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Adobe Business Catalyst: Building Web Forms to Gather Visitor Data

Chapter Description

In this chapter, you'll take a look at how the Business Catalyst Platform gathers information submitted by visitors and stores it in the database. This is a powerful component of the online business, because the data obtained by interested visitors can be used in a variety of ways.

Using the Module Manager to Insert Web Form Module Tags

The Module Manager in the Admin Console offers extra options when inserting modules that are not available in the Module Configure wizard in Dreamweaver. In this section, you'll learn how to insert a web form as a module tag to display it on the page.

Because web forms that are inserted as module tags are automatically updated in pages when they are updated in the Web Form Builder, this is a good strategy in projects where the form elements change frequently. Additionally, the module tag has the added benefit of streamlining the source code of the web page, because a single tag is used to display the web form rather than the HTML code that defines the form. Follow these steps when you want to use the Module Manager to insert a web form on a page:

  1. In the Admin Console, choose Website > Web Pages to view the list of pages. The list of existing site pages is displayed. Click the name of the page you want to edit.
  2. The Web Page Details page appears and the page is displayed in the online editor. Place your cursor at the location on the page where you want to insert the web form.
  3. Click the Module Manager button (the blue cross icon) to open the Module Manager in the right sidebar. Select the Web Forms option to expand it and then click the Web Form suboption.
  4. The Module Manager updates to display the Select Web Form To Insert menu. Using the menu, select the desired web form that you want to insert. The Module Manager updates again to display the insert options.

    If you want to insert the web form as a module tag, select the Insert As Module Instead checkbox and then click the Insert button (FIGURE 5.18).

    Figure 5.18

    Figure 5.18 Check the checkbox to insert the web form as a module.

  5. The module tag is added to the page. Scroll down and click Save And Publish to push the updated page live.

It's a best practice to always test web forms after adding them to the live site, to make sure they work as expected and appear as desired on the page.

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