Almost every WordPress site needs a form of interaction with visitors, which can be created thanks to the form plugins. In our review for plugin Forminator we will look at a free WordPress solution from popular developer WPMUDEV.
Forminator offers integration for Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor, Trello, Slack, and many other resources. It also supports settlements and payments through Stripe and PayPal. Plus, preliminary forms for sending messages, surveys and questionnaires – all the functions for which you will have to pay a lot to install premium form plugins.
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Forminator is free plugin, but its feature list really looks like a premium plugin.
Forminator provides a drag and drop constructor where you can create your own forms. It does not provide a lively visual preview, but is still quite easy to use.
The plugin creates 3 types of forms:
- Standard forms.
- Trivia Games
For standard forms, you have much more flexibility than a regular plugin. For example, you can create:
- Forms of payment through Stripe or PayPal.
- External forms of sending messages that add content to any type of message.
- Email Subscription Forms Through Multiple Email Marketing Integrations.
Speaking of integration, the free version comes with a long list of resources for both email marketing services and other tools:
- Zapier is a great integration, which is usually only available for premium premium plugins.
- Google Sheets
- Campaign Monitor
Other useful free features:
- Manage form input / submit in the toolbar, including the ability to disable or restrict it to match GDPR.
- Conditional logic.
- Custom email notification forms.
- Spam protection with honeypot fields or only authorized users can submit the form. You can also connect to reCAPTCHA.
Practical Review of Forminator
You can consider three types of forms that can be created using Forminator. You will now learn about some settings and record management in the toolbar.
The plugin suggests choosing one of the ready-made templates or creating your own form from scratch:
In the form designer, you get a drag and drop interface to control the layout of the form. It is not visual, like some other forms plugins, but it is very easy to use:
If you want to add new fields, you can include various types of fields in the form:
Here are some of the unique options:
- Publish data – you can send data to any type of publication on your site.
- Calculations – Perform calculations based on other number fields. For example, you can create a mortgage calculator or a quote evaluator.
- Stripe & PayPal – payment fields.
- File upload – let people attach files.
If you click in the field settings, you can configure everything in this field, including setting up the conditional logic called “Visibility”:
After setting the fields, you can go to the settings for the appearance of your form. You will get a few predefined styles:
Next, configure the behavior of the form:
- Whether to use Ajax form submission or reload page.
- What to do after someone has submitted the form. For example, you can redirect a visitor to another page.
- Spam protection.
- Whether to close the form after a certain date or number of submissions.
Next, you can configure email notifications, including using conditional logic, to control when to send various notifications:
The next step is setting up integration. For example, you can connect the form to Mailchimp to automatically add mailing for Mailchimp subscribers.
Finally, configure important privacy settings, for example, whether to keep submitted forms and, if so, how long to keep them:
In general, you get premium form plugin features in free packaging.
The basic process of creating a survey is similar, but you get a slightly different interface optimized for polls.
First you need to enter a text question or add an image. Then add the answers:
Note: only one question can be asked in a survey. If you want to ask more questions, you better create a test, which we will discuss later.
After filling out the answers, perform the same basic settings that you saw on the forms. There are several differences, for example, in the Behavior settings, you can choose whether to show results or not, and also to count votes or not.
Forminator allows you to create two main types of tests:
- Knowledge tests – test takers are evaluated based on how many correct answers they gave.
- Personality tests – the interlocutors are assigned a result based on their answers. There is no single “right” answer to every question.
In the test designer, you can add any number of questions and answers. It is also possible to include images in your questions and answers.
To test knowledge, you need to mark the correct answer:
For an individual quiz, you can add different types of personalities, and then assign each answer to a specific personality:
On the appearance tab, you can choose option that suits you from various quiz layouts. And another cool feature is the ability to integrate social sharing on Behavior tab:
Regardless of whether you created a form, a survey or a quiz, you can view the materials inside your WordPress dashboard (assuming that you have not disabled this feature):
Settings and Integration
In the Integrations area, you can configure integration with all the tools mentioned above:
And in the Settings section, you can configure various parameters, including:
- Support for reCaptcha to protect against spam.
- Public settings for data storage.
- Integration with Stripe and PayPal.
Forminator, with the list of features it has, is not like any other free plugin. You get free access to features that would cost you more than $100 in almost any other form plugin.
Thanks to the plugin, you can create more than just forms – polls and tests.
And what’s still nice to know that WPMUDEV is a long-standing and respected WordPress developer.
So, if you are looking for a free plugin for WordPress forms that does not save on features, be sure to take a look at Forminator.