Ahh, the textbox – the Swiss Army Knife of form field types. It is found on just about every online form, and for good reason: it’s flexible. It can be used to collect a wide variety of information like names, numbers, addresses, or just about anything else. But, aside from reading the label, how can you determine what kind of information is being entered into a specific form field? Furthermore, how does Event Wizard® know? This is where the System Field type comes into place.
Head over to the Edit/Move/Hide Form Fields page of one of your events and you’ll immediately notice there are a few fields that are highlighted – these are fields that have been set as a special type through the system. Click the edit icon for one of these fields and scroll down to the Properties section. You’ll see a dropdown labeled “System Field” – this is where you can set the type, or identifier, for this field.
Until now, this list consisted of only First Name, Last Name, and Email, but we have extended this functionality to include the following identifiers:
- Postal/Zip Code
By using these identifiers, you are telling Event Wizard® what kind of data each marked field contains, and to use it as such. For example, the First Name, Last Name, and Email field types are referenced in things like merge tags, emails, and pretty much all of your event reports. Now, by adding these new system field types, we have opened up the ability to use that data in other ways – for instance, if the form contains marked address fields, that data can be carried over to the payment page so the user doesn’t have to fill it in twice. Pretty neat, huh?
We hope this sheds some light on a feature that you may not have known existed. As always, if you have any questions about system field types or anything else, you know where to find us.