NOTE: A new article related to creating and customizing iWeb forms has been recently posted.
iWeb, an application included in iLife, has allowed individuals to quickly create all kinds of websites. But unfortunately the ability to add forms to these websites is not an included feature.
Luckily, with a bit of help from two free web services, forms can be added to help gather information from individuals visiting your website.
To be able to add forms to your iWeb pages you first need to create them. Google Docs recently added the ability to create forms and have the data collected stored in their spreadsheet application.
To create a form on Google Docs:
Now that we’ve created the form we’ll want to put the form into a format that will fit nicely into our iWeb pages. A new web application, Sprout, will help us do just that.
To have Sprout help us setup our forms in a format perfect for our iWeb site:
Now that we’ve created and formated the Form we need to add it to the iWeb page we’d like it to appear on. To do this, open up iWeb and click Web Widgets and select HTML snippet. Past the code from Sprout into the HTML snippet box and hit enter.
Once this is finished, you should see your Form on your iWeb page. More the Form to the location you’d like to store it on your page and publish your iWeb site. Every time your Form is filled out and submitted, the results will be stored in your Google Docs Spreadsheet for your review.
While this approach does take a few steps to get a form onto your iWeb page, it is a free solution that allows you some customization and storage options for the feedback provided by visitors to your website.
What type of Forms will you create for your iWeb site?
Other options and books are available to help you learn iWeb features the quick and easy way.
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NOTE: Google Docs has now added the ability to embed these forms in your site without the assistance of sprout. Select “More Actions” and then Embed to get the code to add the form itself to your iweb page.
Additionally, the adjustments google has made may temporarily cause problems with Sprout.
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