Can someone recommend a form maker?

by newxxx
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i know there are lots of form makers

bot wp plugins, and otherwise

i am having a website built (i am too ignorant to do this myself)

and on one of the pages i need a form built to collect multiple pieces of information, and have such collected and sent to my email

eg

name
email
favorite pet
favorite song
favorite artist
favorite author
etc


the form will collect 15 different pieces of information

the person building the site tried one form, but it looked extremely ugly (in my opinion)

so, can anyone recommend a free or inexpenive one-time purchase form to collect multiple pieces of information

ideally, each data entry field should be outlined and easy to find, like signing up for a paypal account or yahoo account

but as mentioned above, the form trial the first time was super ugly

so, can anyone recommend a nice looking form for collecting multiple inputs of information?


thank you very much !!!!!

bill in iowa
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Originally Posted by newxxx View Post

    so, can anyone recommend a nice looking form for collecting multiple inputs of information?
    A form becomes "nice looking" based upon your skill in designing and creating it.

    Garbage in - garbage out.

    I use a few, but FormGet is the latest product I use. Easy to create a versatile, attractive form. Very nice - but not cheap. I don't do cheap.

    I am NOT an affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author crackhouse
    Formidabble Forms is my favourite WordPress solution. It's endlessly customisable and has very useful extensions, including paypal connectivity
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Major
    Hi Bill.

    I've used all the major form builders and what's "best" depends on your own workflow, your web design skills (including how good you are with CSS + HTML) and how much programmability you want with your forms (meaning, what you want the fields to do, do you have fields that auto-populate, how complicated you want the "submit" button actions to be...etc.), and if your site is on Wordpress, then what is your theme and other plugins you're using that can cause functionality problems and conflicts with your form.

    So, that out of the way, if you're looking for no initial cash outlay and a lot of functionality, take a look at Contact Form 7. There's a large number of free-addons for it from Wordpress. However, as always, the more plugins you have living on your install the greater the chances of conflicts and (usually) the slower your site...not to mention the more "doors" the bad guys have to knock on looking for vulnerability. Just some considerations.

    If you want a lot of programmability look at Caldera Forms (I don't recommend Caldera if you're a beginner with Wordpress or you don't have a strong understanding of the underlying technology and software - yes, I mean PHP).

    Agree with crackhouse's pick especially since FF is pretty complete out of the box and their support is above par. Only concern I have with FF is that their feature development speed is slower than the industry. I bring that up because when you're choosing a form builder it's important to stick with it, especially if you're going to use a lot (dozens) of different forms. That's because switching form builders after you have a lot of forms made, with (hopefully) thousands of submissions, is more difficult, and dangerous to your data, than many think. Excellent product though.

    Ninja Forms has a more modern interface and we use the agency license for many of our web properties, especially for those sites that give form creation access to non-admins. It's just easier and more intuitive than most form builders.

    Gravity Forms has been a solid, robust player for years. We have entire frontends made wit GF because it's so steady and just unbreakable. Also, GF has really reduced their pricing because of all the other excellent form builders so it's even more compelling now.

    Lastly, if your major concern is the look and feel (the design) and not price or site speed, or programmability, or technical stuff like that, then I'm certain someone on Fiverr with CSS skills can make short work of how you want it to look.

    Cheers!

    P.S. Not an affiliate of any of those products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Major
    Uh, my last response was ridiculously lengthy...apologies all.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    maybe you should ask the person building your website to find other solutions. If they are in the business they should be able to easily find what you want. It is what you are paying them for

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    I personally like Gravity Forms. There is an initial cost (reasonable for what you get) but there are also many add-ons available so you can customize to your hearts content. You can also smoothly integrate with popular payment processors if you need to.


    Good luck,


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  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel Wilkey
    I use 123formbuilder which I really like
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
    Wufoo.com has a great reputation. Free and paid versions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruilk Gold
    Does the person building the website know how to use PHP? I used this tutorial:
    http://form.guide/php-form/php-form-tutorial.html
    to create one for my client.

    And I styled it using CSS. If you want a form maker a quick google came up with 123formbuilder thats free someone earlier already mentioned having used it before.

    But personally, I would use PHP or perl or something (the old school way) to process your on site email form because it's completely FREE and you can manage the whole thing yourself. It honestly just requires copy & pasting code into the page and changing the input field names. You can even test it yourself or whoever you're paying should be doing this not you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Originally Posted by newxxx View Post

    i know there are lots of form makers

    bot wp plugins, and otherwise

    i am having a website built (i am too ignorant to do this myself)

    and on one of the pages i need a form built to collect multiple pieces of information, and have such collected and sent to my email

    eg

    name
    email
    favorite pet
    favorite song
    favorite artist
    favorite author
    etc


    the form will collect 15 different pieces of information

    the person building the site tried one form, but it looked extremely ugly (in my opinion)

    so, can anyone recommend a free or inexpenive one-time purchase form to collect multiple pieces of information

    ideally, each data entry field should be outlined and easy to find, like signing up for a paypal account or yahoo account

    but as mentioned above, the form trial the first time was super ugly

    so, can anyone recommend a nice looking form for collecting multiple inputs of information?


    thank you very much !!!!!

    bill in iowa
    How cgi forms look has more to do with style than the programming. Your web builder should understand basic CSS design.


    Here's a tutorial on customizing CGI forms using CSS:
    https://www.w3schools.com/css/css_form.asp
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  • Profile picture of the author blackamerican
    Go with Formidable forms. It's a deal breaker
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  • Profile picture of the author amit3302
    If you are using WordPress, just simply download a plugin named as Contact form 7. It is an awesome plugin for creating a contact form. I have used it and will recommend to everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul M Smith
    Hi Bill, as previous posters have stated it will depend on your designers skill set on how to style and set up a form for your website.

    As you don't state what platform your designer is using to build the website it isn't that easy to provide you with a solution. If a cms like wordpress is being used than most cms's have plugins to help with creating a form. Contact Form 7 is a good one for wordpress.

    If you're designer is using a platform like Dreamweaver or just writing html from scratch than a generator like phpformgen is a great tool. I use it a lot but it does require some tweaking to get it to work with your webpage.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    You can either try with ready made forms from Envato market, or you can hire someone from Freelancer.com to build the form as per your requirement.
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  • Profile picture of the author Derek S
    I'd say jotform.com is one of the easiest to use, feature rich and professionally designed drag and drop builders out there right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author BacklinkzTopper
    Go for wufoo.com. You wont regret it
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  • Profile picture of the author saisaanvi
    Hi.... you can use jotform.com which is the best and good features that they are designed very professionally and easily can access also.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jen Eick
    What platform is your web designer using to build your site?


    I used the plugin "Fast Secure Contact Form" quite a bit in the past. Super easy and quick to use. I have recently been playing with another form builder, "Calculated Fields Form," and have been pleased with the results.


    But, those are both WordPress plugins, as I am using WordPress. If your site is html, there is a way to code an html form onto your site. As others have said, your designer should be able to tell you some good options.


    If you want a form that is separate from the site itself, a service like Survey Monkey should do the trick - free to use, as long as the survey form you build is 10 questions or less.
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  • Profile picture of the author jivalabeautyclub
    Keep it simple. You can use Contact form 7 (WordPress plugin) which allows you to modify the details that you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author freakyinnovators
    The task of a form is to take the data from the users and store it into the database. Every plugin does the same job. If you are concern about the design of the form then you should concentrate of the design part of the form. You can make it more attractive by using HTML and CSS. If you don't have good knowledge about it then you can hire someone to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author themesbydp
    Contact Form by WPForms - Drag & Drop Form Builder for WordPress
    Ninja Forms - The Easy and Powerful Forms Builder
    Form Maker by WD - user-friendly drag & drop Form Builder plugin

    and many more good form builder plugins are free to use, browse in WordPress plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve L
    TypeForms if you want the best UX
    GravityForms is awesome
    Google Forms is simple and free
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  • Profile picture of the author saisaanvi
    These are the best Online Form Builders

    123FormBuilder
    Cognito Forms
    Device Magic
    FormAssembly
    Gravity Forms

    Among all these, I support to choose Gravity forms.
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  • Profile picture of the author cainbrian
    I loved using Jotform.com too -- they have been super solid with high traffic. I know the big companies have used them too. If you're looking for quick forms, I'd roll with them... unless you are looking to make other strategic partnerships as an affiliate for something else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    LeadPages converts very well.

    Presumably what really matters is conversions (how many results you get per 100 visitors to the page) and it sometimes happens that ugly-looking things convert BETTER.

    What I recommend is testing various options to see which gives you the best RESULTS.

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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    If you are building your site using WordPress then I would recommend you to use WP forms. This is one of the best form builder plugins that comes with elegant design and integrates with any email marketing services and you can also accept payments as well.
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