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Possible to Access Entry Data on a Standalone Page?

  1. Hello GF Support!

    I'm trying to create a form that allows users to input certain words/phrases, and then when they submit the form... a separate page would display the values they entered in the context of a letter. As silly as it sounds, something like "Mad Libs" comes closest to describing what I'm trying to do.

    I want this page to be visually different from my WP site, so adding in custom HTML/CSS to the Text Confirmation Message doesn't really cut it for me. I was thinking I might use the Redirect option, and something like this:

    My goal would be to provide each participant a unique URL (which anyone in the world could access). I played around with the idea of passing *all* Field Data via the Query String, but there's going to be a LOT of variables... I was hoping for something a little cleaner, that wouldn't involve a URL that's a gazillion miles long.

    Is something like this even possible?

    I found a prior question that suggested a plug-in called Gravity Forms Directory, but wanted to check with you guys first before trying this out.

    Hopefully this question makes sense. It's clear in my head, but I know these things don't always come out so clearly on the web. Please let me know if I can provide any additional info or context, as to what I'm trying to achieve.


    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday August 7, 2012 | Permalink
  2. Why not accept their input, and create a post. The post you create can use a unique template so that it looks nothing like your WordPress site. It can be bare-bones or fancy or whatever you like. It doesn't have to have the templated look of a WordPress page.

    Would that work? You could use the content template to put your sentences, and intersperse their phrases into your letter. Would that work?

    I think I get the concept, but I can't grasp how much work it would be to pull a unique entry into a non-WordPress site. I think it would be best to keep it within WordPress, then style it so that it no longer looks like WordPress.

    More thoughts are welcome. Thank you.

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday August 7, 2012 | Permalink
  3. Hi Chris -

    I'm open to staying within WP, and I think your recommendation makes the most sense. I'm curious - once a post has been created by a user who has submitted a form... what's the best way for me to access the entry data?

    1) Do I even have access to the Entry object, via this post?
    2) Would I need to use something like Custom Fields to store the data?

    I know I have the option to insert the entry data directly into the body of the post, but that seems less flexible. My gut says that using Custom Fields is the way to go, but just curious if there's some other way to access entry data?

    Thanks again for the quick response!

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday August 7, 2012 | Permalink