WordPress Form Plugins Comparison

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Updated For 2015
This comparison is regularly updated to help you find the best plugins of 2015!
Last update on: 12.3.2015
Contents

  1. Search And Find
  2. Feature Comparison Chart
  3. Instructions And Suggestions
  4. Corrections And Comments

Welcome to the best comparison of the best form plugins for WordPress! Let me help you find the cheapest WordPress form plugin that is perfect for your specific requirements and budget!

To get started simply enter which features you will definitely need from your form plugin in the form below. After pressing “Compare Now” you will instantly get your individual comparison results and can see the top alternatives that offer all the features you require at the best price! Go here for more details on how to use this comparison.

Search And Find A Great WordPress Form Plugin

Get Individual Results

How many blogs do you own?
What features do you need?

General Form Features:
Payment Processor Integration:
Email and CRM Integration:
Other Features and Integrations:

Top Form Plugins, ordered by

The Big Form Plugin Feature Comparison Chart

The search form above is meant to give you a personalized comparison and let you compare prices of the different WP form plugins. The chart below on the other hand is meant to give you a quick overview over which kind of features you can find in all of the form plugin alternatives. If you find this huge table too confusing you can also use my heads up comparisons between two specific WordPress form plugins instead.

Features marked with free in the chart are available in the free version of the plugin. Features marked with addon are sold as a separate extension. Hover over the text to see the starting price of the extension.

Gravity Forms Formidable Pro Ninja Forms Quform FormCraft ARForms Form Maker Visual Form Builder
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General Form Features
Drag and Drop Form Editor (free) (free) (free) (free)
Conditional Form Fields (free) (addon) (free)
Entry Management (free) (free) (free)
Layout and Style Presets (addon) (free)
Multi Page Forms (addon) (free)
Notifications and Autoresponders (free) (free)
Create Polls and Surveys (free)
User Registration (addon)
Front-End Editor (addon)
File Uploads (addon) (free)
Signature Input
Popup / Fly-In Forms (free)
Save Form Progress (addon)
Gravity Forms Formidable Pro Ninja Forms Quform FormCraft ARForms Form Maker Visual Form Builder
Paypal (addon)
Stripe (addon)
Authorize.net
Coupons
Gravity Forms Formidable Pro Ninja Forms Quform FormCraft ARForms Form Maker Visual Form Builder
Aweber (addon)
MailChimp (addon)
Campaign Monitor (addon)
Freshbooks (addon)
Highrise
Mad Mimi (addon)
Mailpoet (addon)
Constant Contact (addon)
Zoho CRM (addon)
Gravity Forms Formidable Pro Ninja Forms Quform FormCraft ARForms Form Maker Visual Form Builder
Zapier
Picatcha Captcha (addon)
Twilio
Pushover Notifications (addon)
Export / Import Forms (free) (free) (free) (free)

Instructions, Recommendations And Ressources

A Short Intro To Choosing A Form Plugin

As the name implies a forms plugin helps you create beautiful and useful forms on your WordPress blog. Since there are so many possible uses for forms, including contact forms, order forms, surveys, polls and much more, many form plugins for WordPress have evolved past basic form creation and offer addons for many different specific purposes or provide integration with 3rd party services. Because the basic form creation capabilities of all top form plugins compared here are very solid you should especially consider which addons you need when making your choice for a form plugin.

Please keep in mind that the total amount of features listed here does not necessarily imply that a form plugin with more features is better than one of its alternatives with less. Many basic features (available in all plugins) are not listed here and many features are specific addons you might not need. Your best bet is to select exactly what features you need in the furm to get custom results!

A note on pricing: Some form plugins get expensive if you want to use all their features (because they are priced per addon), while some get expensive if you want to use them on many websites (because they are priced per site). Some also offer unlimited site licenses or similar terms. Be sure to select the number of blogs you want to use the form plugin on in the search to get an accurate estimate of what it will cost you!

This comparison does only include plugins which offer advanced forms functionality like creating surveys and polls, order forms, payment processing and so on. There are plenty of other contact form plugins, so if all you want to do is add a simple contact form to your blog then I suggest searching the WordPress plugin directory and you can choose from many great and free contact form plugins there.

Other Factors To Consider In Your Choice

There are of course many other factors you should consider in your choice of a form plugin which are not part of this comparison because they are either highly subjective or hard to track. For example:

  • Is the plugin easy to use? To answer this question download a demo or free version (if available) to get a closer feel for how the plugin works.
  • How good is the plugin interface? Try watching some Youtube videos of each WordPress form plugin in action to get an idea what the admin area looks like.
  • Is the support fast and helpful? Consider just getting in touch and asking some questions before your purchase to see what kind of answer you get.
  • Is the plugin updated regularly? Check if they post about new version releases on their website. For products with a free version in the WP plugin directory you can browse the changelog there.

Links

Still not sure which form plugin is best for you? See below for some links to more good comparisons created by other WordPress bloggers:

Finally I want to stress that this form plugin comparison only compares prices and features as reported by the developers. It can not tell you whether those features actually work or in which WordPress form plugin they work better. I recommend you use my comparison as a starting point in your search for the best WP form plugin and then try some of the top choices yourself!

How To Use This Form Plugin Comparison

My big WordPress forms plugin comparison

Using this comparison is very easy, certainly easier than actually choosing one of the form plugins! In the form at the top of the page enter which features you will definitely need from the form plugin of your choice by checking the boxes next to each feature. Because many WordPress form plugins increase in price depending on your number of sites you should also select on how many blogs you intend to use the plugin with the dropdown box.

After clicking the “Compare Now” button the top form plugins based on your requirements are shown on the right side. By default the results are ordered by how well they match the features you have searched for. You can change that with the “Order results by” dropdown, e.g. to display the cheapest WP form plugins in front.

What the results mean: Each compared product is shown in a blue box that contains the following information:

  • Features: This comparison tracks a number of features that are commonly found in the best WordPress form plugins. The number next to each alternative shows you how many out of all those features you can find in this particular product. Features are listed as reported by the developers.
  • Missing Features: This will only show up if a WordPress form plugin does not offer all the features you need (defined by your selection in the comparison search form). All products are displayed regardless of how many features they are missing with the best matches listed higher.
  • Price: The price as calculated for your number of blogs and required features. The goal is to show you the exact cost you can expect when deciding to purchase one of the alternatives in order to help you find the cheapest form plugin possible.
    All prices are as listed on the developers websites. Bulk or automatic discounts are factored in if available. There can be minor variations due to rounding errors. If you find a product has changed their prices please report it so I can keep the list updated.
  • Reviews: This section lists the average rating of the plugin given by WPscoop users. If available the average rating from the WordPress.org plugin directory or the CodeCanyon marketplace is also listed.
  • Download / Order Link: Many of the products compared here offer you a way to test their service for free. Some offer a basic plugin for free, others a demo on their website or a refund period. You will find the details next to each plugin. If possible I recommend you try and test any WordPress form plugin yourself before buying.

My Heads Up Comparisons

Facing the hard choice between two specific form plugins? I have created 1 vs. 1 comparison pages for most of the WordPress form plugins listed here to help you find the better alternative! Check them out:

Suggestions And Corrections Welcome!

All the data about prices and features is coming directly from the developers. I want this comparison to be an objective starting point in your search for a great WP form plugin. Because of that it only contains hard facts and no subjective verdict by myself.

Since most WordPress products are regularly updated and prices get changed often I need your help to keep this comparison up to date! If you spot an outdated price, find an error or notice that a feature was added to one of the form plugins please leave a comment so that I can update the article. Thank you!

Which form plugin do you like best? Is there another plugin alternative I should add to this comparison? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below. If you wish you can also contact me directly!

About Thomas Höfter

I am a WordPress plugin developer from Germany. Some might know me from my WP Robot plugin or one of my free plugins but most don’t know me at all. To change that you can write me a message or find me on Google+.

12 Comments


  1. Suggest you consider adding “Caldera Forms” to your review – It’s free (but has paid add-ons) and in it’s free version, it is very versatile and extremely easy to use for just about any kind of form I can think of. I have used it multiple times on the same website, and on multiple different websites without any pronlems at all! It is also fully responsive, and all fileds and columns are drag-and-drop.

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  2. I have to say this really calculator helped me see the true price of Ninja Forms. Their extension prices are outrageous. One extension costs as much as Gravity forms basic.

    For example, a Mailchimp addon is an easy port to program and they ask more money than advanced games and mobile apps.

    Thank you for creating this and thanks to all the developers who are helping refine it in comments.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Stu. You are right that plugins that charge by extensions can get expensive fast if you need many of them, the same is true for other niches as well, see WooCommerce. You should consider however that the basic version is developed for free, so that will surely also go into considerations for the price of addons.

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  3. Hello!

    I created this plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/smart-forms/, so far it has received good critics and it was featured in managewp.com so probably it is a good addition to the list. So if you are interested please check it and let me know if you have any suggestion or comment =).

    Btw this list is great to know what else i should be adding to the plugin, thanks for that.

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi Edgar,

      thanks for your suggestion but at the moment the comparison is only to help with choosing between premium form plugins. For the future I plan t oadd a submission form however, which will then allow you to add your own plugin.

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  4. I am one of the developers of Formidable Pro. You can also perform calculations with Formidable Pro.

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  5. Calculated forms also allows you to do mathematical equations and is a lot cheaper then gravity forms

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  6. Hi Thomas,

    Your comparison tool is quite novel! And you have a good selection of softwares worthy of comparison (and selection). One metric i did not see in your list of features was “calculation.” In fact, I’ve arrived here during the course of my search for a strong form processing/creation tool that includes 4 things: notifications to both user and admin, conditionals, multi-page, and calculation.

    I cannot fault you for not showing calculations as a feature. The single most missing feature from the nicer form plugins is the ability to calculate the fields. But it is a much requested feature; just visit code canyon and search through the comments for the most often sold forms plugins like QuForm, ARForms and some of the others. Business people who search for form software most often want to use it for quotes, estimations and the like.

    I wonder why developers who create pretty forms plugins do not fill this gap . . . are they just leery of adding math capability?

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    1. Hi Vernessa,

      thanks for your comment! With calculation you mean the ability to create quotes / estimates on the fly depending on user input in the form? That really sounds like a useful feature and as you say one I have never heard mentioned in any plugin before. Did you find a form plugin that can do that during your search?

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      1. Hi Vernessa & Thomas,

        Gravity Forms does support calculations, it is a feature which can be enabled on both Number and Product type fields. Once enabled you can create a formula, including using merge tags for other fields on the form. As the user enters values or selects values in the fields referenced in the formula the calculation result will instantly update and be displayed on the form.

        In situations where the formula entered via the form builder is not powerful enough, say you wanted to use a more complicated JavaScript calculation, there is a hook which can be used to override the result of the field calculation with the result of your JavaScript calculation.

        Disclaimer: I work on the support team at Rocketgenius, developers of Gravity Forms.

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