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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December 14, 2015(a post from our friends at InkThemes. Enter your favorite InkTheme Theme in the comments to win!)
Establishing an online presence on the web seems hard. How does one go about putting the face of their company online? With the advent of third party tools, building websites has become much easier. WordPress is one of the easiest ways to get your website online, with tens of millions of sites built upon its framework. And the beauty of it? You can readily change the look and feel of your WordPress site just by switching its theme.
Once you have WordPress installed, you can upload any theme you like. Here’s some of the best ones from our friends a InkThemes.
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December 08, 2015
So many things happened in 2015 it’s hard to keep track of. We had a diverse set of feature releases. Many were prompted by unexpected market changes. Our initial plan this year was to rebuild the form builder, which we’ve just begun. Check out all the twists and turns that 2015 threw at us. We made the most of these resulting in a better JotForm, and happier customers.Comments (10) Read the rest of this entry »
December 01, 2015
Financial planning is a tricky business. Becoming an expert in financial matters is hard enough by itself, but the most successful advisors have to master a completely separate skill: building a business.
That’s exactly what David Chazin did, who is the managing director of his own financial planning company, Insight Wealth Strategies, which has offices in Northern California and Houston. The Insight team comprises of 25 people which includes 10 planners and 15 employees. Insight operates as a registered representative of the Fortune 500 company, Lincoln Financial Advisors -- an organization from which Mr. Chazin has won multiple “Planner of the Year” awards.
Where some advisors are more passive with their client acquisition, David built a robust sales and marketing team. The team lines up eager prospects by way of direct mail marketing, cold calling, events, and, yes, even JotForm. With all of the attention the practice was putting into marketing, it needed an online form for collecting leads on its website that was dependable, powerful, and easy to set up.
November 23, 2015Said by some to be the “future of PayPal,” popular payment platform Braintree is quickly becoming the tool of choice for consumers and businesses alike. An acquisition and subsidiary of PayPal, Braintree gives you the latest in payment prowess, if not the market leading user experience. Dubbed by insiders as a response to Stripe's competing service, Braintree thrives on what it does best- processing payments while making account management simple and easy.JotForm is excited to announce our integration with Braintree, adding it to our growing offering of payment integration platforms. What does that mean? It means you can quickly and easily set up a store, collect donations, or subscriptions using PayPal, Stripe, and now Braintree, among numerous other regionally preferred payment vendors.Comments (6) Read the rest of this entry »
November 09, 2015Multipurpose WordPress themes have become increasingly popular in recent years. They offer you the ability to create any type of website for the price of a single theme, and come with a large number of features. As you probably know, our friends at TemplateMonster released Monstroid, a mega theme that will work for any project, whether it is a regular business website or an online store. Released just a few months ago, it’s already sold more than 1,500 licenses. We’re happy to announce that today you have a chance to receive a copy of Monstroid, for free.Comments (17) Read the rest of this entry »
October 28, 2015
We are proud to have thousands of users in every European country. Until recently, we were part of what was known as the “Safe Harbor” framework, which allowed US companies to store data for their European customers in the US. Unfortunately, a European court recently invalidated the Safe Harbor framework.
This decision put many American companies, and their customers, in a tough spot. Most common solutions included stopping service in Europe, or getting the European users to sign a more legalese, called a "model contract clause."
There was no way JotForm would stop serving our European customers, but it's unclear if creating more terms and conditions for our users would be a permanent solution.
We decided to swallow the bitter medicine instead and fix this correctly.Comments (20) Read the rest of this entry »
October 21, 2015Recently some of you may have noticed our interface has changed slightly. The toolbar button to get your form embed code has been updated from Embed Form/Source Code to a simple Publish button. Once you finish building your form, you can now click on Publish to get the codes for your form from our attractive new interface.Comments (15) Read the rest of this entry »
October 08, 2015
When people ask me what JotForm is, I sometimes find myself fumbling for a good answer. Do I tell them what JotForm really is? It’s an online form builder. That means little to most people. Who in the world needs a form builder? Do I share what it’s similar to? JotForm is like Google Forms, but comes with a lot more options- such as integrations with SalesForce and PayPal to collect contact info, or money. Great. Now if the person I’m talking to happens to need a mini-store or a CRM, they’re in. I can fall back to our tried and true slogan of “helps you create and publish online forms without writing a single line of code.” The thing is, the vast majority of people go about their lives without writing a single line of code. It’s hard to appreciate what you’re missing if you never miss it.
October 06, 2015It’s always exciting to share great news. Today, we get to share great news for all JotForm users. All links and embed codes on our new Publish user interface are secure by default. In conjunction with this, we no longer limit our free users to just 10 secure submissions. All form submissions, whether secure or regular, will be counted the same.Comments (41) Read the rest of this entry »
October 01, 2015
At JotForm, we’re actually thankful for Google Forms. They’ve helped introduce many people to the wonderful world of form building. They provide a simple method for creating an online form, which is great news for a lot of individuals and organizations. But what if you’re looking for a form builder that does more? What if you need payment collection; integrations with the systems already used by your office; and the ability to make your form gorgeous?
JotForm isn’t new to this whole form building game. We started in 2006 with a mission to enable anyone the ability to create their own web forms from scratch. Since then? Over million users have created awesome forms using our platform, including hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and major universities; and tens of thousands of small businesses, teachers, and nonprofits around the world.
We thought we’d introduce you to some of the reasons why users have upgraded to JotForm from Google Forms.Comments (2) Read the rest of this entry »
September 14, 2015Many companies shoot off into the sky like a firework, exploding impressively and garnering applause. But then they quickly fizzle out, blending into the night sky leaving only smoke as a reminder that they once were great. Rather than seeking pomp and circumstance, JotForm has flown under the radar. What started as a flicker has slowly burned brighter and brighter each day since 2006.
September 11, 2015
(by our newly hired Director of Public Relations)
When I first applied to work at JotForm, I didn’t know what it was, let alone know how easy it was to use. Once I started the interview process, I figured it was time to browse the site and see what the fuss was about. I always thought that even the most basic form requires development expertise. This ranges from creating a form using HTML fields, developing fallback code for older browsers, to testing the form on a variety of desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.Comments (8) Read the rest of this entry »
September 09, 2015Getting people to work together can be hard. JotForm not only succeeds at this, but excels. We do so with people in two main offices, and exotic locations around the world. Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Montenegro are all places JotForm has been built and maintained. How does this happen?
JotFormers working together in the office
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.
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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.
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