From simple newsletter signups, to more complex application forms, there are many use cases that one could think of when it comes to adding forms on Elementor. Collecting user’s contact information is one of the main components of building a marketing campaign.
Let’s look at the different ways in which you can add a form and what are functionalities you can achieve to build a powerful form on Elementor.
Using Elementor’s Form Widget
Elementor has its own form widget which is powerful and can be used for various purposes. Their intuitive interface allows you easily drag and drop different types of fields that you would like to include in a form such as text, date, time, dropdown lists and more.
They can be easily styled with Elementor’s Global Colors and Fonts making it super simple for you design a modern looking form that will attract users to enter their information.
Elementor Forms provide integrations to more than 30 powerful CRM and marketing automation tools. These are designed to help streamline the process of generating and nurturing leads through drip campaigns and onboarding campaigns. Some examples include Aweber, MailChimp, Drip, ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, HubSpot, Zapier, MailerLite, MailPoet, and many more.
Alternatively, you can also redirect users to a different page upon submitting details. This makes a great use case for creating multi-step funnels.
Elementor’s Form Builder offers rich spam filtering features like Honeypot and ReCaptcha. Through simple configurations, you can easily limit the number of spam submissions and filter your data submitted through the form. It also has additional features like hidden fields, email notifications, confirmation emails, etc.
With Elementor’s multi-step form, you can create well designed forms that take users through multiple steps to filling a form. This provides a great user experience as they will now fill them in separate sections as opposed to filling one long form which can take up a lot of space and also seem quite daunting.
Using WPForms to Build Forms on Elementor
There are many powerful 3rd party tools that are compatible to use on any given WordPress site. However, if you want to build forms on Elementor with a 3rd party plugin, WPForms is one of the best form builders out in the market. Its super intuitive drag and drop features are great for designing and customising forms. They also come with a wide array of addons which provides a great deal of functionality. Let’s look at some of them in turn.
Apart from simple contact forms, WPForms can be used to create and design more functional forms for various use cases such as obtaining feedback, carrying out surveys, accepting applications, and even collecting payments via Stripe and PayPal.
Forms built using WPForms are fully responsive and mobile-friendly.
Adding WPForms to your website
Unlike other 3rd-party form builders, WPForms has an Elementor widget that can be easily added on to your website through a simple click and drag. Therefore, it doesn’t require the need for any other addon plugins or shortcodes to add a form in to your Elementor website. Adding a WPForm on Elementor is that simple!
Customising WPForms on Elementor
The styling options included in the WPForms Elementor widget is quite limited. It would require some CSS knowledge for you to achieve any particular styles that you would like to include on your form.
However, as a beginner, you could customise the forms by using one of the WPForms styler add-on plugins that are offered by Ultimate Addons (UAEL) or Powerpack. These plugins provide more control over individual elements of the form and can help you easily customize the forms within minutes.
Creating more powerful forms on Elementor
Thanks to WPForms’ list of addon plugins, you can extend the functionality of the forms that you add on Elementor. Here are some of the ways in which you can do so:
- Conditional Logic: Do you need your users to skip certain questions based on the answers that the provide? Conditional logic is the way to go about it!
- Frontend User Registrations: If you want users to register to your website, you could a well designed user registration form instead of the standard WordPress form. This is great if you have a membership site where you would like members to register from.
- Accepting Payments: Whether you want to create a simple donation or a booking form, you can do so with WPForms. With their PayPal and Stripe addon, you can now easily accept payments through forms on Elementor.
- Conversational Forms: If you want to create a Typeform-like application form on your WordPress/Elementor website, this unique feature is available with their Conversations add-on.
- Surveys/Polls: This feature lets you easily create customer survey or feedback forms on Elementor.
and many more! Check out the list of features available here.
As you can see, adding forms on Elementor is difficult at all. It’s just a matter of understanding your use case and engaging with the right tool to get the job done. There are several other form builders for WordPress but I particularly chose WPForms because I’ve had great experiences with it especially with its payment addons.
However, should you need a simple contact form, Elementor’s own form widget should work perfectly fine.
What other use cases do you think is possible with forms? Do comment your thoughts below.