Receiving a Form Attachment on Squarespace

I record many video tutorials for my clients, and when doing a site hand-off, I generally will build them their own private video library (no wood paneling or cool rolling ladders though, unless the budget allows)

On a recent Basecamp conversation with a client, as I was answering questions about customizing Squarespace's contact forms, I decided to post a video to explain specific customization, and then to share it with you here.

Here's the conversation and the video...

Q: Can you show me how to allow job-seekers a way to attach their CV on a Squarespace form?

Sure... Squarespace forms are quite easy to edit. Most every customization is possible, however— Squarespace forms will not allow "an attachment". (I know— bummer)

There are a few workarounds if you want to allow an attachment on your forms. Here are a couple of ideas…

OPTION 1.

Use a third-party form like FORMSTACK.COM — their forms will allow this, and we can embed them on a Squarespace site. (I use Formstack's form on Squareflair.com/quote to allow people to send me files along with quote requests.)

OPTION 2.

Use a Squarespace form, then in the "Form Confirmation" field (on the form configuration area), we could add a message with an email link, stating:

"Thank you for filling-out the form. Please submit your CV to the following email address: emailcv@domain.com"

OPTION 2.1

Add a "dummy" checkbox within the form stating:

" [ × ] Check if you will be submitting your CV (look for instructions on the following page."

(The checkbox will not do anything in this case— only as an alert for you, that field will be marked as "YES" when collecting data via email or on the Squarespace-generated spreadsheet in file-storage area.)

OPTION 3.

Use a Squarespace form, then in the "Form Confirmation" field (on the form configuration area), we could add a message with a PAGE LINK to a Squarespace upload module. The upload module looks like this example site: http://alizadehortho.com/file-upload The output is then mapped to a directory in your file storage area. To get your files, you just log-into your Squarespace account and download them.

OPTION 3.1

See 2.1 above

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Alan Houser

Squareflair, 23390 West Road, Sheridan, IN, USA