Forms, Gridsome, and Netlify

Published 1 February, 2019

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If you didn't notice already, I've added a form to this here site. Since this is a JAMstack site, I have no server, per se, to process a form. That's where Netlify's forms come in. If you poke around the documentation, it'll say you just have to add the netlify attribute to any old HTML form.

<form name="contact" method="post" netlify>

  <div>
    <label for="name" >Name</label>
	<input required name="name" type="text" />
  </div>

  <button type="submit">Send</button>
</form>

Sounds great, but not so fast. If you're uploading a pre-built folder of files, this actually will work. Most people, I'd venture to say, are running a build script on a src folder to build their site each time the git push happens. In that case, Netlify doesn't seem to understand your form very well. If you poke around the Vue-specific instructions, you'll see a line like this...

<input type="hidden" name="form-name" value="contact" />

When I read this, I thought it was because SPAs wouldn't have the proper HTML on build, but my static site builds full HTML, so I'm safe, right? Wrong. I guess the build process messes with Netlify's form system, so you need to add this extra hidden field if you're building your site with a static generator like Gridsome. Just add this hidden field, and match the value in with the name you put on the form itself. After that everything should work as expected.