Hey form friends! Since this is my first blog post, figured I’d say hi – I’m Patrick, and I’m the new Engineering Manager for Wufoo here at SurveyMonkey. Super excited to be on this awesome team full of amazing people, and I’ll do my best to not bore you with all my upcoming blog posts – promise!
First up, (drum roll, please!)… Pagination! We’ve made a few changes to the Form Manager, so that your lists of forms is now broken down into pages. Now you can select how many forms you want to view per page. Pretty awesome, right!?
Why the switch to pagination?
There have long been battles over pagination, show everything, or the dreaded infinite scroll. The reality is, each have their place and there is no single right answer. Take Google for example: search results are paginated, but Google Images is infinite scroll – and in both scenarios, it works. Bing on desktop is paginated, Bing on mobile infinite scrolls – again, it just works.
On the other hand, lists can benefit from being broken into pages. You’re looking for something specific, and breaking that up into digestible chunks often reduces the amount of time it takes to find what you’re looking for. How many times have you been scrolling down a long list and breezed right past what you were looking for? It happens, and it’s super annoying – especially if you don’t know where it is in the list first.
The entire Wufoo team thought long and hard about what would be best for you, our lovely customers. Pagination just makes the most sense for Wufoo! You’ll be able to view a subset of forms at any given time, which will make the Form Manager load faster and be more scannable.
What about the search function?
In order to make the experience more consistent with other popular search interfaces, and to properly accommodate pagination, the search implementation is no longer real-time filtering the entire list of forms.
If you’re a bit skeptical about this change… don’t worry — it’s going to make the form manager far easier to manage! We’ve added in a couple of lovely buttons for you: Search and Clear. For customers with a large number of forms (and there are many!) this will drastically decrease both Form Manager and search result page load times – basically, we want to help you get your work done faster and smoother with a more familiar flow.
And there you have it! Pagination: one step close to an even better form manager. We know you’ll agree these changes are for the better – and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store for the future!