FormBuilder 0.81


We have just released FormBuilder v. 0.81 which comes with a number of great features and improvements.  New features are:

  • Feature: Configured FB to automatically scroll back to the location of the form on the page when submitted.
  • Feature: Enabled ability to add Reset button to form if necessary.
  • Feature: Added page, referrer and optional IP to XML Email module, as well as XML database storage.
  • Feature: Enabled grey list checking based on moderation words found in the WordPress discussion options.
  • Feature: Excessive link checking based on link limits found in the WordPress discussion options.
  • Bug Fix: Allowed editors to export form results as CSV.
  • Code Cleanup: Switch all code to use WordPress native database access model.

We hope you like this new release,.  As always, if you have questions or find bugs not documented in the documentation area or FAQ, feel free to post them in the comments below.  Of course we always like praise too.  :D

You can download the latest edition from WordPress.org.

115 Responses to “FormBuilder 0.81”

Payam says:

Hi People. First of all thank your for this great plug in.

I want to build an enquiry form for a will writing site. http://www.nichewills.co.uk – Its going to be quite a long form and i would really need the fields to go in 2 columns and not a single drop down to make things look better.

What do i need to do? has anyone got any code that they can give me to past into the CSS? or is it a PHP fungtion. I am not a coder so your help is much appreciated.

Regards

Payam

James says:

Hi Payam,

I’m not sure that this is possible with the current FormBuilder setup (though it may be if you can get in touch with a CSS guru). We resolve the issue of long forms on our sites by splitting them into multiple pages.

Maybe someone else here can give you a hand with the CSS for that?

James W.

Kym says:

MAJOR kudos to you on an excellent plugin. THIS is what plugins should all be like – very well developed, with users in mind, excellent features – I’m impressed!

I have a suggestion for a future enhancement (or, if there’s a way to do this now, clue me in!). I am developing a lengthy form – an adoption application for a pet rescue. The application has several sections – Personal Information, About Your Home, Pet History, and so on. I don’t really want to split the app into several pages (though that is an awesome feature you offer!), I just want a heading above each of the sections of the form. Sort of like your comments field type – but instead of in small font, use an H1 or H2 type style. I would just change the style of comments and use that – but I want to ALSO use comments.

Thanks for considering my suggestion. I hope that you continue to offer and upgrade this plugin – it really is stellar.

James says:

Hi Kym,

Yes, we have run into that problem as well. One solution, is to put HTML code into the comments field. You can actually put your <h1> tag(s) right in the comments field, and then style them further with CSS.

Hope this helps,
James W.

Kym says:

Hi James!
Thank you SO much! I never even thought to try putting HTML in the comments field – that’s fantastic.
I actually ended up just changing the CSS for comments to accomodate headings, but there were areas where I really needed true comments… so this will allow me to do both.
Thank you!

Dave says:

When I do an export of the data, which was working fine before the update, I now get secondary lines stating :

Warning: html_entity_decode() expects parameter 1 to be string

array given in /home/XXXXXXX/public_html/wp-content/plugins/formbuilder/formbuilder.php on line 1289

The data is still there, but generally every second line in the csv export contains the above (sometimes there are 2 entries before the line)

I am running php5 ..

James says:

Hi Dave,

So, I haven’t been able to duplicate the problem, but I may have been able to solve it for you. I’ve updated the development version of FB on WordPress.org. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/formbuilder.zip

James W.

Shannon says:

Only the any text fields seem to work as required fields. How do I make the drop down selections required fields. I have set them to any text and I have entered a message, but it is not working.

Thank you

James says:

Hey Shannon,

Unfortunately we’re still working out the bugs in making fields like dropdowns, radio buttons and checkboxes required. Text boxes and text areas should work fine though.

James W.

Payam says:

Guys is anyone getting any replys to their issues??????/??? i still havnt heard a thing

Dave says:

Update on the csv export, it appears to be the captcha field, and when importing into openoffice, OO puts it on a separate line (oddly)

James says:

Hi Dave,

Thanks for that update. Looks like it may be a bug in FB. I’ll put it on the todo list and get it fixed asap.

Hi everyone. Thanks for your comments and letting us know of the bugs. We’re in the process of cleaning up some bugs on a couple of multi-year projects that just launched this month so James has his head down trying to keep those projects as priorities.

I’ve asked him to make an appearance if he has a spare minute to breath.

Sorry it is taking a bit to get back to everyone.

admin says:

Hi all,

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve been able to respond. I’ll try to take some time this evening to answer questions individually.

James W.

Dave says:

I think your response times are awesome myself, for a product that you have contributed to the community, you all seriously rock :)

James says:

For those who may be attempting to run FormBuilder on a Windows based system, I have done some additional debugging and fixing, and have posted an updated version of the code to the WordPress repository. It hasn’t been published as a new version yet, but if you’d like to try it out and see how well it works for you, I’d appreciate it. You can download it here…
http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/formbuilder.zip

This latest release also contains code to improve the alternate POST processing system. (for those who are POSTing to alternate web based systems)

Beautiful plug-in. Easy to install and format. One question – is there an easy way to remove a submitted form once it has been taken care of. I can always use phpmyadmin but it would be nice to have a ‘delete’ button handy on the xml backup tab.

Thanks

James says:

Hi Bryce,

This is a feature we’re hoping to release in the future. Just not quite there yet.

James W.

Alana Bauer says:

First of all, thanks for the impressive plug in.
However, I’d like to report a problem when exporting my form results to CSV. When you click the “Export” button, a page with a “The page cannot be found” message appears.

emmsee says:

Wish List – the ability to add a Horizontal Line to the form.
I run events with 3 to 4 entrants per team and it would be great to be able to place a horizontal line to separate team members details, or even just the ability to add a line break [space] between fields, if not a HR.
What say you James?

emmsee says:

James,
you responded to queries on August 17th then on September 16th but all questions in between those dates have been ignored.
There are some valid questions needing answers during that month. Any chance that you could look at them?
thanks
emmsee

James says:

@Bryce Collings: Hoping to have the ability to remove form results from the database in the next release.

@Alana Bauer: This is probably due to some bugs we’ve been trying to squash related to blogs running on Windows based servers. If you download the latest development version from WordPress.org, it *should* fix that problem for you.
http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/formbuilder.zip

@emmsee: You can actually put quite a bit of HTML code directly into the comments fields. Would this work for you? As for the questions I haven’t responded to, I will be when time permits.

emmsee says:

Brilliant James,
tags in the ‘comments area’ field have worked a treat.
I can now also create inline styles to insert and format headings.
Many thanks.
BTW, is there a way of duplicating a complete form?
I run sporting events and use Formbuilder for my entry system [http://adventuresportnq.info/event/onamission-multisport-adventure/onamission-entry-form/].
It would be great not to have to rewrite the form for each new event I administer, but just duplicate a previous form and modify it to suit the new event.

cheers
emmsee

I believe if you go to the formbuilder page, on the right hand side of the form listings there is a copy link.

Alana Bauer says:

Hi, everyone. I still have trouble when exporting my form results to CSV. Would exist a way to get those results directly from some file on my server?

margot darby says:

I’ve tested the FormBuilder plugin and it works quite well. Can it use conditionals? I would like to have a dropdown or checkboxes where one chooses A or B or C. If you choose A, one set of new fields appears, if you choose B, a different set, etc. Is this possible with the current plugin?

Margot

James says:

Hi margot darby,

At this point, FB doesn’t support the use of conditionals. Sorry.

James W.

Hi there, I want to be able to send form results to an email THEN redirect to another page. Could you add this as an option?

James says:

Hi Chris,

You should be able to do this already. Simply use the regular form-to-email module, and set a followup_url field as one of the form fields.

James W.

DSC says:

Great work James,
I’m using this plug-in on a windows server.
I know this is probably driving you nuts.
Get lots of errors trying to save a custom form.
If I can help test, let me know.
Thanks for all the effort!

James says:

Hi DSC,

I’ll email you directly about your server specs and what exactly the problems are you’re experiencing.

James W.

Alana Bauer says:

Hi James,

Even after downloading the latest development version of FormBuilder I can’t export my forms to CSV. Is there some way to get these results directly from some file on my web server?

Thanks!

James says:

Hi Alana,

I will be emailing you directly to find out more detail on this problem. In the mean time, if you have access to PHPMyAdmin on your webserver, you can view/modify/export stuff from the database directly, however it is somewhat complicated, and dangerous. Be warned.

James W.

DSC says:

Hi James,

I must have missed your email.
Can you contact me thru my contact page on my site?
I can add your email address to my safe senders list.
Here is the link.
http://www.absolutextremes.com/contact.asp?
I’m using fast cgi, would that cause a problem?
Thanks again for the help.
I really appreciate it.

David Smith says:

Hi,

I am using FormBuilder to post data to a custom action and thi is all working however when the form has been submitted, I recieve no success message. The action that I am posting to returns a small amount of html like:

{$MOD.LBL_SUCCESS}

Any ideas? For this form and our contact us form, it would also be better if the form did not dissapear after it has been submitted as well.

James says:

New version of FormBuilder (v. 0.82) has been officially released and is available for download on WordPress.org. It incorporates many of the changes you all have requested, along with some additional features and bug fixes. Enjoy.

Details here:
http://truthmedia.com/2009/09/29/formbuilder-0-82/

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