Have you ever filled out a form and then realized you made a mistake? It happens to the best of us. The worst part is being unable to go back and edit your submission!
Most online web forms don’t allow you to update your entry after clicking “submit” and there’s a reason for that – it’s a difficult feature to implement.
In this post, we’re going to show you how to use GravityView to enable front end editing for Gravity Forms entries. This allows users to update their form submissions after clicking “submit” without needing to see the backend of your website.
Implementing Gravity Forms front-end editing lets users submit unfinished applications, edit their directory profiles, update their online registrations, and more! Here are the steps we’ll follow in this post:
- Install GravityView
- Create a View
- Allow users to edit their own entries from the front end
To see the end result, skip to Gravity Forms Front End Editing in Action. Okay, let’s get started! 👇
Benefits of Editing Entries on the Front End
To edit entries in Gravity Forms normally you need to log in with administrator rights, navigate to the entry you want to update, and manually edit the field values.
This can be time-consuming, especially if you’re collecting user data that needs to be frequently updated! A better solution is to allow users to update entries themselves from the front end. This frees up your time to focus on other tasks and keeps your website secure by never revealing the backend to your users.
Whether you’re using Gravity Forms to capture data for job applications, user profiles, or company registrations, front end editing is a powerful feature that adds flexibility and security to your website.
GravityView is an add-on for Gravity Forms that allows you to harness your form submissions for use in powerful applications. With GravityView you can display form entries on the front end and allow users to edit entries that they create!
To get started with GravityView, purchase a license from our website and download the plugin file from your Account page. Next, head over to your WordPress website, upload the ZIP file and activate the plugin.
You should now see a new menu item in your WordPress Admin menu called “Views”. All set? Let’s move on to the next step!
Optional: Install the Advanced Filtering Extension
📝 To use the Advanced Filtering extension, you’ll need either the Core + Extensions license or the All Access license.
The next step is to install the GravityView Advanced Filtering extension. Advanced Filtering allows you to display entries on the front end based on conditional logic. This will allow us to only display the entries created by the currently logged-in user.
While this isn’t a pre-requisite for front-end editing, it’s a nice feature to have if you only want users to be able to view their entries as opposed to all entries.
Create a View to Display User Entries on the Front End
After installing GravityView, we can create our first View to display entry data on the front end of our website. To do this, we’ll hover over Views and click New View. Now we need to give our View a name and select a form to use as the Data Source. This tells GravityView where to pull data from for displaying on the front end.
In this example, we’re using a Gravity Form to collect employee information for an internal database. We want to create a View that will allow each staff member to update their own profiles. We’ll select the “Employee Information” form as our Data Source and select “List” as our View Type.
Now we can start constructing the View layout using GravityView’s drag and drop builder. A View is made up of three layouts – the Multiple Entries Layout, the Single Entry Layout, and the Edit Entry Layout.
The Multiple Entries Layout is where all the entries will be displayed one after the other, while the Edit Entry layout allows us to control which fields are editable from the front end.
The Multiple Entries layout accepts fields and widgets. Fields display information collected through your form while widgets make it easier to navigate your View. Widgets come in handy if you’re using GravityView to build a directory or another app that requires searching and sorting capabilities.
However, we don’t need to add any widgets in this example as we’re only going to be showing one entry to the user – the one that they created!
The most important step is to add a link to the Edit Entry page as this will allow users to update their information from the front end. To do this, we’ll click on the ‘+ Add Fields’ button and select the Link to Edit Entry field.
Here’s what our View layout looks like after adding the rest of our fields.
Next, we’ll need to configure the Edit Entry layout to allow users to edit their Gravity Forms submissions from the front end.
Configure the Edit Entry Layout
The Edit Entry Layout allows us to specify which fields are editable from the front end. In this case, we want users to be able to edit all fields. As this is the default behavior, we’ll leave the configuration blank.
If you only want users to be able to edit certain fields, add them to the layout by clicking on the ‘+ Add Fields’ button.
Allow Users to Edit Their Data From the Front End
After configuring the Edit Entry Layout, we need to enable User Edit to allow users to edit their own form submissions. To do this, we’ll scroll down to the View Settings box, click on the Edit Entry tab, and check the box that says “Allow User Edit”.
Finally, we need to configure the filtering settings so that we only show entries created by the currently logged-in user.
Configuring the Advanced Filtering Settings
📝 You can only add advanced filtering conditions if you installed the Advanced Filtering extension.
To ensure that users only see the entries they created, we’ll click on the Filter & Sort tab in the View Settings and set up the following Advanced Filtering condition.
Finally, it’s time to test our View on the front end!
Gravity Forms Front End Editing in Action
After opening our View on the front end, we can see profiles for each of our staff members. There is also an Edit Entry link in the button right corner.
By clicking on the Edit Entry link, we’re taken to the Edit Entry page where we can update field values from the front end! After making our desired changes we can click “Update” to save those edits to the database.
That’s it! Your users can now view and edit their Gravity Forms submission data from the front end of your website.
💡 Pro tip: You can track changes made to Gravity Forms entries and restore prior versions using our Entry Revisions add-on.
Gravity Forms Front End Editing With GravityView
When it comes to Gravity Forms, front-end entry editing can save you time and increase security by removing the need for users to enter the backend of your website.
GravityView makes it easy to display Gravity Forms data and allows users to edit their submissions from the front end. By using the Advanced Filtering extension, you can also filter entries to ensure that users only see the ones they submitted.
To get started with front-end editing for Gravity Forms, get GravityView today!