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Creating powerful web forms with JotForm

When it comes to getting a contact form on your WordPress installation, plugins like Contact Form 7 usually come to mind. After all, that one plugin has 2.1 million downloads and counting, and it’s easy enough to create a simple and functional web form so that readers can get in touch with you.

But what about when you have more advanced needs, or you don’t want your only spam protection to be a simple math problem?

I’ve been using a free tool (that also comes with premium services for a fee) called JotForm for more than a year now for advanced form needs. With the April release of JotForm 3.0, the service has exploded with users attracted to a really rich feature set all powered by a drap-and-drop WYSIWYG interface. Features include:

  • Validating entry fields that will only accept an email address or phone number, for example
  • Multi-page forms for surveys (plus a whole bunch of other survey tools like star ratings, answer matrices and form collapsers)
  • Payment tools like PayPal and Google Checkout integrated
  • Custom-formatted emails sent to your preferred inbox
  • HTML editing
  • Advanced conditions (more about those below)

To use a form, there are a variety of methods to embed them into pages, including iFrame, the full source, pop up, lightbox style and URL

JotForm's WYSIWYG editor makes advanced form building a breeze.

But the feature that makes JotForm most appealing is its conditions. With these, you can show/hide form fields depending on entries or skip to a page or entry field based on a user’s entry. The submission email can also be directed to a different email based on an entry selection.

With conditions and the range of form tools available in JotForm, you can do almost anything forms are commonly used for. Publishers could use JotForm to create advanced feedback forms, reader surveys or polls. For roughly $50 a month, up to 1 million form submissions can be received.

What have you used JotForm for?

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