Thursday, June 28, 2012

Adding Google Forms to Blogger

Techies are often quick to dismiss Blogger, and frequently ask me why I haven't moved to WordPress or another, "richer" platform. I think Blogger actually has plenty of capabilities ... you just need to dig a little bit for the best solution now and again.

Case in point: Adding a "contact me" form to your blog is simple with Google Docs ... you just build the form, then click more actions > embed. You can copy / paste the form's code right into your blog, in the html view, for both blog posts and pages.

Problem is, it will look funky. Your form won't match the formatting of your blog, and may bust out of the page margins.

Try these 5 steps instead, for a seamless look:

1. Build your form the way you want it (save it!), then return to your Google Docs home page.
2. Open up that form, then go to form > go to live form. You'll see where your form lives online, and see what it looks like to viewers.
3. Right click on the page, and view page source ... so you can get at the html code.
4. Do a control / f search to find the words "form action" in the code. Copy that code all the way down to where it says "< script >< div >"
5. Now plug this code into your blog. It should match your blog's theme and appearance much better.

Here's my test page after embedding the Google Doc code using the above steps ... now I've given visitors several ways to contact us. In the Web 2.0 world, more options are better!

Happy Blogging

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