Less hassle, more hustle. Simplifying Online Order forms.

At Zoho, we know running your dream business is not always smooth sailing. Sometimes you have to master the art of multi-tasking and bravely take on the silent, stressful little chores that don't show up center stage but are crucial to your business. Zoho Forms helps you manage some of these tasks, one form at a time.

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And here's one such update that works like a charm for any small business or start-up wishing to make their products and services available online: we recently enhanced the efficiency with which you can build an Online Order form by introducing the new Subform field to our online form builder.

So you can now focus more on what you sell and worry less about how you sell it.

What have we enhanced?

So you're already aware of how to construct uncomplicated, easy-to-use online order forms from our previous blog on creating smart Order forms using Zoho forms. If you haven't read it yet, you'll want to take a quick look, because things are about to get interesting.

Taking it one step further, in this blog we explain how you can make your form more dynamic in a single step: adding the Subform field. Previously, you could only add single items, assign values to them, and charge accordingly.

However, with the Subform, you can add a list of items with variable prices configured based on a variety of features, and consolidate the sum of these prices in a final payment.

It all sounds terribly complex, but don't worry, we've made it simple just for you.

Now how do you use the Subform field in an Online Order form?

Now that you know what Subform fields are, let's look at how you can use them.

Suppose you're a florist who is expanding your business to accept online orders. You can create a simple Online Order form to allow customers to order your bouquets and flower arrangements online. You can include the Subform field to add the types of flowers, preferred color combinations, and other product details in your order form.

Assign values to the products based on these sub-categories in the Assign Values option in field properties, and map a Formula field to calculate the sum of these values.

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You can finally add a payment option to finish off your Order form. Map the Payment field to the Formula field containing the total cost, so that this is what appears to your customer at the end of the form.

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You can also include Field Rules and Formulas to add additional charges such as taxes and shipping costs to the final Payment field.

The unique advantage of including the Subform field within your Order form is that customers will be able to easily add items listed within the Subform and customize these items, such as ordering the same bouquet of roses in different colors.

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To finish off, the Order form can be easily added to any website and you can wrap up your transactions by sending invoices and receipts to customers using custom emails and beautifully designed PDFs to enhance the customer experience.

The upgraded Order form paired with the Subform field, also works effectively for other useful cases such as collecting resumes and applications, consolidating inventories, etc.

Know any more creative and functional ways to use the Order form and the Subform field? Let us know in the comments below. Happy hustling!

Interested in creating efficient order forms for your online business? Sign up at Zoho Forms to try out our dynamic form builder. You can also tweet us @zohoforms. We are always here for you.


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