Analyzing Gravity Forms – A Gravity Forms Plugin Review

Gravity Forms is a premium WordPress contact form plugin which is currently very popular among WordPress users.

It allows you to create and edit various forms in order to provide a better interactive experience for your audience.

Now there are two reasons why we decided to go ahead and write a Gravity Forms plugin review.

One, we wanted to see whether the features and benefits of the plugin were actually worth the price of a developer’s license, and two, we’ve heard a lot of praises for the plugin and wanted to see what the deal is all about.

First Impressions

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When you visit the Gravity Forms website you’ll find a short video that introduces you the plugin and what it can offer.

Scroll down the site and you’ll notice quite a lot of feedback from users, and all of them are positive.

We didn’t just take this at face value though, as we wanted to try it out first before we recommend the plugin to our readers.

There are actually three pricing options you can choose from when you want to have Gravity Forms for your WordPress site.

Since we first wanted to check if everything works out before going for a developer’s license, we decided to download the plugin for $39. This provided access to an unlimited number of forms and entries on a single WordPress site plus additional features like auto responders, spam protection, and a year’s worth of updates and customer support.

Once the plugin was installed we immediately got down to business and checked what it had to offer. Take note that we have written many a WordPress plugin review, and there were some good ones and some bad ones.

This Gravity Forms plugin review is actually the first review we’ve done on contact forms, and we were really apprehensive as to whether it can live up to expectations.

Anyway, once logged in to the admin panel of our WordPress site, the sidebar menu now included the plugin for Gravity Forms, and once you click on it you will immediately be directed to a list of forms and entries that you have created, the number of views and entries received, and the conversion.

We first decided to create a simple contact us form using the features of the plugin.

The process was very easy indeed, and we didn’t have to manually put in the details of the form we wanted to create as Gravity Forms already provides you with numerous options as to what you can include.

There was even a standard contact us message on the form along with the auto responder message which appears after the form has been submitted.

Since this was just a test run we decided to go with the standard and went for the usual name, email, and website options for sending a message.
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How Gravity Forms Plugin Fared

What we noticed about the plugin is that it really makes creating a form quite simple, and you don’t even need to have knowledge of scripts and what-not.

Everything you may ever need to gather from your readers or customers is provided in an easy-to-manage interface.

From email addresses to websites or whether you want to use radio buttons or checkboxes, it’s just a matter of choosing which fields you want to include in the forms you create.

The drag and drop feature is also an added bonus, as you can easily arrange the fields in the order you want without deleting everything.

After finishing with the simple form, we previewed what it would like on the site once posted, and since we were satisfied with the outcome we decided to use it right away.

Another thing that caught our attention is the way Gravity Forms is also integrated with any page you may want to add to your WordPress site.

We decided to create a new contact us page and include the form we created earlier, and we were quite surprised to see that the form can easily be inserted on the page with just a few clicks.

Again, there was no need for us to enter any html script for the form to be fully integrated in the new page, and we were also able to view how it looked before deciding to go ahead and proceed.

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At this point of the Gravity Forms review we were conducting, we were starting to become impressed with the application and how it makes life easier for bloggers and WordPress site owners like us.

Apparently though, there was so much more the plugin had to offer.

Not only does it make it easier to create just about any kind of form you may need for your site, it also actually lets you create an entry system that can help you manage posts and guest blogs by readers and other bloggers.

This is something that isn’t offered by most free WordPress form plugins or even mentioned in any other WordPress plugin review, and the fact that handling posts and entries can become easier with Gravity Forms is definitely a plus.

Creating a form for post submissions was similar to the creation of the contact us form, but this time we were presented with options that included several items that a reader or guest blogger can use to categorize and submit posts to the site.

We changed the standard message to one of our own and proceeded to create an entry submission form with the available fields. Sure enough, it was quite effortless.

After a few clicks, everything was ready and our site now had a new Gravity Forms guestbook that allowed submissions from our readers and guest bloggers.

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As you can see, from the simple drag and drop interface we were able to create a form that will allow us to cater to readers and fellow bloggers who want to share their two cents’ worth with our followers.

This is really something that impressed us a lot, as we don’t see this often enough with other plugins claiming to be a Gravity Forms alternative.

If you’re a blogger, you know how much material is sent to your site on a daily basis, and you probably are neck deep in submissions from readers who want their work to be published.

The beauty of this plugin is that it also lets you control the posts and entries being submitted daily or weekly by going to the advanced form settings and ticking the limit number of entries option.

Once you select this, the submission form will automatically become inactive as soon as the number of submissions you have specified has been met.

This is very useful for bloggers who don’t like to get swamped with submissions and left with no choice but to sort through each and every entry just to be able to find ones that are worth posting.

By including fields like post tags, you will have an idea of what the post is all about before you even start reading, thereby saving you precious time.

What We Found Likeable about Gravity Forms

With all the hype seen in many a Gravity Forms review, you’d think that it is exactly just that – all hype and no particular benefit. This is our impression of the plugin at first, but since we were able to check it out on our own we certainly find Gravity Forms an excellent deal for the $39 we spent.

Not only did it perform way beyond our expectations, but it was able to do so in a very easy and uncomplicated manner.

Imagine being able to manage forms and blog submissions with just a few clicks, and then imagine yourself learning script language and creating your own forms from scratch while sorting through the pile of submissions your readers and other interested bloggers are sending.

The former paints a better picture than the latter, doesn’t it? That is precisely what we liked about Gravity Forms.

From the simple interface to the hassle free insertion of forms on your blog pages, you’ll certainly find this plugin an essential part of your WordPress site in many different ways.

What we also liked about Gravity Forms is the level of support it provides to users. True to its word, Rocket Genius which is the developer of gravity forms delivers excellent customer support to users.

Before even purchasing the plugin, you can head on to the forum where support representatives will be happy to answer your questions.

We tried sending a ticket using the contact us form on their website and we got a prompt response with all the details.

Those who are able to purchase a developer’s license are granted priority support, although that doesn’t mean they give less attention to others who have purchased the plugin for personal use.

What We Didn’t Find Interesting

As with all products and applications we have reviewed, there is always a downside to the benefits. In the case of Gravity Forms however, the only thing we don’t appreciate about it is the price for a developer’s license.

For many bloggers, $199 is just too steep a price to pay for a plugin, albeit a premium one.

This is true to some extent, especially for WordPress users who are just starting out. We certainly wish that Rocket Genius offered the developer’s license at a more affordable price, but when you weigh the features and the benefits of Gravity Forms against the issue of price, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t invest in it.

Plus, you’re not forced to upgrade to a developer’s license as soon as you sign up.

If you’re skeptical about the whole thing there’s a demo that you can try before acquiring the plugin. This will make it easier for you to decide whether or not to use Gravity Forms.

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Pricing for the Gravity Forms plugin is priced at $39 for a personal license that is good for a single site.

If you handle two or three sites and would want to use the plugin on all of them you can opt to purchase the business license for $99. A business license will give you access to some basic form add-ons that you can use to improve your Gravity Forms experience while a developer’s license will give you access to both basic and advanced add-ons.

It all depends on the number of sites you are managing and whether or not you want to have Gravity Forms installed on all of them.

The good news is that you can use a Gravity Forms coupon code to take advantage of a percentage off the actual price of the license you are trying to purchase, so it’s just a matter of deciding which license will work for you and your budget.

Our Take on Gravity Forms

There’s really no reason why we wouldn’t recommend Gravity Forms to any WordPress site owner.

Sure, the pricing may throw you off a bit, but when compared to what you’re getting with those that are offered by other plugins like say for example FormSpring, Icebrrg, or Wufoo, it’s definitely worth it.

Take note, these three form plugins don’t offer a license that is your own. You need to pay a regular subscription fee for you to be able to use the plugin on your site unlike the license offered by Rocket Genius.

Aside from this, they don’t really offer WordPress integration, period.

The benefits of the Gravity Forms plugin surely outweigh the price, and if you ask us, we’ll choose Gravity Forms any day. There is simply quite a lot to be gained from using this plugin, and with updates being released on a regular basis, there is always something to look forward to.

Don’t be surprised if Rocket Genius comes up with another version of Gravity Forms that will overshadow the current version.

The application is quite promising to begin with, and it certainly is a must-have for any WordPress site owner. The plugin is easy, uncomplicated, and hassle-free – three things that any WP site owner should look for in a forms plugin.

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