Here are Five Must Use Tips to use inside of Gravity Forms on your WordPress website. Kori Ashton helps you better understand why Gravity Forms is worth every penny! These 5 Tips will help you use it to the best of its capability – See more below
#1 – AJAX
#2 – Tab Indexing
#3 – HoneyPot / AntiSpam
#4 – Conditional Logic
#5 – Conditional Notifications
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Hey y’all, you know if you watch my channel I absolutely love Gravity Forms, and if you’re familiar with it, if you’re using it, I’m gonna show you today five tips that you have to be doing, if you’re using Gravity Forms and you might not even know that they exist.
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Gravity Form Tip 1: AJAX
Alright, Gravity Forms it is, number one, and this one’s about AJAX. So if you’ve ever been working on a form and the user experience is a little clunky ’cause they go and they fill out the whole form and down at the bottom they click submit, and then they’re shot back up to the top of the page, the form of course disappears and maybe your thank you message comes in place.
Well, it’s really annoying to kind of have that jolting experience jump you back up to the page, especially if your form’s at the bottom of the page, so a better experience is to enable AJAX. That allows the form just to dynamically transition over to your thank you message, or send them dynamically to your thank you page, pretty cool huh? How you do you do it? Every single form already has it built in. You don’t even really have to do anything special, you just have to enable it.
So you come here, add form like you normally would to any page or any post, select your form, and then you know we’re not gonna display title, we’re not gonna display description, but you do need to enable AJAX, right here.
And this says you’ll specify whether or not to use AJAX to submit the form. So that kicks in a different script that allows the form to just dynamically transition over. Play around with it, watch the user experience just improve through the roof. You will see now that it has AJAX true living inside of your shortcut.
Gravity Forms Tip 2: Tab Indexing
You’re gonna love that one, you’ll thank me for that one, let’s go on, number two. This one’s actually in that same pop-up screen as you go to embed a form. I’m gonna show you something pretty cool inside of, I’m just gonna toggle back here, toggle back here, as though we were right back to where we were, this little advanced option tab, if you open that up, this offers a tab index.
What’s interesting about this is, if you have more than one form on your page, if there are more than one Gravity Form living on your page, maybe one’s in the footer, one’s in the core of the page, one’s in the sidebar, something along those lines, and someone is trying to tab through or use a different means of navigating through your fields, that could potentially cause some confusion as they tab it might jump from one form to the other form, and you just needed them to move from field to field within the one form.
Well, this is the way you kind of work around that, it’s a pretty cool workaround. You would simply come up with a number, and you can just call this form number one.
Insert form, it’s going to give the tab index of one. The next form that you have on this page somewhere, when you go to embed it, whether it’s in the footer, whether it’s still on the page itself, it doesn’t matter, if you embed that form, I want you to give it a different number, you can just say number two. And what it will do is it’ll actually let the navigation know, or the tabbing know, that these are two totally separate forms, do not jump with the tab between the fields on these forms, stay contained.
Pretty cool little extra step there, and I don’t see that a lot in these form builders out there, that’s a really extra, unique field that Gravity Forms is giving us.
Gravity Forms Tips 3: HoneyPot / AntiSpam
Now for number three you’re gonna go into each individual form that you might want to set this on, and you’re gonna go in the actual forms settings itself. Alright so go into settings, for each individual form, and what I wanna show you is something called a honeypot, or an anti-spam.
So there are more and more form builders allowing for this but if you don’t know what it is, you might not even know to engage it. This is a anti-spam, basically what it does, is instead of you using a front-side CAPTCHA form that frustrates the heck out of your users, this puts a field behind the scenes that robots will actually fill out, and if it’s filled out then you know that it’s a spam entry. It’s pretty magical, right?
Ahh!, it’s amazing. So you definitely want to engage this, if you’re not using Gravity Forms and your form builder doesn’t have this and you’re frustrating your users filling out forms you might wanna consider moving over to Gravity Forms and enabling this, of course you need to enable it on every single one of your forms, and click update form settings.
It does not put a field on the front side, so you won’t ever see it happen on the front side, it’s just magically happening behind the scenes for the robots to fill out.
Gravity Form Tip 4: Conditional Logic
Number four is conditional logic. This is what got me so excited about Gravity Forms, ’cause normally I would have had to write all sorts of crazy code that I probably don’t even know how to write to make something like this logic happen.
But let’s say you’re building out a form, and you want to hide the coupon code field, unless they check a box that says, apply a coupon code, right? Maybe you wanna make it a little obscure so they don’t go searching online for a coupon code. But you want to offer that opportunity if they do have one to check the box and then have the field appear.
Well, let’s preview this for a second and let you see what that looks like. So right now the coupon code field does not exist, it’s not visible at least. When I click on there it does exist, that’s called conditional logic, and I’ll show you right now how to do it inside of Gravity Forms, so cool.
You actually would just create the field, so you would add a new field, this one is gonna just be a coupon field because inside of Gravity Forms it does offer you different types of advanced, or pricing fields, so here’s your coupon field. You would bring that over, oh! it says only one of course, that’s what you would do though, you would click on it, bring that over, inside of it though you would open it up, and go to the Advanced tab. This is able to be done on any type of field inside of Gravity Forms.
You go to the advanced area, and you check this little box right here that says, enable conditional logic. Open that up and then you set the parameters. You show this field if, all of the following match, if this coupon code, is apply coupon code, basically if the box is checked, check that.
Now this field doesn’t show up right now because I’ve taken the admin label off of it, but if I wanted the field to show up there I could come up here, and say, check box. Right so that I actually know and can see that back here. So you’ve got the ability to do that, check box is checked, basically, apply coupon code, show this field.
You can hide fields based on these conditional logics. You can compile conditional logics that all have to play nicely together, or affect each other to show or hide fields. Oh! you can lose days playing around with this, and of course click update, and that’s the way you toggle on and off, showing, displaying, or hiding fields with conditional logic.
Gravity Forms Tip 5: Conditional Notifications
The same way you’re doing stuff like that with fields, you can do that inside of Gravity Forms with conditional notifications, so check this out! So now we can go to settings, notifications, so each and every form that you have, you can set as many notifications as you want, let’s say one needs to go to the admin, and one needs to go to the person filling out the form.
What if they’re choosing different topics inside of a subject area or a service area, and that needs to notify different team members for you, dynamically, we can do that. What if they’re applying for a job and depending upon the department that they’re applying with it needs to go to this person or that person, all of that can be done dynamically.
So you would just click add new, inside of notifications. This is kind of your admin name for what you and your team need this to be called, so Kori gets notified. And when the form is submitted, or you can change that, when a payment is complete, when a payment has failed, so you can set up, oops, sorry, but your payment failed, and you can get notified, they can get notified, all of these options are here. Where do you want this sent to, enter in the email so if this is an admin it would, of course, come to my own email, right? Or you can select a field from the form that’s being filled out.
You fill out all of these things and then come right down here and check this out, enable conditional logic. Send this notification if, and so this could be based on anything. If the checkbox was checked and they did apply coupon code, you can send ’em a notification, say thanks so much for using that coupon code off of Facebook, did you know we have a Facebook page, please like it. Whatever you wanna do, get creative with these conditional logic notifications, and use them on a consistent basis because it really makes all your forms very, very dynamic.
Gravity Forms Playlist on YouTube
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