How to Add Extra Text and Descriptions to Forms

Would you like to provide more information to your users as they complete your WordPress forms? Users can get a better understanding of form requirements with additional instructions, making it more likely they successfully complete your form.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you different ways to add extra text and descriptions to your forms with WPForms.


Adding a Form Name and Description

The name and description of a form allow users to get an overview of the form in a quick glance. When you create a new form, you’ll be able to add the form name in the Setup page of the form builder.

Name the form in setup step

The form description allows you provide more information to users. To add a description to your form, go to Settings » General and edit the Form Description field.

Enter the form description

To display the form name and description in your form when adding a form to a page using the WordPress Block editor, open up the Form Settings panel and turn on the Show Title and Show Description settings.

Show title and description on form

On the front-end of the site, here’s how the form name and description looks when the form is published:

Published form title and description

Adding a Field Label, Description, and Placeholder

While the form name and description can give users an overview of the form, adding field labels, field descriptions, placeholders, or a combination of these, allows you to provide specific information for an individual field.

In the form builder, click on the field you’d like to add information for. This will open the Field Options screen, where you can edit the fields for Label and Description.

Email field label and description

If you’d like to, you can also add a placeholder text within fields to show users some example input. To add a placeholder, click on the field to open its Field Options. From there, open up the field’s Advanced Options and add your preferred text in the Placeholder Text field.

Email placeholder text

Here’s how the email field look with field label, description and placeholder text, when published:

Example of email placeholder

Using an HTML Field

The HTML field in WPForms allows you to add standalone text or HTML code to your form. To add this field to your form, look under the Fancy Fields and click on HTML.

HTML field option

Then, simply add the text you’d like to include into the Code field. If you’d like to, you can format the text with HTML.

Add code to the HTML field

Here’s how the text in the HTML field look like when published in a form above a paragraph input field:

HTML code on form

If you want to add a link to your form, you can use the HTML field for this as well. All you need to do is add the code for the link into the HTML field:

HTML field with link

Here’s how a link will look within a published form:

HTML link on published form

Note: If you’re unsure how to create an HTML link, be sure to check out Mozilla Developer Network’s guide on creating hyperlinks for more details.

Adding a Section Divider

If you have different parts to your form, you might like to add a section title and some description to define each section of your form. To do this, look under Fancy Fields and click the Section Divider option to add it to your form.

Section divider field in the form builder

To change the title and description of the Section Divider, click on the Section Divider field in the form builder to open up its Field Options. From there, you can edit the Label and Description settings to whatever you’d like.

Section divider text

Here’s how the Section Divider field would look when the form is published:

Published section divider

Adding a Form Page Title and Description (for Multi-page forms)

A multi-page form is a great way to organize a large form, and adding titles to each page gives users more information about each page.

To add page titles, click on the Page Break element in the form builder preview to open up its settings. From here, you can edit the Page Title field.

Page break field in the form builder

Here’s how the page title would look on a published form:

Page break text on published form

That’s it! Now you know a variety of different ways to add text to a form.

Next, would you like to use tooltips to show more information to users? Then check out our guide on adding tooltips to your forms.