Configuring Registration Form
Since we are already in Custom Forms Manager, we’ll use a shortcut to move to Form Option for “Summer Camp 2016”. Click the icon on top left and an Edit Form dialoguebox will open up.
It should already be there as “Summer Camp 2016”. The title does not appears on the front end, so use it for your reference.
It is again for your, or your staff’s reference. Description does not makes an appearance on the front end.
Also create WP User account?
We will turn on this option since we want to register users in WordPress dashboard too. This will also automatically add email field to the form since it is mandatory for website registrations.
Automatically Assigned WP User Role
WordPress assigns a role for each registering user account. This option allows us to define which role the registering users will be assigned. We’ll choose “Subscriber” for this demo.
Or Let Users Pick Their Role
We don’t want to turn this on since it makes no sense to allow users to choose a WordPress role during Summer Camp Registrations. We will choose role for them behind the curtains.
Content Above The Form
This is the area where we can add some important details about our form. Let’s add the address and venue and spice up with little graphics.
It’s always nice to acknowledge receiving payment and assuring the user that the registration was successful rightway.
Show Unique Token No.
Not needed in our case, so we keep it off.
After Submission, Redirect User to:
Again, we think showing the success message should be sufficient. User does not needs to be redirected anywhere. So we keep the default setting as “None”
Auto-Reply the User:
Now this is important since we want to send all the registration details to the user after the submission. We start with a customized polite message and then use “Insert a Field” dropdown above the editor to enter values for the fields which user has filled.
You can build a personalized message using this system in no time. Here’s an example:
Submit Button Label:
Let’s change it to something more enticing than the mundane “Submit”. We’ll try “Register me”.
Since it’s about camps and summers, we’ll make the submit button green with white text, just because we can 🙂
Another option we will need to configure. Since we will not be accepting more than 100 registrations, we should make sure the form expires after 100 submissions have been made. Also the last date for submitting the form is 30th of June. So whichever is earlier, should unpublish the form.
Display Message in Place of the Form After Expiry
A polite way to turn down new submissions should be a great way to unpublish the form. Our Auto-Expiry settings look like this:
So we are done with Form Options for now. If anything changes, we can always come back later to make the edits.
Next turn – to publish the form on the front end.