Is there a way to test JotForm form daily to ensure alerts are coming to inbox?

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    Asked on December 03, 2014 at 05:25 PM

    I'm looking for a way to set up an automatic daily test (every day at noon, for instance) that will submit the form and generate an alert so that I always know on a daily basis if my forms are functional and that I'm getting the responses via email without having to visit the jotform dashboard. I just want a daily test to ensure I'm getting autoresponder / submission alerts. 

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    Answered on December 03, 2014 at 08:19 PM


    Unfortunately, the form builder or JotForm does not have that kind of function right now. The form needs to be completed and be submitted successfully so that an alert notification can be sent.

    But if you would like to test if the form's email alert settings are working properly without logging in to your JotForm dashboard, you can do this by just filling out your form and making a submission. Here's my workaround.

    1. Add a new notification dedicated only for testing submissions.

    2. Add the appropriate field and change the recipient email to where you wan to receive the test notifications.

    3. Customize or compose the email notification here.

    4. I then just bookmarked my Form's URL and do a test submission to check if I'll receive an email notification, no need to log in to your JotForm.


    Another workaround that I can think of is the use of Cron Jobs/ Cron Tabs, if you are familiar with hosting site's feature, they have this kind of function that let's you schedule a PHP script to run on specific time or schedule. With this in mind you can do the following:

    1. Embed the Form's full source code in a PHP script and place it on a specific part of your website.

    2. The PHP script should autofill default values in your form's field

    3. Set up the Cron Job/Cron Tab to run the script on a daily basis.


    Aside from the above mentioned workaround, I would like to suggest that you visit this sections of our User Guide to solve common email problems:

    1. View your Form's email history- See if the submissions were successfully sent to the email designated.

    2. How to setup email alerts to prevent email bouncing related issues- set up the email alerts setting properly to avoid bouncing related issues. 

    3. Whitelist JotMails' IP Addresses- if you are using emails provided by a hosting website or a custom domain, you can contact them to whitelist our IP addresses to prevent email submissions from being blocked.


    I hope this helps. Let us know if you need further assistance on this.

    Thank you.