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Integrating with FormKeep

When I first started working on Shubox I considered it a distant cousin of FormKeep, the “form endpoint” SaaS from Furious Collective, (formerly of thoughtbot). It did one job, did it very well, and went deep on the benefits it brought to those that used it. I have always hoped that Shubox would deliver in a similar fashion.

In addition to sharing some philisophical DNA, there are some commonalities in the type of work they do – delegating work from a customer’s website to an external service. FormKeep offloads the work done to receive, persist, and deliver form submissions. Shubox handles file and image uploads to the cloud (S3 specifically, of course), manipulation of those images, and delivery of that information to your applications.

Where and how can both help simultaneously? Let’s explore that.

Say you are a small business or startup. You’re growing fast and recruitment and hiring are a high priority. You probably want a form on your site with a couple of fields, maybe with name, email, cover letter, and some way for your candidates to upload a Word, PDF, LaTex doc, or plain text (yeah!). You have a statically generated site, or managed hosting of some sort, or your developers are completely allocated on the core business and not able to work on that side of the business.

Other than running a power play around your dev managers and wresting a developer or two away from “business” for a day or two, what could you do?

Using FormKeep and Shubox and a little know-how you can get this done in ~20 minutes.

How?

Let’s start with the form

<form action="https://formkeep.com/f/xxxx">
  <input type="text" name="position" placeholder="Position Applying For">
  <input type="text" name="name" placeholder="Your Name">
  <input type="email" name="email" placeholder="Your Email">
  <textarea name="cover_lever" placeholder="Cover letter contents..."></textarea>

  <button type="submit">Apply for Position</button>
</form>

If you’ve signed up for FormKeep and are pointing to the endpoint they assign you. You’re done with that part. Configure things on their dashboard – what email to send new submissions to, integrate with Zapier, etc – and that’s pretty much it.

How about the resume?

<form action="https://formkeep.com/f/xxxx">
  <input type="text"  name="position" placeholder="Position Applying For">
  <input type="text"  name="name" placeholder="Your Name">
  <input type="email" name="email" placeholder="Your Email">
  <textarea name="cover_lever" placeholder="Cover letter contents..."></textarea>

  <input id="resume"  type="text"  name="resume" placeholder="Click to upload resume">

  <button type="submit">Apply for Position</button>
</form>

<script src="https://js.shubox.io/v1/id-for-your-local-dev-server.js"></script>

<script>
  new Shubox("#resume", { textBehavior: "replace" })
</script>

If you’ve signed up for Shubox you’ll be able to try this out immediately on localhost. Above, you will see that you would add the script tag for your development server. (Pro-tip: you’ll find that in your dashboard). Then, using the Shubox javascript lib you can configure input#resume to start the “attach and upload file” process once the input field is clicked. When you select your file it will upload to S3 and populate the contents of that form field with the URL to the file.

And that’s it!

After someone fills out the form, uploads a resume, and submits it, it will send all that information to FormKeep, including the URL to the uploaded resume and, depending on how your FormKeep account is configured, will email you that same information.

Note: Once you deploy your website to your production domain you *will* need to configure a “domain” in the Shubox dashboard for whatever hostname you use. For example, if your final website lives at acme-co.com you’ll need to set that up in the Shubox dashboard

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