Set up your Online Family Registration Form (Premium Plans)

How to set up your Premium Family Registration form

The Online PTA or PTO Family Registration Form is the heart of the entire Digital PTO program. This form allows you to collect data from your school’s families and it will email the submissions directly to you. This form will be directly embedded into your site. If you would like to see a sample Online Family Registration Form please click here. This tutorial will cover Family Registration forms that DO NOT collect credit card payments.

Important Info

When your forms are installed, you need to be sure to verify where the email notifications are sent. This is very important. This tutorial will explain that process.

Please follow the steps below to ensure your forms are set up correctly.

Customize Your Options and Settings

Our Premium Family Registration forms are pre-built for you, but you are welcome to customize your form in any way you see fit.

Please feel free to add fields, move things around and change your forms. You can also adjust the email notifications and messages that are sent after forms are submitted.

The tutorial below will cover some of the basics you can adjust. Please see our additional form tutorials to learn some more specific settings.

Want to Download your Data?

Every one of your forms allow for bulk downloading. You can download the entire contents of your form, or specific fields. You can also specify date ranges or everything in the database. Please see our “How to Download Form Data” Tutorial for more information.

Step 1: Click on FORMS under the FORMS Menu

clickformsTo open up the list of forms available on your website, click the FORMS link under the FORMS Menu.

Step 2: Click the title of the FAMILY REGISTRATION form

clicktitletoeditClick on the title of the FAMILY REGISTRATION form. When you hover over the title, you can also click EDIT if you prefer. This will open up the form editor.

Step 3: Review the Household Contact Information

When the form opens up you will see the form title and then a section that says “Start Paging”. This is the indication that you are on the first page of a multiple page form. Below the paging, you will see the household contact information that is asked by default. If you would like to edit or change and of these fields you can do so by clicking on the field and editing it directly in the editor that appears. if you want to delete a field, click the DELETE link that appears when you hover over a field.

Step 4: Review the Student Information & Grade Levels

Our forms allow families to register up to 4 students at a time. By default the grade level options are set to K-6. If your school has different grade levels, you will want to edit the grade options. This will need to be completed for all four student options. To edit the first student’s grade options hover over the drop down list and select the EDIT link. This will open up all of your grade level options and you can type the correct grade levels here. If you need to add another line, click the (+) plus icon, if you need to delete a line, click the (-) negative icon. When you are finished, move to student #2 and so on until you have completed all four drop down boxes.

Step 5: Review Additional Contact Information

Scroll further down to the next Page Break Message and you will see the Additional Contact Information that is collected by default. If you would like to change any of these options or questions, you can do so here.

Step 6: UPDATE your form

When you are finished making adjustments and edits to your form, scroll to the bottom of the form and click UPDATE FORM. This will save your changes.

Step 7: Setting up your email notifications

clicknotificationsAfter you have saved your form options, hover over the FORM SETTINGS link at the top of your form and select NOTIFICATIONS to set up the email address you want your submitted forms sent to. By default, confirmations will be sent to the administrator, so be sure to change this if you want them sent somewhere else.

Step 8: Click EDIT under the Admin Notification Settings

editadminsettingsOnce the Notifications section comes up you will see either nothing set up yet, an Admin Notification or Both an Admin and User Notification. If you have nothing, click ADD NEW and create an Admin Notification. If you have an Admin Notification set up, click the EDIT link when you hover over the title.

Step 9: Select the SEND TO EMAIL Address

send-to-emailThere are three different options available for email addresses for the Admin Notifications. The SEND TO EMAIL is where you will receive the notifications. The FROM EMAIL is who the email is sent from. And the REPLY TO is where a reply will be sent if you hit the REPLY button in your email program. The SEND TO EMAIL should be set to the email address that should receive the emails that a form was submitted on your site. This can be your Parent Groups email address or something different. You can also enter {admin_email} and it will send the email to the Admin Account you have set up with your website. This is the default, but we suggest using a different email address if you have one.

Step 10: Select the FROM EMAIL

from-emailThe FROM EMAIL is the address that the email is sent from. We suggest using the email address of the Parent/Guardian #1 for this. To set this, click the downward arrow to the right of the field and select the email address. If you haven’t changed your form at all, this will be called Parent / Guardian #1 Email. Find that field in the drop down and click on it. Now if you reply to the email notification, it will go to the person that submitted the form.

Step 11: Adjust your Notification Message as desired

admin-messageBy Default, the notification email will include all the fields that were submitted. If you would like to change that, you can do so in the MESSAGE field. Remember, this is the message that is sent to the Admin, not to the Visitor who filled out the form.


admin-update-saveWhen you have finished making any additional changes to your Admin Notifications, be sure to click UPDATE NOTIFICATION to save your changes. Once the page reloads, you can click on NOTIFICATIONS again if you wish to review additional notifications.

Step 13: Edit / Create the USER NOTIFICATION

editusernotificationWhen you return to the Notifications screen, you may also wish to Edit or Create User Notifications. This is the email that a user will receive after they submit your form. If you do not have a User Notification yet, click ADD NEW and create one, if you do have one, click the EDIT link that appears when you hover over the USER NOTIFICATION title.

Step 14: Select the SEND TO Address

selectaddress-userMore than likely, you will want to send the confirmation to the user that filled out the form. To do that, you will select SELECT A FIELD from the SEND TO Options and the in the SEND TO FIELD, select the email address field on your form. On the Family Registration form, if you haven’t edited it, it will be called PARENT / GUARDIAN #1 Email Address. Select that field.

Step 15: Specify From Name, From Email and optional Reply To Email

user-from-adminThe next step is to set up who you want the email sent from. This will be your Parent Group in most cases. SO, we would suggest entering your Parent Groups Name under the FROM NAME settings, and make the FROM EMAIL either your parent groups email address or you can leave it as {admin_email} and it will come from the admin email on your account. You can also select the REPLY TO email if you want that to be different than who the email is sent from. Most of the time, this doesn’t need to be added.

Step 16: Update the Subject and Message if desired

subject-messageThe final step in the User Notifications is to update the SUBJECT line and the Message that is sent out if you would like to. You can insert dynamic fields (data the user submitted) if you would like as well. To do this, select the drop down arrow to the right of the fields and select a field (such as First Name, or Family Last Name) and it will insert it for you. Modify the email confirmation to your hearts content.


admin-update-saveWhen you have finished making any additional changes to your User Notifications, be sure to click UPDATE NOTIFICATION to save your changes. Once the page reloads, you can click on NOTIFICATIONS again if you wish to review additional notifications.

Step 18: Click on CONFIRMATIONS to Edit Confirmation Screen

confirmations-screenIf you would like to edit the message that the user sees on their screen after they submit a form, click on the CONFIRMATIONS tab on the Left Side of the screen. This will take you to a list of Confirmations. Hover over the title of the Default Confirmation to edit it, or click ADD NEW to create a new one.

Step 19: Select either TEXT, PAGE or Redirect

confirmationtypeYou have three choices for your confirmation screen. This is the screen a user sees after they submit your form. You can display text (the most common), you can send them to a custom page on your website, or you can re-direct them to a page that is not on your website. Typically, we suggest showing Text and will use that as the example. Go ahead and select TEXT for this tutorial.

Step 20: Enter your Confirmation Message

confirmation-messageYou can type your confirmation in the MESSAGE box. Type whatever makes sense for your group and this particular form. You can add dynamic variables (like First Name) by clicking on the downward arrow to the Right. When you are finished UPDATE or SAVE the content and you are finished! Congrats! You’ve set up your form Completely. There are additional variables and fields available to you and you are welcome to explore the additional options. This tutorial does not cover them all, but covers the most important steps in setting up your forms.

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