Using JotForm to Receive Submissions

Not so much a streamingpost, more on the subject of web development using services in the “cloud”.

I have for the past four or five years had the privilege to work with a swedish radio organisation heading up their website in general and the yearly awards-nominations specifically and it’s been a hassle with a lot of manual labour, but fun also (we get to go to the awards). But, suffice to say, I have also had opportunities to improve the process yearly with new functions available on the internet in many forms.

No pun intended but this year it was just that.  Forms.

Last year I moved the submissions from sound files/CD sent via email or regular snail mail to taking them in via Dropbox. After that I still had to do them manually to keep track of who had nominated who, and report back to the jurygeneral. Even though I didn’t need to actually encode the files anymore the workload was a bit too heavy for the “pay” (we’re sponsors of the event and my time is “free”).

So, into the picture comes a new jurygeneral (two actually) and I still wanted to use Dropbox but I wanted the submissions to be a bit more easily administered for both me and the jurygenerals. Sadly the website is hosted on cheap web hosting and that limits the functions I can use on the website (restrictions). So off I went hunting for something worthwhile using in the cloud. I found JotForm.

The user interface of JotForm makes it extremely easy to create and manage web forms with automatic upload into your Dropbox, if wanted. So, I took the normal word-document form for nominations and converted it to a JotForm which I then incorporated into the website (swedish only) with the last response being files. Why? Well, people are nominating radio shows to different categories, thus it would seem fitting to allow them to send in mp3-files that the jury can judge their different performances on.

For the most part this setup has worked, more or less, flawlessly. I’ve had some small “outages” in the service which made the users “yell” at me, of course. But I can still recommend the service of JotForm. And I would like to be able to translate all buttons and form parts to swedish – now I can’t find a way to make the “upload files” in swedish – that annoys me. I have but one true issue with JotForm. The swedish translation of the general text on the site (not the formbuilder) is hilarious. My suggestion, to JotForm, would be to not use google translate to translate general text to swedish because now – it’s a joke 🙂

That’s it for today. Next week I’ll be talking about Wowza 3.0 (prel).

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