Custom fields let you track information (for people and organizations) that isn't already built in to Populi.
- Custom person fields can be attached to any person in Populi. You manage them on the Profile > Info view. They're created in Contacts > Custom Fields (see below).
- Student fields can be attached to active students in the Student Info panel in the Profile > Student view. They're created in Academics > Settings.
- Admissions fields can be attached to leads. These fields are managed for individual leads on Profile > Admissions under Lead Info. You can also use application fields to collect data for these fields by using the link to existing field option (for that matter, you can use that option to fill in custom person and student fields, too). They're created in Admissions > Settings.
- Organization fields are—you guessed it!—added to organizations; set them up in Contacts > Custom Fields.
- In Financial, you can add custom fields for student billing, financial aid, and donations.
- Reporting: Person, student, and admissions fields are available in most XLS exports and, if attached to a student, the Data Slicer.
Whatever you do, don't add custom fields that duplicate information that Populi already tracks! This results in duplicate, inconsistent, and/or missing information. Only create a custom field once you're sure that Populi's built-in fields can't store the information you need!
How to create a new field
Here's how to create a new custom field. You can create custom fields in any of the locations mentioned above.
- Click Add Field.
- Select the input type. Your options are:
- Integer or Decimal: Integer creates a number-entry field. Decimal creates a number-entry field that accepts decimals. These inputs reject regular text—letters and punctuation.
- Text: Creates a 255-character text-entry field that accepts letters, numbers, and punctuation.
- Select: Creates a list of options to choose from a drop-down menu. Type the options in the Value field and click Add to list them.
- Date, Date/Time: Time creates Populi's standard month, day, and year fields. Date and Time includes an additional standard time field.
- Checkbox: Creates a list of options. Checkbox lists let you select one or more options from a list. Type the options in the Value field and click Add to list them.
- Radio: Creates a list of options. Radio lists let you select only one option from a list. Type the options in the Value field and click Add to list them.
- File/Multiple Files: Creates a custom file upload space. Choose whether to allow one file upload or several.
- Text Area: Creates a 5,000-character text-entry field that accepts letters, numbers, and punctuation.
Now that you've created this field:
- Click the field's name to edit or delete it.
- You can remove or retire individual answer options for certain field types (select, radio, and checkbox).
- If no data has been entered for the field, you can change the field's type to any other type.
- Even if data has been entered in the field, you can change these field types at any time: Integer > Decimal; Date > Date/Time; Text > Text Area; File > Multiple Files.
- You can start recording it for people in various places on their profiles.