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Getting feedback with webforms

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Video: Getting feedback with webforms

Elsewhere in this course, I showed you that Drupal Gardens comes with a simple contact form built in, and you can get to it by clicking Contact in this particular template. And you saw how to make a small change by adding this Category menu down here. Now I am going to show you a way to collect information that's much, much more flexible. It's called Webforms, which is turned off by default. So first we have to turn it on by going up to Modules, closing up our CORE group to get down there more quickly, scroll to the bottom, and turn on Webforms, and Save configuration.

Getting feedback with webforms

Elsewhere in this course, I showed you that Drupal Gardens comes with a simple contact form built in, and you can get to it by clicking Contact in this particular template. And you saw how to make a small change by adding this Category menu down here. Now I am going to show you a way to collect information that's much, much more flexible. It's called Webforms, which is turned off by default. So first we have to turn it on by going up to Modules, closing up our CORE group to get down there more quickly, scroll to the bottom, and turn on Webforms, and Save configuration.

Turning that on adds a content type called, obviously enough, Webforms. To create a feedback form, you just add a node of the Webform content type. So we go up to Add content and Webform. And I'll fill this out. The Title will be Your dream California vacation. These items on the left are fields that you can add to your Webform. You simply drag them in like this. Once you've dragged them in, when you click on one, you see the Field settings.

So you can change the Labels and all the other different options that go along with it, or you could delete them simply by clicking Delete next to each one. So I am going to start building my form. Go back over to Add field, and first I am going to add a Fieldset. You will see what this means when we actually go back and look at our Webform as a user filling it out. So for the Fieldset, I will say, "First, tell us about yourself," and I'll add some radio buttons. Why not? Again, you can change all of the settings here. Where are you coming from? And add some options here. Let's say Eastern U.S., Central U.S., Western U.S., and add an item and say Outside the U.S.

And by default, since most or our visitors are from the Western U.S., I will change the default. This is just to give you a sense of all the different things that you can do, because there are quite a lot. We'll add another few fields here. When I added this one, I thought I would just give people a short answer, but now that I think about it, I'll make it longer.

So instead of being a single line, I'll add a Multi-line text field. Who'll be traveling with you? Very good! You can also add an E-mail field. And you can even add a Page break so you have Multi-page forms.

Then I will add something on the second page here. Great, that looks pretty good. So we will save it by going all the way down to the bottom and saying Publish. And there it is. As you can see, it's easy for somebody to fill out. If we go back and edit it, you'll see that there are some other form settings that I sort of glossed over here. You can make it a menu selection. When you change it, you could add a revision to keep track of all of the different changes that you make to the form.

You can limit submissions so that people can only turn into one submission or five submissions or something like that-- very good for contests. And you can even have it send you a conformation e-mail whenever somebody completes the webform. The only thing that I think I'll do is I'll un-promote it from the front page. I don't really want it appearing on the front page. And then we'll save it. I think I'll actually go ahead and fill this in and see what it looks like after we get some answers in. So I am coming from the Central U.S. I'll travel alone.

My e-mail address is admin@example.com. And then you see, since we put in this page break, we click Next Page, and I want to go "Everywhere in California!" and then Submit. Terrific! Now, since we are the Administrator, we can actually look and see what people turned in there. So we go back to the Form, and now we see this tab here that says Results. There are several things that we could do here. We could simply view them, in which case we see all of the answers here.

And by the way, if the user happened to have a picture that went with their account, we'd see that here as well. Going back a bit. We can also edit it to change the answers, or we can download the entire file. There are also some options for analysis. If several people had answered, of course we start to get a sense of what the most popular answers were, and where people are coming from, and then we could change our marketing based on that webform result. So you can see how powerful webforms can be, but the truth is, we've only barely scratched the surface, because there are a lot of additional settings that extend it even further.

You can see those if you go up to Configuration and then down to Webform settings, which is right over here. You can enable all your content types so that not only do the questions appear on webforms, but as parts of tours, for example, or anything else. You can allow people to add certain field types but not other field types as they design forms, and then it just goes on and on, lots of interesting things you can do with these. And after all this, you might ask, why even bother with the contact form? Well, the two can be used to serve slightly different purposes.

For example, you could allow logged-in members to reach you through the contact form, but force anonymous users to give you extra information through a webform in order to reach you. In any case, the webform system is an amazing addition to Drupal Gardens. Its flexibility in both input and data export opens up a world of feedback possibilities.

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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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