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    I'm working on a site for a coach work company that require a form based quote.

    I've come up with two ideas, the first has all the form elements on one page. The second has each section on a seperate page, kinda like a checkout for a on-line shop.

    Both need more work (the second a lot more with $_SESSION array and such).

    The rest of the site also needs more work so I'm not asking for critique on that at the momment.

    Just wondering on your opinions before I get too carried away.

    All on one page:

    http://www.rrss.co.uk/cooper3/quote.php

    Over 6 pages:

    http://www.rrss.co.uk/cooper3/quotem.php

    EDIT: The second version will allow you to go back to make changes when finished, and will also have a summary before you send the form as a email.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

    EDIT 2: If you fancy doing me a favour, you could try out the shopping cart system, under 'buy online'. Add a few items to the basket, then try and send them to your email address using the 'send quote' box. Then let me know if it arrives as HTML OK, I'm having some issues with it, but I think it's fixed. IF theres any problems let me know, thanks

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    Senior Member megablaz0r's Avatar
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    1 page form is the better way to go imo.

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    Ditto, I like everything right there in front of me. Plus, the second one has too much white space on some pages, and the layout jumps when the next page has more/less content. Since you have to scroll on some pages any ways, having them spread out does not seem to make much sense.
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    An in between. I'd vote for a 2 step process. First with your information and car type, then with all the rest.

    The reason being, is you're going to have a high rate of abandonment with an assault of forms. However, a 5 step process is just too much for such a simple things. People will give up after about 3 steps. Keept it to 3 steps for simple, 5 or 7 at most for really complicated things. If neccecary, split each "step" up into sub-steps. But never go past 7.
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    Senior Member Richard S's Avatar
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    I think I'll stick with the 'all on one page' layout.

    It's the one I built first, but just thought it too much for one page.

    I think 5-6 pages is far to many though, as pointed out, would get a high drop out rate, I know it would but me off.

    I could go for 2-3 pages but don't think there would be much advantage. At least all on one page it's easy to review and edit if needed.

    (also easier to code )

    Thanks for your opinions, been a great help.


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