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10 Tips (part 2) for Building Knack Database Apps

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

5 more tips from my first installment for working with Knack database app.

1) Data Import: Make a separate “reference” column for fields that match connected Objects. Will help with finding data that did not match.

2) Copy app for testing.

3) Get a connected value to appear natively in your Object.

4) Form Instructions: Change font and move above value looks better for the user. 5) Get around the “Something Went Wrong” message that wants you to refresh the page (and lose your work).


/* change instructions format (size and font) on all fields where exist */



font-size: 11px;

font-style: italic;


/* Move instructions above value entry and below field title */

$(document).on('knack-view-render.form', function(event, view, data) {

$("#" + view.key + " .kn-instructions").each(function() {

//find the input label for this field

var inputLabel = $(this).closest(".kn-input").find(".kn-label");

//append the instructions for this field after the label





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