Online forms are a great way of gathering information. One of the most popular form creation tools (that’s also free) is Google Forms, but when you need respondents to submit content such as a file in conjunction with the form data your number of options diminish. That is because now a hosting service is required to store such data. You could generate your own (if you know how to code it) but why work harder when you can work smarter?
Tip: Use www.cognitoforms.com
This free online form generator tool offers powerful options that truly deserve a look.
Respondents can be forced to enter answers/data.
Other queries can be linked to a particular response depending on the input entered.
File type, and size restrictions can also be implemented and placed on select fields.
This makes Cognito Forms a great choice for users requiring an advanced form creation tool. They also offer a paid platform featuring a host of additional options.
Here is an example of a Cognito form that increases efficiency and helps manage the effective delivery of data.
Reporters working in the field contribute both print and multimedia works for display on the web. That content which appears on the web requires information such as a category, title, body, and feature image. Journalists navigate to a specific URL where the form is embedded and then fill it out.
Tip: The form was embedded on a blank HTML page saved as index.html and uploaded to a specific directory. That way all they need to do is reference the domain/directory when pulling up the form.
Specific information must be entered/selected prior to being able to submit the story. The following is an example of some of the more complex functionality of this particular form (if, then statements).
The script can either be entered manually or attached as a MS Word file. If one of those conditions aren’t met then the user is unable to submit the form.
Likewise, the image must be of a minimum file size to ensure the quality is not a thumbnail (this prevents the use of images that were taken on a cell phone from the scene and automatically compressed during transmission, which typically results in additional compression when sent as an email attachment).
For TV packages being embedded on the web, reporters can use the form to submit additional information that is used to also assist those running the broadcast. When the reporter indicates it is for TV a host of other questions greet him/her, such as the ability to add information for their graphics tags and the file name they are using for their project when exporting it to the media server. This allows staff to easily locate it and prep the broadcast script with any necessary graphics.
(CGs are typically automated and delivered to the CG application via the script so this gives reporters/photojournalists a way to communicate that information to producers writing the show copy and preparing the technical direction in the control room)
Once submitted, editors can log into the Cognito website and download the files/change the status of an entry, demonstrating once more why this is such a powerful tool for content creators and website developers/marketers.