Creating a Form - The basics

In this article, we'll take a look at the basic steps of creating a Form and adding the Form to your Umbraco site.

Accessing the Forms Section

You can manage the Forms in the Forms section of the Umbraco backoffice. You need to have access to the section in order to see it.

If you do not see the Forms section, you might need to request access from the site Administrator. An Administrator can give permission to view the Forms section. This is done from the Users section of the backoffice.

Creating a Form

To create a Form, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Forms section.

  2. Click ... next to the Forms folder.

  3. Select Create > New Form.

  4. The Form Designer opens in the editor.

  5. By default, there is a page, a fieldset, and a container available. The rest of the Form has to be added using the interface.

  6. Enter a Name for the Form. Let's call it Our first form.

  7. [Optional] Enter the Page Name. We'll call it The first page. Click Add new page at the bottom of the Forms designer to add more pages.

  8. [Optional] Enter the Group Name. Click Add new group to add another group.

  9. Click the Add Question button to add a new field.

  10. The Choose field type dialog opens.

  11. Select Short Answer. Enter the following details in the Edit field window:

    Field NameValue

    Enter question


    Enter help text

    Enter your name here

  12. In the Sensitive data field, choose if the field stores sensitive data. Once selected, the data from this field will be prevented from being downloaded and viewed by users who do not have permission to do so. Only members of the sensitive data user group will see this option of downloading.

  13. Enter a Default Value for the field.

  14. Add a Placeholder to make it easier for the user to fill in the Form.

  15. Select if the field is Mandatory and customize the message.

  16. Add a Validation to the field. There are some predefined validations available but it is possible to add your own custom validation as well.

  17. Some form fields allow you to show or hide the label that's associated with the field when it is rendered within the form on the website. The default is always to show the field, but if you prefer to hide it, untick the Show label option.

  18. Set Conditions for the field. For more information on Conditions, see the Setting-up conditional logic on fields article.

    Some of the additional settings are dependent on which answer type was chosen. For example, since we selected Short Answer as our answer type we got two additional settings (Default Value and Placeholder).

  19. Once the configuration is completed, click Submit. You will see that the field has been added to the Form designer.

To edit a field, click the cog icon next to the field to open the dialog. To copy the field and its properties, click the copy icon. To delete a field or a group, click the Recycle Bin icon.

Structuring the Form

Ordering Fields

Once you've added a few fields to your Form, you might want to change the order of questions. To do so, click Reorder in the top-right corner of the Form designer.

When reordering your Form, you can drag and drop the fields to make it look the way you want. Click I am done reordering to get back to the Form designer.

Form Pages

Forms can be grouped into pages. When rendered, each page will be presented one at a time to the user. They will need to complete the first page before moving onto the second and can navigate back and forth between pages.

To add a new page at the start or end of the form, use the buttons in the top right corner of the editing view.

You can also add a new page directly to the bottom of the form via the Add new page button. This will appear below other pages when at least one exists.

Form Groups

With a page, form fields can be arranged into groups. These will display all together on a single page but can be styled so the fields are appropriately grouped in fieldsets.

New groups are added via the Add new group button.

Form Columns

The last level of structure are columns that can be created within a group. To set the number of columns, click the cog icon next to the Group Name. You can now add or move fields to the new columns created.

Saving the Form

Once have created the Form, save the design by clicking the Save button.

Organizing Forms in Folders

If the product installation is set up to store form definitions in the database, you will be able to store forms within folders. This can help with organization and makes it easier to locate the forms for modification, especially if you plan to create many Forms.

To create a folder:

  1. Go to the Forms section.

  2. Click ... next to Forms folder.

  3. Select Create.

  4. Select New Folder.

  5. Enter a Folder Name.

  6. Click Create Folder.

You can create folders within folders, rename, move, import folders, or delete them.

To move or copy forms into folders, click the ... next to the Form and select Move.

Adding the Form to the Umbraco Site

To add the Form, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Content section of the Umbraco Backoffice.

  2. Select the content page where you want to insert the Form. The page you choose should have a form picker which you can add in the Settings section under Document Types.

  3. Click Choose and select the Form you want to insert. You will be able to select from the full list of forms. If available on your installation, you will also be able to select using a folder based view, which can be quicker to navigate when many forms have been prepared.

  4. Click Choose.

  5. The Form is inserted on your page. Click Save and publish.

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