Forms are a collection of elements designed to capture data from your visitors. To help you get started, Readz offers Form Modules. These modules are pre-made forms with actions set in the right places so your form is ready for immediate use. Forms are made from text input elements and submit buttons, with a variety of actions to capture data. All of the elements within a form are customizable through typical means, such as font styling, elements styling, etc. Our suggestion is to either place a form straight on the page, or in a lightbox.
How to get started From within the Readz editor, go to the Add Element options. Choose the Form Modules category to start from pre-made forms. Choose the Building Blocks category to create your own. You can always start with a pre-made form and then customize by adding parts from the building blocks category as well.

All forms start with a form element. This form element will contain all the working parts of the form. The form element should be given a proper title so you and your team can recognize it in the Readz Database. Also, these form elements come with pre-set actions as well. If you would like to integrate Mailchimp and Infusionsoft with your forms, you can do by creating those actions on the form element. More on actions in forms below.

A submit button is also necessary, as it allows your visitors to confirm their information before sending it off to the database. The submit button comes with a pre-set action that will verify all required fields in your form have been filled out. The submit button must go inside of the form element.

Other important parts of forms are the inputs that capture the required data of the person filling out the form. As part of the Form Modules, you'll find forms with text inputs, checkbox menus, radio button menus. As part of the Form Modules, there is a thank-you message that will display when you successfully submit a form. Use the element list to see the hidden text box layer if you would like to edit the thank-you message.
 
All forms should have an email field! This is how you know who made the entry. You can edit the text of the label that appears in your forms by double-clicking the textbox element. For example, in the image below, if you double-click where it says “email,” you’ll enter text-edit mode, and are free to change the text to whatever you'd like.
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The white area below the word “Email” is the input field. You can choose to have placeholder text appear here to help visitors easily understand what you expect from them. To use placeholder text, select that white input field, and in the TEXT INPUT MENU bar, click on the icon resembling gears. There you’ll see where to put in your placeholder text.
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This same gear icon will display different options for different input fields. An example of a different option is the “drop-down question” input field, where you can define whether the drop-down is required and customize the questions or answers that appear in the drop-down. Where does all this information go and how can I see it? As part of this the form feature, Readz has a view called the database. The database is accessible from within the Readz editor dashboard. Each publication has its own database. From the database, you can view all entries by email. We recommend that you make emails a required part of your form! Along with the emails, you can see all answer, comment, or questions your visitors submitted. The Safari browser will alter the appearance of some of your form elements from how they appear in the Readz editor. This is not a bug, but a “feature” of the Safari browser.
How to get started From within the Readz page-editor, choose “Newsletter Form,” which is a simple form, or “Form With All Input Types,” which is a form with many input options. From either one of these form stencils, you can pick and choose which pieces to delete, edit, etc. Both of these Form Stencils also come with SUBMIT and RESET buttons. These are text box elements with actions to either submit the data on the form or reset all inputs on the form. All forms must have an email field! This is how you know who made the entry. You can edit the text of the label that appears in your forms by double-clicking on the textbox. For example, in the image below, if you double-click where it says “Email,” you’ll enter a text-edit mode, and are free to change the text to whatever you'd like.
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The white area below the word “Email” is the input field. We can choose to have placeholder text appear here to help our visitors easily understand what we expect from them. To use placeholder text, select that white input field. In the TEXT INPUT MENU bar, click on the icon that looks like gears. There, you’ll see where to put in your placeholder text
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This same gear icon will display different options for different input fields. An example of a different option is the “drop-down question” input field, where you can define whether the drop-down is required and customize the questions or answers that appear in the drop-down. Where does all this information go and how can I see it? As part of this the form feature, Readz has a view called the database. The database is accessible from within the Readz editor dashboard. Each publication has its own database. From the database, you can view all entries by email. This is why email fields are mandatory! Along with the emails, you can see all answers, comments, or questions your visitors submitted. The Safari browser will alter the appearance of some of your form elements from how they appear in the Readz editor. This is not a bug, but a “feature” of the Safari browser.
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How to get started From within the Readz editor, choose “Newsletter Form,” which is a simple form, or with a “Form With All Input Types,” which is a form with many input options. From either one of these form stencils, you can pick and choose which pieces to delete, edit, etc. Both of these Form Stencils also come with SUBMIT and RESET buttons. These are text box elements with actions to either submit the data on the form or reset all inputs on the form. All forms must have an email field! This is how you know who made the entry. You can edit the text of the label that appears in your forms by double-clicking on the textbox. For example, in the image below, if you double-click where it says “Email,” you’ll enter a text-edit mode, and are free to change the text to whatever you'd like.
The white area below the word “Email” is the input field. You can choose to have placeholder text appear here to help your visitors easily understand what you expect from them. To use placeholder text, select that white input field. In the TEXT INPUT MENU bar, click on the icon resembling gears. There you’ll see where to put in your placeholder text.
6586_placehold1_twqAuNn
This same gear icon will display different options for different input fields. An example of a different option is the “drop-down question” input field, where you can define whether the drop-down is required and customize the questions or answers that appear in the drop-down. Where does all this information go and how can I see it? As part of this the form feature, Readz has a view called the database. The database is accessible from within the Readz editor dashboard. Each publication has its own database. From the database, you can view all entries by email. This is why email fields are mandatory! Along with the emails, you can see all answers, comments, or questions your visitors submitted. The Safari browser will alter the appearance of some of your form elements from how they appear in the Readz editor. This is not a bug, but a “feature” of the Safari browser.
Forms and actions A form element contains all the input fields. There are actions that you can set on the form element that when the form is submitted, it can fire off the information to a variety of places. Infusionsoft (click for more information) Mailchimp (click for more information) Readz Database (see below) The Readz database is a feature that comes with Readz where you can view the entries made to your form. By default, there's an action (ON SUBMIT) on form elements called STORE IN DATABASE. This action handles sending the input data to the Readz database. Along with this STORE IN DATABASE action, there's an option to send the information via email. Put in the email address you would like Readz to send the form data to.
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Please watch our video explaining more about forms in Readz!
Custom Error Messages in your form You may set custom error messages on your form element. There are three fields that are possible to customize. Email addresses and URLs are unique in that the form is looking for a specific structure, ie, and email address or a website address. For all other fields that are required, a generic message for "This field is required" is enough. You may customize this to be any language. If you're having difficulty with having your language display on Readz, please contact support@readz.com with details about what you're working on and what you're trying show in the error message.
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