Custom Fields

Custom Fields

Warning: this is an advanced module, intended for web developers. You need to have some expertise in HTML, CSS, JS, Smarty and PHP.


Custom Fields module
Custom Fields module
The Custom Fields module lets you customize and create those very field types that you see in your forms: textboxes, textareas, etc. This is an incredibly powerful module. In the immortal words of Keanu Reeves: "Whoaahhh".

The Custom Fields module is special. It was designed alongside version 2.1.0 of the Form Tools Core to provide a new level of flexibility in the field types and what options are available to configure them. Rather than distributing this functionality with the main release, we decided that it would lead to a lot of confusion and people potentially breaking their installations. So instead, the Custom Fields module is released separately, only for people who need that advanced functionality.

In Form Tools 2.0.x, there was a hardcoded list of available field types. These were all the common fields types that you've seen in any web form: textboxes, password fields, textareas, radio buttons, checkboxes, dropdowns, multi-select dropdowns, file upload fields and a TinyMCE WYSIWYG field. Although these field types covered most typical needs, it was inconsistently implements (e.g. the date picker could only be used by the Core's Submission Date field), and couldn't be easily changed. With the up and coming HTML5 field types (dates, colour pickers, sliders and so on), we decided to devote 2.1.x to restructuring the Core to be flexible in how those field types are displayed, saved, processed and managed. The end result was the Custom Fields module.

What can it do for you?

This module lets you do any of the following:

  • Create totally new field types for use in Form Tools.
  • Modify existing field types, including adding new configurable settings to existing ones.
  • Allocated database storage for the fields
  • Control every character that is used in displaying and editing the field type.
  • Add new optional validation rules to existing field types.