Web Forms and Their Types

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Collect any data type in seconds — all you need is an optimized web form. Discover how to create dynamic online forms for any business use case quickly and seamlessly.
Web Forms and Their Types

About this course

This course takes you through the process of creating and customizing different types of online forms in airSlate WorkFlow. You’ll learn how to build payment and authentication forms, surveys, approvals, and other online forms to accurately gather various types of data in seconds.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to build a dynamic web form for your use case from scratch and automate routine, document-related processes like data transfers, record updates, and more, without coding.

What’s included?

lessons that explain how to use different types of web forms
quiz to consolidate your knowledge & test new skills
certificate to showcase your new skills

What will you learn?

How to simplify the process of gathering data with various web form types
How to eliminate errors with automatic data transfers
How to simplify data routing between systems using no-code integrations

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in collecting different data types automatically
Anyone looking to master workflow automation without coding
Those who want to advance their career with new skills

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airSlate WorkFlow: the best platform for creating dynamic web forms without coding

Collecting data is crucial for any business to operate adequately. It includes gathering and processing various information via different data collection techniques, such as surveys and questionnaire forms. Data collection allows professionals to better understand the needs of their customers through data analysis and offers them insights to use for future decision-making. As technology has evolved, paper-based data collection has become a thing of the past. Companies prefer doing this work online by creating .html surveys, often called dynamic web forms.

Unlike old-fashioned paper questionnaires, dynamic web forms change in real-time as people complete them. Based on the details an individual provides, there may be automatic calculations performed and fields pre-populated or hidden from users, making the document completion simple. Often, creating such forms for a website requires specific programming skills. Today, however, some tools enable users to accomplish their form-related needs without having to code at all. airSlate WorkFlow is a good example of such a tool.

airSlate WorkFlow is a popular no-code, all-in-one platform that helps people easily build business workflows of any complexity. They can automatically generate and complete documents, sign agreements, collect payments, create custom web forms, and more. Its drag-and-drop form creator and ready-to-use bots enable even non-tech savvy users to configure their workflows easily, build dynamic web forms, process the collected data, track it, review it, and export it to an external database in minutes and without writing a single line of a code.

Let's discuss what types of forms you can build for your website and how you can create them with our platform.

Web forms examples provided by airSlate WorkFlow

There are many different examples of what dynamic questionnaires can be. For instance, think about an online food order request on your favorite restaurant's website, where you can choose the items you want and pay for them right in the same form. Once completed, all the information you entered is transferred to the restaurant's database and processed accordingly. This is the type of online form you can create with airSlate WorkFlow's no-code automation.

Here are more web form examples you can build on our platform:

  • Application forms for a job, educational programs, document renewal, etc.
  • HR forms and checklists, like vacation or sick leave requests
  • Product order requests, purchase orders, and invoices
  • Customer satisfaction surveys
  • Quizzes and interactive tests

Now let's look at the instruments airSlate WorkFlow offers for generating such forms.

How to make a website form in airSlate WorkFlow

The airSlate WorkFlow interface is straightforward. Therefore, the process of building dynamic online forms only takes a few minutes. It may differ depending on the type of dynamic sample you need to create, but it generally involves these basic steps:

  1. Choosing a type of web form. Based on the data you need to collect, pick one of the available samples and start constructing it in the editor.
  2. Adding needed fields and elements. Customize the sample with a header, form description, and fields for text, email addresses, dates, initials, eSignatures, etc.
  3. Creating multiple option fields. Add checkbox fields, radio buttons, or dropdown lists to enable individuals to choose from several response options.
  4. Embed calculations. Drop the numbers and/or currency fields into the document and compute the results using the formula field.
  5. Setting field properties. Provide the field name, size, and data validation type for each field, and set them as required or optional.
  6. Clarifying the conditions. Hide or show certain areas based on the individual's previous answers in the survey.
  7. Automating answers. Add and configure automation bots in your dynamic form to provide automated data import/export that will move to/from other airSlate WorkFlow documents.
  8. Setting up external connections. Install integration bots that will export the applicants' responses to a third-party database once they have completed your dynamic web form.

Learn to create web forms with airSlate Academy

If creating a form is so simple with our platform, why take the airSlate Academy course? Because you'll benefit from a deeper understanding of the platform's functionality and the opportunity to explore the ins and outs of how to create custom web forms based on your needs. The learning program outlines the process for building all types of web documents and is accompanied by a detailed video guide featuring typical use cases. Considering it is free, it's an excellent way to develop your skills in creating dynamic web forms as well as collecting and processing data more effectively. Join the airSlate Academy and find out how to do more with less effort, and see better results with no-code workflow automation!

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Web forms are similar to the paper-based documents requested and collected via a website. Dynamic web forms change in real time while people complete them. They lead users through the process, highlighting the following steps and ensuring they enter the correct data into each field. These forms may also contain fields prepopulated with database records or formula-run calculations that appear in the survey depending on the previously provided data.

There are two main ways you can use to build dynamic forms. The traditional one involves coding, so you need programming skills, e.g., HTLM or JavaScript. If you don’t have these, there are also no-code solutions, such as airSlate WorkFlow. Our platform enables you to create custom web forms in the drag-and-drop creator, where you can set validations to your fields, set up conditions, etc. With the help of ready-made bots, you can automate such surveys, share them with recipients, import and export data to/from databases without coding, and more.

There are many different tools that help users create web forms. Using no-code platforms like airSlate WorkFlow is the fastest way to build dynamic forms available for everyone, as you don’t need to program each step and data transfer yourself. In airSlate WorkFlow, you’ll use a drag-and-drop form builder to add and set up fields in your form. The no-code bots will help you automate actions in the questionnaire, integrate the form with a database, export its results to other documents in the cloud, etc.

Dynamic web forms aim to quickly collect and manage data from customers, partners, or the company’s staff in electronic form. You can add them to your website or send them via email or a link to your recipients. If you set up your dynamic web forms correctly, the data provided by your addressees should appear in your database, spreadsheet, or another web form.

If you’re not a specialist in programming, the easiest and most efficient way for you to create web forms is by using no-code technologies. Try the airSlate WorkFlow automation platform that enables you to quickly create custom web forms of different types in its drag-and-drop form builder. You can set all the necessary conditions for your documents right in the editor. Set up automatic data pre-fill for specific fields and export the collected data to external databases or other documents by simply adding the corresponding ready-to-use bots. To learn more, enroll in the airSlate Academy course.

When you create and run fillable dynamic forms with airSlate WorkFlow, your recipients receive an email notifying them that they need to complete a document. By clicking on the ‘Fill out documents’ button, they will open the form in the editor where they need to provide the requested data, following the document navigation. Join the airSlate Academy to learn how to create and configure your dynamic web forms without coding.

Try airSlate WorkFlow, an all-in-one no-code automation platform where you can easily set up and automate any document-based process within minutes. When creating a web form, you can import documents from other resources. Grant airSlate WorkFlow access to your Google Drive and select a document. Once it’s uploaded, open it in the editor, drop the required fillable fields, set validations and conditions for them where needed, and save changes. You can also provide automatic data pre-fill for some fields in your online form by configuring the bots.

Web forms are incorporated into a website as authentication blocks, surveys, payment forms, etc. People complete them online, and the details they enter go to the web server for processing. After that, depending on the scope of the web form and its type, users may get a new questionnaire to fill out or get redirected to another web page (e.g., a thank-you page after completing an order and paying for it). All data provided is exported to reports and databases, where the form creator can review and manage it.

HTML forms are simple web forms created to collect and process the information entered by users online. So, yes, they still exist and are widely used. However, now people use various programming languages to create custom web forms apart from the HTML itself (Dynamic HTML, PHP, Python, etc.).

Yes, posting web forms on a website is a commonly used practice. Generally, embedding online surveys and other dynamic forms into a web page requires HTML code. You need to copy an HTML code and paste it into your web page or blog where you need it to appear.