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AndiSites: Best WordPress Forms Plugins (Online Version)

  1. 1. The Best Forms Plugins forYourWordPressWebsite & How to UseThem DMFB 2015, Raleigh, NC
  2. 2. What can forms be used for? • Not just for “Contact Us” anymore • Applications, quizzes, sign-ups, surveys, pre-screenings, registrations… • Be creative!
  3. 3. 5 Parts to a Forms Plugin • The form itself • The email notification sent to you • The email notification sent to the submitter • Putting the form on your site • Other cool stuff
  4. 4. Safety & Security • Known-safe plugins • No personal info (SSN, credit cards) • SSL certificates (can protect per-page) • reCAPTCHA Old style New style
  5. 5. Free vs Premium Depends on what you need it for…the free version may be sufficient now, then you can upgrade later if you need to
  6. 6. Our Favorites Free Free & Premium Premium Only
  7. 7. Contact Form 7 The Form Itself (requires additional plugin)
  8. 8. Contact Form 7 The Email Notification to You
  9. 9. Contact Form 7 The Email Notification to the Submitter
  10. 10. Contact Form 7 Putting the Form on Your Site Widget is also available in some themes (but not all)
  11. 11. Contact Form 7 The Front-End Notice that fields go all the way across…no easy way to format.
  12. 12. Contact Form 7 Other Cool Stuff No other cool stuff…just makes simple forms.
  13. 13. Formidable Free The Form Itself - Fields
  14. 14. Formidable Free The Form Itself - Layout
  15. 15. Formidable Free The Email Notification to You
  16. 16. Formidable Free The Email Notification to the Submitter Other actions-on-submit are easily defined as well.
  17. 17. Formidable Free Inserting a form onto a page Inserting a form as a widget Putting the Form on Your Site
  18. 18. Formidable Free The Front-End Notice prettier layout…can easily put multiple fields on a single line.
  19. 19. Formidable Free Other Cool Stuff - Entries NOTE: Can only view entries with Free…can’t export or report.
  20. 20. Formidable Free Other Cool Stuff – Import/Export Forms Can easily duplicate forms from one website on another.
  21. 21. Formidable Free Other Cool Stuff - Built-In Form Styling (NEW!)
  22. 22. Formidable Free vs Pro
  23. 23. Formidable Pro Conditional Logic Very powerful…can show or hide fields based on what a user chooses.
  24. 24. Formidable Pro Third Party Add-Ons/Integrations: Stripe, Affiliate WP, Pro PDF Extended, ToolTips, Anti-Spam, GeoCoding, Email Shortcode, Customizations, Newsletter…more all the time… Included Add-Ons
  25. 25. Formidable Pro Reporting
  26. 26. Gravity Forms The Form Itself - Fields
  27. 27. Gravity Forms The Form Itself - Layout Not as easy as they suggest…must find, copy, and paste shortcodes to control form layout.
  28. 28. Gravity Forms The Form Itself – Conditional Logic
  29. 29. Gravity Forms The Email Notification to You
  30. 30. Gravity Forms The Email Notification to the Submitter
  31. 31. Gravity Forms Inserting a form onto a page Inserting a form in a widget Putting the Form on Your Site
  32. 32. Gravity Forms The Front-End Notice old-style Captcha…must use additional plugin for new style
  33. 33. Gravity Forms Other Cool Stuff – PayPal / e-Commerce Gravity Forms is much easier than Formidable for e-commerce…more gateways, simpler setup
  34. 34. Formidable Pro vs Gravity Forms
  35. 35. http://denislam.com/formidable-pro-vs-gravity-forms/ Formidable Pro vs Gravity Forms
  36. 36. Choose Formidable Pro If: Choose Gravity Forms If: • You’d like to style your forms without having to know CSS • You need a simple PayPal option • You need a form with multiple pages • You’re working with WP Multisite • You need advanced and complex multi-page forms • You’d like a bigger selection of field types • You need advanced ecommerce • You’d like to code extra functions and enhance your forms using the Gravity Forms framework • You’d like to schedule forms to only be available during certain dates Formidable Pro vs Gravity Forms
  37. 37. www.andisites.com andrea@andisites.com @andisites

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