How to Add Extra Text and Descriptions to Forms

Would you like to provide more information to your form users as they complete your form? Users can have a better understanding of form requirements with more instructions, and this makes it easier for them to submit a form. In this tutorial, we’ll show you different ways to add extra text to your form.


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.

Form name

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. If you’d like to make changes to the form name, you can edit the Form Name field here as well.

General settings

To display the form name and description in your form when adding a form to your page using a page editor, select Show Form Name and Show Form Description.

Show Form Name and Description

Here’s an example of a form shortcode with title and description enabled in the page editor:

shortcode in the page editor

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

form name and description on frontend

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.

field label and description

If you’d like to, you can also add a placeholder text within fields to show users an example. In the Field Options, open Advanced Options, and add your preferred text in the Placeholder Text field.

Placeholder text

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

Field label, description, placeholder

HTML Field

The HTML field in WPForms allows you to add HTML code, and you can also use it to add text to the form. To add this field to the form in the form builder, look under Fancy Fields and click on HTML.

HTML field

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 text in HTML field

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

HTML field published

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. Under the Fancy Fields section, you can add the Section Divider.

Section divider

To change the title and description of the Section Divider, click on the Section Divider field in the form builder to edit the Label and Description fields in the Field Options.

Edit section divider

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

Section Divider field

Form Page Title (for Multi-page form)

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 elements in the form builder and edit the Page Title field.

Page title

When the form is published, here’s how the page title looks:

Page title front end

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.