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Name of the PluginGravity FormsFormidable ProFormidable freeNinja FormsCaldera FormsVisual Form Builder ProVisual Form Builder freeContact Form 7Jetpack Feedback (Grunion)Fast Secure Contact FormBreezing Forms ProBreezing Forms freeQuFormsARFormsFormCraft 2Live Form ProLive Form StarterFormBerry
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What is this?A basic comparison of Forms plugins - free and paid - for WordPress. // Comparison made by David Decker of deckerweb.de, @deckerweb on Twitter :) // Credits: Inspired by the (form) plugin comparisons by the ever popular Chris Lema (@chrislema) :). The general approach of this comparison was heavily inspired by similar plugin comparisons from http://comparewp.org // Suggested Twitter Hashtag for this table: #WPFormComp // Comparison table info, contribute info, changelog: http://ddwb.me/formsintroLast updated2014-09-22 // v1.3.1Table info, contribute info, changelog: http://ddwb.me/formsintro
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LinksInfo Gist:http://ddwb.me/formsintroTable link (great for sharing):http://ddwb.me/formpluginsCompareWP.org
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Basic Info
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Developer Confirmation that the information in this spreadsheet is correctNot yet...YesYesYesYesNot yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...Not yet...
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Comparison data source(s)I bought that plugin :)I bought that plugin :)Installed via W.orgInstalled via W.orgInstalled via W.orgWeb copy / Developer live demoInstalled via W.orgInstalled via W.orgInstalled via W.orgInstalled via W.orgWeb copyInstalled via W.orgI bought that plugin :)Web copy / Developer live demoWeb copy / Developer live demoWeb copy / Developer live demoInstalled via W.orgWeb copy
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Minimum Cost39+ US Dollar 1st year (50% renewal)47+ US Dollar, one timeNone! It's free :) (Like a trial version)None! It's free :) Means: free core, mostly paid add-ons.None! It's free :) Means: free core, free and upcoming paid add-ons.29+ US Dollar, yearlyNone! It's free :)None! It's free :)None! It's free :)None! It's free :)29+ US Dollar, single DL! // 69+ US Dollar, yearlyNone! It's free :) (Like a trial version)28 US Dollar, one time32 US Dollar, one time33 US Dollar, one time35 US Dollar, yearlyNone! It's free :)49+ US Dollar, yearly
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Developer Version/License199 US Dollar 1st year (50% renewal)117 US Dollar, one timeNoNoNo / Not yet149+ US Dollar, yearlyNoNoNoNo69+ US Dollar, yearlyNoNoNoNo210 US Dollar, yearlyNo139+ US Dollar, yearly
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Lead Developer(s) / CompanyRocketgenius, Inc.Strategy11, LLCStrategy11, LLCWP Ninjas, LLCDavid CramerMatthew Muro / M2 Development, LLCMatthew MuroTakayuki MiyoshiAutomattic, Inc.Mike ChallisCrosstec GmbH & Co. KGCrosstec GmbH & Co. KG"ThemeCatcher" (Envato user name) / ThemeCatcher Ltd.Repute Infosystems"nCrafts" (Envato user name)Shaon, Shahriar Alam / W3 EdenShaon, Shahriar Alam / W3 Eden"Gama" (username?) / FormBerry
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Origin of Lead Dev(s) / CompanyUSAUSAUSAUSASouth AfricaUSAUSAJapanUSAUSAGermanyGermanyGreat Britain (UK)IndiaIndiaBangladeshBangladesh?
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First ReleasedAugust 2009February 2010December 2009June 20112014February 201220112007March 20112009Summer 2012 (WP Vers.)Summer 2012 (WP Vers.)October 2011November 2013August 2013April 2014April 2014March 2012?
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Supported WP Version3.9 +3.3 +3.3 +3.8 +3.9 +3.5 +3.5 +3.8 +3.8 +3.4.2 +3.0 +3.0 +3.2 +3.0 +3.2 +3.5 +3.5 +?
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License of SoftwareGPLGPLGPLGPLGPLGPLGPLGPLGPLGPLGPLGPLEnvato Regular License / CodeCanyonEnvato Regular License / CodeCanyonEnvato Regular License / CodeCanyon? (I assume GPL)GPL?
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WordPress.org RepoNoNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNo
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Public Git Repo (GitHub; Butbucket etc.)No for core // Yes for Add-On framework examples!NoNoYesYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Recommended Skill LevelAllAllBeginnerAllAllAllAllAllAllBeginner/AdvancedAdvancedAdvancedAllAllAllAllBeginner?
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Type of Plugin (Core)FullFullBasicFullFullFullBasicBasicBasicBasic-AdvancedFullAdvancedFullFullFullFullBasicFull
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Community / EcosystemYes, very bigYes, smallerYes, smallerYes, very bigmaybe...Yes, smallerYes, smallerYes, very bigYesYes, smallerNo, not that I know ofNo, not that I know ofYes, smaller - EnvatoYes, smaller - EnvatoYes, smaller - EnvatoNo, not yet...?No, not yet...??
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Core Plugin translateableYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYes?NoNo?
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Dev & Priority Support AvailableYesYes, extra paid support packagesNoYes(Upcoming!)YesNoNoYes, via Automattic, W.org, WordPress.comYesYesNo?Yes?YesNoYes
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Multisite usageYes, fullYes, fullYes, fullYes, fullYes, fullYesYesYes, fullYes, fullYesYesYesMaybe yes, but license conflict! (License required for every sub site, no Network activation!)Maybe yes, but license conflict! (License required for every sub site, no Network activation!)Maybe yes, but license conflict! (License required for every sub site, no Network activation!)Yes?Yes?Yes
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Automatic UpdatesYes, license holdersYes, license holdersYesYesYesYes, license holdersYesYesYesYesYes, license holdersYesYes, license holdersNo, manuallyNo, manuallyYes, license holdersYesYes, license holders
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Data saving type: Formscustom tablesCPTCPTcustom tablesWP options table??CPTCPT/Shortcode Builder?custom tablescustom tablescustom tables?????
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Data saving type: Entriescustom tablesCPTCPTCPTcustom tables??(only possible via add-on!)CPT(only possible via add-on!)custom tablescustom tablescustom tables?????
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Plugin has REST accessYes, API / Webhooks???Yes?????????????
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Support for WP-API (JSON-API)???Yes?????????????
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Good to know / Unique etc.No free version available! // However, has the biggest community within WordPress ecosystem, so many reviews etc. available. // API & Webhooks plus Add-On Framework publicly available (GitHub.com)! // (Community) Developers are greatly supported!Integrated Views and Templates as well as CPT support!Free via WordPress.org // However, no entries accessable in admin like in Pro! // Some advises & promotions in admin for pro version!Freemium model for business/development // Very developer & community friendly approach, much like a popular competitor... :)Interesting structure & UI // Plugin just started, but very promising concept and approach already! // Plugin has full REST access and support for WP-API (JSON-API).Comes with an e-mail designer.Free via WordPress.org // Some advises & promotions in admin for pro version!Interesting form builder conceptBasic approach // Part of a big plugin/modules suite.More basic/intermediate form concept with flexible stuff. Great maintainer.Based on Joomla version of plugin!Based on Joomla version of plugin! // Some advises & promotions in admin for pro version!No GPL!No GPL!No GPL! // Free trial version via WordPress.org (this trial version is GPL!)Comes with an e-mail designer (via Off. Add-On) // Also as hosted solution, seems to be included in price?!?Free version without overtaking promotions in admin!Comes with at least 12 pre-defined (CSS-) color schemes as well as themes // However, seems to use more "agressive" marketing approach...
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URL / DL or Purchasehttp://ddwb.me/99http://ddwb.me/b7http://ddwb.me/b9http://ddwb.me/bahttp://ddwb.me/bchttp://ddwb.me/behttp://ddwb.me/bghttp://ddwb.me/bhhttp://ddwb.me/bjhttp://ddwb.me/blhttp://ddwb.me/bphttp://ddwb.me/bnhttp://ddwb.me/byhttp://ddwb.me/bwhttp://ddwb.me/buhttp://ddwb.me/bshttp://ddwb.me/bqhttp://ddwb.me/c0
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URL Docs / Knowledge Basehttp://ddwb.me/b6http://ddwb.me/b8http://ddwb.me/b9http://ddwb.me/bbhttp://ddwb.me/bdhttp://ddwb.me/bfhttp://ddwb.me/bghttp://ddwb.me/bihttp://ddwb.me/bkhttp://ddwb.me/bmhttp://ddwb.me/bohttp://ddwb.me/bohttp://ddwb.me/bzhttp://ddwb.me/bxhttp://ddwb.me/bvhttp://ddwb.me/bthttp://ddwb.me/brhttp://ddwb.me/c1
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Basic Functions
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Available Field Types (Core)33186281831?1815816? (15+ ?)15152223251016
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Multi-Page FormsYesYes, without progressNoOff. Add-OnYesYes, without progressNoNoNoNoYesYes?Yes?YesNoYes, via Tabs!
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Conditional Logic/ LawsYesYesNoOff. Add-OnYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
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Easy Re-UseYes, CloningYes, TemplatesYes, TemplatesYes, Cloning, Favorites, ImportYes, Cloning & ImportYes, CloningYes, CloningYes, Cloning/CopyNoYes, Backup/ ImportingYes, CloningYes, Cloning?Yes, Cloning & Templates?Yes, TemplatesNo?
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Easly Style Formsvia CSS or 3rd Party Add-OnYesYesOff. Add-OnYesOff. Add-OnNoNoNoYes, basic CSS tagsYesYesYesYesYes?No
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File UploadYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
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Pause / Resume Forms3rd Party Add-OnYesNoYesYes (currently in beta)NoNoNoNoNo??????No?
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3rd Party Services IntegrationsYes, tonsYes, manyNoYes, tonsYes, upcomingYes, manyNoYes, tonsNo3rd Party Add-Ons??YesYes, manyYesOff. Add-OnNoOff. Add-On
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Antispam: Akismet IntegrationYesYesYesNot yet, but planned for core (2014)Yes (since v1.1.6)YesNoYesYesYesNoNo?No??NoYes
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Antispam: HoneypotYes3rd Party Add-On3rd Party Add-OnYesYes (since v1.1.6)NoNo3rd Party Add-OnNoNoNoNo?No??NoYes, some other options...
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Antispam: CAPTCHAYesYesYesYes, mathYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYes??NoYes
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Advanced Functions
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User CreationOff. Add-OnOff. Add-OnNoOff. Add-OnOff. Add-On (upcoming!)Off. Add-OnNoNoNoNo??NoOff. Add-OnNoOff. Add-OnNoNo
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Post CreationYesYesNoOff. Add-OnOff. Add-On (upcoming!)Off. Add-OnNoNoNoNo??No?NoOff. Add-OnNoNo
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Custom Post Type Creation3rd Party Add-OnYesNoOff. Add-OnOff. Add-On (upcoming!)No?NoNoNoNo??No?NoOff. Add-OnNoNo
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User Editing Entry3rd Party Add-OnYesNoOff. Add-On / partlyOff. Add-On (upcoming!)?NoNoNoNo??No?NoNoNoNo
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Views/ Entry Display3rd Party Add-OnYesNoOff. Add-On (upcoming Nov. '14!)Yes (planned feature!)Off. Add-OnNoNoNoNo??No?NoNoNoNo
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Form Export / ImportYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYes??YesYesYes?NoYes
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Entries ExportYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesYesOff. Add-OnNoYes
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Entries Import3rd Party Add-OnYesNoNoYes (upcoming feature!)No?NoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo??NoYes
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CalculationsYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo?NoNoNo?YesNoNo
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Entries Reports / AnalyticsWithin some Add-OnsYesNoOff. Add-OnOff. Add-On (upcoming!)YesNoNo, only GA trackingNoNo?No?YesYesYesYesNo, only Google Analytics int.
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E-CommerceOff. Add-OnsOff. Add-OnsNopartly in core / Off. Add-OnOff. Add-On (upcoming!)YesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoOff. Add-OnNoYesNoOff. Add-On
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Donations / Collect MoneyOff. Add-OnsOff. Add-OnsNoOff. Add-OnOff. Add-On (upcoming!)YesNoNoNoNoYesYesNoOff. Add-OnNoYesNoOff. Add-On
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Developer Functions
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Action HooksYes, tonsYes, tonsYesYes, tonsYes, tonsYes, tonsYesYes, manyYesYes, some??Yes, few??YesYes?
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FiltersYes, tonsYes, tonsYesYes, tonsYes, tonsYes, tonsYesYes, manyYesYes, some?????YesYes?
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Dev DocumentationYes, tonsYes, tonsNoYes, tonsYesYesYesYesYesYes, many?NoYes, few?YesYes, very fewYes, very fewYes, very few
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Add-Ons
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Total official Add-Ons20151344 (free & paid) / 14 more upcoming!61 (free)4 (free)----------6 (paid)1 (free)9 (paid)--2
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Offical Add-Ons translateableYespartly only!--Yes, most of themYesYesNoYes----------YesNo?--?
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Official Mail Add-Ons32--711 (2 integrations)--?----------None; 7 built in1 (5 integrations)3--1 (5 integrations)
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Official Payment Gatew. Add-Ons51--311 (1 integration yet)--No----3--No (but basic stuff built-in!)--1
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Access To official Add-OnsYes, grows with License!YesNoSingle / Bundle purchasesFree / Single/Bundle purchaesSingle / Bundle purchases--Free on WordPress.org----------Single purchases--Business license holders or higher, min. 105+ US Dollar (yearly)--Developer license holders or higher, min. 139 US Dollar (yearly)
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3rd Party Add-Ons140+ (free & paid)6 (most free)less than 5ca. 10 (free & paid)1 (Currently in dev)2 (free)1 (free)Numerous free on WordPress.org, plus paid stuff all aroundYes - number varies...about 5----1No--------
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3rd party Add-Ons translateableYes, lots ofonly a few!--Yes, mmh, hopefully most of themNone yetNoNoYes. most of themYes, most of themMaybe yes...----?No--------
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Miscellaneous
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Code documentation?Could be better!??GoodCould be better!?????????????
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Internationalization?Very good, but not perfectCore very good, add-ons lackingCore very good!Good, but needs some tweaks here and there.At the beginning, needs work, yes!??Very good!Very good!Very good!??From what I can tell, it seems to be good.?????
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Usable with fully translated interface in an international context, also for clients?Yes, possible with core and official add ons, plus some free add-ons (about 98% I guess :)Yes, possible with core and only 2 of the official add-ons.Yes, possible!Mostly possible with core and most of the official add-ons (about 85% I guess? :)Not yet, since i18n departments need more tweaks...Judging by web copy I guess, yes...?Yes, possible!Yes, possible!Yes, possible!No!No!Yes, possible!Judging by web copy I guess, yes...?No!No!?
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Interface/ UI?Top-notch, maybe the best to work with every day!Very good, but cluttered here and there in some areas.Very good, but cluttered here and there in some areas.Good in most parts, but could use some polishing. The field editor needs some more work - definitely!Needs some time, but then it's awesome!Good, ok for me.Good, ok for me.Nice one! Simple, but efficient, once you got the whole concept!It's ok, but could be way better!It has all you need regarding its functionality, but could use some more polish.Looks totally confusing, out of place and outdated. Even the wording of the UI could be confusing, even for advanced users.Looks totally confusing, out of place and outdated. Even the wording of the UI could be confusing, even for advanced users.Looks decent, but sometimes a bit "too much". Could be better with a more WordPress-like styling approach.Very good! However, it is a bit "too much" here and there, could be even better with a more WordPress-like styling approach!Not so good, feels a bit out of place! However, it is mostly "too much", could be way better with a more WordPress-like styling approach!Looks clean and is mostly after WordPress standards/ recommendations.Looks clean and is mostly after WordPress standards/ recommendations.Seems ok, but a bit outdated...?
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Beginner and user-friendliness?Awesome for all skill levels!Very good!Very good!Very good!The overall concept needs some more explaining/ documentation, because it's so new and different.Good, ok for me.Good, ok for me.Very good, indeed!Very good, but to find the field editor in the pop-up is not intuitive!Very good, once you understood its general UI approach.None!None!Very good!Very good!Ok.Good.Good.(Cannot judge!)
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Developer friendliness?Amazing!Very good!Good!Amazing!Very promising! (Plugin just started!)Good?Great!Very good (openess, but no official support!)Very good!Good?Seems not good...Seems not good...(Cannot judge!)(Cannot judge!)(Cannot judge!)(Cannot judge!)Seems ok...?(Cannot judge!)
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Maintenance, security, updates?Very good and stable, many updates.Very good and stable, regular updates.Very good and stable, regular updates.Very good and stable, many updates.Very good and stable, regular updates.(Cannot judge!)Very good and stable, regular updates.Very good and stable, many updates.Very good and stable, regular updates.Very good and stable, regular updates.(Cannot judge!)Cannot judge, but update history on W.org looks good.Very good and stable, regular updates.At least regular updates. // All other things I cannot judge here...At least regular updates. // All other things I cannot judge here...(Cannot judge!)Still too new, to judge here...(Cannot judge!)
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