2) Wufoo: Stupid-easy Web forms

Drag-and-drop form fields, make up some questions and hit 'save'.  That's all.

Drag-and-drop form fields, make up some questions and hit 'save'. That's all.

2. Wufoo

http://www.wufoo.com

Wufoo is old news for some, but still one of the most handy Web publishing services I’ve come across in the last few years. HTML forms can be a hassle for even the most skilled Web designers and developers. With Wufoo, you can create attractive, extremely customizable HTML forms in a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG interface that even John McCain could use, I bet.

In addition to creating and publishing Web forms, Wufoo also serves as a management console for all your forms, providing rich statistics on usage and collecting all the data for you. Even the most stealthy of Web Ninjas will benefit from Wufoo’s timesaving form creation.

Coolest features:

  • Endlessly customizable: From questions and field types to the CSS that styles it all, practically every pixel can be adjusted to suit your needs.
  • Easy (or advanced, if you prefer) integration: Link to the Wufoo-hosted form directly, or embed it into any Webpage at the drop of a code snippet. Or download the form’s source files and upload it to your own Web server (server-side programming required)
  • SMS & email: in addition to storing responses in Wufoo’s web-based database, you can have it emailed or sent to you via SMS text message. (Hint: this is an easy way to make a clean, usable contact form with no programming required)

Limitations: Won’t make a turkey sandwich for you? Honestly, I can’t think of any.

How to get started: Head over to Wufoo.com and sign-up (free).

For more information: Check out this brief video tutorial on using Wufoo by Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks.com.

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4 Responses to 2) Wufoo: Stupid-easy Web forms

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  2. Joelle Alex says:

    So I created a contact form on WuFoo but how do I add it to my WordPress blog?? I know I need to add it to a new page but since WordPress doesn’t allow Javascript how can I still use the form as a full page form without having to be a link?? I guess it is stupid easy for people who aren’t new to blogging! 😀

  3. That’s a great point, Joelle. Unfortunately, WordPress.com still doesn’t allow JavaScript or iFrame embeds (due to security concerns).

    They’ve enabled work-arounds for more common embeds like YouTube videos, but apparently nothing is available for Wufoo yet.

    In the meantime, the best alternative (other than migrating your WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted install) would be to link directly to the form itself. Each form has a public URL, which you can copy from your browser’s address bar and into WordPress.com as the destination of a link in the text editor.

    Not as elegant, but it will get WordPress.com readers to your form.

  4. After mentioning the issue on Twitter, I got this reply from WordPress:

    wordpressdotcom: @johnpaul Tons of documentation on embeds in our support center: http://en.support.wordpress.com/

    Be sure to check there as well. Good luck!

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