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Forms

Use forms to collect information or receive messages. Discover more about what forms can do, form elements and best practices in creating your forms.

You can create web forms to collect information, questions, or applications through your public-facing web pages. 

  • Use a form to gather and organize information about your users.
  • Add a simple contact form to your site for visitors to ask questions.
  • Develop applications or interest forms to kick off program or departmental processes.

Form Elements

Before you begin creating forms, here is a list of elements that make up a form.

Element

Description

Form Folder

A form folder contains various form fields that make up a form.

Form Fields

A form field is the area in which a user inputs information onto a form.

Field Settings

A field setting is where you can configure a form field.

Form Best Practices

Forms open up a direct channel of communication with your website visitors. Before you begin developing a form for your web page, we recommend considering these best practices.

Keep Forms Short and Simple

Analytics shows that users are less likely to complete long and complex forms. We suggest limiting the number of fields to the essential information you need from a visitor at that moment.

Ask Us for Help

Use Appropriate Language

Refer to the Web Style Guide for advice. Use call-to-action statements to encourage users to fill out the form.

Organize Well

Consider organizing your forms in a way that is natural for users to fill out.