How to fix common issues with web forms

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We know many of you are using GetResponse web form builder to effectively manage sign ups on your websites. To help you with some frequently asked questions, here’s a short post on the most common issues you might experience and how to easily solve them.

 

 

 

HTML vs. JavaScript – which one works best?

At GetResponse, we recommend embedding your sign up forms using JavaScript. This way any further changes you might want to make to your form will be made in one and one place only – the GetResponse panel. Plus, when you use JavaScript, each change will automatically appear on your website.

 

This will save you precious time, making the management of your web forms much easier. Plus, you won’t have to mess with the web form code on your website.

 

On the other hand, using HTML will allow you to adjust the form to your individual needs, if you like tampering with the code, of course. In this case though, each change in your sign up form’s HTML code will require an additional change in the actual web form on your website.

 

The reason we recommend JavaScript is you can do it all in one step, not two or three.

 

Tip: If you want to center your web form, you can’t do that within the form itself. You will need to build a separate block element with suitable styles.

 

 

A few common web form errors (and how to fix them)

If your web form doesn’t display correctly on your website, there might be a couple of problems causing it.

 

  • The most popular one is because your website does not comply with W3C standards. These are standards set to unify the operation of various web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari etc..

 

The source of most inconsistencies in the way websites are displayed in web browsers is the lack of the document type   declaration, which must always be exact.

What does this mean?

Well, for example when there’s no doctype declaration, Internet Explorer will get into a so called Quirks Mode. In other   words, the browser will try to maintain compatibility with web pages designed for older browser versions, causing   differences in the way HTML elements are interpreted and displayed.

In plain English, this means your website might not exactly look the way you wanted it to.

Tip: The recommended document type is XHTML 1.0 Strict.

The freedom in which HTML elements can be combined with CSS styles might also cause their wrong interpretation by web  browsers. The CSS styles of the web form can be overwritten with the styles in the code of your website.

 

  • Another frequent problem is what customers report as “missing letters”. In fact these are not errors. When a website is loaded, some time is needed for all the script to take effect. Sometimes potential subscribers start filling out the form before the code is fully loaded.

 

We’re here to help you out

If your web form is not displaying correctly, or not the way you want it to, contact our support, and we can fix it. What we’ll do is add a so-called “reset style”, and we’re constantly working on developing these.

 

If your web form is embedded using JavaScript, the changes in reset styles will take effect automatically, while if you’re using HTML, you will need to save the form in your GetResponse account again and then paste the new code on your website or fan page.

 

Tip: If your web form was created before 1 October 2010 and you’re using the HTML code, you may experience some additional problems with the way it is displayed. If this happens, we recommend pasting the HTML code of your web form once again on your website – this should solve all the problems.

 

 

We hope this post has answered your questions regarding web form issues. If you have any comments, do let us know. And don’t forget to contact our Support team if you need assistance with your GetResponse account.

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