Let me begin by saying that I am familiar with and appreciate all of the people who have spent time and effort creating these plugins. Each of them is a friend of mine. And you want to be cautious if you write about buddies. Nonetheless, several people have difficulty selecting a WordPress form plugin, so this guide is here to assist them.
What factors should you consider when choosing a WordPress form plugin for your website?
The easy answer is that you should choose the one that is best for you.
But, with so many options, how do you choose the right type plugin? Some people will follow the advice of a friend. Others can make a decision based on price. You could choose based on a particular feature you need or want.
When you're trying to find out what's best for you, you'll probably want to be clear on three things:
- There's a good chance that no plugin will be able to do what you want. That isn't to say it isn't good. It only means your needs are different than others.
- Most plugins will cost you money, but it will be much less than coding your own forms.
- Regardless of what others think, the perfect plugin for you is the one you enjoy using the most.
So, now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business with the comparison.
Who assembled the WordPress type plugins list?
The following 7 type plugins were compared. I'm sure I left some out – maybe even one of your favourites. I'd apologise, but I'm not sorry at all. These are a few of my favourites, and if I'm going to spend hours on this, I might as well choose the ones I enjoy.
Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Here's the first thing I can tell you… For you and me, the competition between WordPress type plugins has been extremely beneficial.
When it comes to the contrast, the fact that the feature list was so long is the only thing that stands out more than either of these plugins. I began with a small number of features, but the issue was that almost everyone had them all. When everybody has file uploads, it's difficult to compare.
Then I went ahead and added a few more elements. I continued on my way. Before I found a small difference between the plugins.
The comparison's top half focuses on characteristics. The integrations are the subject of the second half.
Most people would know that if you never intend to use Salesforce, it doesn't matter if your WordPress form plugin integrates with it (same for Recurly). But it's a huge deal if you need it.
The same can be said for payment processing (Stripe vs. PayPal vs. Authorize.net) and email marketing (Stripe vs. PayPal vs. Authorize.net) (Drip vs ConstantContact vs ActiveCampaign).
In other words, if you do a lot of work for a lot of different clients and just want to learn one approach, more is better. However, if you're only designing a collection of forms for your own website, you'll most likely be able to find out what you need by searching for the integrations you need and continuing from there.
The process of determining worth is special to each person.
Here I have tried to put up with the maximum number of requirements in a generic case where we would require a wordpress form plugin. Below I have shown the screenshot of the evaluation points considered while writing this post.
Can you see something that isn't there? It's all done on purpose. I'm not going to tell you how much these plugins cost because I believe you're making a mistake if you base your decision solely on price.
So, here's how it works.
As I previously said, the decision you make is based on what you value the most. The rest of the plugins, with the exception of Kali Forms, which is still fairly fresh, are full-featured and have a lot of value.
Each form plugin focuses on a different aspect of the form.
Ninja Forms may be worth a look if you're looking for the plugin with the most integrations in my list.
Check out Gravity Forms if you want to catch the most submissions while also thinking about abandoned answers and having the option to save and resume forms.
Check out WPForms if you want a nice-looking form that's also simple to use and has a lot of features.
I'd recommend taking a close look at Formidable Forms if you're looking for a form plugin that can help you create the most feature-rich applications.
Check out WS Form if you're looking for a plugin that integrates the most with WooCommerce.
Happy Forms, which has a lot of features but less integrations than the others, could be the easiest to set up.
Check out Kali Forms if you don't want to pay more than $29 (yes, I finally gave in and referenced price this time).
As you can see in the diagram above, each one takes a corner. Each of the type plugins is excellent and provides excellent value. That has been ensured by competition. To make the final decision, all you have to do now is find out what matters most to you.
For most of my projects, I go with Gravity Forms. It's more flexible and got customization options which has helped me in building a variety of forms based on client requirements.
Let me know which plugin has been working for you in the comments below.
And if you ever encounter a problem like WordPress: Error establishing a database connection while setting up any of these forms, which usually happens if any of the plugin is not coded well. You can also checkout the Server Management or WordPress category of our blogs.