Gravity Forms Review 2014
If you’ve ever found yourself in the need for making forms for a signup sheet, collecting emails, or answering a survey, then you’ve probably heard of Gravity Forms before. And you’ve probably heard some pretty good things about it too. In this post, I am going to give you an in depth gravity forms review 2014 of why you should or should not use gravity forms for your WordPress Theme.
Pros of using Gravity Forms:
1. It’s extremely robust
Gravity Forms is by far the most comprehensive and feature rich Form plugin on the market. When I first started using Gravity Forms, I wasn’t entirely sure when I would need to use a form. For me, the contact form was the only place I ever thought I would need a form. However, after using Gravity Forms, you start to get creative as well as cut back on the extra plugins or services you may use.
On different websites, I have used Gravity Forms in quite a few ways:
- As a contact form (obviously)
- Accept Guest Posts
- Collect Emails for my listserve
- Handle Feedback Surveys
- Test my users – This one’s for Mcatforme, don’t worry I would never test anybody here 🙂
- Collecting info for a landing page
- Handle shopping/pricing
- Can accept coupons
And the list goes on and on. Literally, anything you can think of, can be done with Gravity Forms.
2. It’s very very smart
And what I mean by this is that Gravity Forms has some of the most sophisticated options built into every one of its features. One such example that I have found super useful is the conditional logic. For me, having the ability to create one form that can serve the purpose of multiple forms is extremely useful. This is great for saving space and making things less overwhelming for users. Additionally, having the ability to show different options based on a users response is even more useful. This could save time for a user, by answering less questions or filling out unnecessary information, which ultimately helps them and encourages the user to complete the survey or whatever you’re making.
3. It’s customizable
Not only is each form customizable, but the look and feel of the form is also customizable. In my opinion, the default look of gravity forms is much better than any other default look from another plugin. Simply put, you are going to be doing a lot less to create professional looking forms than you may have to using another form plugin. But also, having the option to add in your own CSS code is extremely useful if you need and desire that flexibility.
4. It’s very easy to use
Gravity Forms is EXTREMELY easy to use. Everything is drag and drop so it is fairly intuitive. I had no problem building a form without looking up any tutorials or scratching my head. It was very straight forward.
Cons of using Gravity Forms
Now is the time you probably don’t like, but yes there are always downsides to every review, including Gravity Forms
1. It isn’t free 🙁
Unfortunately, Gravity Forms does cost some money. At the time that I’m writing this post, it costs about $39 for the base model. For some this may sound like a steal, but for others (and probably many) this isn’t what you’d like to hear. Additionally, many of the options, such as Mailchimp integration, Surveys, Quizzes, do not come with the base model. While this is true, I still think that Gravity Forms (including the add-on packet) is well worth the price. Personally, I am able to save both time and money by using Gravity Forms. Because it has so many features, I don’t need to learn a new interface or install extra plugins (some of which may cost money). Also, things like surveys and quizzes, which you’d generally use survey monkey for, can be created beautifully and hosted on your own website. This has great value not only because it keeps users on your site, but surveys can cost money. So, you definitely can save money, time, and headache by purchasing Gravity Forms.
2. No Free Version or Trial
Unlike many other plugins, this isn’t a freemium model. There is only a paid version of gravity forms, which does cost money. While there is a money back guarantee and an online demo, you can’t test it out on your website using the free version.
3. You may not need all the options
The other problem that I can see with Gravity Forms is that not everybody needs all these options. Some people just want a simple and easy to use form plugin to use as a contact form. In that situation, I probably wouldn’t suggest using Gravity Forms. Instead, I’d probably suggest Ninja Forms for you. Like Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms is easy to use and does come with a number of options. However, Ninja Forms does come with a free version.
Now, whether you decide to use Ninja Forms or Gravity Forms, that is up to you. However, if you do happen to use either one, let me know in the comments below which you chose and why! I hope to hear from you guys 🙂
Overall, Gravity Forms is my most recommended plugin. While it does cost some money, it is well worth the price.