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Create Custom Confirmation Pages with Cognito Forms

Posted by Nadia A. 07/29/2015 Categories: Calculations Tips & Tricks

When you complete a form, it's nice to know that your entry has been successfully submitted and to receive a record of that submission. With the ability to embed form data, generate PDFs, and write calculations, you can create custom confirmation pages for your forms that provide your users helpful information with a personal touch.

Include entry details and PDFs

By including entry details in your confirmation message, your user can review their submission immediately after they finish. They can also download and print out a PDF file containing their entry information. To enable these features, find the Confirmation Options area under Submission Settings in your form builder, and check the boxes that apply.

Now, your users will see all the fields they filled out, and have the option of saving a PDF version of their entry.

Include receipts

For forms with payment, it's essential to include a receipt with transaction details that your customers can view after placing an order. Cognito Forms will automatically generate a receipt on the confirmation page for any payment form.

Embed data

With the ability to embed data, you can make your confirmation message personalized for each user. For example, if you want to add your user's name to the message, just click the Insert Field option and select the Name field.

Now, when your user submits their entry, the confirmation page will grab information from the Name field and add it to the message. 

Display a custom message

Using a calculation, you can create an even more customized message for your users. Depending on what your users answer, a calculation field can help display a completely different confirmation message when they submit their form.

Say you create an RSVP for an event, and you want to know if someone will be attending or not. First, you would create a choice field, and let the user choose between Yes or No. Then, you would insert a calculation field (we'll just call it Yes or No) and click the lightning bolt to open up the calculations editor. Also, make sure to set the Show This Field option to Never, so the calculation field doesn't appear on your form.

In this scenario, we're going to use an If Yes Then This Else That type of calculation, and write two different messages that will appear depending on whether the user selects Yes or No to our question. 

Once you've finished writing your calculation, you're going to insert the calculation field into the confirmation message, just as we did with the Name field. 

Now, when your user selects Yes, they will see this confirmation message:

Or, if they select No:

There are a myriad of scenarios such as this in which you can create a unique user experience for your form. For more information about confirmation pages, visit our help topic.

Gravatar Nadia is the Marketing Coordinator for Cognito Forms. In her spare time, Nadia enjoys listening to French house, drinking iced coffee, and talking about herself in third person.
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