What is a Webform?
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Group: Best Practices
A Webform on a web page allows a user to enter data that is sent to a server for processing. Webforms resemble paper forms because internet users fill out the forms using checkboxes, radio buttons, or text fields. For example, webforms can be used to enter shipping or credit card data to order a product or can be used to retrieve data (e.g., searching on a search engine).
In addition to functioning as input templates for new information, webforms can also be used to query and display existing data in a similar manner to mail merge forms, with the same advantages. The decoupling of message structure and underlying data allow both to vary independently. The use of webforms for this purpose avoids the problems associated with explicitly creating separate web pages for each record in a database.
Webforms are defined in formal programming languages such as HTML, Perl, Php, Java or .NET. The implementations of these languages often automatically invoke user interface idioms, such as grids and themes, minimizing programming time, costs and risks
In the field of marketing automation and lead generation, Webforms serve the purpose of capturing contact information, and qualify leads thru questions.
This is why a sophisticated form builder should include a question builders to create questionnaires and assessments. This is the critical element for marketing when trying to convert marketing-qualified leads into sales-qualified leads.
(Publish Dt) 10/23/2010
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