Best Form Builder Plugins for WordPress
Choosing a form builder plugin for your WordPress site is an important decision. You want something reliable, flexible and customizable as it’s a tool that’s crucial to your web design toolbox. In this post, I go over my top 2 recommended form builders and provide some other options worth looking into as well!
1) Gravity Forms – this is a paid plugin but is great, reliable and very robust. It’s ideal for established web designers who need a form builder with an unlimited amount of integrations, customizations and plethora of add-ons.
- Very flexible and customizable
- Several integration options for Mailchimp, Stripe, etc
- Reliable and great customer support
- Little more pricey than other form builder options
- Unless you purchase a template, you have to style forms with CSS
- Form builder is on backend and not a live preview
2) Happy Forms – this is a FREE WordPress form plugin that is still fairly under the radar but is flexible, easy to build and you can style it without adding any custom CSS or code. Perfect solution if you have a need for a simple contact form that’s styled nicely in your site.
- Very flexible and mobile friendly
- Form is built in live preview via user friendly customizer
- You can build and style with ZERO coding
- Not as many integrations and configurations as some others (like Mailchimp, Stripe, etc)
- No conditional logic options (yet)
- Not as many field options as other paid plugins
As an additional option, many of my colleagues like and recommend Caldera Forms which I don’t have any experience with personally but I hear very good things.
Hope these form options help you in your web design journey!
Great Josh, just what I was looking for! Can you please clarify, for Gravity, if I purchase the $59 I can only use it on 1 website?
Yep that’s correct. A little pricey I know. I’ve had the unlimited license for years and the pricing was different back then. Still an awesome plugin though.
While it does require another plugin, if you’re using Gravity Forms, you can add Surbma – Divi & Gravity Forms to style the forms to match Divi’s form UI
Great add-on! Thank, Sal.
As always, great video, Josh. I personally use Gravity Forms and love it. I often use WPForms Lite with clients who don’t want a paid option. Any thoughts on that plugin vs Happy Forms?
Not familiar with that form builder Jason but sounds like a good solid option as well!
Hey Josh! We love Gravity Forms too! Any reason you didn’t recommend Caldera Forms? We use it a fair amount in addition to Gravity Forms, even though the third party extensions market isn’t quite as developed.
I do mention it briefly at the end as another solid option. I’ve been a GF form user for a long time so I just never tried Caldera out but I’ve heard good things!
Any reason you use both Gravity AND Caldera?
I would have assumed either/or….
Thank you for your time.
Hi Josh, have you had a look at Caldera Forms lately? We use it for most clients sites now, because it does have conditional logic built in. Both free and paid Pro versions.
Any reason why you run with both the paid and free version of Caldera?
Why don’t you only use paid, since you have paid for it?
What am I missing?
Thank you for your time.
Have you had the chance to look at forminator? I think it was released las month and It’s free…. seems to have descent feature including styling out of the box.
I haven’t but it’s been mentioned a few times to me recently. Sounds like a good option as well!
As always, great video, Josh. Thanks for this video.
Hi Josh what is your opinion about the gravity for divi plugin ? is it good
Many thanks in advance
Can’t say on that one, Hernan. We customize our Gravity Forms with CSS. Haven’t used that plugin.
Your videos are really awesome. I regularly wait for your videos.