Django and Cripsy Form Login with Icons

I recently created a website using the very nice Edge template for a new Django site. The log in form was nice, but I wanted a form with icons and no labels. Here’s how I did it…

The greatest thing is that this was a super easy change. I think it looks a lot nicer, to boot.

Here’s what the old login page looked like:

Default edge login template

I used the incredible PrependedText FormHelper item to add a Font Awesome icon before the field. I had to set the field labels to empty-strings, as I:

  1. Couldn’t figure out the Field item to set inside PrependedText
  2. Couldn’t use self.helper.form_show_labels = False because I needed it for the remember_me field.

Here’s the python code:

    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super(LoginForm, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.helper = FormHelper()
        self.fields["username"].label = ""
        self.fields["password"].label = ""
        self.helper.layout = Layout(
            PrependedText('username', '<i class="fa fa-envelope-o"></i>', placeholder="Enter Email Address"),
            PrependedText('password', '<i class="fa fa-key"></i>', placeholder="Enter Password"),
            HTML('<a href="{}">Forgot Password?</a>'.format(
            Submit('sign_in', 'Log in',
                   css_class="btn btn-lg btn-primary btn-block"),

Here’s the new login form:

New log in template

The is subtle, but effective! (I think so, anyways)