WordPress Google Form v0.46 beta 9 available

I’ve updated the beta version of WordPress Google Form v0.46 this morning to beta-9. This beta update adds a significant new feature and one that has been requested a number of times: The ability to require an email address from the person filling out the form is now possible through a setting on the Google Form custom post type (this is not available through the old gform short code).

I would encourage migrating to the new short code and defining forms with the Google Forms Custom Post Type UI as that is where I am adding new functionality.  The way I added the User Email option should also allow me to allow form specific validation rules (e.g. URL required).

Download the beta release and please let me know if you run into any issues.

Google Forms Beta (933 downloads)

WordPress Google Form v0.46 beta 8 available

I’ve updated the beta version of WordPress Google Form v0.46 one more time to beta-8 and made it available for download from this site. This beta update fixes a redirect problem when using the original “gform” short code. It was not present when using the new “wpgform” short code. I would encourage migrating to the new short code and defining forms with the Google Forms Custom Post Type UI.

Download the beta release and please let me know if you run into any issues.

Google Forms Beta (933 downloads)

WordPress Google Form v0.46 beta 7 available

I’ve updated the beta version of WordPress Google Form v0.46 yet again to beta-7 and made it available for download from this site. This beta update adds a new settings on the plugin settings page to control the timout value for the WordPress HTTP API. Increasing the timeout appears to help with very large Google Spreadsheets.

Download the beta release and please let me know if you run into any issues.

Google Forms Beta (933 downloads)

WordPress Google Form v0.46 beta 6 available

I’ve updated the beta version of WordPress Google Form v0.46 to beta-6 and made it available for download from this site. This beta update addresses some typos which caused problems when running with debug enabled and temporarily increases the HTTP_API timeout to 15 seconds to chase down a suspected problem with very large Google Spreadsheets. If increasing the timeout works then I will add another setting to the plugin to allow this to be changed on a per site basis.

Download the beta release and please let me know if you run into any issues.

Google Forms Beta (933 downloads)

WordPress Google Form v0.46 beta 5 available

I’ve updated the beta version of WordPress Google Form v0.46 to beta-5 and made it available for download from this site. This beta update addresses an issue where content is floating to the wrong location. The addition of column support using jQuery Columnizer plugin injects several DIVs to wrap the column content and the DIVs which contain the columns are floated either left (default) or right. I have added some additional jQuery code to clear the floats at the end of the Google Form.

Download the beta release and please let me know if you run into any issues.

Google Forms Beta (933 downloads)

WordPress Google Form v0.46-beta-4 now available

I’ve update the beta version of WordPress Google Form v0.46 to beta-4 and made it available for download from this site. This beta update addresses a bug when the plugin is activated.

Download the beta release and please let me know if you run into any issues.

Google Forms Beta (933 downloads)

WordPress Google Form v.046-beta-3 available

This morning I made WordPress Google Form v0.46-beta-3 available for download from this site. I have not posted this version to the WordPress plugin repository as it still needs some testing.  This beta release includes new checking to try and detect when the form data wasn’t actually posted to Google and if detected, will suppress the confirmation page (if used) so the Google error will not be missed by the user.

Download the beta release and please let me know if you run into any issues.

Google Forms Beta (933 downloads)

WordPress Google Form v0.46-beta-2 available

This evening I posted the beta-2 version of WordPress Google Form v0.46 for download from this site. I have not posted this version to the WordPress plugin repository as it needs some testing.  This is a pretty significant change as beta-2 includes the new WordPress Google Form custom post type plus all of the features included in the last beta release.

Download the beta release and please let me know if you run into any issues.

Google Forms Beta (933 downloads)

wpGForm Custom Post Type Preview

As I noted a couple days ago, I have started a “renovation” of sorts to my WordPress Google Forms plugin.  I have defined a Custom Post Type which makes it much easier to set up a form.  It is no longer necessary to worry about the syntax of a long complicated short code!  Here are a couple images of what the Dashboard UI looks like.

Adding a form to a post or page is as simple as adding the

Unable to process Google Form short code.
short code where N maps to the form’s post id.  The short code syntax for each Google Form appears in the list of forms.

The Google Form Edit Screen has fields which map directly to all of the short code attributes that were defined in the original short code.

There is no change of operation on the front end – the form should continue to operate as it has previously.  If you’re interested in testing this new version, I hope to have a beta available fairly soon which also has some other new features.

Moving to a Custom Post Type may allow for some more robust field validation using the jQuery Validation plugin!  Stay tuned for  more details on that as I don’t think it will be in the first release of Custom Post Types.

Adding Custom Post Types to WordPress Google Form

I have been thinking about migrating WordPress Google Form from a shortcode based solution to a Custom Post Type solution.  Today I decided to move from thinking about it to acting on it.  As I add more features the short code complexity has grown quite a bit.  Because the short code contains URLs with special characters, the chance of introducing a syntax error is very high and it is by far the most common support request I receive.

There are a lot of benefits to adding a custom Post Type, among them:

  1. Reduced syntax errors.
  2. Shorter short codes.
  3. No chance of misspelling attribute names.
  4. No chance of having duplicate (or triplicate!) attributes and wondering why the first value isn’t working.
  5. Possibility of having form specific CSS.

I plan to retain the current short code syntax so existing installations will continue to work but will introduce a new short code (likely

Unable to process Google Form short code.
) which can be used in place of the current short code.  Over time I will likely deprecate the older short code but not anytime soon.

The primary reason I am doing this is my desire to connect Google Forms with PayPal which I think I can do using a hook in Woo Commerce.  Having the Google Form as a very simple short code will help me do what I want to do (I think).