Save at Last! Forminator’s New Save and Continue Feature

Save at Last! Forminator’s New Save and Continue Feature

Allow users to save a partially filled WordPress form as a draft so they can complete it later before submitting it with our Forminator plugin.

Sometimes, form-filling takes time – especially multipage or lengthy forms. With Forminator’s Save and Continue option, users can save a form as a draft and complete a form at a later time via a custom link.

save as draft image.
Saving long forms as a draft is now an option for your users!

This highly requested feature is available and easy as ever to implement. You’ll be able to customize your form’s settings to allow draft retention periods, allow drafts of forms sent to an email address, edit messages, and more!

This brief article takes you through all the features and how to implement them.

We’ll cover:

You can begin using this feature immediately, so let’s…

Get Started

The Save as Draft feature can be applied to a new, draft, or published form. To begin, choose a form from Forminator’s Dashboard or create a new one.

If you’re new to Forminator and need a detailed look at creating a form from scratch, be sure to check out our article about How to Get the Most Out of Using Forminator.

List of all of the forms created in Forminator.
Pick a previously created form or start a new one from scratch.

If you’d like to add this to a previously created form, simply click the Gear Icon and then Edit.

The gear icon.
The Edit button will get you started!

And for a new form, the process will be the same. Once you get your form started, you’ll click Behavior to begin. When you scroll down a bit, you’ll see Save and Continue.

Ready for launch? Click Enable Save and Continue to activate.

Enable save and continue button.
One click is all it takes to get started.

When enabled, a dropdown menu will appear with customizable options. There is a Configuration and Permissions area.

Configurations and Permission buttons.
Once enabled, you’ll have two options.

We’ll start with all of the options in the Configuration tab.

Draft Retention Period

Choose the days a form’s draft will be stored on your server. Then, once the time expires, they’ll be automatically deleted.

By default, it’s set at 30-days.

Draft retention period.
Set any amount of days you’d like.

Set whatever time frame suits your needs.

Save Form Link Text

You can also customize the text when it comes to saving the form. This is what users will see.

Save form link text area.
Whatever you want to include in your messaging, do so here.

Additionally, when a form is successfully submitted, the user will get a message. Customize the message to anything you’d like.

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The form fields for text.
It even shows what form fields will not be saved.

Your message can include links, form data, and more – to make them as clear, personalized, and precise as possible.

Enabling Draft to Email

When a user wants to save and continue at a later date, there’s no better way to remind them than by having an email sent to their account. By activating this feature, a link to the draft will be sent directly to them with the option to resume.

The send draft to email area.
It’s as easy as ever to let users’ send the incomplete form to their email.

As soon as you have your Save and Continue features set up – click Update on the form.

The Permission Area

Decide whether every user can save their format as a draft – or just registered users. That’s all done from the Permission tab.

The Permissions area.
There are two options to choose from.

Just choose your option – and it’s all set.

User Experience

So, now that you know how to set up the Save and Continue feature, what does it look like from the users’ perspective?

Of course, every form is different. Unlimited style options, fields, etc., can be used (which we cover in numerous articles, like this one). For this article, we’ll keep it simple and have a look at what happens when a user saves the form we just created.

First, they’ll see the Save as Draft Option on every page (if you have multiple pages) of the form as they complete it.

The save as a draft button.
Here, it’s on page three.

When clicked, it will bring up the custom (or default) message to let them know their form was saved. Plus, the user will get a link that they can copy and paste so that they can get back to the form at any time.

The text view for the user.
As you can see, the text that we created in the admin is clearly visible.

Since we incorporated the Send Draft Link, this option is available. All the user has to do is enter their email address and hit – in this case – the ‘Send Draft Link’ button (which, as we talked about, can be edited to say something else).

Instantly, an email will go to the user’s email address. It contains the name of the form, website, link, and expiration date of the link.

Text the user sees about reminding them to complete the form.
A short and sweet reminder for the user to complete the form.

All a user has to do is click the link to return to the form and complete it!

Good Save

With Forminator’s new Save and Continue feature, forms will be saved and not forgotten by users who, for whatever reason, can’t complete a form in one session. As you can see, it’s simple to set up in just a few clicks and highly customizable. Plus, this feature is entirely free to use.

This feature is a welcome addition to Forminator, as it was a top request from our users. And so, we’re happy to now include it.

After all, a good form deserves a good save.

 

Have you tried this new Forminator feature? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

N. Fakes

N. Fakes Nate is an L.A.-based writer. When he's not pounding keys on his MacBook, you might find him scribbling inappropriate things as a syndicated cartoonist. He's fond of family time, hanging out at Venice Beach, and pizza coupons.