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Plugin String is not removed

Possible reasons:

  • The plugin is not installed
  • The plugin is not published
  • In a module: The module option "Prepare Content" is not enabled
  • Misspelling in the enclosing plugin string. Plugin string has to strat with {vfdataview} and has to finish with {/vfdataview}

Plugin string is removed but nothing is displayed instead

This will happen, when you have a syntax error in your plugin string. Please check again on the Syntax rules section of the documentation.

Other reason of the problem can be, that the access level for the data view set in the form configuration (form edit view, tab "data view in frontedn", option "accessgrouplevel") is not the same as teh access level of the article. If the access level, set in the form is "registerd" and the access level of the article is "public" then a guest user will not be able to see tha data. You may make a short note about that in the article text.

The plugin string is removed but there are no data displayed

The problem may have many reasons. Especially if the form is not prepared properly. Please check again that you have followed the instrucitioins in Lesen Sich sich die Instruktionen about preparing the form properly.

Possible reason:

  • The form option "Data view in frontend" is disabled. (form edit view, tab "data view in frontend", option "allow dataview in frontend")
  • Submitted and stored user inputs are not published. Check in the administration of your website, that uper inputs are published.
    If you want to autopublish data, you have to set the option "auto publish data" in the form configuration (form edit view, tab "data view in frontend", option "auto publish data").
  • The filed option "Frontend display" is disabled. (field edit view, tab "advanced", option "frontend display")
  • There are no user data submitted yet
  • The required parameters in the plugin string are missing or incorrect - There has to be at least the form id and a list of fields. Please check again in the Parameter list.
  • Missing in parameter name or invalid parameter value. Please check again the Parameter list.

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