How to Use the Aweber Web Form Widget in WordPress

Last week, I shared with you guys my experience using the Aweber Web Form Widget in my WordPress site. I said that I would follow up with a tutorial on how to use this great tool. So here it is, my dear readers! Let’s get started.

First of all, if you haven’t checked out the Aweber Web Form Widget yet, you should do so now. I’ve got nothing more to teach you guys because this plugin is so useful. Not only does it automatically fill out all the required fields on your behalf, but it also does the dirty work of connecting you to Amazon’s 1-click ordering servers. Once you’ve got that, you can continue using your WordPress site as you normally would.

Install The Aweber Web Form Widget On Your WordPress Site

To install this plugin, you’ll need to download the.zip file from its official website and unzip it to your WordPress site’s plugins folder.

Inside the unzipped folder, you’ll find two files: the.php file and the.sql file. The former is the plugin’s source code, and the latter is a database backup that you’ll need to restore later on (I’ll get to that in a bit).

If you’re using WordPress on a live site, make sure that you back up your database before proceeding. You can always use mySQL to back up your database and restore it later on using WordPress’ built-in SQL management system. Alternatively, you can use tools like BackWPup or Drush to automatically perform database backups and restores whenever you change content on your site.

Activate The Aweber Web Form Widget On Your WordPress Site

Once you’ve unzipped the plugin’s source code and placed it in your WordPress site’s plugins folder, you’ll need to activate it. To do so, navigate to Plugins in your WordPress Dashboard and click the Activate button next to the Aweber Web Form Widget.

When you activate the plugin, you’ll see the Dashboard screen pop up with a success message. Congratulations! You’re now ready to start using the Aweber Web Form Widget.

Add Some Custom CSS To Your WordPress Site

Since we’re going to be using this plugin on our WordPress sites, it’s a good idea to add a bit of custom CSS to our templates. That way, we can make the form display in a way that fits our site’s design.

To do so, go to your WordPress site’s HTML source code (the part between the opening and closing head tags) and add the custom CSS property: awefw-form { }. This new CSS property will let us change the look and feel of the form that’s going to be generated by the Aweber Web Form Widget.

For example, if you want the form to display in a green color instead of the standard WordPress blue, all you need to do is add the following CSS property to your template:

awefw-form { color: green; }

Keep in mind that this will change the appearance of all the forms that you create using the Aweber Web Form Widget on your WordPress site. So if you want to use these forms on other parts of your site, make sure that you do not also use this CSS property.

Add Some JavaScript To Your WordPress Site

Next up, we’ve got JavaScript. Just like with the CSS properties, you’ll need to add some JavaScript to your WordPress site’s HTML source code in order to customize the behavior of the Aweber Web Form Widget. To do so, go to your WordPress site’s HTML source code (the part between the opening and closing head tags) and add the JavaScript property: awefw-form-submit { }. This new JavaScript property will instruct the Aweber Web Form Widget to display a message after the form has been submitted.

For example, if you want to display a confirmation message after the form has been submitted, all you need to do is add the following JavaScript property to your template:

awefw-form-submit { display: block; }

Keep in mind that this will change the behavior of all the forms that you create using the Aweber Web Form Widget on your WordPress site. So if you want to use these forms on other parts of your site, make sure that you do not also use this JavaScript property.

Configure The Aweber Web Form Widget

Once you’ve added the required custom CSS properties and JavaScript events, you can start configuring the Aweber Web Form Widget. To do so, click the Configure button near the top-right corner of the Dashboard. This will display the form’s General Configuration Settings. Alternatively, you can click the Plus sign next to the Configure button and use the resulting form to add more configuration options.

On the General Configuration Settings page, you’ll see two tabs: Public and Private. The former defines whether or not the form’s contents are public and visible to everyone or just the site’s subscribers. The latter defines whether or not the form’s contents are editable by site visitors or only administrators.

By default, the Aweber Web Form Widget’s contents are public and available to everyone. If you’d like to keep the form’s contents private and accessible only by administrators, you can uncheck the Public option on the General Configuration Settings page.

You can also edit the visible fields’ default values on this page. For instance, you can change the form’s email delivery method to Never Notify or you can opt to have the form email you at once on submission.

Fill Out The Form

Now that you’ve got all the relevant configuration information ready, it’s time to start using the Aweber Web Form Widget. Click the button in the top-right corner of the Dashboard to browse to your forms folder. This will display all the forms that you’ve created in the last month. You can see that I’ve got two forms here: the signup form (the one you’ll use to sign up for my online store) and the comment form (the form that allows subscribers to leave comments on my blog posts).

To get the ball rolling, I’ll use the signup form. I don’t need to fill it out since I’ve already got customers who are willing to buy my products. But this is a good example of how easy it is to create a form using the Aweber Web Form Widget.

To create a form using this tool, click the plus sign in the top-right corner of the Dashboard and use the resulting form to fill out the required fields. When you’re done, click the Submit Form button at the bottom of the page.

If you’ve used Gmail’s 1-click ordering feature, you’ll notice that Amazon servers will automatically pre-populate the form with your customer’s data. If you’ve used Facebook’s Send button, you’ll notice that the form will pre-populate with your customer’s email addresses. This feature makes it incredibly easy to just click and have your merchandise arrive at your doorstep.

Export Your Forms To HTML

If you’d like to save the completed form as HTML (so you can send it to a friend or use it on your blog), just click the button at the top of the page. To do so, go to your WordPress site’s FTP (File Transfer Protocol) folder and create a new file called form.html. Inside this file, you’ll see all the form’s source code. This is the html that you’ll need to send to your customer (or any other person or website that you want to share this form with).

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