Use of CopyKat


CopyKat is a great way of including a survey within your website without needing any code or having to involve your web design team.

CopyKat creates a copy of your webpage and allows you to edit its layout to place your survey within it, without affecting your actual website. This new page and your survey are hosted on our servers and we'll give you a unique link to access it.

Please note

CopyKat doesn't convert the styling of your survey itself into the styling of your webpage - it recreates the styling around your survey. The styling of your survey will remain as created in the editor.

Getting started with CopyKat

Step 1

Either click CopyKat from the surveys and forms navigation bar...


...or select Style tab in the editor (within this section, you'd then need to select Create a new surround to move onto step 2, as follows.


Step 2

Enter the URL of the page you want to copy. Be sure to tick the checkbox to confirm you own the site and have permission to copy the page, and then click Create surround.


Step 3

Your webpage will now be displayed in the CopyKat editor.

From the toolbar running along the top of the CopyKat editor, click on Remove page elements to be able to select items on the page to remove.


When an item is selected, you'll be given the choice to either collapse or clear the contents in order to make way for your survey.


Collapse will remove the item highlighted, including the table, which will alter the structure and may affect the layout of the page.

Clear will remove the content in the highlighted box but not the table, which won't affect the layout of the page, so there's still room to insert your survey.

If there is a large section of your page that you'd like to remove, you can do this quickly by dragging and selecting multiple elements at once.

If you happen to make a mistake and remove an item that you didn't mean to, you can always hit Undo on the CopyKat toolbar.

You can also use Redo if you've undone a change but want to keep it after all. 


Step 4

When you're ready to insert your survey, click Insert survey placeholder (located on the far left of the toolbar) to choose where your survey will be displayed.


Simply click in the area you want to place it and a placeholder will confirm 'Your survey will go here'.


When you're ready, click Save & continue.

Step 5

If you're in the process of creating a survey, your CopyKat surround will then be applied to your survey, and you're given the choice to preview it.


If you're creating a CopyKat surround separately from your survey, you can then choose to create a new survey to use it with or add the surround to an existing survey.

Alternatively, you're given the choice to view your other CopyKat surrounds should you wish to.


Step 6

You can preview your survey and your CopyKat surround together by clicking the Preview button in the main editor.

What to do if something goes wrong

If something doesn't work or if you receive an error message, you can try again in safe mode, which will disable JavaScript on your page. This may mean your webpage won't function as expected, however, it should fix a majority of issues. To do this, click on Something not right? in the toolbar.


Clicking on this will display the following window.


Applying an existing CopyKat surround to a survey

When you're creating or editing a survey, you can apply an existing CopyKat surround from the Style tab. Simply select from the available surrounds in the Select a surround dropdown and click Apply


A message will appear to indicate the surround has been applied, and clicking Preview will allow you to see your survey within the surround.

To no longer apply a surround to a survey, select None from the dropdown and click Apply. A message will appear to confirm the surround has been removed.

Viewing, editing and deleting saved CopyKat surrounds

Your saved surrounds are listed at the foot of the CopyKat page. From here you can rename, edit or delete them.

Surrounds will be denoted by a red exclamation mark if you haven't yet inserted a survey placeholder into them. A surround can't be used until a placeholder is inserted.


To expand the list to include all of your surrounds, click on View all surrounds.

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    The surveys and forms product really needs to give users more control over how the forms look on the page. Whether using CopyKat or the standard themes, the box that the form lives in will ALWAYS be centred, and that box will ALWAYS have around 20px of padding. What this means in practice is, your survey for form field(s) are never going to align up with any other content you have on that webpage (it will be indented). This gets even worse if you have a responsive website because the survey boxes are fixed widths that will be centred on the page no matter what you do to try and override it. So this means you have to specify a survey width of the minimum viewport width of your responsive page, and for those looking on widescreens, the form will float oddly in the middle of the page. I honestly do not understand why anyone thought this was a good idea.... *sigh*