5 Best WordPress Form Builder Plugins (Free & Freemium) for 2019

Forms are unavoidable to any type of website, be it a blog, portfolio or e-commerce. You might need booking forms, order forms, reservation forms, or even a simple contact form. The use cases can be anywhere from simple to complex. So, in this post, let us see some of the WordPress form builder plugins you can use on your website.

When it comes to forms in WordPress, Contact Form 7 is the most popular and oldest plugin. However, with its tag system for building a form, it comes nowhere near the drag-and-drop and visual form builders available today in terms of user-friendliness. So I haven’t included it in the list. Also, since we are looking only for plugins with free & paid versions, I haven’t included Gravity Forms too, which is a paid only.

Usually, the following are the things I look for in a form plugin.

  • Easiness to create different types of forms
  • Performance
  • How well is the design
  • Ability to manage submissions from WordPress admin
  • Features & integrations

Based on these factors, I have made the below list.

HappyForms

If you ask me to choose a simple & free form builder plugin, then HappyForms is the answer. It has a minimal approach overall and its free version is not overly stripped down from the pro version. It includes a wide range of field options not usually seen in other free form plugins like Contact Form 7. Slider input is one among them. The pro version contains more advanced features like file uploads form lightbox.

Best WordPress Form Builder Plugins - HappyForms
HappyForms with its Customizer UI & field choices

Since the plugin uses the native Customizer for building forms, you will instantly feel familiar with the UI. Also, you can customize the form styles without writing code.

Also, the plugin easily integrates with Google reCaptcha, in addition to the built-in Honeypot filtering. So spam filtering is super easy.

In addition to email notification, you can manage messages from all forms from the admin area itself.

On the flip side, HappyForms currently lacks many of the advanced features you get with other premium form builder like conditional logic, multi-page forms or MailChimp integrations. According to their website, the upgraded version supports Slack though.

HappyForms is created by Theme Foundry who has been developing WordPress themes for the past ten years. So if you are looking for a free and easy-to-use form plugin, give HappyForms a try.

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WPForms

With over 1 million active installations, WPForms is the first result that shows up in the WordPress repo when you search for a form builder. It is one of the best and feature-rich form solution available right now in the WordPress market.

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WPForms’ user-friendly interface

However, the free version – WPForms Lite – lacks much of the features available in the premium versions, including the ability to manage messages inside the admin area. It’s great for simple forms and gives a glimpse of how this awesome plugin feels before going for the Pro version.

Through add-ons, WPForms offers you most of the features you will ever need in a form plugin. There are four premium versions available, Basic, Plus, Pro & Elite. The Basic version includes necessary add-ons like multi-page form and conditional logic.

With over 3k five star ratings in WP directory and WPBeginner backing it, you can expect WPForms to be a quality product.

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NinjaForms

NinjaForms is another plugin with 1 million+ active installations. It stands right behind Contact Form 7 & WPForms in terms of popularity.

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NinjaForms’ drag & drop UI

NinjaForms in its free version offers a couple of features not available in WPForms Lite like date picker fields and message management.

The premium versions of the plugin add features in the form of extensions. There are 40+ such extensions available right now. However, to get access to all these extensions, you have to buy the highest plan. Otherwise, you have to buy individual extensions. Either way, it can be a bit expensive if you need a couple of extensions.

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Caldera Forms

Caldera Forms is probably the most powerful yet free drag-and-drop-form builder for your WordPress site. Unlike WPForms or NinjaForms, Caldera’s free version includes many advanced features like file uploads, multiple pages, and conditions.

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The feature-rich interface of Caldera

There are also three premium versions which offer additional integrations with third-party services. These integrations are categorized into three tiers – Individual, Advanced & Agency add-ons.

The form designs and user interface do not look as sleek as the plugins listed above. However, you can get around it if know a little bit of coding. So, I would like to consider Caldera Forms as a developer-friendly form plugin.

With over 200k+ active installations and 4.5 rating, Caldera Forms can satisfy most of your form requirements.

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Everest Forms

Want to know about yet another free form plugin? Then check out Everest Forms from ThemeGrill. It has a nice-looking user interface and a powerful free version. The drag-and-drop builder has the following fields:

  • First Name, Last Name, Email fields
  • Single Line, Paragraph Text & Number fields
  • Drop down Select
  • Radio & Check Boxes
  • URL Field
  • DatePicker
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The modern-looking interface of Everest Forms

The premium versions include nine additional fields like file uploads, phone, country, address etc.

However, I have noticed a few minor issue with Everest Forms. The plugin loads its files even on pages that do not include the form. So it creates two additional unwanted requests. Also, I couldn’t find an option to preview a form from the user interface.

Otherwise, Everest Forms is a good plugin with enough features for most users. It has a nice built-in datepicker too.

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Conclusion

For a simple and user-friendly form builder, HappyForms is one of the best which can be good alternative to Contact Form 7.

If you are looking for a very powerful & professional form builder solution, you can’t go wrong with WPForms. NinjaForms is also equally powerful although pricing is a bit different.

At the same time, Caldera Forms stands apart with its feature-rich & solid free version. Everest Forms is another choice you can consider.

These are only a few plugins I have tried by myself. If you have experience with another form plugin which you found useful, please comment about it below.

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