Andrew Smith

What is Formz?

Formz is a UI form builder that allows website managers and developers alike to easily create web forms.

Who should use Formz?

Formz was built to allow the website manager to create web forms to collect information and store it in the database and receive via email. This Add-on should be valuable to Developer and Website manager alike, as it gives a easy way for Developers to create a FormIt form and store/email the data to the website manager in a easy to manage way.

Getting Started



You can install Strong through various means, below I will list those and provide you with the prefered method.

Install via Package Management

Inside of MODX go to the System menu and click Package Management, from within this interface click on Download Extras You should be taken to the Package Browser interface, you should see a search field on the left, type formz and press enter.

Install via Git

git clone

Install via Download

Currently you can download the stable branch or the develop branch, here are the link to both branches.

Quickstart Guide

Here I will walk you through creating your first Formz form.

  1. Go to the Components menu in MODX and select Formz Builder.

    Component Menu

    Figure 2.1 Component Menu

  2. Click on Create a new Form, once the interface is ready we can start by entering the required fields. The Name field is required and so is the Success Message, all the other fields can remain default.

    Create a new Form

    Figure 2.2 Create a new Form

  3. Enter "Contact" in the Name field and "Thank you for contacting us" in the Success Message field.

    Required Fields

    Figure 2.3 Required Fields

  4. Click Save and the browser should reload and you will now be in edit mode.

    Save Action

    Figure 2.4 Save Action

  5. Click on Fields tab and this is where you enter the fields you want available to your form.

    Fields Tab

    Figure 2.5 Fields Tab

  6. Above the Grid you will see Add Field action at the top right.

    Add Field Action

    Figure 2.6 Add Field Action

  7. The Label field is the only required field on this form, we will enter "Name" for our Label.

    Field Window

    Figure 2.7 Field Window

  8. Now click on the Properties tab and check the required checkbox. This will make sure that the user has to enter a name in order to submit the web form.

    Properties Tab

    Figure 2.8 Properties Tab

  9. Repeat step 7 but this time lets enter in the Label field "Email" and on the Properties tab lets check the required checkbox and select from the Validation field "Email".

    Validation Field

    Figure 2.9 Validation Field

  10. Repeat step 7 but this time lets enter in the Label field "Message", then change the Type field to "Textarea" and on the Properties tab check the required checkbox

    Type Field

    Figure 2.10 Type Field

  11. Lets create our Template Variable to display our Form on the website, lets enter in the Name field "form" and in the Caption field "Form".

    Template Variable

    Figure 2.11 Template Variable

  12. Click the Input Options tab and set the Input Type field to "formz".

    Input Options

    Figure 2.12 Input Options

  13. Click the Output Options tab and set the Output Type field to "formz".

    Output Options

    Figure 2.13 Output Options

  14. Click the Template Access tab and set which template you want to have access to your Template Variable.

    Template Variable Tab

    Figure 2.14 Template Variable Tab

  15. Place you newly created Template Variable [[*form]] inside your template or in the content area of the page you will create. I will do the latter for this guide.

    Page Content

    Figure 2.15 Page Content

  16. Click the Template Variables tab and select your "Contact" from the Form field.

    Template Variable Tab

    Figure 2.16 Template Variable Tab

Congratulations you have created your first web form with Formz, now go and create more and explore the features.

Formz Builder User Interface

The User Interface (UI) of Formz should be easy to use and follow. Inside of the UI we tried to keep action names as user friendly as possible so that even a beginner can start using the system from as early as possible.

Formz Template Variable

Formz Snippet

This is what make make creating frontend forms so easy, this snippet ties in all the code for the frontend form using FormIt and FormItFastPack.

The Formz Snippet fmzForms work behind the scenes when you are using the formz output type in your Template Variable. You can use the Formz Snippet fmzForms directly by adding it in the template you have attached your Formz Template Variable to. If you decide to use the Formz Snippet fmzForms inside of your template make sure you change the Template Variable output type to default.

The default Formz Snippet will look like this:

[[!fmzForms? &id=`[[*formz]]`]]

In this basic snippet [[*formz]] would be the name of your Formz TV, this is the only required parameter you need to pass to the Formz Snippet fmzForms.

Optional Parameters


This provides the user with the option to create their own chunk to pass to Formz Snippet fmzForms, allowing the user to customize their web form to suit their needs. The default tpl chunk looks like this:

    &formid=`[[+id]]` [[- "Form ID"]]
[[!+fi.validation_error_message]]<div class="code html">
<form class="form [[+identifier]]" action="" method="post">
    <div class="actions">
        <input type="submit" name="submit" value="[[+action_button:default=`Submit`]]" class="btn primary" />

In this chunk you can pass various parameter to a Formz hook. If you wanted to add an email tpl, you could add emailTpl parameter to the FormIt Snippet FormIt call.

    &formid=`[[+id]]` [[- "Form ID"]]