Forms are widely used to fetch user details and are used in multiple areas like webpage, emails, landing pages etc.

**Forms are enclosed in the HTML ‘form‘ tag. The method of submitting the data is POST.**

When data that has been entered into a form is submitted, the names and values in the form elements are encoded and sent to the server in an HTTP request message POST.

With Maropost, a user can create a form and use it for fetching contact details. Forms, along with surveys, is a basic necessity for anyone dealing with email marketing. It’s another way to fetch contact details aside from uploading CSV’s, importing carts etc. Forms can be single opt-in or double opt-in.

To create a form, please follow these steps:

1. Hover your cursor over the Maropost logo and then click on ‘Web’.

Web

2. To create a new form, hover the cursor over ‘Forms’ and then click on ‘New Form’.

New form

3. Enter a name and select one of these two statements:

– Automatically add subscribers to the mailing list(s) below
– Allow subscribers to choose from the selected mailing lists

**If you select the first option, then a user will be added to the mailing list selected in the form, whereas with the second option a subscriber will be able to choose the list/lists.**

4. If you wish to send an email to notify you when a user is added through a form, then select this option ‘Send an email to this address when a subscriber is added’ and then enter the email address in the box.

5. If you want to re-direct a subscriber, after a form is complete, then select the option ‘Redirect subscriber to this url after form is complete’ and enter the URL address.

**The URL should start with http://**

First page options

6. Select the option ‘Skip thank you page and redirect to above url’ if you do not want to re-direct a user to the thank you page.

7. The next option is ‘Include form data in redirect url’. All the contacts fields and custom fields used in the form are sent to the redirect URL.

8. In order to create a double opt-in form, select ‘Enable double opt-in’. A double opt-in helps verify that you have permission to send mail to a subscriber. When a subscriber fills a form, he/she will receive an email with a link to confirm their subscription. As soon as they click on this link, they will be added to the lists associated with the form. Those contacts who do not clicks on the confirmation link, will be marked as ‘Pending’.

Double optin

9. Enter the name, from name, from email, and reply to email address. Then you can design the double opt-in page using the editor.

**Use {{optin.verify_url}} under ‘Opt-in Tag’ as the URL for a confirmation link. Without this confirmation link, the subscriber will not be able to verify their subscription.

10. In step 2, you will be able to design the form. On the left it shows all the fields that can be used in the form as a parameter. Click on the > sign to bring the field to the design table. If you want to take a field out of the design table, then click on < sign which appears on the right of the field name.

Step 2

**Please note that entering an email is mandatory and cannot be removed from the design table. All the fields shown on the left hand side are custom fields that you have created in your Maropost account.**

11. You can also arrange the fields on the design table by dragging and dropping them up and down. Use ‘Formatting’ to make changes such as font type, font size, border color, button color etc.

12. In step 3, you can modify and edit the header and footer on this page. You can also paste the HTML into the source.

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Modify Header and footer

15. In step 4, you can design the thank you page. You can use the editor tools to design the page or paste the HTML into the source. You can also use contact tags to personalize the thank you page.

Step 4 thank you page

16. Click on “Save”, and you will be re-directed to the form index page.

Under every form name, you will notice following options:

1. Preview: This option lets you preview the form in your browser. Also, you can test the form by filling in the details requested.

2. HTML code: This option lets you fetch HTML code.

HTML code

3. Edit: This option lets you edit an existing form.

4. Delete: This option lets you delete a form.

5. Export Pending: This option will only appear under the forms where double opt-in is enabled. Click on it to export the contacts who did not confirm their subscriptions.

Forms options

6. On the right, you will see Pending (double opt-in form only), completed and displayed.

7. To check the form ID, click on preview or hover your cursor over the form name and a link will appear at the bottom.

Form ID

**Along with forms, our users can create surveys. Read the document for surveys to learn more.**