Importance of Responsive Web Pages With Forms

February 15, 2016

About a week ago, I told you about Free Vehicle Templates and Huge Artwork Library. Many of you registered for a free subscription and there may have been a small number of you who had issues with the form.

One of the biggest trends in Web design is having a site that is “responsive”. On a responsive site, pages will adapt based on the device on which they are viewed. For the free subscription form, we were provided a URL to embed the form on the page by the product manufacturer. Unfortunately this method won’t adapt to different devices so it was very difficult to see and fill the form on phones and tablets. Below is a screenshot of the new form on a computer screen.

free-subscription-form

When viewed on a phone or tablet, the form fields will move so they are underneath the caption for each field. Our goal is to provide users with as many free subscriptions as possible, so this change makes the form available to more users. Of course we hope that those who start with a free subscription will see the value in upgrading to a paid subscription.

Behind the scenes I had been working with the product manufacturer on a solution that would allow us to add a native form to the site. The native form would adapt to different devices and it would also allow us to modify some of the text surrounding the form. With the manufacturer being German, their translation to English wasn’t quite perfect. Sure, it was better than anything I could do in German. But we wanted to clean up the text a bit to make it easier for English speaking customers to understand.

Now that this form has been updated, we will start working with the manufacturer to update the search/download form. It is a much more difficult form to convert because it requires communication with the database on their server.

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