As we had already talked about Google Docs or other online documentation tools features, here we will learn the function called Forms in Google Docs. You can create a form (same as contact form) in Google Docs and include that in your blog.
Why should you go for Google Docs Form:
- You can share the Google Docs spreadsheet where the comments or query asked thru the contact form will reside. From that you can distribute the work load of query resolutions.
- Reduce the page size by a good amount.
The process for attaching a Google Docs Form into a blog is very simple and will optimize your blog and reduce the load time as well. Below are the steps to be followed for the same,
- Login to Google Docs by using Gmail ID.
- Open a new form by clicking on “New” button on Google Docs Dashboard, Shown below
- A new form will get open where you can add the fields as per your requirement. In below screenshot, I added two fields (Name and Email)
Below is the detailed image from the Google Docs form which will let you know everything about the same.
- Once you complete the creation process for a form, Save the form. Now You can view the look of your form from the link provided at the bottom of the Google Docs (on the same page ).
- Once you save the form, a new spreadsheet with the same name as your form will appear on the dashboard for your Google Docs. When viewers will fill the form, the spreadsheet will get updated with the details provided by the visitors.
- I created the contact form in Google Docs for Internet Techies (this blog) and got the request or comment from my visitor into the spreadsheet. Take a look on the contact form of Internet Techies which is in Google Docs, the spreadsheet will look like as below:
- Now use <iframe> to embed the form in your blog or page. Get the code from the Google Docs Form itself. There is tab in the form document named “More Option” at the right side of the form. Get the option “Embed”, it will show you the piece of code which you need to put into your blog or page where you want the Contact Form to appear.
Load time and Size with Contact Form 7 (or alike forms) and with Google Docs Form are provided below,