You need a form on your website. Lots of options out there. Here are two.
This was going to be one of those long, complex and complete comparison posts where I have charts and checkboxes and explanations comparing different online form services for WordPress, but I don’t even need to go that far. If you’d like one of those, here’s a great link to a beautifully done chart comparing Gravity Forms and Google Forms.
The reason I don’t need it is that my list of requirements has one element that I won’t do without. Here are a few of the requirements:
- Data storage: I don’t just want an email with the data, I want it somewhere accessible.
- Drag and drop editor: I really can’t be bothered with code anymore.
- Multi-Page & Conditional Logic: if the form happens to be long, I don’t want it to appear long at first. Same goes with condition logic, if your favorite color is Red there should be a conditional statement that then has “red” questions that follow, not the same for everyone.
- Field limits: can you say this field is only allowed to have 200 characters? That sort of thing is handy.
I’m really just adding a few here to throw you off my most important element that Gravity has but Google doesn’t. Any guesses?
Multi-Page & Conditional Logic
That’s the only one I really care about. Here’s Gravity Forms own description of Conditional Logic. Basically, your forms can be smarter, shorter and easier for users to fill in.
Let’s say you want to know if a clients wants a logo with their design project. If they don’t, they check the No box and they move onto the next question. However, if they do want a logo, they check Yes and that triggers more questions about the logo right then and there. Magical, I know.
If you’re not using conditional forms for anything more than a simple contact form, you’re missing out. If you’d like to give Gravity Forms a go, you won’t regret it and for $39 per year (not per month, see below), what’s that, a few bucks a month?
If you’d like some more comparisons of WordPress form services, have at it: