The email field lets your website visitor enter an email address(es). By using the url field, mobile users will be presented with a keyboard optimized for entering email addresses. This keyboard type prominently features the at (“@”), period (“.”) and space characters.


To learn how to add, edit, clone, move, resize, offset, or delete an email field, please click here.

To edit the settings for this field type, click the settings icon on the field itself. Click the Save & Close or Save button to save your changes. If you do not want to save your changes, you can click the Cancel button or click any other form element to close the field settings sidebar.

WS Form - Field Settings Icon


The basic tab contains settings that the majority of WS Form users will need to control a field. The settings are as follows:


This is the label shown alongside the field. As well as entering a label into this field, you can also double click the label of the field in the editor. You should enter an easy-to-understand label for your field, for example, Email Address.

Show Label

If enabled the label will be shown on your form. If you do not want the label to appear for a particular field, uncheck this box.


If checked this field will be required when the website visitor completes your form. Failure to complete the field if this is checked will result in a validation message appearing under the field prompting the user to complete the field correctly.

Required fields are indicated on your website with the word Required being adding to the label of the field. This can be changed in the form settings advanced tab.


If checked the field will be hidden on the form. It can be shown again using conditional logic or your own JavaScript.

Default Value

The default value setting is used to populate the field with some default content. Unlike the placeholder text, default values are stored when the form is saved or submitted. An example default value could be

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.


The multiple property sets or returns whether an email field should accept multiple values/emails on form submission. When set to true, it specifies that the user is allowed to enter more than one value/email in the email field.  Separate each email with a comma in the email field, such as,, or


Field placeholders are used to place text in a field prior to the website visitor completing the field. The web browser then removes the placeholder text when text is entered into the field. Placeholder text is typically used to provide an example of what should be entered into that field, such as for a email field. If this field is left blank, a placeholder will not be added to the field.

Placeholder text is not stored when the form is saved or submitted.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Help Text

The help text setting enables you to add smaller text under the field to assist the website visitor in completing that field.

As well as inserting plain text into this field, WS Form also provides extensive functionality for adding character and word count information. Click here to learn more about this functionality.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Auto Complete

Web browsers sometimes have features for helping users fill forms in, for example pre-filling the user’s address based on earlier user input. The autocomplete content attribute can be used to hint to the web browser how to, or indeed whether to, provide such a feature.

Use this setting if you would like to specify the value of the autocomplete attribute. Use the off option to prevent auto complete on the field.

Prefix / Suffix

The prefix and suffix settings allow you to add a prefix box and/or suffix box to the field.

WS Form - Prefix / Suffix

For example, you could add a unit of measure as a suffix, or an @ symbol as a prefix.


ARIA Label

Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) defines ways to make web content and web applications more accessible to people with disabilities.

This setting enables you to define what text is made available to ARIA applications. This would, for example, provide a screen reader with specific text to read to someone with a disability.

The value of this setting defaults to your field label. If you would like to change this, enter a new value.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Hidden Behavior

Always Include in Actions

This setting allows you to change the behavior of a field if the hidden setting is checked (See above), or if you set a field as hidden using conditional logic.

The normal behavior for a field that has been hidden is that it will not be included if an action has a Clear Hidden Fields setting enabled. For example, if you have a Send Email action, WS Form will not include fields that are hidden.

If this setting is checked, this field will always be included in actions if it is hidden.


The advanced tab contains additional form attribute settings that provide further control over how a field is rendered.


Use the Styles settings to change the design of the email field.

Label Position

There are five positions you can choose from for your label:

  • Default
  • Top
  • Left
  • Right
  • Bottom

The default position will place the label set in the form settings advanced tab. For new forms this will be the Top positioning.

Note that when using some frameworks some label positions may not be available.

Label Width

If your label position is set to left or right, you can specify how wide the label will be. You can consider the overall width of the label and the field to be 12 columns (or whatever value is set in Form Settings). By default, labels are rendered at 3 columns wide (1/4 width), which means the field itself is 9 columns wide (3/4 width). You can change the width of the label using this setting.

To change the default width of all labels in your form:

1. Click the form settings icon.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Scroll down to Default Label Width and change the setting.
4. Click Save at the bottom.

Vertical Alignment

The vertical alignment option allows you to choose how this field will be vertically aligned in relation to fields in the same row. The options are:

  • Top
  • Middle
  • Bottom


For developers WS Form allows you to add your own classes to fields.

Field Wrapper

The wrapper CSS class setting enables you to add a class (or classes) to a field wrapper. Field wrappers are sections of HTML added around a field to position them on the page. To add multiple classes, add a space between the class names.


To add a class to the actual field element itself, enter a class (or classes) to this setting. To add multiple classes, add a space between the class names.


Field restrictions enable you to define what can or cannot be entered into the field.


If checked the field will be disabled, and it cannot be interacted with. You can re-enable a field dynamically by using conditional logic.

Read Only

If checked the field will be read only. Read-only forms provide a way of showing a value in a field without giving the website visitor the opportunity to change the value.

Minimum Character Length

This is the minimum number of characters that need to be entered into the field in order for it to be valid. Leaving this blank will set the minimum character length to zero. If the field is submitted without the minimum character length defined, a validation error will appear under the field.

Maximum Character Length

This is the maximum number of characters that can to be entered into the field in order for it to be valid. Leaving this blank will set the maximum character length to infinity. If the field is submitted with more than the maximum character length defined, a validation error will appear under the field. Typing will typically be limited to this number of characters.


This advanced field enables you to set the pattern attribute on a field. The pattern attribute specifies a regular expression that the <input> element’s value is checked against. This field is useful in, for example, forcing a website visitor to enter an email address in a particular format that you require.

Example patterns can be selected by clicking the hamburger icon .

User Status

Choose from one of the options to filter which user status can see this field:

  • Any
  • Is Logged In
  • Is Logged Out
  • Has User Role or Capability

If you choose Has User Role or Capability, additional settings will appear that enable you to choose one or more roles or capabilities.

Allow or Deny

This feature allows you to allow or deny email addresses. You can enter specific email addresses or enter wildcard addresses to, for example, block all email addresses from a particular domain name.


Choose Allow to only allow the email address(es) you enter. Choose Deny to deny any email address(es) you enter.

Email Addresses

Click the + icon to add an email address.  Use the * character to enter wildcard values. For example:

  • *
    This would allow or deny an email address for the domain name.
  • *.com
    This would allow or deny any email address having the .com TLD.

If an email address is rejected, this message will be shown as invalid feedback on the field itself. You can change this message by entering your own in this setting.



The transform setting can be used to force the case of the characters that are entered in the field. For example, choosing Uppercase will convert any lowercase characters entered into the field to uppercase. There are four transform options:

  • Uppercase
  • Lowercase
  • Capitalize
  • Sentence

To see examples of how the transform options work, you can learn more by reading our Transform Strings knowledge base article.


No Submission Duplicates

When checked, WS Form will check to see if a duplicate submission exists containing the same value for this field. If found, the submission will not be allowed and a message shown to the user completing the form.


This setting lets you specify how recently WS Form should check for duplicates. The available options are:

Setting Description
All Time Check all submissions
Past Hour Check submissions in the past hour
Past Day Check submissions in the past 24 hours
Current Day Check submissions since midnight
Past Week Check submissions in the past 7 days (168 hours)
Past Month Check submissions in the past month
Past Year Check submissions in the past year

Duplication Message

If a duplicate is found, this message will show.


Show Invalid Feedback

Invalid feedback text is shown when a form is saved or submitted, and the field has not been completed according to the field settings you have configured. For example if the minimum character count is 10 and you enter 5 characters and then submit the form, the field will be deemed invalid. If this setting is checked, invalid feedback is shown under the field.

Invalid Feedback Text

WS Form automatically builds invalid feedback text for all of your fields. If no text is entered into this field, the value shown in the field in light gray text will be shown. If you would like to specify alternative invalid feedback text, you can enter it within this setting.

WS Form variables can be entered into this field.

Custom Attributes

This setting is used to add custom attributes to the HTML of this field, such as data-my-attribute="1234". You can add as many custom attributes as you need.

To add a custom attributes key value pair:

  1. Click the Add  icon to add a custom attribute row.
  2. Enter the key in the left column.
  3. Enter the value in the right column.
  4. Click Save to save the custom attributes.


The breakpoint settings define the width of a field and also what the offset (how many columns from the left-hand side of the form or the previous field) of a field is for each breakpoint. For more information about the breakpoint settings and capabilities of WS Form, click here.


Many field types have a datalist option. When a website visitor starts to type in a field, the browser will display options that it believes match what the website visitor is typing in. The website visitor can then click on the datalist option to speed up their data entry. Datalist is also used to provide hints to the website visitor as to the available options that can be entered for a field.

Tip: In some browsers you may need to activate a datalist function for this to work, while some older browsers may not support this feature.

To create datalist suggestions for the field, add rows to the datalist data grid. For more information about using WS Form data grids, click here. Data grids make entering lists of information quick and easy. You can also use the data grid to import a CSV file of data into the datalist field, which makes adding large suggestion lists easier than entering them one by one.