Create a Custom Form with DbEasy

The DbEasy custom forms editor allows you to open up your database to world.  You select tables and fields from your database, define how they appear and then embed the form in your blog or website.

For example, let’s say that you have signed up for DbEasy and selected Contact Manager for your base application.  Now you want to create a form to let people give you their email address.  Start at your DbEasy dashboard and select “Add a New Form.”

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This will take you a screen where you can select one of the tables in your database.

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In this example we are going to select the EmailLists table so we can create an email address collection form.

DbEasy will give your form a name based on the table you select.  If you are going to have more than one form for the same table you give them unique names so that you can keep them straight.  The user does not see the form name so it’s fine to leave it as is.  When you click the Save Form then DbEasy will take you to the Form Editor.

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The Form Editor gives you a list of fields from your table and other features to control the appearance of your form.

  • Choose which fields appear
  • Specify the order
  • Define the labels
  • Change the text of the submit button
  • Define the text to show your users after they submit their data

Click on any field in the field list to add it to your form:

formeditoraddemailaddressfield

 

Then click on the Edit button to change the prompt:

formeditoreditemailaddressfield

Type your new value and click Update.

formeditorupdateemailaddressprompt

You can also change the text that appears on the button your user clicks to send the form.  By default the button will have the dweeby label. “Submit,” but you can have it say anything you want.

 

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The last thing that you can customize is the page that appears after your user submits the form.  For this we give you an HTML editor so that you can create rich formatted text.

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The HTML editor lets you choose text styles H1 – H6 (Heading 1 through Heading 6), text decorations like bold, underline, and strike-through.  You can indent, use bullets, numbered lists, insert images and add links to other web pages.  Basically anything you would find in a web page you can create with our HTML editor.

Now you can view the form and see how it will look to your users.

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You’ll be able to see all your customizations.

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You can even try it out yourself, entering data, clicking the button, and then you’ll see the response page that you designed.

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Now your form is ready to put out on the web.  DbEasy provides you with the URL to link to your form and the HTML code to embed it:

formeditorlinks

 

 

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