Can anybody recommend an addon for SharePoint 2013 to handle anonymous forms with file uploads?

Posted on 2015-02-20
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We're looking to put up some forms on our public facing SharePoint site.

Unfortunately, SharePoint isn't great 'out of the box' for handling anonymous forms.  Even if you do get it running (and handle the security issues that come along with that), it still won't accept file uploads from anonymous users as part of a form, and the resultant records can't trigger workflows on creation.

We're hoping that someone made a product that we could buy to fill this functionality gap.

Ideally it would take forms, with file uploads, from anonymous users, and submit those forms/documents to SharePoint, and for SharePoint to initiate workflows on said data.

I could program one, but I'm wary of the ways I've seen it done (with escalation of privileges for the submitter).
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by:Walter Curtis
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This type of questions if difficult to answer. I have a few questions to start. What are you considering an "anonymous form"? I ask because the word itself anonymous usually indicates there are no security concerns, which you mention can create issues. Another point I am confused on, why would you allow anonymous uploads on your public facing web site. You are just leaving yourself for so many bad things.

Just a few other notes. SharePoint forms are totally separate from the security level of SharePoint. The form just sits there, and doesn't really give a crap about what kind of security it is wrapped in, so I don't really see any issue here other then maybe a misunderstanding about how things work. If you can provide more logical details it would be helpful in trying to assist.


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This would be an unauthenticated user submitting a form to a list with attachments.

1) Unauthenticated users can't post files with OOTB SP forms
2) List entries created by unauthenticated users cannot start workflows

I want a form system that takes a form, with attached files, from an unauthenticated user, saves the files to a library or as attachments to the list entry.

I also want SP to start a workflow based on the entry's creation, which SP will not do OOTB.

The reason we want this is
1) Because basically every other CMS on the planet does it
2) Half our customers are asking for it (for a reason why, see #1 directly above)

The inability of SP to do this OOTB is a massive capability hole, and we were hoping there was a 3rd party solution to fill that gap.  That's what we're looking for.
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Walter Curtis earned 1500 total points
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There is a company named Emgage that has a forms tool named "Turbo".  They may have something you are looking for.


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We're looking into Emgage Turbo now, but are open to additional suggestions if anybody else has one.
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by:Walter Curtis
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Thanks. Glad that helped.

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