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hi all
i am going to put a survey function into my website - other than survey monkey (which looks a little labourous to insert/integrate has anyone used an extension that is good and easy to use with good data validation from results?
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My friend Tim has some nice survey extensions. Fairly simple, but may well do the job. Link below
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Theoretically, as long as you get the filtering turned off for your author level, Joomla won't strip your code. However, practice tells me it sometimes does so, as Laurie suggests, I always use Sourcerer.

It's a nifty little free plugin that protects iframes, code inserts etc. http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/core-enhancements/coding-a-scripts-integration/custom-code-in-content/5051

It makes inserting Google stuff (and anything else for that matter) dead easy and secure.

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Tracey, although there is the matter of sorting out the good from the not so good extensions, the other big issue is what do you want to accomplish with an extension. They are mostly unique, with their strengths and weaknesses.

It's horses for courses! You need to know what you want and then go find it.

I haven't used any of the online forms so can't comment.

When I tried ChronoForms, I couldn't get my head around it so went for Breezing Forms. It too was a bit of a learning curve, but once I got it I found it to be quite intuitive.

You could do what you want with Breezing forms. There are many options.

You can have a question with a text box for the answer and you can have a question with several radio buttons for possible answers.

Strange though, many here say ChronoForms is fairly easy and recommend it.

I'd suggest both are worth a look.

But the embedding shouldn't be a big problem. You may need the extension Sorcerer to protect your code. I should think it would be little different from embedding a video, Google add, Google map or whatever.

Ya know, you really need a practice site where you can make all the mistakes needed along the Joomla journey.
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Tracey, I have one live practice site and a couple more good sites where I can afford to take a few risks.



I also have half a dozen local Joomla installations where I try out new stuff and experiment with templates, both downloaded and home made.



I often have a rough sort of a site built locally and reproduce it (only better) on the live site.



It's quicker in the long run because the first attempt doesn't demand top quality, just that I learn. I can afford to leave the mistakes in place and just get going at full speed with the project.
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I'll certainly give them a look - I think you might be right about the practice site, unfortunately I'm (as usual) in a flying hurry to get it all done and go live ;)
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Tracey - doesn't survey monkey charge per response? I've got a feeling it was $1/reply - which is fair enough and could represent good value - but it's a bit of an open door in terms of quantifiable cost.

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There are different levels avaliable

there is a free basic subscription which allows up to 100 responses - I assume you would then pay for what is above that perhaps - Im still researching it
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G'day Lauri & Ian,
Ok
the website I am building is about health & culture -providing both education and research
it will also provide a login for medical professional to store their completed education for required points to enable annual registration ( need to complete this including the forms)
the surveys we want to run are quick 5-10 questions to ask our visitors on varying topics within the health & culture fields to enable a research starting point - looking at maybe 1 each month - multi choice answer or Yes/No.

survey monkey is an awesome and respected survey tool and allows embedding into a website to run a survey (free too) but on reading it, the instructions sounded a little wishy washy in the embedding as opposed to an extension - I still feel like a total novice!:)

JED has already become a close mate, lol, there is just so many options available, so I wanted to take advantage of your guys expertise in weeding out the rubbish so to speak - I'm definitely not adverse to downloading

As to whether your suggestions are suitable - the jury is out until I have a look and research each of them but either way -you've pointed me in some good directions in which to start
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Laurie's right Tracey. Both of us have spent a lot of time finding extensions to do particular jobs, winnowing out the wheat from the chaff by wasting hours working with what turns out to be less good than the promises and eventually settling on preferred extensions from 'good' developers.

The JED is your best friend - and your worst enemy. There are such a lot of extensions there, the good often gets buried by the mediocre. The more info you give us, the better able we are to offer more informed advice.

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Yeah, well, Tracey, if you're going to build one or more Joomla websites that go beyond the basic, you'd better get used to downloading stuff for a good look.

We still don't know what you have in mind by a survey. I wonder if you know either. It could be that none of the suggestions meet your requirements.

The JED gives information about extensions and previous users review them. This is usually a good guide as to what's available and what's a good deal. Freebie always sounds good to me, but you have to be choosy.
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awesome
i didn't want to download a heap of extensions that weren't going to be useful
Laurie I will chase up the links provided
you are both fabulous - fair dinkum!!;)
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bfForms is an excellent, commercial, extension which you'll also find in the JED. Mike and I use it a fair bit and the developer is pretty good at the support side of things.

But I'm going to suggest Google again. I've used their form builder on many occasions. Info is gathered into a spreadsheet which you can export to excel et al. Robust, easy - and free!

Ian
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G'day Tracey!

I've used AcePolls a couple of times. Great for a basic survey if that's what you want.

If you're looking for something more complex, you may need to build it using ChronoForms or Breezing Forms.

There are other solutions available including a couple of online form builders.

Richard recently did a blog post on one online form builder. Do a search.

Again, get used to the JED. It's your newest, best friend.
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