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This plugin makes it possible to build a nice looking form with the YOOtheme Pro builder. You can make use of many field options including multiple file uploads and even hide the whole form within a modal.

Protect the form with the built-in Icon Captcha or use Joomla's standard captcha which may be of type Google ReCaptcha, hCaptcha, EasyCalcCheck+ and Cloudflare Turnstile. Admin and visitor can receive a beautiful styled eMail. Furthermore you can redirect your visitor to a custom page including all the data or stay on the same page and post data silently. The data is also saved to a database which you can access by an optional free component. If you'd like to import the data, the csv attachment will assist you easily.

There are special use cases in the FAQ section to proof this form builder manages nearly every need! Feel free to contact us if you need any help.

Features

  • Form settings:
    • horizontal or stacked layout
    • up to three columns
    • default, primary or secondary card style
    • submit button styling
    • built-in Icon Captcha spam protection
    • use of Joomla's default captcha
    • hidden spam math and honeypot function
    • blocklist for all fields and timer to send the form
    • modal form option
    • custom redirect with get or post data
    • hidden post url submitting
  • Form items:
    • input types: text, select, textarea, radio and checkbox
    • min and max values
    • GDPR option
    • date, email, multiple file attachments, numbers, phone, text, time and url inputs with required option
    • label, icon and width styling
    • pre-select values via url
    • hidden fields (e.g. user ip, Joomla user, Server URL)
    • masked phone numbers
    • CleanTalk spam protection compatible
  • eMail options:
    • copy to sender
    • cc and bcc recipient address
    • recipients selectable only by name in form
    • different mails for visitor and admin
    • eMail header, content and footer styling
    • use of variables in subject, header & footer
    • form data attachment as csv or xsl
    • form data vCard attachment
  • Database:
    • option to store submissions in database (fields submitted as JSON string)
    • delete option after XX days
    • including a free component to manage and export submitted form data in Joomla!
    • including modules (front- and backend) to list latest submissions

Demo 1

Write us

Please click on the icon: human *

Demo 2

Use your own IDs to trigger the modal with whatever you want.

Karen

Sales department

Tom

Technical support

Michael

Job offers

Alice

Headquarter

Write Karen

Write Tom

Write Michael

Write Alice

Demo 3

Publish the form directly on the page in a horizontal layout and redirect to a custom "Thank You"-Page.
Horizontal Layout
min 5 max 20 characters
optional block past days or set a max date
restricted to images only
You can set text and icon for this, too!


Section

This is a section text, which increases the readability of your form. You can place anything anywhere.

A description is also possible for every element.
select a time between 08:00 and 16:00
up to 160 characters
Please click on the icon: clock *

Demo 4

Publish the form directly on the page in a stacked layout and up to three columns
2 columns

3 columns

Personal data

Your appointment

Your message

Demo 5

You can also collect various hidden data

Let us call you!

While only this field is being shown to the visitor

The following fields can be collected hidden

FAQs

Which input types are possible?
  • text (date, email address, files, numbers, phone numbers, text, time and url)
  • textarea
  • select
  • radio
  • checkbox
  • GDPR (checkbox with GDPR text)
  • Hidden (value, date, user ip, user agent, Joomla userid, Joomla username, server ip, server host and server url)
  • Section (add anything you want with the editor)

 

How can I use hidden values?

You can simply set hidden values which will not be emailed to the customer like date, user ip, user agent, Joomla userid, Joomla username, server ip, server host and server url. You can also define a custom hidden value or use values from the URL (GET variables).

To use GET variables simply add the hidden value $_GET['variable'].

Can I add content between the input elements?
Yes, you can use Input -> Section and add all the content you want with the default editor.
Who will receive the submitted form?

The form can be submitted to email addresses (TO, CC and BCC) including a CSV or XLS file containing all inputs. Also to the user as a copy (without attachment and hidden fields), as also as redirected to a new page as GET or POST data and optional as POST hidden in the background. This means you can process the data already in the background. Furthermore the data is stored in the Joomla database, too.

Where do I activate the copy to sender option?

You can activate this option in the eMail tab.

In what way will more Form generate the FROM address?
You can setup the FROM address in the email settings tab and check the checkbox "Use visitors address as FROM". The workflow will be: more Form catches the first email address in the form as FROM address. If no email address is found or provided in your form the "Sender (FROM) eMail" field of the email settings tab will be used. If you left this field empty the FROM setting of Joomla's global configuration is being used.
Can I put the form into a modal?

Yes, you can. The options are already built in, so that you can use nice contact buttons instead of the forms e.g. in a team gallery like in Demo 2. Make sure that the section doesn't have an animation set-up, as this will block the rendering of the modal.

The form is not showing up in the modal?!

Please check the section the form is placed in and deactivate the animation. The animation will not be triggered on the modal so that the content will stay hidden. You can just put the form into a new section. If you want to open the modal with your own button just add it as HTML with <button uk-toggle="target: #ownid" type="button">

Can the form use a captcha?

Yes. more Form can use the built-in Icon Captcha method or make use of the standard Joomla captcha like Google ReCaptcha, hCaptcha, EasyCalcCheck+ and Cloudflare Turnstile.

In order to use captcha plugins make sure it is selected as standard captcha in the global Joomla configuration and activate the option "use Joomla's standard captcha" in the element settings tab.

To use the Icon Captcha you only need to activate it in the element settings.

How can I translate the Icon Captcha?

The Icon Captcha can be translated in the element settings. Translate the text "Please click on the icon:" to your language.

The icons themselves are the ones delivered with YOOtheme Pro. You can find a list here. The first icon in the list is (home). You may wish to translate this to "house" in english.

In order to do so you will set:
home=house

More icons are added and configured line by line.

The captcha does not show up?!

more Form uses the captcha that you set up as the default one in the Joomla global configuration. Please check that you have set a captcha there and activate the use in the settings tab of more Form.

Also make sure you are not using more than one form with a captcha activated as only the last loaded one will be solved correctly.

The spam check fails!

Make sure you are not using more than one form with a captcha plugin activated as only the last loaded one might be solved correctly. Icon Captchas can be used multiple.

Is the form GDPR save?

You can use the Input -> GDPR option which already shows a common text used for GDPR option. No external scripts are used.

Does more Form support file uploads? How can I change the button text?

Yes, single and multiple. You can change the button text by using the placeholder field.

Can I style the sent mails?

You can style admin and visitor mails independetly. You can also make use of a nice header and footer option. The input fields will be submitted as a nice table. You can also make use of the data to greet the user with the input name. Just use the name of the field like Hello, %Name%!

What are the component and modules about?

We added a free component to easily search between dates and in the submitted form date as also export data as CSV. You can download it free from the downloads section after you bought the builder element. There are also two modules to show the latest submitted data in frontend or backend.

I get the error "Client does not have permissions to send as this sender. SMTP code 550)" or "MAIL FROM command failed"

Please disable the option "Use visitor address as FROM" in the eMail tab, because your mailserver does not allow to change the FROM value to the visitors mail address. more Form uses this as sender address for you to quickly respond in your mail client.

If the error continues also empty the "Sender (FROM) email" input field. more Form will then use the settings from Joomla's global configuration.

If you still get this error, then you have to check Joomla's global configuration, too. The fields "From Email" and "SMTP username" need to be set the same also while using providers like Hotmail/Outlook.com.

I do not receive any mails

If you don't receive any mails your (mail)server configuration does not support all options that you activated in more Form.

For example: Some servers do not allow sending attachments while using PHPmail or sendmail. Always try to use SMTP as default mailer in Joomla, which is the best and most secure option. Some mailservers won't accept mails sent by PHPmail or will mark them easier as spam.

Also some mailservers don't accept sending in the name of a foreign domain. more Form uses the visitors mail address as sender address by default. Disable the option in the eMail settings tab and try again.

Please be advised that using a Redis cache server is not working as it will remove the form data on submission. Please set the Cache in Joomla to either disabled or File, but not to Redis.

As these problems are very rare, we are here to assist you. Just contact us if you face any issues.

How do I setup columns?

Just put the elements in the columns you like. We have implemented a left, middle and right column. The element will be positioned in the order of your element structure.

The email validation accepts local email addresses like mail@domain

By default HTML form validation accepts local mail addresses like above. This is because they are valid. Standard validation only checks the occurance of @ in the address and assums the visitor is clever enough to fill in the owned mail address. If you want a better validated mail check you can add a pattern like [^@\s]+@[^@\s]+\.[^@\s]+

Does more Form support Redis?

Please be advised that using a Redis cache server is not working as it will remove the form data on submission. Please set the Cache in Joomla to either disabled or File.

FAQs

Special use cases

Can I pre-fill data?

You can set default values and you are also able to fill in the fields with the url. Have a look at the grey button in Demo 1 which fills some fields by url. You can also fill hidden fields.

What is a pattern?

You can use a pattern to configure what input you expect. Read more about it here. Be careful and only use it if you know what you are doing.

Examples:

only characters a-z and whitespace for input fields
^[a-zA-Z\s]+$

any kind of letter character from any languag and whitespace for input fields
^[\p{L} ]+$

We do not recommend adding any regex pattern.

How do I mask a mail address?

If you select the input type email address from the text types a basic HTML5 validation of the content is made. Basically HTML5 forms only check the occurance of a @ in the input as postmaster@localhost also is a valid mail address. More info here. If you would like to mask a mail address with the pattern field you should use
[^@\s]+@[^@\s]+\.[^@\s]+

We do not recommend adding any regex pattern.

How do I mask a phone number?

The mask feature allows you to get a specific phone number syntax without the user having to hassle around with whitespace and hyphens. You can use these definitions:

  • 0 - any digit
  • a - any letter
  • * - any character
  • [] - optional group
  • {} - fixed group

Everything else is a fixed character. If you need a fixed character that is like the definition (e.g. the number 0) you can escape it with \\ (e.g. \\0).

Examples:

German phone numbers of +49 (0) 12345 / 6789-0:
+{49} (\\0) 00000 / 0000-0

Ukraine phone numbers of +38 (099) 999-99-99:
+{38} (\\000) 000-00-00

Fill BCC fields on a selection

A select field can contain BCC-mail addresses. If you want the visitor to select a contact person but don't want to show the mail address in public, you can simply fill the value field with
Name|[bcc]mailaddress[/bcc]

To provide more than one contact person add a semicolon, like
John Doe|[bcc]This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.[/bcc];Jane Doe|[bcc]This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.[/bcc]

The mail addresses will be encrypted in the source.

How do I activate vCards?

Just set "attach vCard" in email tab to "yes" and also add the vCard type to each field that is vCard relevant in the field settings.

FAQs

Changelog

Version 2.3.50

  • added
    multiple recipients combined by ';' in TO, CC, BCC fields.
  • added
    option to scroll to form after submit (if ID is set in advanced tab)
  • optimized
    Joomla caching of content

Version 2.3.49

  • added
    Joomla 5 support

Version 2.3.48

  • added
    independet color option for Icon Captcha
  • added
    check if blocklist contains | at the beginning or end
  • optimized
    item field name if none was entered

Version 2.3.47

  • added
    built-in Icon Captcha spam protection
  • added
    responsive tables in mails

Version 2.3.46

  • fixed

    counter on submit button

Version 2.3.45

  • added

    option to set acceptable file MIME types

  • added

    underneath all columns option (e.g. for textareas)

  • fixed

    BCC selections did not send if no general BCC was provided

Version 2.3.44

  • added
    remove CleanTalk event token
  • added

    remove recaptcha-v3-token

  • added

    regex pattern for text input fields

  • fixed

    checkboxes label format in emails if label contains whitespace

Version 2.3.43

October 29, 2020
  • added

    new lines in textareas will be preserved

Version 2.3.42

October 29, 2020
  • added

    option to activate honeypot to prevent spam

  • added

    option to prevent form being sent within XX seconds to prevent spam

  • added

    option to hide the submit button within XX seconds to prevent spam

  • added

    blocklist to block words or domains on all fields to prevent spam

  • added

    countdown on submit button if form is blocked for XX seconds

  • added

    time that the visitor took to fill out the message in admin mail

Version 2.3.41

  • fixed
    array_merge error on PHP 8.0

Version 2.3.40

  • added
    BCC option for select values
  • fixed

    Cloudflare Turnstile captcha

Version 2.3.39

  • added
    format dates in mails
  • fixed
    JSON format in database

Version 2.3.38

  • added

    frontend module showing latest submissions

  • added

    backend module showing latest submissions

  • fixed

    previously required fields could block the form submission

  • fixed

    forms without any input fields could not solve the hidden spam check

  • fixed

    special characters could break the notification

  • fixed

    XLS generation modified database submission

Version 2.3.37

  • added

    min and max date values

  • added

    min and max time values (description will alert if user input is not valid)

  • added

    mail align to center data

  • added

    hide form data option for admin mails (to fully style the admin mail in the mail header section)

  • added
    regex pattern for mail addresses

Version 2.3.36

  • optimized

    hiddden spam math function

  • added

    min and max input field lengths on text and textarea fields incl. counter

  • added

    Captcha validation

  • added

    option to disable submit button until required fields are filled out

Version 2.3.35

  • added

    spam protection with math question which will be hidden and auto-filled in by JS

  • fixed

    copy to sender not activatable

Version 2.3.34

  • changed

    honeypot spam protection solution

Version 2.3.33

  • removed

    honeypot field because a browser auto fill feature could trap in (new solution upcoming)

Version 2.3.32

  • added

    border color validation (see demo 3)

  • added

    submit different value than shown for select, radio and checkbox fields

  • added

    check copy to sender by default option

  • added

    date format for date fields

  • added

    month input type

  • updated

    multiple default checked checkboxes

  • added

    selected value for select fields

  • added

    XLS export

Version 2.3.31

  • added

    checked option for checkboxes or radio fields

  • release

    Joomla 4 component to manage and export submissions

  • updated

    Joomla 3 component to manage and export submissions

Version 2.3.30

  • fixed
    different input file fields not being attached
  • fixed
    warnings on higher debug level output

Version 2.3.29

  • added

    support of Easy Calc Check Plus captcha

  • changed

    styling of file input fields (use placeholder to change the text)

  • fixed

    label was shown if field was mandatory but label left blank

Version 2.3.28

  • added

    additional attachments for the copy to sender email (e.g. terms or manuals)

  • added

    more allowed data file types (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, .rtf)

  • fixed

    Copy to sender option disappearing after form submission

Version 2.3.27

  • added

    vCard with customer data in admin mails

Version 2.3.26

  • added

    left, middle and right column positions

Version 2.3.25

  • fixed

    Captcha error on Joomla 4

Version 2.3.24

  • added
    more effective honeypot
  • fixed
    "use visitor's address as FROM" always true

Version 2.3.23

  • added
    placeholder text for all fields
  • added
    mask feature for phone numbers

Version 2.3.22

  • added
    always try to add replyTo with email address from form

Version 2.3.21

  • added
    check if Joomla default captcha is set (proceed sending if not)
  • added
    output error message if sending fails
  • added
    show error message in notification if enabled
  • added
    option to disable the using of visitors mail address as sender (if mailserver disallows this)

Version 2.3.20

  • added
    option to show the form or its modal button again after submission (modal button was hidden after submit)

Version 2.3.19

  • added
    require only one option if checkboxes are required
  • added
    option to hide form data in copy to sender

Version 2.3.18

  • added
    more hidden fields: Referer, Joomla name, Joomla groups, Joomla email, Joomla register date
  • added
    option to show hidden fields readonly on form
  • added
    logged in Joomla user's mail address can now be used in email address field

Version 2.3.17

  • added
    option to enable/disable storing submissions in database
  • added
    delete submissions in database after XX days option
  • added
    different text for notification and/or disable confirmation text

Version 2.3.16

  • fixed
    copy to sender could be send even if unchecked
  • added
    option to use a GET variable as hidden value
  • changed
    database table name to work with new component
  • added

    reordered email and settings tabs

Version 2.3.15

  • fixed
    typo
  • added

    use of values in the confirmation text (e.g. Thank you %Name%)

  • added

    confirmation text now supports multiline

  • added

    reordered email and settings tabs

Version 2.3.14

  • added

    hidden fields (value, date, user ip, user agent, Joomla userid, Joomla username, server ip, server host and server url)

  • added

    use of values in the confirmation text (e.g. Thank you %Name%)

  • added

    confirmation text now supports multiline

  • added

    reordered email and settings tabs

Version 2.3.13

  • removed

    previously workaround for GZIP which is not needed anymore

Version 2.3.12

  • added

    wrapped up in an easy installable and updatable plugin

Changelog