Quick Start Guide to Shack Forms

Shack Forms is the best Joomla extension to easily create flexible and cool looking forms with sliding or popup effects. 

In this Quick Start Guide, you will learn how to create a basic contact form.


Step #1. Create the Module

For maximum flexibility, Shack Forms uses modules so that your form can be placed wherever you need it.

  • In your Joomla control panel, go to Extensions > Modules > New.
  • Click "Shack Forms Pro".

click shack forms pro


Step #2. Choose the Form Settings

You are now on the screen where you can start entering key information.

  • Choose a title for your form, such as "Contact Us":

contact us

Choose these setting on the right side of the screen:

  • Show Title: Hide
  • Position: Debug
  • Status: Published.

shack forms settings

Good job! You are done with the basic module settings. Now you will move to create the contact form itself.

  • Click "Add new field".

click add new field

You will see a few fields dropped down. To create your first field named Your Name, set it as follows:

  • Field label: enter "Your Name".
  • Field type: leave the default "Text" value.
  • Required: click "Yes".

Your Name field settings

Next, let's create a field for email addresses:

  • Click the "Add new field" button once again.
  • Field label: enter "Your Email".
  • Field type: click inside the field and select "Email".
  • Required: click "Yes".

Your Email field

  • Click the "Add new field" button once again.
    • Field label: enter "Your Message".
    • Field type: click inside the field and select "Textarea".
    • Required: click "Yes".

Your Message field


Step #3. View the form 

  • Click "Save & Close".
  • Visit your site. You should now see the "Ask a question" button in the left top corner of the site:

The Ask a question button

  • Click Ask a question. You will now see your new contact form:

The final form

It's that easy to get started with Shack Forms. You will find a lot more documentation about Shack Forms on the site. Take a look around and you're also welcome to contact us if you have any questions.