Do you experience a lower conversion rate on your website? If you do, the most probable reason is due to your long-form. Therefore, you need to make your forms appear shorter and appealing to your visitors by splitting it into multiple pages. Breaking your forms influences user experience and engagement and, therefore, positively affecting the conversion rate. In this article, I will show you how to create a multi-step form for your WordPress website.
We can define multi-step form as a long-form divided into less intimidating and daunting shorter pages. The pages are all related to each other, aiming to accomplish a goal that would require users to fill a lot of information.
Commonly, multi-step forms are used on websites to make a contact form, enrollment forms, quiz form, eCommerce forms, take surveys etc. Here is the list:
- Contact Forms
- Quizzes or exams
- Registration forms (Enrollment Forms)
- eCommerce forms
- Job application forms
- Website signup forms
- Medical in-take forms
- School enrollment forms
- Surveys (especially longer ones!)
Here are the primary reasons for building a multi-page form for your website:
- Reduce form abandonment – Long forms discourage your audience from completing filling the information you require. Therefore, most users leave your form, not filled. In contrast, users feel motivated after completing one page and moving to the next.
- Increased conversion – Users are more likely to complete filling your form and therefore increasing your chances to convert them to your leads and customers.
- Improved user experience – Long forms seems to be tiresome to the end-users and therefore discourages them from filling. Multi-step forms help end-users track their progress as they fill your form.
- Encourage focus – Multi-step form helps you group questions according to their relevance and therefore enhancing your focus on the most relevant information.
- Helps you understand your audience – Multi-step forms are used on the survey that can help you understand your prospects.
So let’s get started on our guide on how to create a multiple steps form on your WordPress.
How to Create a Multi-Step Form in Your WordPress Website?
There are lots of plugins that will help you create multiple steps forms for your WordPress, but formidable form builder is the best WordPress form builder plugin as it is easy to build lengthy professional forms with any layout type and style.
We recommend clicking on the save button after every step to avoid loss in your work.
Step 1: Create a Multi-Step Contact Form in Your WordPress
Make sure you have a Formidable Pro license to create a multi-step contact form. To get started, you need to have a form in your WordPress. So, the first thing is to install and activate the formidable form plugin. After activation, you can now create a new form.
On your WordPress dashboard, go to formidable and click on add new and create a form. With formidable forms plugin, you can create any type of form you wish, including a two-column form, multi-column form, hybrid column, tabular, among others form types.
Step 2: Split Your Form with Page Breaks
As the name suggests, multiple page form, your form should not be one lengthy page. Instead, you should add page breaks to split your form into shorter pages. To add page breaks, go to your form. Under the advanced fields, drag and drop the page break field into your form right before the field you want to start a new page. You can split your form into as many pages as you like. After splitting, click on the Save button to save your work. At this point, you will have accomplished creating a multi-step form for your WordPress website. However, few steps are remaining in completing making your form more appealing to your users.
Step 3: Name Your Form Pages
Giving your page titles helps your visitors navigate between pages easily. Titles also help your users in following-up submitted info on different pages at ease. To label page, go to form settings, pagination settings, and locate “show progress bar” to customize your page titles. On clicking on “show progress bar,” additional options, show page titles with steps, hide the page numbers and hide lines in the routine or progress bar will appear. Click on “show page titles with steps” and type in the titles you wish to use.
Step 4: Design Your Progress Bar
Styling your form’s progress bar makes your form match your site. The first thing you need to do is choosing the design you like to use. Choose either “the progress bar” or “the routine” from the form setting tab; on this guide, we will choose the progress bar. To style your progress bar, go to formidable, styles then progress bar and set the color you like. From here, you can also configure your form’s active page background color, text color, active page text color, circle radius size, border color, and border size. Remember to save your work after making changes.
Step 5: Add Your Multi-Step Form to Your Site
At this point, your multi-step form is complete. All that is remaining is to add it to your website. There are numerous ways to add: using the short-code builder, inserting the form short-code manually, using a form block, using the Formidable Form widget to display a form in the sidebar, and using PHP code.
On this guide, we will use the short-code builder and the Formidable Form widget to display a form in the sidebar as they are the easiest and the commonly used ways to publish multi-step forms. To add on the post, go to the page you want to add your form and click on Formidable button above your page and select your form, in this case, the form we created. Check the box named “display form titles.” You can also mark “display form descriptions” checkbox if you want your form descriptions to be displayed. Click on “insert to the post” button when done.
To publish on the sidebar, go to your WordPress dashboard, appearance, then click on the widget and drag the widget labeled formidable forms to your sidebar then type-in the title of your widget. Choose the form to display. Check the box labeled “display form description” (optional) and click on the Save button when done.
Step 6: Configure Your Form (Optional Settings)
With the formidable pro plugin, you can customize your form settings, notifications, and conditional logic. To configure, go to formidable then general settings and configure your form as you wish.
Multi-step forms are essential in the success of your business. And building the forms using formidable is easy and effective. Following our guide will help you build an appealing form for your website and therefore giving your visitors a hassle-free experience working with you.