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 Not to mention, every WordPress site I install my "outdated" version of Gravity Forms on has a large pink bar that spans across the top reminding me I need to update.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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.