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WordPress Form Builder Glossary

Advanced Form Settings

Assembly - Area where you can see how your form is getting put together. From here, you can click a field to access its field settings. You can also move, delete, or copy the fields on your form.

Checkboxes - Type of field that allows form submitters to select multiple options. (Example: Which of these activities are you interested in? Select as many as apply. Reading, Painting, Biking, Socializing, Dining)

Copy Field - Function available from the assembly area that allows you to make a duplicate field from an existing one. To copy a field, click the copy icon ().

Default Option - Field setting that makes one of the field options pre-selected when a person begins filling out the form. (Example: )

Default Value -  Field setting in either the Single Line Text or Paragraph Text field that allows you to have the field pre-filled with the text that you type here. Form submitters will see this text and have the chance to edit it before submitting the form.

Delete Field - Function available from the assembly area that allows you to remove a field from your form. To delete a field, click the delete icon ().

Drop Down - Type of field that allows form submitters to select a single option from a drop-down menu. Only the first field option is readable until the form submitter clicks the drop down menu, at which point other options become visible. For this reason, Drop Down is a good choice when the list of field options is lengthy.

Entries - The data submissions from people who fill out your form. See also: Export Entries

Export Entries - Option in the form editor that allows you to export entries into a downloadable file.

Express Fields - An alternative to basic fields that pre-populate some of the field settings and allow for validation of certain entries.

Field Settings - Area of the form builder that allows you to change both basic and advanced options of your fields. Some of these include label, the required option, field options, and name.

File Attachment - Type of field that allows someone to attach a file (such as a .pdf, .xls, or .jpg) to the form they are submitting.

Form Settings - Area of the form editor that allows you to change the form name, confirmation message, and other advanced settings.

Form Submitter - The people who fill out your forms.

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Label - The text that people filling out the form will read when deciding how to respond to a field. The label may also be referred to as "field text" or "field question" (Example: "Name" or "What is your name?").

Live - Area of the form editor that provides you with a preview of what your form will look like.

Message - Form setting that is the text someone will see after submitting their form. The form message may also be referred to as the "Thank You Message" or "Confirmation Text."

Move Field - Feature in the Assembly area that allows you to change the order of your fields. To move a field, click-and-hold the "handle" on the left-most side of the field (indicated by a grayed, rectangular shape). Drag the field to the desired location and release to place it there:

Multiple Choice - Type of field that allows form submitters to select a single option from a list of text options. (Example: Which age group are you in? 18-25, 26-40, 41-60, 61+ )

Name, Field - Field setting that identifies the field when looking at all field entries (it appears as a column heading). In contrast to the field label, the field name does not appear to people who fill out your form.

Name, Form -  Identifying text for your form, which appears at the top of the form editor and within the list of current forms in the form manager. The form name will not appear on your live page anywhere.

Options, Field - The options that a person may select in a drop down menu, check box, or multiple choice field. You can access field options from the field settings.

Paragraph Text - Type of field that allow form submitters to compose multiple lines of text. (Example: In 200 words or less, briefly describe your project.)

Placeholder - Field setting in either the Single Line Text or Paragraph Text field that hints form submitters what they should enter. The placeholder text initially appears in the same text area where the person will type their answer, but disappear as soon as they click to answer that field.

Reload Form - Function in the form editor that reverts the form to its last saved version. This function will remove all unsaved edits.

Required - Field setting that, when checked, forces field submitters to answer the field before submitting the form.

Required message - Field setting text that the form submitter receives when they have attempted to submit a form that has a required field, and the required field has not been filled out.

Single Line Text - Type of field that allow form submitters to compose some brief text (no more than a single line). This field is a good choice when asking for short answers, such as "Department" or "Name."

Section Text - Type of field that allows you to add headings or other text to your form. The section text will be displayed as plain text on the live form; the form submitter will not interact with it in any way.

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View Entries - See Entries

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