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The Form Folder

In Falcon, a form is represented by a Form Folder.  The Form Folder provides configuration of the form's submit button, output, prologue and epilogue, and groups all the required form fields of that form in one place.

A form takes up the space of a page in Falcon - a web page cannot be inserted above or below the form. Also in reverse, a form cannot be inserted into a web page. However Falcon forms provide features which allow the addition of text and images above, below, and within a form. A form can be broken up into separate pages for ease of readability - each page is a form and requires its own Form Folder.

To create a form on your Falcon website, add a Form Folder to a suitable location on your site.

  

Where a form consists of multiple pages, each page is represented by a form folder and thus it is best to group the form folders under a 'normal' folder. For example like this:

Note that each form folder has been excluded from the navigation [via Edit, Settings, select 'Exclude from navigation' checkbox].

 

Form Folder settings

Submit Button Label

For a one-page form leave this as the default 'Submit' or replace with another final action word e.g. Complete, Process, Register, etcetera. For a multi-page form, use a continuation word such as Next, Continue, More, etcetera.

Show Reset Button

If you want to give your users the ability to clear their inputs from the current form page and start again, then select this checkbox. The Reset Button Label can be changed from the default 'Reset' to some other suitable wording e.g. 'Clear input'.

Action Adapter

The default adapter available is the Mailer Adapter which causes the form input to be emailed to a specified user. Two other adapters which can be added to the form folder are the Custom Script Adapter and the Save Data Adapter (see the Form output page for further information on configuring the Mailer and Save Data Adapters). Adapters are added using the 'Add new...' dropdown list on the form folder's Contents screen:

You can add multiple adapters according to your needs. For example, one Mailer Adapter to send all the form's input to a Manager, another Mailer Adapter to send only certain input to an Administrator, yet another Mailer Adapter to send an email to the user submitting the form, and a Save Data Adapter to record each user's input along with time and date information into a file.

Thanks Page

If you select the Thank You page (added to every Form Folder by default), you have a means of letting your users know that the form has been successfully submitted, both the input can be included and text on what the next steps will be e.g. An Instructor will be in touch or an email will be sent to the user.

If 'None' is selected, the user will see a basic list of their inputs with no further instructions.

Alternatively, after form submission, the user can be directed to a web page on the site instead of receiving a Thank You page. This is done by setting a Custom Redirect as follows:

Under the Edit tab of the form folder, select Overrides and within the Custom Success Action field enter

redirect_to:string:name_of_web_page

The name_of_web_page may be the short name of a page on your site or a full URL (easier for Falcon to locate) e.g. http://www.name_of_site/a_folder/name_of_web_page

 

You can create additional Thank You pages, via the Form Folder's 'Add new..., Thanks page' option, and these will appear on the list of choices available under the Edit tab e.g.

 

See Configuring the Thank You page for further details.

Force SSL connection

Selecting this option will force the user to have been authenticated before accessing the form.

Form Prologue and Form Epilogue

Use these sections to include any necessary information above and below any form fields which are present in the form folder. The prologue could include a welcome message, advice on how to complete the form, where to go for further information etcetera. The epilogue could be used to indicate what will happen next after form submission or as a thank you note.