More often than not, once you’ve established your online presence by setting up a website, you’ll have to provide a means for your target audience to reach you and interact with you. Your website could be an online shopping place or just an online place where people can consume the content you are offering and reach out to you for more information. To facilitate this, you’ll probably need some kind of a form. It is for this reason that forms are invaluable to any website. Over 90% of websites will contain some kind of form. Let me enlighten you on the value of forms to your website and why you should ensure that yours are unique, beautiful, and functional.
Types of Forms
Considering the times we are living, there so many kinds of forms out there. I mean, just think of all the different scenarios you have been forced to fill a form? In schools, hospitals, business institutions, and other places. And in all these places, there are different instances you’ll have to deal with forms. For example, in school alone, how many forms do you fill from kindergarten/ pre-school to the time you attain your Diploma/ Master’s Degree/ Ph.D.? And the same case applies to businesses, hospitals, and oh yes, the various websites you visit online. In a nutshell, forms are everywhere and in many shapes and sizes. And this is so because they are important to the various institutions that use them. Your business is one of those institutions, especially when it comes to growing your clientele and collecting money online.
Why You Need Forms
You must by now have gotten the vibe that web forms are an important part of most institutions, and the same is especially true when you have a website. On a website, you have to provide a means for your visitors to reach out to you either to provide information, seek information, or to pay for your goods or services. Forms are what make this possible. You will need forms to collect email addresses from visitors, supply more information about your business to your visitors, send newsletters, collect payment, send payment, conduct surveys, among others. Trust me, the list is incredibly long. All you have to do is determine what you want to do and which kind of form will be applicable to your case. For most people, it’s either to increase their email list or collect payment.
Creating forms from scratch is easy or tough, depending on the nature of the form you need. Simple forms for collecting emails are easy for most developers to create. Be that as it may, there are times when things can get tricky, and tricky situations need clever people. Get a professional to do the job for you, or at least ensure the person who’s doing the job knows what they are doing. There are online services that enable you to create custom professional looking forms for almost any occasion imaginable. You may find these services invaluable for your business.
You’ll save yourself time. Creating complex forms take time. Furthermore, creating forms that are unique is more challenging because this calls for creativity, professionalism, and patience. If you already have someone who can do this, fine. If not, consider using an online service that can do the job for you. With such a service, you can customize your forms to reflect either the style or spirit of your business. Using a drag and drop feature, you can easily position the different form elements like text boxes, radio buttons, checkboxes, drop-down lists, etc. where you please. You can also select from a variety of colors, fonts, themes, or templates to come up with something completely unique an original. This will save you time, and you’ll end up with a professional looking form. Of course, you do need to have good taste in style though.
You don’t need to use an online service to create forms if you are more than capable of creating one for yourself, or if you have someone who can do the job for you. However, be smart enough to create forms that echo either the spirit or style of your business or both. Forms can be tedious and boring to most people because of the frequency which most of them encounter them. This doesn’t have to be the case for your site. Whether you’ll do it yourself or use an online service, try to create forms that are fun to deal with by making them as interactive and relevant as possible. It’s better for your site visitor to fill a form with two text boxes that are relevant than to fill three more text boxes that are not necessary. Don’t waste your time as well as your site visitors’ time by creating forms that ask for unnecessary information.
As long as you have a website, chances are that you’ll need a form for one reason or another. See to it then, that the forms that will be present on your site will be unique, interactive, engaging, and above all, a piece of cake to fill. You’ll make it easier for your audience to reach you and do whatever action you’d like for them to do.