Just so I make this perfectly clear... I did not set out to be the "gadget guy," Ines!
Or the "Wizard of Widgets" or the "Potentate of Plugins." Project Blogger is making me do this. I swear. Julie Ferenzi needs things for her Living In Plainfield, Illinois blog. One of my jobs as her coach is to teach her how to find and use really great tools. So I search until I find something I think will work for her.
Julie needed a contact form.Julie wanted a form to capture specific information. Julie wanted to be notified when someone filled out the form. Julie wanted to be able to manage the contacts that resulted. Julie is very demanding. :)
Now... when I am looking for a tool, there are a few filters I pass it through. Here they are:
- Does it do what it needs to do?
- Is it cost effective?
- Is it easy to use?
If a site can pass through those filters, I'm one happy little camper. And it's one very good tool.
Wufoo.com is one very good tool. Wufoo.com passed through the filters above with flying colors. It is mind numbingly simple to use. It is free if you don't need more than three forms. That's pretty cost effective. And it does everything you could want it to do, including notify you when someone fills out a form, send the user a confirmation email and collect and store the data entered into each form. When I read about it, my first thoguht was... "too good to be true." I've tested lots of form creation tools. This one works as advertised.
Do you want to see how cool it is? Click the play button.
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Here is the form we created in our tutorial video, you can't embed it here an ActiveRain post, but you can still link to it. Sample Form. Feel free to test it. I promise not to put you on any real mailing list!
If you need a form, for any reason, Wufoo is for you.