Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Purchasing and installing Gravity Forms, part of WordPress: Contact Forms.
- [Instructor] Up until this point, we've covered products that are entirely free or partly free. Gravity Forms is different. It's entirely premium, so you have to pay to get any part of it. Gravity Forms has a phenomenal reputation among WordPress developers. It's been around for a long time and many developers have been using it for years as their go to solution. Part of the reason developers love it so much is that they have a very affordable developer plan. And actually, their personal plan is quite generous, as well. Unlike Ninja Forms, where you pay for each add-on, with Gravity Forms, you pay for one of three packages, personal, business or developer.
And they all come with a really nice Gravity Forms form editor and the main difference is how many sites you can use it on, as well as a few different add-ons. These add-ons are unlocked depending on your license. The add-ons are going to be very similar to Ninja Forms, where they'll let you connect your form to MailChimp or Aweber or Constant Contact or stuff like that. So, if you need to connect your form to a newsletter, then the business or developer license will unlock those. But if you want to upload files to your Dropbox or create a customer support form for Help Scout, then you'll probably need the developer plan.
For this course, we purchased the developer-level plan so we can show you all of the features. If you're building a site for yourself, you might want to get the business or personal plan. But if you are a developer and you plan on building multiple sites for clients, I definitely recommend the developer-level plan, because eventually, one or several of your clients will want those advanced add-ons and you won't have to spend anything extra. I'll go to my site. We've already purchased the plugin and we just need to upload it. So, go to Plugins, Add New, we'll click on Upload and we'll select it from the desktop.
There it is. And once it's done, we can Activate it. And because this is a premium plugin, and it isn't hosted on wordpress.org, we can't update the plugin through the normal means. Gravity Forms has their own plugin updater, which our WordPress site will use once we have a license key. So let's enter that license key that you get with your purchase. We'll go to Gravity Forms, over here on the left, and then Settings. Enter your License Key right here. I've already copied it and I'll just paste it in.
Let's go ahead and click Next. One of the cool things Gravity Forms does is they prompt you to automatically download updates. If there's a security issue or a bad bug, they'll send an update to the site and update it automatically. Features like this will probably start to become more mainstream in the WordPress world, but right now, Gravity Forms is definitely ahead of its time. So my two cents when it comes to Auto Updates. If you have a service like BackupBuddy that automatically backs up your site every day, or if you use hosting like WP Engine, that automatically does this, then definitely use the automatic updates.
If you don't have an easy to use backup solution, then you can leave this feature off and do all the updates manually. In this case, I'll go ahead and leave it on and click Next. We can set a few default settings. I'll go ahead and set my Currency. We can leave all of these as they are. And we're done! And now we're ready to create our first form.
- Choosing the right plugin for you
- Best practices with forms
- Understanding email deliverability
- Using Jetpack, Contact Form 7, Ninja Forms, and Gravity Forms
- Creating and adding a basic form
- Creating extra fields
- Using conditional logic in your form