When compared to the old days of creating a form for your blog or website, the process has been simplified in a huge manner, no matter whether you have knowledge about PHP or other coding languages, especially when taking services such as Google Forms into account. When it comes to the mentioned service, Google Forms, it takes only seconds for creating forms and embedding it in your blog or website, regardless the platform you use.

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Despite the fact that there are other services that help you in creating forms easily, the eminent feature of Google Forms is its integration with other Google products such as Google Docs and Google Drive. Nevertheless, Google Forms is much bigger than you have ever thought of because many people fail to understand the in-built abilities of the service, which are especially making use of other Google services and products.

Here, we would like to introduce those features to you so that you can use Google Forms effectively in optimizing your blog or website never like before, with less codes! Hope this will help everyone, who would like to utilize the maximum abilities of the service!

Responses May Have Exact Location

In some cases, you might be using Google Forms for collecting data in massive manner but by using same template for all results. In such situations, you can save each response from the visitor to one Google Docs Spreadsheet, so that you can analyze it well later. For instance, if you want to find blogs by valuating details such as PR, DA etc, you can save all these information to a spreadsheet and do the analyzing stuff later, when everyone have done submission.

In addition, there is a superb feature for storing user responses to a new sheet of an existing Google Doc spreadsheet. This way is simply useful when you have to collect details from a people in regular basis! If you have assigned to save user responses in different sheets, it will be easy to compare with earlier responses, which results in effective statistics.

For saving user responses to a spreadsheet, first, you have to click on ‘Change Destination Location’ button. In the opening pop-up window, select option for saving user-response to a new response. You have an option for giving the name for the form. In the response document, you can get details such as timestamp as well as response for each column. Indeed, it is a good feature for those, who use Google Docs in an extended form.

You do also have an option for analyzing these responses! For that, you can click on the option ‘Response Summary’ under the Responses tab. According to the number of columns you provided, you can have graphical analysis of number of responses as well as demographics on users’ selection.

Page Break Makes It Simple

If you want to get more responses from the user, chances are high that your form will get elongated that in turn causes the problems while fetching data from user. You can use page breaks for fixing the issue, just as you do when making big blog posts. For that, you should go to Insert -> Page Break and assign the position. Once you have finished the process, page break will be active in the form.

Custom Size Embedding

According to the size of your webpage and the location, where you would like to display the form, you have to change the width and height of the form, as you are embedding the form using iframe. Obviously, here too, you do not have to play with codes because Google Forms itself has options for setting customized width and height for the embedded form. You can change these setting by going to File -> Embed and giving the suitable details.

Change How You Get Notified

If you have chosen the option for saving responses to your spreadsheet, you will get notified every time there is a response through the form. For at least some of you, it might be a distraction if you are expecting larger number of responses. In that case, you can set the option for receiving updates in a batch-manner. You can do this by Tools -> Notification Rules in the responses spreadsheet.

Logical Navigation

Just as you do in PHP, in Google forms too, you can navigate to different pages according to answer of user. This is useful in multiple-choice questions because you can navigate the user to a specific page if he/she has selected a specific answer from the list. For doing this, you have to make some changes when adding the question by ticking the option ‘Go to Page based on answer’ Then you will have to assign choices.

Conclusion

Hope these tips can help you in optimizing your Google Forms using experience in such a way that you can become more productive when using Google forms for your personal or professional use or in a blog or website. Do you have any other tips for Google Forms? Do let us know via comments.

Author: Suumit Shah
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Comments (2)

  1. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my
    own blog and was wondering what all is needed to get set up?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

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