Standalone forms are one of Beacon's best features. They make it easy to allow your supporters to do the data entry for you, and take zero development time to set up as they all run on a separate website hosted by Beacon:
However, whilst it's possible to add a logo and edit the colour scheme, you'll be hard pressed to make forms look like they truly belong in your website.
Luckily, we've got a solution: Embedded forms.
How embedded forms work
Embedded forms work almost exactly like normal forms, except that they run in your website. This means you can customise all of the content that shows around the form, which can be useful if you'd like to do things like:
Make donors feel like they've never left your website
Give donors info about where their money goes
Show the Fundraising Regulator logo to build trust
The design is stripped back, focusing on just the form itself. The logo, title, and header bar don't show in embedded forms.
Want to see an example? Check out these real forms from the Beacon family:
How to embed a form in your website
On any of your forms, click the Embed button in the top right of the page.
Ask your web developer to paste the top code snippet to your site, ideally right after the opening
Add the second code snippet where you'd like the form to appear. Some CMS (Content Management System) let you paste HTML into the content - you can use that. If your CMS doesn't allow this, you'll need to ask your website developer. Here's an example:
Frequently asked questions
Do embedded forms work for donation forms as well as other form types?
Yes, you can embed any kind of form in your website.
Do I need to update the form code whenever I change something on my form?
Not at all! The form will immediately show any changes that you make in Beacon, and you can leave the code as it is.
The form isn't showing. Help!
Is it possible to add custom CSS to embedded forms?
Unfortunately not, however you can add custom CSS that affects your website, and how the form shows within it.
Can I embed a form in a Wix website?
Yes, Beacon forms are fully compatible with Wix!
Add the top code snippet to the Custom Code section of your site's settings. Choose 'Body - start' as the place for the code.
Add the bottom code snippet to your desired page as an HTML iFrame widget, via Custom embeds > Embed a Widget
Sometimes the form won't show or load correctly when in your editor. Publish your site and view the live page to see your form.
Tip: If your form still isn't working, you can place both pieces of code together in the widget instead (in order though: top code snippet first, bottom code snippet second).
Can I embed a form in a Squarespace website?
Yes, Beacon forms are fully compatible with Squarespace! You will need a Business or Commerce plan to add the code to your site.
Add the top code snippet to the 'Header' section via Code Injection, in Settings > Advanced > Code Injection
Add the bottom code snippet to your desired page as a Code block
Can I embed a form in a Wordpress website using Elementor?
Yes, Beacon forms are fully compatible with Wordpress and Elementor! You will need a paid Pro plan to add the code to your site.