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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May 11, 2015
We’re pleased to announce a long awaited and much anticipated feature- Form Analytics. This innovative new tool provides valuable insight into the performance of your forms. Want to quickly find out how many people are coming to your forms but not filling them out? Or how about which devices or browsers they’re using? Or maybe you’re curious where in the world they are. You can view all this and more with our new Form Analytics tool.Comments (13) Read the rest of this entry »
May 08, 2015Mother’s Day is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a beautifully designed JotForm Theme. Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing in how you might let your mother know you love and appreciate her. These stunning form designs can be seen in the Theme Store, and were built with our Form Designer. Check them out today, or make your own!
Mother’s Day Gift Order Form
May 07, 2015We are pleased to announce a new widget available immediately to all JotForm users- the Adobe Document Cloud eSign widget. With it users can link their forms to Adobe’s secure eSigning services (formerly known as EchoSign). This gives JotForm users access to the market leader in PDF document signing services. They can use it to sign employment contracts, business agreements, or any other type of document you need two parties to agree to in writing.Comments (7) Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re new to JotForm - or maybe you recently migrated from Adobe FormsCentral - you may not be familiar with how easy it is to turn your ordinary looking form into a gorgeous piece of online art. JotForm’s incredibly advanced Form Designer allows your inner designer to shine; it’s the easiest tool around for creating customized, beautiful form themes that don’t require any knowledge of complicated CSS.
With that being said, here are a few pointers to get you started.
Most users enjoy the simplicity of JotForm. Build a form, post it on your website, and receive email notifications every time someone responds. This keeps a great many JotForm customers happy. Sometimes you want to do more with the information you collect, though. Perhaps you want to build a web page based on your form responses. For this JotForm gives you a full API to access your data whenever you want.
The Washington Post recently found JotForm to be the right tool for a special project. They set up a jotform to collect information on cooking classes. The goal was to create a dynamically constructed web page that would connect to JotForm and post the latest updates on the class.
Illustration by Shelly Tan
April 28, 2015Form creators should try to seek a delicate balance between collecting all of the needed information and making sure that the form visitor completes the form all the way through. To achieve the highest conversion rate possible, the form must be concise. Especially for more time-consuming and intensive forms, every form field that lacks an excellent user experience risks abandonment. Luckily, JotForm offers 382 widgets that can make your form better. Here are some highlighted widgets that can save you time.
April 22, 2015
Earth Day is a time for us to celebrate, recognize, reflect, and commit to preserving the planet that we all share. With billions of people on earth, lands and oceans teeming with flora and fauna, we need to respect our environment to keep our planet happy and healthy. During this week people join together to clean roads, ride bikes, plant trees, donate to environmental charities, switch to eco friendly lightbulbs, and help the environment in any number of other ways. What better way to facilitate these activities than with a form! Check out these eco-friendly forms made with our Form Designer.
April 20, 2015It’s not every day you reach the millionth usage of something. That’s why we were so excited when we realized that in just 15 months JotForm widgets reached one million uses. These embeddable fields bring specialized features to your forms. They give you the ability to create image sliders, take photos, add YouTube videos, or collect signatures. With approaching 400 widgets to choose from, there’s something for everyone.Comments (9) Read the rest of this entry »
April 16, 2015
We double-dog dare you to find an industry that relies on online forms more than higher education. OK, maybe that’s not necessary. But facts are facts: universities today run on online forms; now more than ever before.
Tens of thousands of course surveys, professor assessments, prospective student information requests, admission and scholarship applications, brochure downloads, enrollment forms, IT requests and donation forms are used every single day. Heck, even voting for the homecoming king and queen is a task made easier using online forms.
So with that we thought we’d help out with some suggestions to help make your university’s online forms spectacular.
April 13, 2015
Atlanta-based LYFE Marketing is the brainchild of a group of former Georgia State University students who saw an opportunity to help small businesses expand their social media presence. What started as a dream in 2011 has turned into a booming full-service marketing firm that has so far helped over 100 business nationwide.
JotForm plays an important role in helping LYFE service businesses. When potential customers of their clients’ are curious to learn more information over social media, the company quantifies leads using a JotForm form, which automatically sends email notifications to their clients with a prospect’s pertinent information. JotForm helps LYFE help their clients. And it’s a beautiful thing.
LYFE Co-Founder Sherman Standberry started the business with his brother and close friend, and took the time to tell us about his business, and how JotForm helps make it possible.
April 09, 2015Update- in early Oct 2015, the Safe Harbor construct was nullified. All US companies are affected by this. In response, JotForm is now offering its users the opportunity to transfer and store all their data exclusively in Europe. Please see our EU Safe Forms post for further details.
JotForm users in Europe will be pleased to hear that we are now US-EU Safe Harbor certified. These important standards of the EU regulate the collection, use, and retention of personal information. We’ve always kept your data safe. Now we have the formalized credentials.
April 06, 2015Nonprofits have an international presence of fighting to make the world a better place. Some are helping preserve clean air, water, and resources for generations to come. Others are helping to spread literacy, immunization, and occupational opportunities for the underprivileged. There are also local nonprofits that support your neighborhood parks and way of life. They could all use some extra support. JotForm helps nonprofits with all of their form needs.
April 01, 2015We are pleased to announce a new partnership. Unbounce, industry leader in A/B test landing pages, has long provided a best-of-class service for optimizing user engagement and conversions. A large percentage of landing pages contain forms, from which our natural alliance was born.
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March 24, 2015
Gary Ferrar knows a thing or two about showmanship. Located in the entertainment capital that is New York City, he brings smiles and bewilderment to kids, adults, multi-billion dollar corporations, and backyard barbecues alike with his awe-inspiring magic act.
But the biggest rabbit he pulls out of his hat isn’t, well, any rabbit he pulls out of his hat. It’s the fact that he successfully books over 300 events a year (and manages to garner a five-star rating on Yelp! while doing it). Quite the impressive feat.
Gary happens to use JotForm in a big way to keep his business going. So we decided to ask him a few questions about how his magical business runs, and where JotForm fits into his quest to be the best.Comments (2) Read the rest of this entry »
March 19, 2015
Online forms serve important functions whether they’re used internally or for customer use. A well designed form can not only increase conversions, but they can contribute to the overall brand strategy. If a form is intuitive and easy to use, people may sign up for newsletters, contact the company, make a purchase, and submit data at a higher rate than if the form was poorly implemented. It hardly takes a second for a potential customer to hit the “x” and leave your form, website, or app. The key is to make your form effective with thoughtful design so you can get the information that you need without frustrating people to the point where they give up.
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March 12, 2015JotForm has long been a leading online form provider. The JotForm interface has hosted well over 6 million forms since our 2006 launch. Users embed them on their websites, Facebook pages, or just email them out. Sometimes they print them and take them to events for people to fill out with pen and paper. Other than that, JotForm hasn’t catered to users needing forms when internet connections are unavailable. Up until now.Comments (38) Read the rest of this entry »
February 25, 2015Today we would like to tell you that our friends at TemplateMonster have an exciting offer for you. They're giving you the opportunity to win any templates from their collection for free!
All you have to do is to go to their website, choose the theme you like the best and post a comment on this blog post with its number. Your comment may be as simple as this: “I like the theme #52830”. Or feel free to include the full link so everyone can see. The giveaway will be running through March 5, 2015, and after the deadline we will randomly choose 7 winners. See this post, comment, and win!
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When Adobe announced they were shutting down FormsCentral, users flooded our support forums looking to JotForm to be their alternative form building service. News spread quickly through our virtual halls that the fifth largest competitor in online form building, was closing. So we did what any respectable online form builder would do: we built a welcoming page for soon-to-be displaced FormsCentral users. And there was much rejoicing. The migration path is simple: navigate to the FormsCentral welcoming page, enter your Adobe FormsCentral login information, and all your forms and form responses will be imported to your new JotForm account.As of this writing we’ve imported upwards of 15,000 forms and 300,000 form responses, with many more coming in every day.Read on for more details on the process and how to import forms and form responses individually.
February 16, 2015
Due to popular demand JotForm has recently released a new version of our iOS App. Now our fellow JotForm users can check submissions from their forms wherever they are with ease!
Available for download in the iTunes App Store:Comments (6) Read the rest of this entry »
February 05, 2015When Adobe announced they were letting the sun set on FormsCentral, they were thoughtful enough to offer up just a couple alternatives that could pick up where they left of, including JotForm. We’re grateful to get the recommendation of Adobe, and we thought we’d expand on some reasons why JotForm is the perfect choice to replace Adobe’s soon-to-be defunct form builder.
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