The purpose of this post is to outline some key reasons why you don’t need to spend $200 Gravity Forms plus additional $99 each year. There are too many other options out there that offer the latest security updates and new features for a fraction of the cost, if not free.
These WordPress form alternatives are very capable of doing the exact same of job Gravity Forms, if not better.
I purchased the most expensive package of Gravity Forms, “Developer” for $199, about 2 years ago. I was under the impression I was buying the “Developer” version that would Grandfather me into a life-time of included security updates. I wanted to make sure the websites I used Gravity Forms on was secure and utilizing the latest WordPress form technologies.
Exactly 1 year later, I received an email stating, I need to spend another $99 each and every year in order to stay up to date with the latest version and security threats. Well heck, if I would have known I would need to shell out $99 every year for the rest of my life just to continue to use a program that creates forms in WordPress, when there are so many other free alternative out there that do it for free or close to it, I never would have spent the money in the first place. Not to mention, every WordPress site I install my “outdated” version of Gravity Forms on has a large pink bar that spans across the top reminding me I need to update. The nerve of these people. Not only are they trying to scam us for $99, but they plaster a large intrusive yellow bar across my screen.
Here are a few screenshots of what you get when you spend $200 on Gravity Forms.
To this day, I’m not sure how I missed the small print, I never do. I assure you, I will do my best to make sure this does not happen to you. So I put together a list of Gravity Form alternatives, some free, some cheap. I hope you enjoy it.
1. Formidable Pro
If you are one of those Formidable Pro is one of my favorite alternatives to Gravity Forms without the heavy price tag. They have an in-depth knowledge base and are fast to respond to your support questions. I know this because I’ve tried it on one of my websites. Definitely worth a look.
QuForms is a small program that is built for WordPress. It runs well and fast, best of all it’s only $25. For $25 you get one license and it can only be used on one WordPress installation at a time, but you can create unlimited forms. The license also includes free updates and support. ( As of this post, they are not up to date. Today WordPress released version 3.5.2, QuForms is up to 3.5.1. I’m sure this will be updated very quickly)
3. Contact Form 7
Contact Forms 7 is a free WordPress plugin. It can be found through the WordPress plugins area, or downloaded to your computer directly from their website. I have experimented with Contact Form 7 on a few different websites. For the most part, Contact Forms 7 worked well for me. As a free alternative to Gravity Forms, I would say this is worth checking out. If you like it, you just saved yourself some money.
4. Form Generator
This one is a sleeper. I say that because I don’t see many using it. I know this company / developer has a perfect record on Codecanyon, see for yourself. If you are a WordPress designer or you are just in the market for a really great Form Generator, this is definitely worth a look.
5. Ninja Forms
Here is another completely free custom form builder for WordPress. Full featured and promises to do exactly what it’s suppose to.
Web Design and Support
Personally, I don’t have much experience with this web based form builder. The one thing this has over the others is it’s web based, which means it runs directly through your browser.