Types of Forms: What You Need to Know

What are forms? What do they do? What are the differences between them? This article explains what forms are, what you can use them for, and how to use them.

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Published 27 May 2022

What are Forms?

Forms are used to collect information from your customers and/or clients. The information collected is usually stored locally on a computer or on a database.

What are the Different Types of Forms?

Forms offer a variety of uses that cater to different types of businesses. Listed below are some of the most common types of forms along with their uses and purpose.

  1. Customer Registration Forms

Customer registration forms gather customer data for a business, such as a contact information and purchase preferences. This type of form can be used to create a customer database to better target marketing efforts and improve customer service.

  1. Employment Application Forms

Used by businesses to screen and hire employees, employment application forms typically require job seekers to provide personal information, such as their name, address, education, and work experience.

  1. Order Forms

Order forms are used by businesses to take customer orders for products or services. This form usually includes information about the items being ordered, such as the product name, description, quantity, and price. Order forms also often require customers to provide payment information.

  1. Donation Forms

Donation forms are used by charities and other nonprofit organizations to solicit donations from individuals or businesses. This form typically asks for contact information and donation amount, as well as information about the donor’s preferred method of payment.

  1. Online Forms

Lastly and the most popularly used today are online forms. Online forms are used to gather information from website visitors. The information collected by online forms can be used to contact the visitor, add them to a mailing list, or purchase a product or service, among others.

Why Online Forms are Often Used by Businesses Today?

Online forms are often used by businesses today because they are an efficient way to gather information from customers. By using online forms, businesses can save time and money by gathering the information they need without having to speak to customers on the phone or in person. Additionally, online forms can help businesses track customer feedback and analyze data in order to improve their products or services.

What are the Different Types of Online forms?

Today, most people now prefer to use online forms due to their convenience and easy accessibility. There many different examples of forms, and below are the different types of online forms:

  1. Newsletter Signup

A newsletter signup form allows you to collect subscribers’ information for your mailing list. This is a great way to keep in touch with your audience and promote your latest blog posts, products, or services.

  1. Contact Form

A contact form allows visitors to get in touch with you through your website. This can be used to request more information, make suggestions, or report any problems they may have encountered on your website.

  1. Event Registration

An event registration form allows attendees to sign up for your upcoming event. This can help you keep track of the number of people who are interested in attending, and ensure that everyone has registered before the deadline.

  1. Purchase order

A purchase order form is an online document that is used by buyers to place an order for goods or services from a seller. 

Purchase order forms typically contain information such as the buyer’s contact information, the product or service being ordered, and the price of the item they want to buy from the seller’s online store.

  1. Account Signup

Account signup forms are used to create new accounts for customers to make them as a member of their website. They usually require a few pieces of personal information, such as name, email address, and password. 

Account signup forms help businesses collect this information so they can keep track of their customers and send them marketing materials.

  1. Free Assessment/Audit

A free assessment or audit form is used to assess how well a particular process or system is performing. It can be used by individuals or businesses to identify areas that may need improvement.

  1. Inspection forms

Inspection forms are used by inspectors in different organizations to ensure that industry standards are complied with. Inspection forms also help businesses align with best practices, making them more competitive in their field.

 

Shella Marie Ang

SafetyCulture staff writer

Shella Marie Ang

Shella Marie Ang is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. Cultivating her experience in social media marketing, virtual assistance, and SEO has helped her create compelling content for websites and blogs. Her medical background also has given her an edge when it comes to writing medical and health-related content. She loves reading in her free time and being around other creatives.

Shella Marie Ang is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. Cultivating her experience in social media marketing, virtual assistance, and SEO has helped her create compelling content for websites and blogs. Her medical background also has given her an edge when it comes to writing medical and health-related content. She loves reading in her free time and being around other creatives.