WordPress Plugins We Love: Gravity Forms

One of the reasons we love WordPress so much is the vast number of plugins it has available to extend the built-in functionality. But since there are over 40,000 plugins available in the repository, we thought it would be fun to help you sort through the pile by recommending a few of our favorites. These will be plugins we use all the time, have thoroughly tested and highly suggest using if you are looking for what they offer.

Websites need forms. It’s a fact, whether it’s a contact form, and opt-in form, a quiz, an on-boarding questionairre, or a million other things. Sure, you could build those forms manually, or use the embed code from a multitude of third-party services, customizing each so that they look harmonious when used together. But why do that when a high-caliber plugin like Gravity Forms exists?

Gravity Forms is hands down our favorite form management solution for WordPress, and has been for a very long time. Constantly updated, improved and expanded upon, it can easily handle anything form-related we throw at it. Stick around, and we’ll go through some of its best features.

Drag & Drop

One of the best parts of Gravity Forms is the drag and drop form builder. Using a simple interface that even the crustiest of clients can interface easily with, you can piece together even the most complex of forms. Multi-page forms? Check. Conditional logic? Check. Anti-spam features? Check. Using over 33 different field types, you can build almost any kind of form you can imagine, all by dragging little boxes around. It’s fantastic! Gravity Forms even makes placing your new forms a cinch, adding a handy “Add Form” button next to the “Add Media” button in the post and page editor. With Gravity forms, I can rest easy that clients can spin up their own forms if necessary, without any intervention on my part.

Integrations

Everyone and their mother is using an email management service these days, whether it be a free Mailchimp account for a monthly newsletter, or a full-fledged Infusionsoft account to handle an entire e-commerce business. One of the best things about Gravity Forms is that using a plethora of add-ons, it integrates with all of them. This means that rather you can use Gravity Forms robust features to handle the website-side of things, without compromising the flow of information into your other services.

Entries and Notifications

Gravity Forms doesn’t just handle collecting information, it also handles notifying you when that info is received, and then stores entries in a repository so you can always go back and check the info later. You can even make inline notes about the entries you receive so you can can go back later to follow up if necessary.

Want to make sure that your new sites have top-of-the-line form management and creation? Give the Solamar web team a shout, we’ve got the power of Gravity Forms at our finger-tips.

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