Wufoo does web forms right

wufoo forms

I’ve spent a great deal of time in the Wufoo admin pages to give the service a proper run through and am quite pleased with what I’ve seen thus far. From the clean interface to the no-frills form element customization, Wufoo does for forms what OSX does for personal computing.

The challenge lies not in coding

The actual challenge does not actually lie in coding. The actual challenge of creating and managing forms is aggregating the content. Aside from offering users a platform from which to create unique forms, the Wufoo service acts as a database for successfully submitted forms. Gone are the days of database editing. Wufoo does the brunt of the work which Wufoo admin users can simply login to their accounts to view the collected data.

Customizing form elements

If you haven’t had a chance to toy with the demo, head on over to the Wufoo page and take a few minutes to explore the ease of form creation. From the default form element options list, to the drag and drop functionality of element organization, entire forms can be created in a fraction of the time that traditional forms could be created in.

Using Wufoo forms elsewhere

sharing wufoo

As I stated earlier, Wufoo takes the challenge out of creating web forms. Sharing forms is just as easy, if not easier, with friends, family, readers, and complete strangers. On top of allowing users to insert web forms into blog posts, Wufoo forms can be inserted into social network profiles, blog sidebars, HTML emails, or hosted on Wufoo servers for invited users. One feature which I’m sure most users will make use of is the option to password protect forms. This guarantees that only specific users will have the option to submit forms using a unique password specified by yourself.

Additional improvements I’d like to see

  • Form theme customization is great, why not extend the customization to include buttons?
  • Where’s the semantically correct coding?

Wufoo in action

Having inserted the Wufoo form into this very post, as well as a second which is gathering much attention regarding MacBook discoloration, I have a few additional thoughts concerning the service.

  • The fear of trusting form data on Wufoo servers is almost non-existent. Looking at some of the form creation options, I trust the only sensitive data that is collected by these forms is a users name and email address. Any additional security risks due to data submissions will be at the discretion of individuals filling out the form.
  • Careful selecting the action after a user submits their form. Redirecting users to a specific page will open the URL within the iFrame in which the Wufoo form is embedded on blogs posts. A little awkward for some narrow columned sites.
  • Wufoo forms tend to steal focus if a reader clicks on a permalink with a Wufoo form embedded within.
  • Collected data from forms and alerts via email are quite organized and convenient for keeping tabs on form activity.

Without further ado, I leave you with a little Wufoo form magic:

No more need to toil while hand coding form elements. If you’re in search of a simple means in which to collect data from readers or visitors, Wufoo takes the headache(s) out of form development.

Discuss - 7 Comments

  1. jon says:

    Veeery nice. I’ve signed up to be notified about developments. I can see this being an extremely useful little service.

  2. weisheng says:

    Looks like the guys at Particletree are behind this, you 9rulers are getting a sneak peek before everyone else eh ;) Justin’s also using Wufoo at Centripetal Notion. Great stuff.

  3. Derek says:

    Must be that 9rN secret decoder ring ;)

  4. Philippe says:

    hi derek,
    finally i have got an invitation and i am a beta tester too. it’ s vrey good and i will use it for my dance workshops (lindy and balboa). thanks again for this link.

  5. Eli says:

    I have to agree with Derek, the interface is pretty slick and intuitive. The backend reports are surprisingly powerful and easy to manipulate.

  6. Adrian says:

    There is a new online Form Builder called The Blue Form.
    It features an AJAX style form builder but it also allows approval workflows to be assigned to forms. This means that once forms are filled-in, approvers receive an email asking them to approver or reject the form. Multiple approvers can be specified for the form and the form can be tracked through the workflow. Data can be exported from the system at any time.
    This makes The Blue Form more of a process automation / BPM tool than just an AJAX form builder.

  7. philippe says:

    the wufoo server is down since this morning. it’s for me the best and easiest one and also the cheapest one. i hope they won’t have too many problems.