How to Create a WordPress DatePicker Form

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Do you want to create a WordPress form with a date picker?

It’s super simple to add a WordPress date range picker that visitors can use to select date and time on a form.

So in this article, we’ll show you how to easily add a Date/Time Picker form field in WordPress, plus a few tips if you’d like to customize it.

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How to Create a WordPress Form With a Date Picker

Using WPForms, it’s super simple to add a field that lets people select a specific date, time, or both.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on making a WordPress form with a Date/Time Picker:

If you’d prefer written instructions for adding a WordPress date picker to your forms, see the steps below:

Step 1: Create A WordPress Form

The first thing you’ll need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. You’ll need a paid version of the plugin as the Date/Time Picker field isn’t available in the free version. For more details, see this step-by-step guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress.

Once you’ve purchased and installed the WPForms plugin, go to WPForms » Add New to create a new form.

add new form

On the setup screen, name your form and select the form template you want to use. The great thing is that WPForms comes with 1,800+ WordPress form templates.

In our example, we’ll use the Simple Contact Form template.

Simple Contact Form Template

Now let’s customize this form and add the date picker field to it.

Step 2: Add the Date Picker to Your WordPress Form

You can add additional fields to your selected form template by using WPForms’ simple drag-and-drop editor.

So let’s go ahead and drag the Date/Time field onto your form, wherever you’d like it.

Add WordPress datepicker to form

Once it’s on your form, you can drag it up and down to place it somewhere else and click the field again to open its settings and customize it.

When you click on the Date / Time form field, you’ll see the following options:

Date and time general field options

  • Label: This is the title of the field that site visitors will see on your form.
  • Format: Choose whether you’d like this field to include both date and time, date only, or time only.
  • Description: Add a description for the field. This is a good spot for adding instructions or details for your users.
  • Required: Enable this toggle button to prevent users from submitting the form until this field is filled.

If you scroll down and click on Advanced Options, you can customize the Date/Time Picker field even more as we’ll show below.

Step 3: Advanced WPForms Date Picker Customizations

By default, the date picker field in WPForms is set to the calendar view format.

Calendar date format

The formats for the Date/Time field are easy to change in WPForms. To do so, first click on the Advanced tab under Field Options. Then, you can customize the following options:

Advanced tab

  • Type: You can choose between Date Picker (the default calendar view) or Date Dropdown (adds separate dropdown fields for the month, date, and year).
  • Format: Here, you can select different date formats (m/d/y or d/m/y).
  • Limit Days: Toggle this option in to select which days of the week users are allowed to pick.
  • Disable Past Dates: With this option, you can prevent users from selecting any past dates.

Next, we’re going to look at the customization options for the Time section of the Date/Time field in WPForms.

Step 4: Advanced WPForms Time Field Customizations

Similar to the date picker settings, you can customize options for the Time section of the Date/Time field.

By default, the time format is set to a 12-hour clock with 30-minute intervals:

Time field

As before, you can change settings for the Time field by going to the Advanced tab under Field Options. Here’s what these settings look like:

WPforms time field settings

  • Interval: WPForms lets you choose between 15-minute, 30-minute, and 1-hour intervals for the Time field.
  • Format: Lets you pick between a 12-hour clock or 24-hour clock.
  • Limit Hours: Define the range of time that users can select.

Whichever format you pick, know that the Date/Time Picker field is a great way to get accurate data on your forms. The date will always be validated and in the correct format within the Date/Time Picker field.

Only want someone to fill out your Date/Time Picker form once? If you’d like to see how to limit entries for users, check out this tutorial on how to limit the number of WordPress form entries.

Once you’re done customizing your settings, go ahead and click Save.

Step 5: Configure Your Date Picker Form Settings

Form confirmations are messages displayed to people once they complete your form. Confirmations let them know that their form has been processed and offers you the chance to tell them what steps they need to take next.

WPForms has 3 confirmation types to choose from:

  1. Message: This is the default confirmation type in WPForms. When a site visitor submits your form, a simple message will appear, letting them know their form is being processed.
  2. Show Page: This confirmation type will take your people to a specific web page on your website thanking them for filling out the Date/Time Picker form and let you tell them what they need to do next. For help doing this, check out our tutorial on redirecting customers to a thank you page.
  3. Go to URL (Redirect): This option is for when you want to send people to a specific page containing related information that’s found on a different website.

So let’s see how to set up a simple form confirmation in WPForms so you can customize the message people will see when they submit their Date/Time Picker form.

To start, click on the Confirmation tab in the Form Editor under Settings.

datetimepicker field wordpress confirmations

Then, customize the confirmation message to your liking and click Save.

For help with other confirmation types, see our documentation on setting up form confirmations.

Now, let’s set up your form notifications.

Step 6: Configure Your Form Notifications

Want the date and time that someone fills out your forms sent to you right away in an email? Let’s set up your form notifications to do just that.

Notifications are a great way to automatically email yourself, your employees, and the person who filled out your form.

wordpress datetimepicker field form notifications
Unless you disable this feature, whenever someone submits a form on your site, you’ll get a notification about it.

If you use Smart Tags, you can also get just the date and time sent to you in your form notifications.

To do this, simply add a timestamp into your notification email by using this smart tag – {date format=”m/d/Y”}

add date smart tag for wordpress date/time picker

Great job! You’re now ready to add your Date/Time Picker form to your website.

Step 7: Add WordPress Date Picker Form to Your Site

WPForms allows you to add your forms in various locations from your blog posts, pages, footer, and your sidebar.

Let’s take a look at the most common option: embedding your form in a post or page.

Click on the Embed button on the top-right of the form builder.

Embed form button

Then, click on Create New Page.

Create new page button with a large red arrow

Give your page a name and then select Let’s Go.

Name your page

This will take you to your WordPress block editor for a new page with your form already embedded in it. Press Publish to go live with your new WordPress date picker form.

Publish form

Congratulations! Your form with a date picker is now published.

Publish the form

And there you have it! You now know how to add a WordPress form with a date picker to your website.

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  1. But how do you make a time no longer available once it’s been chosen? I created a form date picker, and multiple people can choose the same date and time.

    1. Hi Sabrina,

      We do not have a date inventory feature that keeps a track of already chosen dates and display the not chosen dates. I have gone ahead and added your vote to consider this feature request for future enhancements.

      Thanks for the suggestion though! 🙂

  2. At no point do you mention that we have to $49 to use any kind of date option at all. Thanks for wasting everyone’s time

  3. Is it possible to restrict future dates from being selected?

    eg 1. Dontallow dates on Christmas Day “5th Dec
    eg 2 Date picked must be a minimum of 2 days ahead of today’s date?


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