Question response types

Several of ChurchSuite's features allow you to customise the response format of certain fields and questions. For example, those signing up to an event can provide answers to your event-related questions in just the right format for your needs. Question response types apply to the following contexts:

  • Custom questions for Events in the Calendar module
  • Custom questions for Types and Resources in the Bookings module
  • Custom questions for Library item Types in the Planning module
  • Custom fields in the Address Book, Children and Small Group modules
  • Items for Forms in the Address Book and Children modules

The purpose of this article is to explain the difference between the various response types, so that you can better choose the format that's best-suited for your use case. Not all response types are supported in all contexts.

Single sentence

This response type is ideal where a short, 'free text' response is needed. Any response length up to 255 characters is permitted. This response type can be optionally set “required”. Here's an example of a single sentence response field being used as a custom field in the Address Book module.

Paragraph

Like “Single sentence” this response type is ideal where a 'free text' response is needed. The paragraph response provides the user with a larger box within which to enter their response. The box includes a re-sizer tool in the bottom right corner that enables the user to resize the box if they wish. Note that the maximum length of a Paragraph response is still 255 characters. This response type can be optionally set “required”. Here's an example of a paragraph type field being used as a custom question for a booking "Type".

Drop-Down List

This is a “single select” response type. Create a defined list of options from which the user will be able to select a single option. If the response is set “required” then the drop-down list will default to “—Please Select—“,

…but where the response is set “not required” the first option will be pre-selected by default.

Drop-down lists are helpful where you have more than five options from which the user can select.

Radio List

This is a “single select” response type. Create a defined list of options from which the user will be able to select a single option. If the response is set “required” then no radio list option is preselected...

...but where the response is set “not required” the first option will be pre-selected by default.

Once a radio list option is selected it cannot be de-selected but another option can be selected instead. Radio lists are helpful where you have less than five options from which the user can select.

Checkbox List

This is a “multi select” response type. Create a defined list of options from which the user can select multiple options or even no options. In most contexts, this response type can optionally be set “required" and force a user to select at least one option. Here's an example of a Checkbox List question being used for booking "Types".

Date

Provide users with a date picker in order to accept date-formatted values, such as a date of birth. The date picker format is region-specific. Manual entry of dates is permitted and validation is provided to ensure the data is entered in a valid format.

Email

Enables users to ask for additional email addresses - perhaps where seeking references for course attendees, for example. This field will only accept content that is formatted correctly as an email address:

Phone number

Enables users to ask for an additional phone number - perhaps to request a landline or office number for booking contacts. Only numeric responses are accepted in this field:

Bible Verse

(Planning module only)

Surface a bible verse picker for certain Library item types in the Planning module. Select the default Bible translation in the module’s settings. It is possible to add more that one bible reference when using this question type.

Spotify

(Planning module only)

Surface a Spotify link for certain Library item types in the Planning module - typically this would be for your “Song” type library items where you wish to include a clickable and playable Spotify link to songs in your service plans. As the user begins to type in the Spotify field, a list of matching songs from Spotify are provided - select from the list.

Video file

(Planning module only)

Surface a clickable Video File link for certain Library item types in the Planning module. Users can then type or paste a valid video file URL into the field and the link becomes a clickable link when viewing service plans. Example supported URLs include YouTube or Vimeo video links.

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