6 Tips to Perfect Your Gravity Forms Datepicker

Supercharge the Gravity Forms Datepicker with linked fields, improved mobile experience, and more!

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The humble Gravity Forms Datepicker can be extended to do some really cool things. Here’s a list of our top 6 favorite features you can add to get the most out of the Datepicker.

  1. 1. Automatically show a linked Datepicker
  2. 2. Inline Datepicker with improved mobile experience
  3. 3. Block a date range
  4. 4. Limit dates to weekends or weekdays
  5. 5. Require a future date
  6. 6. Automatically block dates with Better Inventory
  7. Taking It Further
    1. Populate and Modify Dates
    2. Calculate Number of Days Between Dates
    3. Seasonal Discounts

1. Automatically show a linked Datepicker

Using GF Limit Dates you can link two Datepickers together so that the minimum date of a second Datepicker is on or after the selected Date in the first Datepicker. We have a great article that details how to set that up.

You can take this one step further by using our Automatically show datepicker for linked Date field snippet to automatically show the second Datepicker when a date is selected in the first.

Save your users even more time by also populating the new minimum date into the second Datepicker. You can combine the two in a single snippet, like this:

gform.addAction( 'gpld_after_set_min_date', function( $input, date ) { 
	$input.datepicker( 'show' );
	$input.datepicker( 'setDate', date );
} );

Easily add this JavaScript snippet to your form with our Code Chest plugin.

2. Inline Datepicker with improved mobile experience

Avoid autocomplete headaches and improve the mobile interface using GF Limit Dates Inline Datepicker. Instead of showing a Date field that turns into a Datepicker when clicked, the Datepicker is inserted directly into the form.

3. Block a date range

Limiting selectable dates is easy with GF Limit Dates, but there are situations where you want to block a large section of dates from the Datepicker. For example, you might have a form for a mountain cabin rental that isn’t available during the summer months. Check out this article on how to block larger date ranges.

4. Limit dates to weekends or weekdays

Need a Datepicker that doesn’t let a user select weekends, weekdays, or any other group of days? Use GF Limit Dates to easily block off those days.

5. Require a future date

The default Gravity Forms Datepicker allows a user to pick any date. When building order, delivery, or booking forms, a future date should be the only option. Use GF Limit Dates to require a future date for your Datepicker.

You can even set the date to be further in the future based on the current date. Simply insert a date modifier after the current date. GF Limit Dates accepts any PHP relative format.

Setting the minimum date to further in the future is useful in a variety of circumstances, such as:

  • Preventing customers from making same-day reservations.
  • Selecting an expected delivery date after your standard turnaround time.
  • Scheduling follow-up appointments the specified number of days/weeks/months out.

6. Automatically block dates with Better Inventory

You can pair our Better Inventory snippet with GF Limit Dates to create field groups where a Date field and Product field could be combined to sell x items per date. When the number of items has been exhausted for a particular date, Limit Dates will automatically disable that date on the form.

To create a field group, simply add this parameter to your GW_Inventory class:

'field_group' => array( 1 ) // Replace 1 with Date Field ID

Taking It Further

Populate and Modify Dates

Use our Populate and Modifiy Dates snippet to automatically populate the current or future date into a Datepicker field on your form, modify a Date based on a user-inputted selection, and more.

Calculate Number of Days Between Dates

With GF Date Time Calculator, you can calculate the number of days between two Datepicker fields on your form. Use this to calculate durations. How many nights will a customer be staying at your bed-and-breakfast? How many hours did your part-timer log this week? How many minutes was your co-working meeting room reserved for? If applicable, you can then charge for that duration. Date Time Calculator also supports calculating age by birthdate. Make sure your potential customer is eligible for your offerings or give children/seniors a discount.

Seasonal Discounts

Set up a discount when a user selects any date within a certain range on the Datepicker. Follow this tutorial to conditionally display fields based on user selections with wildcards.

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