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How to create WordPress posts through form submissions?

On 123FormBuilder you can create new posts in your WordPress site through form submissions. You’ll need the 123FormBuilder plugin for WordPress and the steps described below to create a new post after each submission. To create posts through form submissions, go to the SettingsApplications section of your form and add WordPress Posts. The application box will drop as seen in the image below:

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1. Provide the URL of your WordPress blog and click on Connect to WordPress.

2. If the 123FormBuilder plugin is not yet installed on your WordPress account, a frame will pop up on screen as seen below. Click on Install & activate and you’ll be redirected on WordPress to access your account to install and activate the 123FormBuilder plugin. After that, return to the frame and press Refresh. If the plugin was already installed before this step, you’ll be redirected to the WordPress Posts customization lightbox, to map form fields with WordPress post fields.

Note: If you have already installed the 123FormBuilder plugin on your WordPress site, but get this frame on screen, make sure the plugin has been activated and hit Refresh.

create wordpress post through submission

3. In WordPress PostsGlobal Settings, set the author of the posts, the status of the posts, the posts’ format and if the respective posts accept comments or not. These settings are applied for all submissions on the form. Only WordPress users can be selected as post authors.

create wordpress posts through form submissions

4. In WordPress PostsDefault Post Fields, you can provide a default value or associate form fields to the title of the post, content, excerpt, tags and featured image. You can only associate File Upload fields to Featured Image. Tags are separated either by comma or by the Enter key of your keyboard.

5. Now you have to select the categories where the posts will be grouped in. You can either set all posts to be grouped in the same categories or allow form users to select the categories before submission.

create wordpress post through submission

  • Preselect categories. Use this option if you want to group all posts in the same existing categories of your WordPress site. All categories can be viewed and select in the list below. Select All Categories to group posts in each existing category of your WordPress account or Select Categories to manually select the categories you want.
  • Allow users to select categories adds a dropdown list where you can map a Radio buttons, Checkboxes or Dropdown field from your web form. However, selected categories in the list below will overwrite the available choices you have added in the Form Editor.

6. In WordPress PostsCustom Post Fields, you can associate form fields with custom fields from your WordPress account. WordPress custom fields are displayed on the left and form fields on the right, through the dropdowns.

7. Your email associated to the 123FormBuilder account will be automatically added in the WordPress PostsError Handling section. In case the integration fails for a form users because of a bad network connection, you’ll be notified by email. You can change the email address at any time in this section.

8. In the end, press Save. From now on, each submission will create a post on your WordPress blog. Check your WordPress account to see the results. In your 123FormBuilder account, go to the Submissions section of your online form to manage your entries.

Whenever you want to adjust your settings, return to the application and press the Customize button to enter the customization lightbox.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions. For more FAQs, please browse through the  FAQs page.

Is this service free?
Yes, we offer a free form builder service. Just sign up to the Basic plan and you are all set. This plan is forever free, but you are limited with a few features only, such as 5 forms per account, 100 submissions per month and you have to keep the backlink to 123FormBuilder on your forms. Check out our features matrix for more information.
How many forms can I create?
It depends on the service plan you are on. Higher service plans enable more features, including more web forms for your account. If you need more forms, go to the My Account section of your account and click the upgrade button. To create an unlimited number of forms, either upgrade to the Platinum service plan or higher. Consult our features matrix for more information.
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How do I change my form design?
You can change the design of your form in the Themes section, which is located in your form settings. We offer a set of more than 30 predefined form themes for your forms, but you can also create your own from scratch. You can customize the submit button, the logo and more. To apply your own stylesheets, all forms come with a custom CSS editor.

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