Embedding forms in your website

Run Beacon forms in your website - customise the content that shows around your form

Updated over a week ago

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

  1. On any of your forms, click the Embed button in the top right of the page.

  2. Ask your web developer to paste the top code snippet to your site, ideally right after the opening body tag.

  3. 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 Beacon 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.

Should I serve the Beacon form via Google Tag Manager?

No, we recommend that you embed the form directly on your webpage instead of loading the javascript via Google Tag Manager. GTM is often blocked by ad and privacy extensions which then mean your form regularly won't appear.

Should I require cookie consent on my website to load the Beacon form?

No, we recommend that your Beacon forms fall under the 'necessary' category, as it's essential to the functioning of your page. Requiring consent will prevent the form from loading for anyone who doesn't allow all cookies.

The form isn't showing. Help!

Make sure that you've added both code snippets - the Beacon JavaScript SDK as well as the form code - to your site.

Additionally, you should ensure that you're not loading the form via Google Tag Manager, or after cookie consent.

If you've checked these things and your form still isn't loading, do reach out to our support team!

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.

What width should our embedded forms be?

Beacon's forms will automatically adjust their styling and the way they display to best suit the width that they're in (e.g. when viewed from mobile, or in thin website sections).

Here are the minimum widths for the standard form stylings on desktop:

  • Membership: 976px

  • Event registration: 976px

  • Donation: 616px

  • Signup: 616px

There's no problem to have them in thinner sections, and you'll see the form's arrangement adjust to suit!

Can I embed a form in a Wix website?

Yes, Beacon forms are fully compatible with Wix!

  1. Add the top code snippet to the Custom Code section of your site's settings. Choose 'Body - start' as the place for the code.

  2. 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.

  1. Add the top code snippet to the 'Header' section via Code Injection, in Settings > Advanced > Code Injection

  2. Add the bottom code snippet to your desired page as a Code block

Tip: If your form still isn't working, you can place both pieces of code together in the code block instead (in order though: top code snippet first, bottom code snippet second).

Can I embed a form in a Wordpress website?

Yes, Beacon forms are fully compatible with Wordpress! Every Wordpress site is a little different, but the same principles apply:

  1. Add the top code snippet to a 'Custom codes' or similar section of your settings. Choose 'header' or 'body start' as the place for the code.

  2. Add the bottom code snippet to your desired page as a code or HTML block/widget.

Tip: If your form still isn't working, you can place both pieces of code together in the code block instead (in order though: top code snippet first, bottom code snippet second).

These are generic descriptions for Wordpress - please refer to the documentation of your particular website theme/builder for more information.

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