Creating online forms

Build and publish your forms in just minutes.

Starting from scratch

Quick Tip

Only Owners and Administrators of an organization can create forms.

Once logged in to Cognito Forms, you can create an unlimited number of forms for your organization. To create a new form:

  1. Click the New Form button on the My Forms home page. Or, select the dropdown arrow on the button and select the Start from scratch option.
  2. Next, you will be navigated to the Build page for your form. Give the form a title, which will display at the top of your form. You can rename your form at any time; just keep in mind that the form’s public Url address will change along with it.
  3. Customize the form by adding as many fields as you like. Add a new field by clicking on one of the placeholders and choosing the field type from the left-hand pane. There is no limit to the number of fields you can add!
  4. Save your changes by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the page.

Once you save your form, it will display on the forms home page alongside the rest of your forms.

The forms home page.

Starting with a template

Quick Tip

Only Owners and Administrators of an organization can create forms.

Once logged in to Cognito Forms, users can create an unlimited number of forms for their organization. We have over 50 templates to help you get started. To create a new form using a template:

  1. On the forms home page, click the dropdown arrow on the New Form button and select Choose a template.
  2. Explore all the available templates from the categories on the right. When you find a template you like, select it to preview the design and field layout. From there, select the Use This Template button to choose the template.
  3. Next, you will be navigated to the Build page for your form. Give the form a title and customize the form for your own purposes, including removing or adding fields.
  4. Save your changes by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the page.

Once the form has been saved, it will display on the forms home page.

Browse the free form templates gallery.

Previewing forms

Quick Tip

Submitting the Preview form does not create a new entry or process payment. Email confirmations and notifications will not be sent. If you’re testing a form with payment, credit card validation must be turned off from your payment settings.

You can preview your form to get an idea of how it works and looks once it’s published. To preview your form:

  1. Open your form builder and click the Preview button at the bottom of the page.
  2. The preview window will open, and you can now test your form fields. The Form Validation toggle at the bottom allows you to turn off required fields when navigating through your form.
  3. When you are finished previewing, click the Close button at the bottom of the window.

Previewing a form.