Web Forms Overview
Web forms allow a website visitor to enter data in an online form that resembles paper forms with checkboxes, multiple choice questions, and text fields. The data collected is sent to a server and reviewed by web site owners who requested the information.
Website owners typically need to collect information from their visitors using a web form. Web forms contain form fields that allow visitors to enter and submit information. This information is usually saved in a database. Common uses for web forms include visitor feedback, event registration, request for information, etc.
University Web Services created a SharePoint template that provides web site owners with an easy way to create web forms, customize information collected in the form, and access/export the responses. This can all be done without any programming.
Before You Build Your Form
It is helpful to design your form before you get to MOSS—know what information you need to collect (name, email, school/college, profession, etc.). Remember that less is more. The shorter your form is the more likely the visitor will complete the form. Think through the following questions:
- How should you organize the form fields?
- What fields are required?
- How can you use drop downs or radio buttons to offer consistent and quick answers?