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Creating a Wufoo Shortcode instead of using UserDefinedForms


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Community Member, 10 Posts

20 September 2012 at 10:19am

Edited: 20/09/2012 10:21am

I've used userdefinedforms for a number of sites but have found it lacking in some instances. So, we have started using wufoo as a user defined forms engine and build a short code handler to inject the proper javsascript code into your page. Wufoo already gives you a shortcode for wordpress that you can embed, so we adapted it to work for Silverstripe (2.4).

How to code it up:

Step 1: Add the following code file, wufooForm.php to your site:

class WufooForm {
public static function CreateHtmlAndJavascript(array $arguments)
if (empty($arguments['username'])) { return "ShortCode Error: Missing username parameter."; }
if (empty($arguments['formhash'])) { return "ShortCode Error: Missing formhash parameter."; }

// Set defaults
$customise = array();
$customise['username'] = $arguments['username'];
$customise['formhash'] = $arguments['formhash'];
$customise['height'] = 500;
$customise['autoresize'] = 'true';
$customise['header'] = "show";
$customise['ssl'] = 'false';

//overide the defaults with the arguments supplied
$customise = array_merge($customise,$arguments);

// Generate Html and Javascript to be returned to the code in plaec of the ShortCode
$htmlOutput = "<div id=\"wufoo-[formhash]\">Fill out my <a href=\"http://[username][formhash]\">online form</a>.</div>";

$htmlOutput .= "<script type=\"text/javascript\">var [formhash]; (function (d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = {";
$htmlOutput .= "'userName': '[username]','formHash': '[formhash]','autoResize': [autoresize],'height': '[height]','async': true,'header': '[header]','ssl': [ssl]};";
$htmlOutput .= "s.src = ('https:' == d.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + '';";
$htmlOutput .= "s.onload = s.onreadystatechange = function () {";
$htmlOutput .= " var rs = this.readyState; if (rs) if (rs != 'complete') if (rs != 'loaded') return;";
$htmlOutput .= " try { [formhash] = new WufooForm(); [formhash].initialize(options); [formhash].display(); } catch (e) { }";
$htmlOutput .= "};";
$htmlOutput .= "var scr = d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0], par = scr.parentNode; par.insertBefore(s, scr);";
$htmlOutput .= "})(document, 'script');";
$htmlOutput .= "</script>";

$htmlOutput = str_replace('[username]', $customise['username'], $htmlOutput);
$htmlOutput = str_replace('[formhash]', $customise['formhash'], $htmlOutput);
$htmlOutput = str_replace('[height]', $customise['height'], $htmlOutput);
$htmlOutput = str_replace('[autoresize]', $customise['autoresize'], $htmlOutput);
$htmlOutput = str_replace('[header]', $customise['header'], $htmlOutput);
$htmlOutput = str_replace('[ssl]', $customise['ssl'], $htmlOutput);

return $htmlOutput;


Step 2: Add the short code handler to your Page class

public static function WufooShortCodeHandler($arguments)
return WufooForm::CreateHtmlAndJavascript($arguments);

Step 3: Register the shortcode in your mysite/_config.php file


Step 4: Do a dev/build and flush

Step 5: Go to wufoo, grab the short code and put it into a content area. You should see your form when you preview your page.

[wufoo username="yourusername" formhash="z9z9z9" autoresize="true" height="500" header="show" ssl="true"]

And that's it.



Community Member, 6 Posts

27 June 2013 at 4:08pm

Do you know if this code will work with SS3 ?, would be very handy if it did.



Community Member, 10 Posts

28 June 2013 at 3:06am

The code in the WufooForm class shouldn't have to change, but I'm not sure about the short code registration. Those parameters might have changed a bit. I haven't implemented it in a SS3 site yet. If you try it out and it requires changes, please post them here.