Contact Field Types

A field's type indicates the type of data that can be stored in the field. When creating a custom field, you select the type. The type selected for a field should depend on the type of data you plan on storing in the field.

Depending on the type selected for a field, contacts will be able to populate fields (via a webform) with data using an input that correlates to the type of data being stored in a field (free form text box, pull-down menu, check box, radio buttons, etc). For more information on using fields with webforms, see Edit The Field Labels In Webforms.

Field Type Data Allowed Webform Display Type
Text Any combination of letters and numbers. Maximum character limit: 65535 A basic text box.
Text Area Any combination of letters and numbers. Maximum character limit: 65535 A large multi-line text box.
Password Any combination of letters and numbers. Maximum character limit: 65535 Similar to the Text field type, but it hides typed characters.
Check box A boolean value of true (checked) or false (unchecked). Displays check boxes.
Radio Button The string stored in the value attribute. Displays radio buttons.
Pull-down menu The string stored in the value attribute for an option used in the pull-down menu (select). Displays a pull-down menu (select) containing the specified values.
Number Any 10 digit whole number less than or equal to 2147483647.
Note: The locale setting for your account effects how numbers are formatted, including the addition of commas to a number. If you need to store a static number (a number that is not incrementing or decrementing), we suggest using either a predefined field, or a custom field with a type of Text.
Displays a basic input.
Currency Any positive or negative number with 2 decimal places.
Note: How currency in your account is managed is determined by the locale setting for your account. To change you locale settings, go to Settings > Account Information > Formatting and select the relevant locale from the list.
Displays a basic input.
Decimal Any positive or negative number with a decimal point. Displays a basic input.
Date A value that matches a specific date. The format for the date should match the date format set for your account.
Tip: For more information on the date format in your account, see Configure System Formatting.
Displays a calendar that allows you to select a specific day of the year.
Tip: Fields created with a type of Number can store any 10-digit whole number less than or equal to 2147483647. If you need to store a static number (a number that is not incrementing or decrementing), we suggest using either a predefined field, or a custom field with a type of Text. For example, if you want to store telephone numbers, we suggest you use one of the predefined fields created for storing telephone numbers. If you are storing incrementing or decrementing numbers in a custom field created with a type of Number, you need to be mindful of the 10-digit, 2147483647 limit.
Tip: You can store incrementing or decrementing data in a field created with a type of number, decimal, or currency using Direct Update. For information on using Direct Update, see Direct Update.

For information on creating custom fields, see Create Custom Contact Fields.