You've been to many website's before. You fill out a form, and it gets submitted to a recipient on the other end. But how does this process work? How can I collect the data I want on my *own* website?
Chances are, you NEED a form on your website. Not just a simple drag-n-drop - bam - it's done situation either! If you are running any kind of organization, or business, you will require something with a little more power and options. Forms for signup, secure payment forms, registration forms, information request forms, mailing list forms... You name it! There are forms for every purpose on the web!
Any site with more than a simple, level-1, no-brainer input form is going to need a few “bells and whistles” to get the results you need. Error checking (a BIG deal if you don't want to be sifting through bad data, bogus form submissions, and missing fields), is an extremely important part of good form design. The ability to check while the visitor is typing creates a better visitor experience. Programming all this in takes a specialized skill set.
Who is this form for, anyway??
Remembering that the #1, most important part of this process is the end-user will establish that we want this form to be attractive, clear, concise, not waste the visitor's time, while still requesting the information “*we*” want is asked for (and whether required or optional.) Our form should instill confidence and assure the visitor that their data will be safe and secure - not shared with 3rd parties [unless that is your intent.] If so, clearly displayed terms and conditions should be made available. All of this forethought goes into creating the perfect form style and interface.
One in-demand type of form I work with a lot, is the Secure Payment form. This form page, in most cases, is going to be a part of a larger eCommerce effort. Usually directed to from another page where product data and pricing were displayed, the price, name, email, shipping and other payment information (including order total) needs to be collected and calculated in order to process the transaction. The “front-end” process is what the user sees, but an even more complex part is known as the “backend” process. This is written in a web programming language and performs many of the operations which the end-user will never see (thank goodness!) Most payment forms then have to interact with a payment gateway (such as PayPal, Authorize.net, or other service.)
Whether your needs be simple or complex, I can work with you through the process and provide a written quote for performing this work.