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Display form data in article

This feature is part of the Visforms Subscription and not available in the free Visforms version..

We propose reading the documentation from the beginning, starting with the Introduction. We will not repeat concepts and explanations made in previous parts of the documentation, here.

In order to display user input in content you have to add a well-defined plugin string into your article. The plugin string contains parameters, assed by the plugin and thus controls in detail how the data are displayed. There are to required parameters, the form id and a list of id's of all fields which you want to display. So the most basic plugin string would look someting like:


You have to adapt the form id and the field list to your requirements! Find and note the id of the form you want to display data from (from the id column at the end of the forms table). Find and note the id's of each fields, you want to display data from (from the id column at the end of the fields table).

Open the article you want to add the data to, in your Joomla! administration panel and insert the adapted plugin string at the place where you want to insert the data.

Syntax rules

If you have a misspellings in the plugin string, the plugin string might be removed from the article but the data are not displayed.

  • Start string always with {vfdataview}
  • Finish string always with {/vfdataview}
  • Each plugin parameter consists of a name-value-pair
  • Parameter name and parameter value are enclosed in double qoutes "
  • Parameter name and parameter value are separated by colon :
  • Multiple parameter-name-value pairs are separated by commas ,
  • The parameter list is enclosed in curled brackets {}
  • Avoid blanks in the string, except if they are part of a parameter value.

The plugin support many parameters

In addtion to the two required parameters, there are many more parameters which you can use to control the data display in content. (For full list see Parameter list).

Record set selection

You can use user input values of any field to select which record sets are displayed. You can find further instruction in the section record set selection.

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