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How to Create Your First Web Form

How to Create Your First Web Form

First-time JotForm users often ask how to create a simple web form, how to set up Email Notifications, how to embed a form on a website, how to test the form to see if it's working, and how to view responses in email and JotForm Inbox. Got a tight schedule? Learn it all in two minutes with the video below.

How to create a web form

  1. 1. Decide what to ask
  2. 2. State the purpose in the heading
  3. 3. Use predefined form fields
  4. 4. Use a Long Text Entry field for long answers
  5. 5. Setting up Email Notifications With Email Notifications
  6. 6. Embed your form on a website

1. Decide what to ask

First of all, think about what kind of questions you want to ask our visitors. The best web forms have higher conversion rates by keeping it short and simple. Many users will simply abandon a form if it has too many questions. So keep your web forms as short and clear as possible.

2. State the purpose in the heading

You know why you're creating this web form, but visitors who land on your web page won't know what your form does unless you tell them. Include a short heading, such as "Contact Us," on your form. Put additional info in the subheading if necessary.

3. Use predefined form fields (e.g., Full Name, Email, Address, etc.)

Ask the visitor for their name and email address so you can keep track of your form submissions and follow up with visitors. Click ADD FORM ELEMENT on the left of the Form Builder. All of the standard Form Fields appear under the BASIC tab.

4. Use a Long Text Entry field for long answers (comments, descriptions, etc.)

A large comment box allows visitors to provide longer responses. Use the Long Text Entry field (text area) under the QUICK ELEMENTS section of the BASIC tab.

5. Setting up Email Notifications

With Email Notifications, you’ll receive an alert in your email every time someone completes your form. Click SETTINGS at the top, EMAILS on the left, and the PLUS (+) icon to add a new Email Notification.

Since you're creating an email that will come to you, select NOTIFICATION EMAIL. The AUTORESPONDER is used when you need to send a confirmation email to the user who submitted the form.

For a more in-depth discussion on Email Notifications, refer to our guide on Setting-Up-Email-Notifications.

6. Embed your form on a website

Embedding your form on a website is crucial to continuously collect data. To get your embed codes, click PUBLISH at the top, then EMBED in the left navigation. Choose a different embed option depending on what suits you best.

There are also specific ways of embedding the form on several website builders and CMS platforms. If you're using one, go to the PLATFORMS menu instead and pick the one you're using.

Copy and paste the codes into your website's source code, usually within the body tag, and your form will be integrated the moment you save the changes in your editor.

If you're not sure which one to choose, read our guide on Which-Form-Embed-Code-Should-I-Use?

7. Test your web form to see if it's working

Test your form on your live website to see that notifications are going to your email and your JotForm Inbox. If nothing comes through, go back and check that you set up your form and notification email correctly.

Congratulations on setting up your first web form! Return to this article anytime if you get lost. Tell us about your experience in creating your first web form in the comments section below!

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  • AndyCarrillo

    how do i add a box with information only

  • Durbin_Donna

    Hello, I have embedded a fillable PDF form using the iframe code for an online course. I want the customer to be able to fill out the form and preview the completed form. How can I make the completed form visible?
    Thank you,
    Donna

  • wiegeringsurgery

    How do I print the forms to place them online according to my medical practice?

  • jlspitzley

    What my form looks like in the builder is always different (and more messy) in the preview page. Why is it changing how my form looks?

  • icricr

    how do I save an unfinished form that I am working on

  • Claudia

    Can you create a form, like with RSVP for only lets say 80 people?

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    I want to add a form filling for my website visitors.

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  • Pam Wilder

    If you send a form & people are ordering items do they pay with their credit card?

  • whitegatepomsky

    I created a form and can pull it up, but there is no longer an option to edit it, or publish it. It's only appearing as a form for me to fill out as if I am the customer. How do I get this form to show up under "My forms" again?

  • Theresa Lopez

    I want to send the form via WhatsApp to a recipient to complete. LInk does not seem to work.

  • D a

    How to make a form with images

    Like
    photo
    Then text box

    Photo
    Then text box

    Photo
    Then test box



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  • Nick

    Great service, I use to create forms of varying complexity. Before that I used CF7 and then stepFORM.

  • miranda123

    Is there a way to change the font size to control how many pages we print? Also how do I insert page breaks for the printed copy?

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  • BluePearlsEnrichmentFoundationI

    Hi, I see the Next button for my form but not the Back button. I checked the visibility for the both and they both say visible for all pages where the buttons reside; the exception is the first page that does not have a Back button.

    What do I need to do to make the Back button visible on the form?

  • BluePearlsEnrichmentFoundationI

    Thank you for responding. This document was very helpful, however, I do not have the elements listed on the pdf editor. Am I doing something wrong? Should I create the application as a form and convert it somehow to a writable pdf? I am confused at this point of what and how to create our scholarship application. Help!

    Thanks!

  • RU98Grad

    How do I add photos?

  • Demi

    Hello I am looking to have users make customizable pdfs that I can sell as a digital download directly from my Wordpress site. Is this possible using Jotform? If so, what are the steps?

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  • Caahil

    Very informative and nicely explained. saves up time.

    Thanks for sharing

  • cathylund

    How do I find directions about the fillable pdf? I'm looking all over your site….

  • katrinacubbins

    I have created and it says that it was saved, but when I copy the link, it brings up the template without the changes??? What am I doing wrong?

  • louisjohna

    I followed the steps correctly! thank you
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  • Berenice Larbi

    Hi. Thanks for the video. It's really clear. However I just needed a bit more clarification on what happens to the data when it is returned. I understand it goes to your jot form inbox, but can it be downloaded for eg to a CSV file?

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  • Mike

    Excellent article, it turns out to create a form now is really very simple. I used to use Contact Form 7 for Wordpress, after I tried the uCalc plugin, but now I decided to try something else and JotForm really liked its simplicity.

  • embowen72

    I’ve created my form and tested it. I’m not able to open the pic that was uploaded. I’m getting 404 error

  • Chris

    We send letters to our clients. Can I build a form that asks for a client id, then fills out the client data (name, address etc.) from a DB or .csv file?

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  • vmotazedi

    How do I edit a form I created? The program will not let me open the form.

  • NASSC

    It says to test our form -- but how? By publishing it?

  • Aatif

    Can we set validation in fields..i.e for pincode it should have only 6 digit

  • Edward Passagi

    i hope this will work on my site //

  • cristathielen

    Can you use these forms internally without publishing to website?

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  • Daribelle

    Hello good day.
    If I create my first Web Form|Jotform how much the fees for a month?or its free?
    thank you.

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  • westfordacademy

    Hello,
    I am in a new position here at Westford Academy and I am in charge of having the graduating class record their names. I know we used this wonderful system last year and it was a great success. I am a little overwhelmed in the direction I need to go first. Could you direct me to the correct section, or can we converse by phone? Whatever is easier for you.

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you,
    Amy Moore amoore@westfordk12.us (978)692-5570 ext 2106

  • Pratap singh

    thank you
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  • veryoldtimer

    Hi, A customer of mine needs the Jotform Bronze to send his messages in a website. This website will be provided by me and I want to know how we have to handle the admin situation like, name, address and payment by my customer.
    The customer is machinehandelwoormgoor.com and is situated in the Netherlands.
    The site will be published next week at the provider and the name will be:
    ski-rack.nl

    My name is:
    Wim Dogterom
    web development
    mobile: 0031-6-4875 8998

  • nauan

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  • Almin Valyani

    I made the form/contact us tab, copied the code now have no idea where to put the code on my facebook page to make it work...

  • SUNNY

    I created a small website. In contact details form the name field color (background of the field which is White) & color of the text typed(which is White) are same(both are white). I am unable to change text color to Black. Pls help me