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How do I add a form to my site without writing code?

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image Well, it could hardly be simpler: enroll to Patapage and paste a script in your pages’ source. Done.

Notice that you are actually beginning to add to your site interactivity with visitors – but forms are just the beginning.

Interacting with your visitors may also mean letting them leave page-specific comments, contribute wiki-style to contents, enable Google-powered searches, read news via RSS, see who is tweeting this topic, and so on.

A form builder is nice, but it is a partial solution.

imagePatapage is not just a form builder. What you need is a service that covers all the new ways to interact with your visitors, while keeping your site simple and static – and hence easy to update and well-indexed. This service is just what Patapage gives you.

Of course you can do a lot with forms: non only feedback and contacts, but also for example surveys, bookings, …

But in fact the right question is not just about adding forms:

How can I add more interactions with my visitors, with my “tribe”, without transforming my site in an application?

Is it possible to avoid doing all that server side development just to add more interaction?

Today it is indeed possible: just try Patapage here.

P.S. The amount of development needed to support a community is also easily under estimated. You may need moderation, e-mail confirmations, defense from spam, notifications… all done for you in our service.

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

June 16, 2010 at 8:59 am

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Add all kinds of forms to your site with Patapage

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The form functionality really adds a lot to any site that does not want to fight with server side configurations and problems. The contact form is a simple and ready form:

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If you pick “build your own” as form type, you will have at your disposal a set of field types which you can combine to build the most diverse forms:

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So we can start adding fields to the form:

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And here is the result on the test page:

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Yet more functionality added – still without writing any code!

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

June 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

A test environment for your buttons and links

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image We’ve just updated Patapage adding a new functionality: a test environment in the backoffice from where you can test the buttons / links generated before publishing them on your site. The test environment facilitates pasting the code:

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It is like a web based development environment, giving a preview of your buttons by default on our Alice Lin site:

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This just makes it even easier doing some quick tests. 🙂

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

June 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Patapage review: WebWorkerDaily

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image We are happy to say that Patapage got a really positive review on WebWorkerDaily, by :

I was wary of Patapage, since it seemed to promise nothing more than window dressing. I couldn’t have been farther off with my assumption. It’s actually a very powerful website creation tool that provides the extra “oomph” many amateur sites are lacking at a relatively low cost.

Thanks!

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

May 21, 2010 at 8:50 am

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Example Patapage usages

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image In this blog post Matteo Bicocchi (“pupunzi”) presents some ways to improve a site with Patapage:

9 ways to improve your site but you don’t know how to

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

May 17, 2010 at 8:29 am

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Patapage and site indexing

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image Does the “social” content of your web site get indexed under your domain? Normally, it doesn’t: if people write on Twitter, Facebook, blog posts about your web site or the topics it deals with, your site is not connected with such information. With Patapage you not only get connected, but also can get that the social content gets connected also for indexing.

An objection that could be raised to Patapage – to any Ajax-powered site – is this:

“Content that is inserted through Patapage is not under my domain so it will not be indexed by Google”

Actually, if you look at details, things are quite different.

If you build your site with Patapage as suggested, your site basic structure and HTML will be as simple as possible. All the “core” content will be hence as SEO-friendly as possible. What happens if you don’t use Patapage? Well, what normally happens is that whatever “talk” about your site topics is not indexed nor linked to your site in any way. And of course this includes indexing. This is the situation when Patapage gets added.

By adding Patapage, 1. Your site SEO-friendly structure is preserved 2. You connect “talk” and encourage visitors to connect to your content.

The extension of your site with Ajax-powered features, like widgets – increases your connectedness – and hence visibility: its an opportunity, not a problem.

The mistake would be to use Patapage as a way to build your core content – but this is not a good idea, and will not only not be SEO friendly, but likely nor user friendly too.

Patapage used correctly is a way to evolve a site remaining SEO friendly. Because the content remains simply structured. This said, there is work being done to index under your domain also all the content inserted in Patapage – see section 4.4 of the user guide.

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May 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

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