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Formless Actions Endpoints

A tweak to execute specific after-submit actions without front-end forms.

formless actions endpoints addon from jetformbuilder
Works with any WordPress theme

Carry out after-submit actions without actual forms

Formless Actions Endpoints Addon helps execute the needed after-submit actions using a single button on the front end without the actual form. It can submit forms both within one site and between different web spots. The add-on creates a secure environment for data transfers and restricts action execution by user role and capability.

Its use cases include primarily functional site buttons and REST API endpoints. The latter can turn the site into a backend for applications. Functional buttons would allow you to change posts and user statuses, delete users and posts, add posts from another website via REST API, make one-click purchases, etc.

Restricted permissions:
  • Any registered user
  • User with a given role
  • User with a given capability
selecting who can trigger formless addon actions

Explore Formless Actions Endpoints Functionality

Ability to run a form upon button click

Create functional buttons by pasting the JSON object into the Button widget/block/element.

Ability to manage form data via REST API

Configure a WordPress REST API endpoint to send form submissions from one site to another.

REST API Endpoint

Specify the namespace and path of the form endpoint in the corresponding settings fields.

Base form

Pick the needed form from which you wish to get data fields for the configured submit actions.

Action type

Choose how the action will be executed; the options include WordPress AJAX, URL Query String, and Rest API Endpoint.

Is restricted toggle

Set who will be able to trigger form actions – any registered user or users who match certain criteria.

Log requests toggle

Activate it to allow the requests log to be kept for their further viewing.

Data Structure

Build the form’s data structure by specifying its fields, their types, default and sample values.

Sample Request

Contains formatted data, which you can copy for further use in Elementor, Gutenberg, and Bricks.

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How to Configure Formless Actions Endpoints

How to set up

In the given tutorial, we consider the case of applying a functional button to a CPT listing that can be created with the JetEngine plugin to change the post status after clicking on this button.

To install the add-on, go to WordPress Dashboard > JetFormBuilder > Addons and find the “Custom Actions” add-on in the All Available Addons section. Press the “Install Addon” button, and once installed, it will appear in Your Installed Addons. Next, click “Activate Addon” to prepare it for further work.

jetformbuilder tab
Create a Form

Navigate to the WordPress Dashboard > JetFormBuilder > Add New tab to create a new form.

welcome block of jetforms

Press the “Start from scratch” button in the Welcome block to develop your own form. Type the form’s name (“Delete Post Form” for this case) instead of the Add title placeholder. Delete the unnecessary field blocks (the default Text Field for this case).

This form creation tutorial explains how to build forms.

Specify the Hidden Field Settings

Unroll the default Hidden Field settings.

In the Block settings tab on the right side, navigate to the Value tab and press the “Dynamic tags” button above the DEFAULT VALUE field to open the pop-up.

Select the following options from the Edit Preset pop-up settings:

edit preset popup
  • “Post” option from the SOURCE drop-down list;
  • “Current post” option from the GET POST ID FROM drop-down list;
  • “Post ID” option from the POST PROPERTY drop-down list.

Pressing the “Update” button closes the pop-up and adds the appropriate text to the Default Value field, i.e., as in this case:


default value settings of the hidden field block
Set the Post-Submit Actions

Navigate to the JetForm settings tab and unroll the Post Submit Actions.

Press the “New Action” button under the default “Save Form Record” action to add a new one. Select the “Insert/Update Post” option from the drop-down list.

insert and update post after-submit settings

Press the “pencil” icon to set the action’s settings:

edit actions popup
  • Select the POST TYPE from the drop-down list (in the given case, we selected the “Properties” CPT);
  • Select the needed post status from the POST STATUS drop-down list (in the given case, we selected the “Move to Trash” option);
  • Select the “Post ID (will update the post)” option for post_id in the FIELDS MAP section.

Press the “Update” button.
Finally, publish the form.

Set the Actions Endpoints

Navigate to the WordPress Dashboard > JetFormBuilder > Endpoints tab to set the needed route options. The tab displays URLs of all developed routes and allows filtering/sorting by the Related form and Created at column. You can also delete one or more endpoints at the same time. To edit a previously created route, click the “pencil” icon or press the “Add new route” button to create a new one.

edit actions popup

Fill in the following route settings:

route settings of the jetformbuilder actions endpoints
  • Select the required form from the RELATED FORM drop-down list (here, we selected the previously developed “Delete Post Form”);
  • Select an option from the ACTION TYPE drop-down list:
  • WordPress AJAX – works through a standard WordPress AJAX request;
  • Rest API Endpoint – is triggered by a request to the Rest API;
  • URL Query String – works when switching to a URL with certain parameters.

In the given case, we selected the “Rest API Endpoint” option from the ACTION TYPE drop-down list. This option activates the ROUTE NAMESPACE and ROUTE text fields, where we typed the first and second parts of the Rest API URL (the “register” and “deleteposts” texts, respectively).

Things to know!
The ROUTE NAMESPACE and ROUTE text fields allow the usage only of lowercase Latin letters, numbers, and the hyphen sign.

We left the Is restricted toggle disabled to allow all users to perform the pre-specified action. In contrast, we enabled the Log Request toggle to allow logging requests to collect all attempts to submit the form via this route.

Press the “Update” button.

Copy Sample Request Data

Navigate to the Data Fields section of the JetFormBuilder Actions Endpoints page and click the “Sample request” button.

The text field under the “Fields” and “Sample request” buttons displays the request data. Press the “Copy data for the request” button to copy the aforementioned data.

sample request field of the jetformbuilder actions endpoints tab
Add the Sample Request Data to the Button Widget

Build a listing item with needed dynamic fields.

Add the Button (by Elementor) or Button (by the JetElements plugin) widget to the page opened in the Elementor editor.

adding button widgets

In the given case, we added the Elementor’s Button widget and then typed the text needed to be displayed on the button (the “Trash!” text).

Unroll the Content > Submit JetformBuilder Form tab and set the following options:

  • Move the Enable form submission toggle;
  • Select the added route from the Choose route drop-down list (the “/wp-json/register/deleteposts” route);
  • Paste the copied sample request data into the Data for the request field.
submit jetformbuilder form settings

Press the “Update” button.

Front-End and Backend Results

Create a page, add the Listing Grid, and select the needed Listing.

cpt post listing with functional buttons added

Press the “Update” button and navigate to the front end of the page.

After pressing the button (“Trash!” in the given case), the “Form successfully submitted” text will appear.

submitting the actions formless form

The submitted forms will be stored in the JetFormBuilder > Form Records tab due to the “Save Form Record” action.

submitted form records

Unroll the needed form to see the detailed data of the submitted form.

form record data

The selected CPT post will change its status and be transferred to the trash.

cpt post list

That’s all about how to set up the Formless Action Endpoints add-on.

  • Make sure to sanitize the values put in the REST API Endpoint Namespace and REST API Endpoint Path fields.
  • To secure a form under a functional button, it’s best to use wp-nonce and CSRF methods, not captchas.
  • If you wish to use a WP REST API custom endpoint to submit a form from one website to another, you should enable the Is restricted toggle for security purposes.

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