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Fillable PDF Form Replacement - Retain & Update Information
December 13, 2011
8:58 pm
Ellis Benus

First I want to say how much I love cForms.

I've switched a lot of people from other products, like Gravity Forms, after showing them how fantastic cForms is.


Second, I'm trying to do something with cForms which I've never done before, or seen anyone else do either.


We have a document which our clients have to manually fill out every year when they drop off their tax returns.

This is one of the biggest complaints from our customers, saying "nothing changed from last year" but we are required to have the information included with the tax documents every year.


I would really like to create a cForms form with all the required information.

The information could be stored in the Wordpress database, obviously.

But we want a way to allow the user to "re-populate" the fields and update the information each year.


This could be through a PIN # or username & password.


I could not find any information on how to tackle this with cForms, or even if it's possible.


ANY information or direction would be GREATLY appreciated.


Thank You in advance for your time.



Ellis Benus

Small Business Web Guru

Wordpress Expert

(573) 557-WEB0 (9320)

December 19, 2012
4:30 am

Steer away from PDF. You need the most expensive subscription and licenses to allow PDF form saving, retrieve and composing PDFs, and it has nothing to do with cforms.

You just build a simple HTML in the "success" field or point the form to a "thank you" page, with the form fields as "{Your Name}" in it, and they will be replaced by the submitted form.

Then create a new CSS file for "print" only, defining the rules for your new HTML, and link it to your header.php with "print" attribute in the LINK tag.

The info will look normal in your website, using your default css for the site, and different for your printed page (given you DID formatted different in that new CSS.

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