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Field Group Tabs

Adds a tabbed interface to forms and single record displays. If you have a large number of fields, this plugin is essential!

This plugin requires the use of a special template for the Single, Signup, and Record shortcodes. If you are using a default template, the plugin does that for you when you place the tabs=true attribute into the shortcode as explained in the instructions.

If you are using a custom template, you must modify that template to use the tabbed interface. It’s not difficult, there is a tutorial for making those alterations here:

Using Field Group Tabs with a Custom Template

Product Setup

Once the add-on is activated, you will need to enable the interface in your shortcode by adding the “tabs” attribute like this:

[pdb_signup tabs="true"]

The tabbed interface is available to the signup form, the record edit form, and the single record display.

The tabbed interface is also optionally active in the admin on the single record edit page. There is a checkbox in the settings to enable this.

Product Settings

Tabs CSS

This is where the appearance of the tab interface is defined. If your theme has CSS support for jQuery UI Tabs, you can probably delete all or most of these rules and the tabs will match the theme of your site. Otherwise, you can use the rules in this setting to adjust the appearance to your needs. You are provided with a default CSS rule set to begin with.

Tab Content Height Mode

Determines how the height of the tab content is determined. You may need to just experiment with this setting to find the one that works best for your situation.

Tab Change Speed

Allows you to set the “cross-fade” time for the tab content to be shown.

Step Through Tabs in Signup Form

Step Through Tabs in Record Edit Form

When Field Group Tabs is used with a record edit or signup form, the user is presented with a “Next” button, which takes them to the next tab until the last tab is reached. At this point, the form may be submitted. Note there is no guarantee the user will visit every tab, but if you have required fields, the user will be forced to complete them. If this is unchecked, every tab in the form will have a “Submit” button.

Tabs in Admin

Enables the tabbed interface for the New Record/Record Edit page in the admin.

F.A.Q.

Can I use Field Group Tabs with a custom template?

Yes, you’ll need to alter your custom template to include the tabs HTML and code.

This is explained in this article: Using Field Group Tabs with a Custom Template

Why doesn't the HTML5 validation work in my tabbed form?

HTML5 client-side validation is provided by the user’s browser, and so a developer has limited control over how it behaves. The type of validation is convenient for small forms, but it can’t handle a situation where the field that needs correcting is not visible.

A Participants Database form that is using Field Group Tabs works by putting all the form fields on the page, and then hiding all of the groups except for the currently selected one.

When HTML5 client-side validation is used, the browser normally shows a text balloon pointing to the field the needs correcting. If that field is in a hidden group, the browser doesn’t know where to put it, so it either does not appear or is shown in the upper right corner of the browser window.

This is a confusing situation for users, so Field Group Tabs disables the HTML5 validation that is provided by the HTML5 Elements Add-On.

Support Discussions for Field Group Tabs

  • Hi,

    I have created a form to capture data, you can see it here https://fesa.ie/members/members-sign-up/

    As you can see it is a long-form and the client wants to add some text in-between some of the field groups to explain what we are going to do or why we are collecting some of the info we are asking for.

    For example, we need to add the text “Please note: The sector/Activity marked with a * are for information only. The association does not represent or cater for any of these Sectors / Activities” just after the field group “Applicants Business Model”

    I need to be able to do this in a few places in the form. I am not a coder. How can I do this.

    Cheers

    John

    • An easy way to do something like this is to use field groups to organize the fields, and then use the group description for your additional text in the form. In the plugin settings under the “signup” tab, there is a preference to show groups. With that on, your group titles and descriptions will be visible in the form. Groups are defined on the Manage Database Fields page.

  • Hello,
    Your database management tool is great. along with email and tabs addon, very powerful.
    Question, When I create a form with questions like “First Name” and Last Name” how can I adjust those visible fields so they are on the same line not 100% of the width of page? I do not see a choice to format form fields. Thank you for your assistance. – Joe

    • The plugin does not provide controls over the formatting of the forms, it relies on your theme to do that. You can try using a different template, the signup form also has a “bootstrap” template: [pdb_signup template=bootstrap] that may get you closer to you goal.

      Generally, however, you will need to use your own CSS to get the layout you want.

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