Adding 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 will successfully complete your form.

This tutorial will show you different ways to add extra text and descriptions to your forms with WPForms.

Before you try out the options below, make sure WPForms is installed and activated on your WordPress site. Then create a new form or edit an existing one.

Adding a Form Name and Description

The name and description of a form allow users to get an overview of the form at a quick glance.

On the Setup page of the form builder, you can add or edit your form’s title in the Name Your Form field.

The Name Your Form field on the Setup page of the form builder

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

Adding a description to a form

By default, the form name and description are not visible on the frontend when you publish your form. If you would like to show them to users, click on the three-dot icon in the WPForms block toolbar and select Show more settings.

Showing more settings for the WPForms block in the block editor

Note: If Display button labels is enabled, this button will be labeled “Options” instead. You can toggle this feature in Options » Preferences » General » Appearance in the WordPress block editor.

This will open the block options panel on the right side of the editor. Here, toggle on the Show Title and Show Description options.

Showing the form title and description

Then save or update the page. On the frontend of your site, here’s how the form name and description look:

An example of a form title and description on the frontend

Adding a Field Label, Description, and Placeholder Text

While your form’s name and description can give users an overview of your form, adding field labels, descriptions, or placeholder text (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 to. This will open the Field Options panel, where you can edit the field’s Label and Description.

Adding a field label and description

Note: Interested in adding images before or after your form labels in WPForms? For step-by-step instructions, refer to our developer documentation.

If you’d like, you can also add placeholder text to show users some example input. This text will be visible until a user starts typing their own input or makes a selection.

To add placeholder text to a field, click on it in the preview area to open its field options. From there, click on the Advanced tab and fill out the Placeholder Text field.

Adding placeholder text to an email field

Note: Want to learn more about all the ways you can use placeholder text in your forms? Check out our tutorial on adding placeholder text to fields in WPForms.

Here’s how the email field looks on the frontend with a field label, description, and placeholder text:

An example of an email field with a label, description, and placeholder text

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 Fancy Fields and click on HTML or drag and drop it into the preview area.

Adding an HTML field to a form

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

Adding text to an HTML field

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

Text added with an HTML field on the frontend

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

Adding a link to an HTML field

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

An example of a link added to a form with an HTML field

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

To see all available options for the HTML field in WPForms, be sure to check out our tutorial on incorporating custom HTML fields.

Using the Content Field

The Content field in WPForms provides a simple and user-friendly way to add content such as headings, lists, paragraphs, and media to your forms. To add this field to your form, look under Fancy Fields and click on Content or drag and drop it into the preview area.

The Content field in the form builder

Then, simply add your content in the simple editor. The editor has 2 different modes that you can choose for adding content: visual and text.

Note: Be sure to check out our complete WPForms Content field guide for details on visual and text editors and how to add media with the Content field.

Adding content to the Content field

Here’s a preview of how your form looks on the frontend of your site.

An example of content field in the form

Adding a Section Divider

If you have different parts to your form, you might like to add section titles and some descriptions to define each portion.

To do this, look under Fancy Fields in the form builder. Then click on the Section Divider field or drag and drop it into the preview area to add it to your form.

Adding a Section Divider field to a form

To change the title and description of the Section Divider, click on it in the form builder to open up its field options. From here, you can edit the Label and Description.

Editing a Section Divider label and description

Here’s how the Section Divider field description looks on the frontend:

An example of a section divider with a description

Adding a Form Page Title (for Multi-Page Forms)

A multi-page form is a great way to organize a large form. Adding a title to each page gives users more information about that part of the form.

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

Editing the page title for a multi-page form

Here’s how the page title looks on the frontend when the Connector progress indicator style is selected:

A multi-page form page title

Note: Need more guidance setting up your multi-page form? See our full tutorial on multi-page forms for all the details.

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

Next, would you like to use tooltips to show more information to users? Check out our guide to adding tooltips to your forms for step-by-step instructions.