Are you looking forward to adding a form to your website? Not sure which of the 1000+ form plugins from the market should you choose?
If you have visited our site before, you probably know that we create and test various WordPress plugins all the time. We have seen and experienced how these plugins create a huge impact on business websites.
In this article, we will compare two of the most important WordPress form builder plugins in the market- Formidable Forms and Gravity Forms. We will also highlight their pros and cons to help you choose the best plugin for your website.
From a simple contact form to an advanced calculator, Gravity Forms allows you to develop a range of forms. It is a top-notch form-building solution with a drag-and-drop, intuitive and user-friendly interface. There are several add-ons available to enhance the functionality of this WordPress form plugin.
Pro version upgrades you to three sites and Elite version gives you unlimited sites. Filling out your forms has also been very easy with signatures, user registration and partial entries. Plus with priority support, your issues are resolved faster and easier.
You have to buy a premium subscription to use it. You may test it out using their demo, but there is no free version.
The following are some of the pros and cons of Gravity Forms.
Both Formidable Forms and Gravity Forms are built with a drag-and-drop editor. This feature makes both forms super easy to use even for beginners.
The user interface of formidable forms has been brilliantly developed. It allows you to quickly complete a form by editing one of the templates.
Gravity Forms has a simple drag-and-drop user interface too for creating forms. However, Gravity Forms’ user interface is a little out of date when compared to Formidable Forms.
As there’s not much difference between the two forms, we call it a tie.
Formidable forms have got 24 different templates considering the applications and 6 different templates considering the styles. On the other hand, Gravity Forms offer 13 different templates. You will have to clone them and use them the way you like.
Formidable Forms is a clear winner here.
One of the most important features of a form is its integration with other applications. For example, you might have created a marvellous form for data collection but it doesn’t transport data automatically into your email marketing/ automation tools, you would have to do it manually. This means wasting a lot of time and resources.
Integrations and add-ons are quite helpful here. Formidable forms have got 28 add-ons that come along with various memberships. Apart from that, they have 21 more third-party add-ons, which need to be purchased separately. On the other hand, Gravity Forms has 44 add-ons. These add-ons are grouped into three packages namely basic, Pro and Elite. Besides these, they also have plenty of community add-ons offered by third-party services.
Gravity Forms is a Winner here.
In this section, we will compare some of the important features of Formidable Forms and Gravity forms. Most of the features are common between the two plugins except the last two from this list which is only present in Formidable Forms.
Display Form Data
Both forms allow you to display the data from forms conveniently. They allow you to easily convert your entries into powerful content. This means that when the users fill up a form on your website, the application builder converts the data into beautiful web pages.
Both forms allow you to create calculators for your website. Formidable forms allow you to create simple quote calculators and cost estimates with addition and multiplication functions. You can also design a form for more advanced calculations to building anything you want. Gravity Forms allow you to create calculation fields for:
Both plugins allow you to easily build smart forms with conditional logic. Your form can conditionally show questions, branch forms, redirect and send notifications.
Radio Button Images
Both plugins allow you to easily replace radio buttons with images or checkboxes in quizzes and surveys.
Polls & Surveys
Both Gravity Forms and Formidable Forms allow you to get feedback with polls, surveys and quizzes. Both forms allow you to easily collect and analyze data on your target audience. Some of the supporting features for both forms include adding geo-locations and allowing file upload to the form.
Customize Form HTML
Both plugins allow you to alter form HTML for an outstanding layout, style and functionality with both the forms.
Import and Export
Both plugins allow you to transport forms, entries, views and styles to other sites.
Visual Form Styler
Both forms allow you to change form colours, styles, borders, padding and much more.
Flexible Form Layout Design
Both form builders allow you to build mobile responsive form layouts that fit perfectly with your theme.
Both forms allow you to create forms with RTL text direction support.
Muti-page Forms With Progress Bars
Both forms allow you to easily split complex forms into easy multi-page forms with autosave.
Both forms allow visitors to duplicate fields while filling out forms.
Schedule Forms & Limit Responses
Both plugins allow you to easily choose a date or set a response limit to automatically open and close forms.
White Label Form Builder
Formidable Forms allow you to style your form to reflect your brand. You don’t have to see third-party branding on your website. This feature is not available in Gravity Forms.
Formidable forms allow you to connect with Twilio to send SMS notifications when entries are submitted. This feature is absent in Gravity Forms.
Formidable Forms come in two forms: free and paid. The lite version is available in the WordPress repository, however, the Formidable Forms Pro version is only available if you purchase one of the premium subscriptions. Premium memberships are priced starting at $49 per year.
Gravity Forms, unlike Formidable Forms, does not have a lite version. Gravity forms are only available if you purchase a premium membership. The cost of a premium membership begins at $59 per year which is slightly higher than the Formidable Forms.
Both Gravity Forms and Formidable Forms don’t allow a monthly subscription. There’s only a yearly subscription available.
Formidable Forms is the winner.
Money-back guarantee provides users with complete peace of mind. When purchasing a premium form plugin, search for a Money-Back Guarantee. So that if you have any problems after you buy something, you can always seek a refund.
Formidable Forms comes with a money-back guarantee of 14 days. Gravity Forms, on the other hand, comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, simply contact the support service. You will receive a full refund with no questions asked.
Gravity Forms is the winner.
When you buy a premium plugin, you expect good customer service. This also applies to Premium Form Plugins.
Formidable Forms includes extensive documentation to assist you in navigating any issues. Even after reviewing the instructions, you may contact the highly rated team who can help you to run the application smoothly. There’s also an awesome online community to help you in case of any difficulty. Gravity Forms also offer premium support for its customers.
We call it a tie.
Let’s recap the differences between Formidable Forms and Gravity Forms:
Ease of Use: Tie
Number of Form Templates: Winner = Formidable Forms
Integrations and Add-ons: Winner: Gravity Form
Number of Features: Winner: Formidable Forms
Pricing: Winner: Formidable Form
Money-Back Guarantee: Winner: Gravity Form
If you are more interested in creating a form with loads of features, affordable pricing, and a variety of templates, Formidable Forms stand out. If you are more focused on creating a form and integrating it with several third-party applications or having a money-back guarantee, Gravity Forms are your best choice.
Both Gravity Forms and Formidable Forms are excellent plugins but they are not the only ones in the lead. A few other plugins can compete due to their excellent functionality, user-friendly interface, and ease to use. Stylish Cost Calculator is one such plugin.
Stylish Cost Calculator is an excellent plugin for your Elementor or WooComerce website. It is highly adaptable and has a library of templates to help with the development. It does almost everything done by Formidable Form or Gravity Form and it offers the best value for money.
No, you do not require any knowledge of coding to create Formidable Form or Gravity Form.
Yes, both forms can be integrated with email marketing services and offer great solutions for your WordPress website. All you have to do is to paste your unique API key.
Both plugins offer unique features and integrations. You can choose a plugin according to your requirements.
Gravity forms repeater is a sought-after feature but you need to be a developer to use it. There are no UI components to help an average user to build a form with repeaters. This feature allows you to duplicate a form field.
The formidable form repeater field allows you to duplicate form fields too, with perfect ease. It can be an ideal alternative to the Gravity Forms Repeater feature.
Gravity Forms Views is a feature that allows you to review and analyze the data in different layouts, including calendars, profiles, tables and a custom HTML. An alternative to Gravity View feature is Formidable Views. It allows you to extract data from the forms in spread sheets, charts and graphs for analysis.
Google forms are not as powerful as Gravity Forms for website integration. However, Google forms are free, and can do well for doing a small survey or quiz.