Gravity Forms Alternatives

The purpose of this post is to outline some key reasons why you don't need to spend $200 Gravity Forms plus additional $99 each year. There are too many other options out there that offer the latest security updates and new features for a fraction of the cost, if not free.

These WordPress form alternatives are very capable of doing the exact same of job Gravity Forms, if not better.

I purchased the most expensive package of Gravity Forms, "Developer" for $199, about 2 years ago. I was under the impression I was buying the "Developer" version that would Grandfather me into a life-time of included security updates. I wanted to make sure the websites I used Gravity Forms on was secure and utilizing the latest WordPress form technologies.

Exactly 1 year later, I received an email stating, I need to spend another $99 each and every year in order to stay up to date with the latest version and security threats. Well heck, if I would have known I would need to shell out $99 every year for the rest of my life just to continue to use a program that creates forms in WordPress, when there are so many other free alternative out there that do it for free or close to it, I never would have spent the money in the first place. Not to mention, every WordPress site I install my "outdated" version of Gravity Forms on has a large pink bar that spans across the top reminding me I need to update. The nerve of these people. Not only are they trying to scam us for $99, but they plaster a large intrusive yellow bar across my screen.

Here are a few screenshots of what you get when you spend $200 on Gravity Forms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To this day, I'm not sure how I missed the small print, I never do. I assure you, I will do my best to make sure this does not happen to you. So I put together a list of Gravity Form alternatives, some free, some cheap. I hope you enjoy it.

 


 

1. Formidable Pro

If you are one of those Formidable Pro is one of my favorite alternatives to Gravity Forms without the heavy price tag. They have an in-depth knowledge base and are fast to respond to your support questions. I know this because I've tried it on one of my websites. Definitely worth a look.

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2. QuForms

QuForms is a small program that is built for WordPress. It runs well and fast, best of all it's only $25. For $25 you get one license and it can only be used on one WordPress installation at a time, but you can create unlimited forms. The license also includes free updates and support. ( As of this post, they are not up to date. Today WordPress released version 3.5.2, QuForms is up to 3.5.1. I'm sure this will be updated very quickly)

 
 


 

3. Contact Form 7

Contact Forms 7 is a free WordPress plugin. It can be found through the WordPress plugins area, or downloaded to your computer directly from their website. I have experimented with Contact Form 7 on a few different websites. For the most part, Contact Forms 7 worked well for me. As a free alternative to Gravity Forms, I would say this is worth checking out. If you like it, you just saved yourself some money.

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4. Form Generator

This one is a sleeper. I say that because I don't see many using it. I know this company / developer has a perfect record on Codecanyon, see for yourself. If you are a WordPress designer or you are just in the market for a really great Form Generator, this is definitely worth a look.

 


 

5. Ninja Forms

Here is another completely free custom form builder for WordPress. Full featured and promises to do exactly what it's suppose to.

Web Design and Support

 
 


 

6. JotForm

Personally, I don't have much experience with this web based form builder. The one thing this has over the others is it's web based, which means it runs directly through your browser.

Web Design and Support

  • Jim Riley

    I also feel Gravity Forms is pretty expensive. I personally use FormGet Contact Form and is quite happy with their service. You can check FormGet Contact Form Builder at http://www.formget.com/app

  • FormGet Free looks nice. On the other hand, FormGet Pro is highway robbery at $9.95 per month. No one wants to be locked into a month fee.

  • Russ Turner

    Anthony I have currently been researching various forms online.

    What I would like to know is if any of the forms are compatible with woocommerce or the woocommerce extra add on plugin.

  • Russ Turner

    Cont’d

    As I’m after a form that will enable me to add options to my woocommerce products like size, quantity paper type weight etc..

    Regards

    Russ

    • Russ, I don’t know what kind of look and feel you are going for but, have you tried Quform – WordPress Form Builder? I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with woocommerce. Let me know.

  • RCB

    thanks Anthony- very helpful. I like the way Ninja only charges for specialty add-ons. Also important these days is whether these forms will view well in mobile. Take Care. See ya out there.

  • Chu

    Hi Anthony, i jst wanted to say a huge ‘THANK U!’ to u, for taking the time to make this post for the benefit of many. Its been very valuable for me, as i was looking for an alternative to Gravity.

  • ilan

    I dont want to believe it but does this mean all my forms will need to be redone if i change plugins? (i dont really want to hear the answer *plugs ears* la la la la laaaaaa)

    • Unfortunately, yes, you will need to setup any new form plugin to your specifications. Take a screen of the old form before you delete it, so you can put it next to the new one and copy it.

  • Steve

    Very useful post, thanks. I too am in the position of having to shell out $99 just to keep a product updated after 1 year.

  • Gus

    Which one is best for Conditional Logic? are there any Free Options? (this is for a Uni Project).

  • As far as I know they all do.

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