can manupulate form data create our own queries etc.


    I think this features will help us a lot,


    The Best

    Serkan Ertürk



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    Answered on July 09, 2012 at 07:01 PM

    Thank you for your suggestions, Serkan.

    For the first one, we have the CSS injection feature so that all CSS modifications made on the form shall appear right away.

    For the next one, you can actually create your own MySQL database and use JotForm's post data submission feature to insert submissions to your database.  You can read further on this user guide on how to implement this feature.

    If these are not what you're looking for, can you pleae explain further?


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    Answered on July 10, 2012 at 03:57 AM

    Hi Liyam,

    I am aware of those specs what i meant was a bit different i add two screenshots to describe it.

    And actually forms with database in the user guide needs a bit PhD in PhP and you need to make adjustments for every form. Instead you can do a simple script as i mentioned in the screenshots.

    Thank you...

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    Answered on July 10, 2012 at 04:33 AM


    And actually forms with database in the user guide needs a bit PhD in PhP and you need to make adjustments for every form. Instead you can do a simple script as i mentioned in the screenshots.

    I hate to say this but creating a simple script to send form responses to an external database is not in our development team's priority right now, although they have already noted the slowly increasing number of users requesting for such a feature.

    As our founder Aytekin has mentioned:

    JotForm is designed for more lightweight use. Create a form and get responses for that. I think you are a too advanced user for our product. That's why you are frustrated. Loading data into Mysql is not something 99% of our users would like. And we have a small development team. We have to pioritize features for our mainstream users.

    But, we will certainly keep this request in mind for the future. Thanks!

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    Answered on July 10, 2012 at 04:44 AM

    There is no frustration NeilVicente,

    Actually i gave you guys a sales tool if you check my earlier message:

    "And the second request (may not apply for the free version but can be a one time fee) "

    And you already inserting this data into your databases, you already running your queries and your code for this operation is ready, you will only change connection strings and you have a new product.

    And no i am not an advanced user, i am a designer who tries to simplify things in life :) and able to create brighter ideas over bright ideas...

    Thank you...


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    Answered on July 10, 2012 at 04:59 AM

    That is actually a response by our higher ups to another user who requested for the same feature.

    I understand where your coming from, but the owner has the final say. Our development team is extremely busy with new tasks coming in daily.

    Implementing a new feature does not stop with its creation. Along with it comes new bugs, glitches, etc., not to mention numeerous support requests from users who will be having problems (not necesarily on our end) with the newly-implemented system.

    This will bring in additional workload not only to our development team, but also to our support team. As mentioned above, our developers have kept this in mind and they are not closing their doors. It's just that as of the moment, we do not have enough manpower to implement something that will satisfy only a handful of our user base.

    As for the individual CSS injection feature you're asking for, I think it would be redundant to implement such a system. Our current CSS injection feature can actually do that, and more.

    Styling an individual field is as simple as copying that field's ID (as in your screenshot), then using that ID in a CSS declaration.

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    Answered on July 10, 2012 at 05:41 AM

    I understand your concerns Neil,

    I am not a selfish user suggesting requests for solving my own problems but i want to develop the whole idea. And i am aware you guys do a great job here.

    And i still have  suggestions for making jotform better:

    For the users convenience you can display current form css with some comments at the css injection box so we don't have to hack through web developer tools and try to figure out which rule belongs to where. (its pretty good with thematics css actually). But we can't directly  access  to theme css from system, may be you can add another box for thematic css injection which contains current css code.

    And this discussion brought some ideas , if you are that busy with developing how about sharing the burden ?

    How about making add ons section where some talented friends can develop some add ons for free or payed?

    And also if you have a section for themes i am sure some talented designers would like to share their themes.

    So jotform will socially grow too...


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    Answered on July 11, 2012 at 09:53 AM

    Thank you for your explanation and additional suggestions, Serkan.  Indeed what you stated above can really help the users a lot.

    I have forwarded a feature request to the development team regarding what you have stated above.  But as the developers are pretty busy working on other things in the pipeline, this may come in last and would still be considered for implementation.  Once we have these feature up, we'll sure to inform you.

    Warm regards,


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    Answered on July 11, 2012 at 09:58 AM

    Thank you Liam, looking forward to hearing from you,

    God Speed,

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    Answered on April 16, 2013 at 07:45 PM

    i wish you could tag @aytekin on these topics lol, but anyway that is a great suggestion he has, yet i know even implementing an "apps" or "add-ons" section and how they will work in tandem with jotform is in an of itself a giant undertaking. however just wanted to say i 2nd this idea for more demanding users... a lot of devs are willing to learn your ways to make a few bucks with their one of a kind add-ons for niche industries and uses which can significantly strengthen and broaden your customer base long term as it brings in people who previously "had to" use custom coders and expensive customized solutions that basically share a good 70% or functionality route with jotforms existing capabilities.


    Say right now, it takes each user their own request and custom coding access/knowledge to make jotform calculate days between two standard date/time fields (ie rental period from x to y date for businesses or uses that require that total number of days or hours) and this by itself can be an add-on developed by non-jotform but jotform-approved developer, provided on a jotform marketplace for a reasonable price (compared to car rental systems that cost hundreds od dollars in one time or monthly rental  fees and all they basically do is provide a form for website and a database for backend. well, many lower volume businesses or agents can care less about a database on their end as long as they can get the form to work properly, calculating the number of days/hours/months/weeks/whatever and providing the final subtotal based on that.


    I have asked this question before and was told this can be done, but it can be "complicated" to pull off and that is exactly what the above suggestion for a marketplace/add-ons section will hopefully take care of. There are plenty of small timers out there who do rental business and would love to do e-commerce if it does not set them back tens of thousands of dollars.

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    Answered on April 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM


    Thank you for your addition. Sorry though but we do not have updates regardig this but this doesn't mean this was abandoned. Let me please tell you that this is still in the feature request list but it was marked in a low priority.

    Reading your query, I think the thread doesn't talk about field calculations. We'd appreciate if you could open that in a separate thread. We can address that to our dev team so it will be considered for implementation. Also, as mentioned on your other thread, while this can't be made possible directly on the form builder, we will try to provide you a workaround for this which hopefully meets your requirements.

    Thank you for the time sharing your thoughts. That's greatly appreciated!