Aytekin Tank is founder of JotForm. He currently leads the JotForm development team. He loves to hear from JotForm users. Feel free to shoot him an email at aytekin at jotform.com.
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September 08, 2015
How about stable, consistent, and successful?
JotForm started quietly enough. In 2005 I was working as a developer for a media company in New York when I realized how impossible it was for non-technically skilled people to create their own online forms. Building them the old fashioned way required technical expertise and loads of time. So I decided to fix that with the world's first WYSIWYG form builder.
In a 2011 Entrepreneur article about tips on being a successful bootstrapped company, they said, “it may seem counterintuitive, but slow, steady growth is preferable to fast, explosive growth.” And that’s just what JotForm did. We grew slow, methodically, and steadily in those early years. It took from 2006 to 2013 to get our first one million users. Our second million? Well, that came a little faster.Comments (7) Read the rest of this entry »
August 21, 2015
If you thought Fridays were the day to kick up your feet and hang out by the water cooler, JotForm might not be your kind of place.
That’s because Fridays at JotForm are Demo Days, where our developers gather ‘round to talk about what they’ve worked on over the past week and/or what they’ve learned. This is a great way for everyone in the office to hear feedback from other team members, and for the whole team to take part in a greater learning experience.Comments (12) Read the rest of this entry »
August 20, 2015We teamed up with Rafflecopter, the world's easiest way to run a giveaway, to celebrate the launch of our Apple Watch app by running a giveaway together. Thousands of entries later, we've awarded our prizes. With the chances of being picked at 0.03%, we now have the results!Congratulations to the grand prize winner of the Apple Watch Giveaway: Courtney!An additional congratulations to the runner up winners who have won JotForm & Rafflecopter swag packs.A big thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway. Be sure to use Rafflecopter whenever you would like to run your own!Comments (2) Read the rest of this entry »
August 11, 2015
Ten days before Christmas in 2014, JotForm announced the launch of a first of a kind Theme Store. This early holiday gift to all JotForm users is a collection of themes dedicated entirely to web forms. From it people can select any style they like and apply it to their forms. It gives JotForm users the ability to make their forms look amazing, with just a click of a button.
Here we are many months later, and the results are in- people love the theme selections and their ease of use. The process is simple. Create a form as you normally would with our form builder, adding fields, widgets, and integrations. Then press the Theme Store button in the form builder toolbar and select the theme you’d like. In seconds your form can move from the default look and feel, to sleek stylized masterpieces.
August 05, 2015
Adding extra power to your forms is one of the reasons people love JotForm. Beyond simple forms fields such as text, file uploads, and dropdowns, JotForm has close to 400 widgets. These include a wide range of specialized fields including fancy checkboxes, image sliders, and signature fields. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out all our widgets which can really make your forms stand out.
There’s great news! We just added a new widget that all users can enjoy- the XVerify Email widget. It’s a simple email field that will verify that the email address users enter on your form is correct and working.
August 03, 2015
Close your eyes and try to imagine a world where the prices you pay now would never rise a single cent. Now open your eyes!
We at JotForm wanted to let you in on a special deal: upgrade to one of our existing paid plans now and be locked in to that price forever — even as we restructure our prices for everyone else on August 15th.
This is our way of saying thank you to our loyal users. We’ve always felt like easy form building should be accessible to everyone, and we’ll still have a pricing structure that reflects that. But if you lock in one of our original prices, you can keep partying like it’s 2006 for years to come!
We’re going to keep the new features coming, promising you the simplist way to build forms, design themes, collect payments, and much more.
And if you’re already enjoying a paid plan and are happy with what you have, don’t worry. You’re locked in to that price as well. However, if you’re enjoying a free plan and have thought about upgrading, now is a great time.
So what do you say? Upgrade to an original price today!Comments (8) Read the rest of this entry »
July 30, 2015
Form builder apps are some of the most versatile tools out there. There's really no limit to what you can do with forms: generate leads on your website, register attendees for an event, make an easy place for people to contact you, or even build an order form.
However, capturing that information is just a piece of the puzzle. What do you do with all that new data? Traditionally you'd need to export the data out of your form app, and then manually enter it by hand into any of the multitude of apps you use to run your business. But wouldn't it be great if that data automatically appeared in those other apps you're using? Enter Zapier.
With Zapier, you can automatically have that data directly entered into other apps you're using. You could have leads go directly to your CRM or turn contact form entries directly into tickets in your help desk system—and so much more. We asked a few people who are automating their JotForm data with Zapier to share their stories on how they are getting the most out of automating their form entries.
July 21, 2015
(A product review for our friends at Template Monster)
In the peak of their popularity for all-in-one themes, the guys from TemplateMonster have launched their most ambitious project yet – Monstroid.What exactly is Monstroid and why is it the only theme you need for WordPress sites? It’s like a Swiss army knife of WordPress Themes, for starting any WordPress-based website. It’s the result of thirteen years leading the world of website templates, so we decided to take a closer look.Comments (2) Read the rest of this entry »
JotForm has always been secure in our almost ten years of being the easiest online form builder. Well, we just raised the bar higher. Now you have the ability to designate your forms as encrypted. An Encrypted Form is one where the user’s responses are transferred and stored in an encrypted format. They are encrypted in the browser of the person filling out the form, and can’t be seen by anyone else at any time. This added level of security is of most interest to users handling the most sensitive data with extra privacy needs.Comments (15) Read the rest of this entry »
July 07, 2015Hello there! I’m Podo, a friendly cat with a knack for building purrrfect forms. It’s nice to finally meet you :)Comments (116) Read the rest of this entry »
July 02, 2015
July 4th is almost here, so you know what that means! Fireworks, barbeques, and a lot of red, white, and blue. What better way to celebrate America’s independence than a party with your all of your friends and family? With JotForm, you can create an invitation that allows for the collection of all and any information that you may need. Your friends and family can RSVP through the invitation, as well as answer any additional information that you require, such as what items they’re bringing to share if your party is potluck style. You can design the invitation to fit the theme, and send it off to your friends and family through email! You can be notified each time a guest RSVPs.
Here’s a quick how-to that will help you celebrate in style.
June 25, 2015Jason Gershenson is a lawyer and a JotForm user. Lawyers have to keep track of a lot of information is a highly organized way, and have no time for manual tasks like filling in spreadsheets with contact information and notes on new clients. JotForm helps tackle organizational duties, leaving you to have more time to focus on core projects.Below, Jason explains how JotForm has helped his company.I'm an attorney for tech startups and entrepreneurs. I saw a market need for lawyers that could relate to founders, as well as work at their pace in the trenches. I was an entrepreneur once too, and felt that I was well situated to explain and apply the law in the context of business. I opened Gershenson Law in 2013.
June 23, 2015With JotForm’s recent release of Form Analytics many users have been taking advantage of the real time data readily available in our easy-to-use interface. In seconds people can find a wealth of information, displayed in attractive charts and graphs and sortable by custom date range. We sent out a survey to a handful of our more active users to gauge their response, learn what features they liked, and to see what features they might hope to be included in a later version.
The results are in- JotForm users love Form Analytics. How are they using it though? That varies from person to person. Here are some of the highlights.
June 18, 2015
We are ecstatic to be able to offer our JotForm Apple Watch app to our users! We hope that you enjoy its simple and easy-to-use interface. You can be notified when a new submission is received, what form has been responded to, and what the response was. Our hope is that it will make keeping up with your forms even easier, you can stay informed while on the go.
June 08, 2015
Apple releases are extravagant affairs. People line up outside stores for days to be among the first to have a chance to purchase new products. Anything Apple does is destined for headline news and to be received with much fanfare. The Apple Watch release was no different. Because many of our users have Apple Watches, we wanted to make sure that we can offer them JotForm on their wrist!
JotForm is excited to join the latest Apple release, being among the first to release an Apple Watch app. Now you can not only receive your latest form submissions on your iPhone, but also on your Apple Watch.Comments (18) Read the rest of this entry »
June 01, 2015
Kim Mueller is a teacher, and uses JotForm to help her students in a number of awesome ways. We don’t usually do this, but we loved Kim’s testimonial so much that we just had to share it. Thank you Kim!
Here’s what she sent:
My history with JotForm: I discovered JotForm a few years ago, while searching for an easier way to collect registrations for the sports camps my husband and I help churches present in their communitiesaround the country during our summers off (we're both teachers). We transitioned from paper registrations and data entry (yuck!), to online registration and payment by check, to online registration AND payment.
(JotForm is pleased to share this exciting offer from our friends at TemplateMonster)
Back in 2004, websites looked cluttered. Pale color schemes, starburst effect, all-flash sites, patterns and textures were in the highest demand among web developers. This has changed a lot over the years. Clean and minimalist layouts with the main focus on detail has gained popularity among web designers. Today, heavy design elements have been replaced with neat icons that add an elegant, stylish look to web pages
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Update- we changed the import tool to a downloadable installer. It doesn't currently support incremental updates. We'll update this post when it does. Thank you!
As most JotForm users know by now, earlier this year Adobe FormsCentral announced its pending shutdown. JotForm quickly released a single-step import wizard that transfers all their forms and form responses to our system. Migrated FormsCentral users have been raving about it and the trouble it saved them.
May 20, 2015
We’d like to thank our wonderful users for submitting fantastic testimonials for a piece in Entrepreneur Magazine. You can now read about JotForm in the printed June issue, and online!
The article, “Forms that function”, discusses how a JotForm user found a great solution for doing away with time-intensive paperwork.
In just five weeks Adobe FormsCentral will no longer work. June 22 marks the last day its users can enjoy their forms, and they have until July 28 to download their form responses. Using our Adobe FormsCentral Import Wizard, we’ve welcomed thousands of users, over 70,000 forms, and over a million form responses. Recently converted FormsCentral users have revelled in how easy the process has been for them. By just entering their FormsCentral login credentials all their forms and data are ready to go in our system.Comments (4) Read the rest of this entry »
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