Ferdy Korpershoek, our favorite Dutch guy and Youtube bestie, has put together another solid video. Here, Ferdy shows the ins and outs of the Gravity Forms WordPress plugin. He covers getting Gravity Forms set up in WordPress and how to use it to create easy, functional forms.
I’ve featured videos by Ferdy before, because his style is really approachable for novice users.
I came across this particular video while doing research on the different form creation plugins available for WordPress.
There are a lot of purpose-built and application-specific form plugins available for WordPress. Gravity Forms is probably the best option if you’re going to be creating a lot of different kinds of forms. So, if you need to build a contact form one day, an email signup form the next day, and a payment form next week, Gravity Forms is a great option. Without exaggeration, this plugin can build any type of form you could ever think of. It’s a superhero plugin.
Gravity Forms can help you build simple one-off forms for individual pages or really complex, multistep forms that send collected data to several different locations or integrated services. It’s a pretty crazy plugin.
Gravity Forms Features & Highlightsd
- The Gravity Forms shortcode system makes it easy to insert your forms inline with your content, put forms into widgets, or even add simple forms to your headers and footers.
- Gravity Forms styling is super easy because the entire system starts with templates and then adds an easy to use, dedicated system of CSS classes.
- The Gravity Forms CSS classes (which are built in and don’t require any special configuration) let you customize even tiny details of how your forms display, using only a few commands.
- The documentation is very strong and the help system is actually…helpful
You can integrate this pluginwith a number of other systems to easily handle payment data, user information, and even user registration & member functions. These integration options are separated into different tiers of available add-ons. As the integrations get more complicated, you’ll need a higher-level license to access them. There’s a complete list of available integrations here
As you expand into building your email list and explore email marketing, GravityForms also integrates well with ConvertKit, which is probably the email marketing platform that makes the most sense for bloggers.
Give Ferdy’s video a watch to see how all this stuff works. In his characteristic style, Ferdy walks through the whole piece of software in a very easy to follow, click-by-click way.
He spends time at the beginning showing you how to buy, download, and install the plugin, so you can skip that part if you’ve installed plugins before.