Zoho creator allows you to build custom database application using WYSIWYG editor. These forms are can be embedded into your website / blog & the data collected will be stored at Zoho Creator. The embed code is auto generated. However, its essential to register with ZC. This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to get started with Zoho creator in less than 30 minutes.
It is much easier to relate Zoho Creator Applications as Excel work books. Understand that you are allowed to create only 10 Applications (workbooks). However, with paid membership, you can have unlimited applications. 10 applications are more than sufficient for individuals and small business owners.
In order to create an application, use the Create New Application link in your dashboard.
After creating the application , you will be automatically redirected to the form area where you can design your form. Give the form name as Guest book. Notice the INSERT FIELDS in the left & drag and drop fields on the right. Here, it would be appropriate to say that you are in the EDIT MODE of the form. Add a single line field,& give the Label Name as NAME. Add another email field and give the Label Name Email
(Run the form) Use the ACCESS THIS APPLICATION link in the top to go into the LIVE MODE. This will take you to the LIVE MODE where data is entered into the form. Enter few names & emails and click submit. As soon as you submit the form, you will notice a message that says “Data added successfully”.
Where does all the data go?
Zoho creator uses “VIEWS” to store the data collected via forms. Views are nothing but tables, which are automatically populated with data is added to a form. Every form by default has its view. The name is usually [FORM-NAME] & View. In this case, “My Guest book View”. The View displays the data only on Live Mode.
Embedding this form your blog / website.
Access the form in Live Mode. Notice the heading more actions with a drop down arrow. This will present you with the embed code. Copy the code and paste it in your website & blog. Every time data is submitted via this form, it will be recorded at “View” in Zoho Creator. Voila! You have created and deployed your first Zoho creator application.
If you would like to look at a more detailed explanation (with pictures) please see here.