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With Linear Publishing you can build forms for any purpose - and the breadth of controls will astound you.

Automated Forms

Many forms on your website are automatically created by the system based on your settings. For example:Virtually all automated forms will store the submitted results in the system pending your approval. Upon submission, an optional email notification is sent to the specific address is associated with the form (i.e. the classified manager is notified on classified submissions and the editor is notified on wedding announcements). Often, the notification email will include details and a link allowing the email recipient to "approve" the submission so it appears instantly on the website.

Custom Site Forms

Of course, we cannot automate every form. So Linear Publishing includes an interface for building custom forms. What are some examples? How about "Advertising Information Request" or "Softball League Signup" forms. Click here for an example of a site form exampling many of the features mentioned below.

Limits: There is no limit to the number of forms you may build nor the number of submissions. An individual form is limited to a maximum of 150 questions.

Features: The features of our form construct system are considerable, but we'll highlight a few to give you a taste :
  • Password Protection: individual forms can be given a password. Without the password, the form cannot be accessed on the website.

  • Members Only: individual forms can be configured to only be available to members of the site.

  • Restrict Submissions: configure a form so that it may only be submitted once per computer and/or member.

  • Mail it and/or Store it: individual forms can be configured so that submissions are emailed to a defined recipient. Individual forms can be configured so that submissions are stored on the server for exporting in a delimited format at a future date. Of course, you can both email and store the form submissions.

  • E-commerce Enabled: individual forms can be tied to a paypal account so that following the form submission, a "Total Due" link appears requiring the submitter to pay online before the form is fully submitted.

  • CSS and Styling: Each form can be individually styled with CSS containers and styles. Additionally, controls for images/icons and dividers provide the finishing touches.
Field Types: When designing your forms, you'll be able to define multiple field types for collecting and validating information. Each field includes controls for minimum characters, maximum characters and "required value".
  • Text Field: alphanumeric information entered in a single line.

  • Text Box: alphanumeric information entered in a scrolling text field - nearly limitless information can be entered here.

  • Radio Buttons: alphanumeric choices where the user may select a single answer.

  • Check Boxes: alphanumeric choices where the user may select a multiple answers.

  • Pulldown List: alphanumeric choices where the user may select a single answer from a pulldown list.

  • Upload: a "browse" button which allows attaching one or more files to the form. The submitted files are stored on the site for your retrieval.

  • Date: produces a small calendar where the user can click on a specific date to populate the form field.

  • Numeric: produces a field which will only accept numeric values.

  • Email: produces a field which only accepts valid format email addresses.

  • Phone: produces a field which only accepts numeric values - 10 digits required.

  • Zip: produces a field which only accepts numeric values - 5 digits required.

  • URL: produces a field which only accepts valid format internet address.
Client Forms

Forms can also be assigned to clients/accounts within your Linear system. What does this mean? Well, the form is linked to the clients other information so that the form link appears with the clients directory listing, coupon, etc. Also, the form submission is sent to the client. They are responsible for attending/downloading submissions for that form.

Click here for an example of a site form exampling many of the features mentioned above.

Click here for an example of a client form - the "Widget Workshop Sign-up".

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times newspapersWhen we realized we needed to upgrade our Web site, we knew we could not do it alone. Linear Publishing more than answered the call. All the new features we were looking for were already in place at Linear. In addition, if we came up with a feature not yet available, they created it.

We now publish two Web sites a week in less time than it took us to publish one. The free time has opened me up to explore new ideas and features to use on our site. It's a great feeling when you can get an idea and in no time have it up and running online. Thanks to it's ease of use, our Web site is getting better and better every day.

We are always getting compliments from our readers and advertisers. With help from Linear Publishing, we are becoming the e-voice of the community that we were striving for.

Randy Drilingas, Creative Manager
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