Forminator Review: A Free WordPress Form Plugin

Forminator Review: A free WordPress form plugin

Almost every website made with WordPress needs a form of interaction with visitors, which can be created thanks to the form plugins.

let’s take a look at one of the best free form plugins for WordPress – Forminator from popular developer WPMUDEV.

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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.

Feature list

No matter that the Forminator is a free plugin its features list is the same as he is a premium plugin.

Forminator provides a visual drag and drops builder to create your own forms. His only drawback is that he doesn’t have a visual preview.

The plugin creates 5 types of forms:

  1. Standard forms.
  2. Polls.
  3. Quizzes
  4. Calculations
  5. Payments

For standard forms, Forminator is more flexible than other available plugins. 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.

When it comes for integration, the Forminator comes with a long list of third-party integrations like email services, CRM, storage, and project managers:

Other useful 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 reCAPTCHA or honeypot fields or only authorized users can submit the form.

A practical review of Forminator

You can consider different types of forms that can be created using a Forminator. You will now learn how to use the toolbar to set up forms and manage records.

Contact form creation

The plugin suggests choosing one of the ready-made templates or you can create a new contact form from scratch:

Choosing a template for Forminator form

To design layout you can use interface that has drag and drop blocks that are very easy to use:

Drag and drop interface

For adding a new field you can use various types of fields in the form:

Various types of fields for creating form in Forminator

Formator has some unique options:

  • Publish data – You can send data to any type of publication on your website.
  • Calculations – It is possible to create forms such as mortgage calculators where the field will display the value calculated based on the fields where the user enters certain values.
  • Stripe & PayPal – Payment processors integration fields to accept online payments.
  • File upload – Option for users to attach a file to the form.

In the settings, you can configure labels, styling, and a logic condition called “Visibility”:

Setting field for form

After setting the fields, you can set up the appearance of form. You can select a few predefined styles:

Predefined styles for Forminator forms

Next, configure the behavior of the form:

  • Chose whether to submit a form with Ajax or to reload page
  • Setup redirection. After the visitor submits the form you can redirect him to “Thank you” or some other page.
  • Set up spam protection.
  • Adjust the duration. The form may be permanent or may end automatically after a specified date or number of submissions.
Submissions behavior for form

After setting up behavior you can configure various email notifications and when to send them:

Forminator email notification

For instance, you can integrate a form that you made with a service like Mailchimp and automatically add subscribers to the Mailchimp mailing list.

Finally, you can configure the privacy policy. For instance, you can set up for how long to keep submitted forms:

Privacy policy settings

As you can see, Forminator has all the features as if he is a premium plugin

Create a survey

The options for creating a survey are similar. The difference is that the interface is adapted to create polls.

To create a survey you must first create a question. The question can be in the form of text or an image.

Create a Survey with Forminator

After filling out the answers, adjust the settings in the same way as we showed you how to setup settings for the forms.

Of course, there are some differences here as well. For example, in the Behavior setting, we have the option to choose whether we want to display the results or the number of votes.

Note: only one question can be asked in a survey. For more questions, you can create a quiz:

Quiz creation

Forminator allows you to create two main types of tests:

  • Knowledge quiz – The result is based on the number of correct answers.
  • Personality quiz – The result is based on the overall answers. There is no “Right” or “Wrong” answer to every question.
Two types of quizzes in the Formator

To build a quiz you can set up an unlimited number of questions and answers. Questions and answers can be in the form of text or images.

For knowledge quizzes, you can set the correct answer:

Knowledge quizzes in Forminator

With a personality quiz is different. First, you must create personalities and then assign different answers to different personalities:

Personality quiz in Forminator

In the appearance tab, you can choose from several predefined layouts. You can include a social sharing option in the Behavior tab:

Social sharing option for Forminator quiz results

Viewing submissions

Regardless of whether you created a contact form, poll, or quiz, you can view submissions inside your WordPress dashboard (this option can be disabled):

Viewing Forminator Submissions

General settings and integration

Finally, let’s take a look at some of the general settings and integrations that Forminator provides.

In the Integrations category, you can configure integrations with all the tools mentioned above:

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You can configure all other settings In the Settings category including:

  • Support for reCaptcha to protect against spam.
  • How long do you want to retain the form submissions
  • Authorization for Stripe or PayPal.

Conclusion

The Forminator Plugin is totally free and you can download it form inside of your dashboard or on WordPress.org. Member of WPMU DEV can install it through WPMUDEV.

Premium plugins with similar features usually cost no less than $ 100. That’s why this free plugin is amazing.

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 do not save on features, be sure to take a look at Forminator.

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