As we mentioned in our best WordPress forms plugins blog, Gravity Forms is our WordPress form plugin of choice. Although we have experimented with other plugins, we now almost exclusively use Gravity Forms for new client sites as we’ve found it’s by far the best for a whole host of reasons.
Gravity Forms are powerful and very well integrated with WordPress. Some clever things you can do include…
- Allow entire blog posts to be submitted through a form, and saved as a draft post. Great for guest blogs.
- Allow users to register on your site through the form. This is useful if you wanted to set up an area accessible to logged in users only.
- You can also see, edit and export form responses in a dashboard within WordPress.
Works with your existing theme
Gravity Forms are designed to work with your WordPress theme with ease and includes a default CSS stylesheet to get your forms up and running quickly. Alternatively, if you want your forms to look unique, you can copy the styles over to your own theme CSS and customise them. You have to make sure your turn off the default CSS if you take this route, otherwise the styles will be fighting against each other.
Forms are customisable by non-technical users thanks to an easy to use form builder interface. They’re also extremely developer-friendly, with advanced customisation options and hooks to allow developers to quickly create forms that do exactly what you need.
Polls, quizzes, and surveys
There is no need for a separate plugin to create polls, quizzes, surveys or competitions, they can all be created quickly and easily using the built-in features of Gravity Forms.
Email, ecommerce and payment integration
There is an extensive add-on library for integrating with email providers like Mailchimp, Aweber and Campaign Monitor, plus support for a number of payment gateways including PayPal, Stripe and more. It also integrates with WooCommerce, which is our preferred WordPress ecommerce solution.
And much more
There are too many Gravity Forms features for us to explore fully in one blog post. Some of the other add-ons include the ability to create order forms, integrate with CRMs and helpdesk software. Plus, with a developer license, there are almost infinite customisation options.
Look out for our forthcoming post on how we’ve used and customised Gravity Forms WordPress forms for our clients.