wpforms-review

One is a Page Builder with forms the other a dedicated form builder, who wins?

This is a different scenario to most other comparison articles you would have seen because instead of comparing form builder to form builder we will look at two totally different plugins and how they can perform the same job. But as always there will be caveats – let's go!

What is WPForms?

wpforms-review

As the name suggests WPForms is a dedicated form builder for WordPress. It's key marketing feature is how easy it's to use and this is very true in fact I created a blog post about this a while ago called “How to design awesome WordPress forms in under 5 minutes” and it does indeed do that. But Elementor also has shot up in fame for the exact same reasons as WPForms has namely it looks great and is easy to use. So…

What is Elementor?

It's so much more than just a forms builder – it literally is a complete build an entire website plugin – only when you buy the Pro version though. There is a free version that gives you access to the basics but to perform the tasks in this comparison to compete with WPForms you will need to upgrade to pro. So with that in mind let us look at pricing

WPForms vs Elementor Pricing

It will be immediately apparent that WPForms Pro is more costly than Elementor, so let us see if it lives up to the hype.

It should be noted that each of the above subscriptions can be cancelled and you get to keep the plugin along with the associated data on your WordPress site. You will however lose access to support and updates from both companies if you don't renew after one year.

Ok so let's look more closely at WPForms

WPForms is a seriously advanced piece of technology which by some amazing design is incredibly easy to use for beginners but don't let that fool you as there is so much tech and user focused design under this hood that it literally boggles the mind. I'm talking about:

Now let's look at Elementor

Elementor is a completely different beast to WPForms as it is a complete website builder which also just happens to have a form builder built in. So for the purposes of this comparison we will be ignoring Elementor's other truly incredible features to focus on it as a form builder.

So what's the difference?

Well the clear answer here comes in the form of integrations and smart conditional logic. WPForms just has so many more options available to you but depending on the form and services you use, Elementor could be all you need. If all you want to do is allow people to contact you and collect email addresses on your mailing list choose Elementor Pro and get access to all it's other wonderful features at the same time.

If you feeling more daring Elementor can become a more powerful option through webhooks but this is a steeper learning curve compared to how easy WPForms makes it's dedicated integrations.

So with all that said if you want the best and most complete form builder and for example want to create a price list with the ability to order on the form you are going to need WPForms. It's not only the technology of WPForms vs. Elementor that allows this but also the WPForms drag and drop form builder elements. 

This battle boils down to user interface and if you think about it a dedicated form builder was always going to give you more scope – the question you have to ask yourself though is, “Is the investment into WPForms going to bring a tangible return on money and time invested?” Only you can answer that question…

Which will you choose for your website? 

 

One is a Page Builder with forms the other a dedicated form builder, who wins?

This is a different scenario to most other comparison articles you would have seen because instead of comparing form builder to form builder we will look at two totally different plugins and how they can perform the same job. But as always there will be caveats – let's go! Does it work> see below

What is WPForms?

wpforms-review As the name suggests WPForms is a dedicated form builder for WordPress. It's key marketing feature is how easy it's to use and this is very true in fact I created a blog post about this a while ago called “How to design awesome WordPress forms in under 5 minutes” and it does indeed do that. But Elementor also has shot up in fame for the exact same reasons as WPForms has namely it looks great and is easy to use. So…

What is Elementor?

It's so much more than just a forms builder – it literally is a complete build an entire website plugin – only when you buy the Pro version though. There is a free version that gives you access to the basics but to perform the tasks in this comparison to compete with WPForms you will need to upgrade to pro. So with that in mind let us look at pricing

WPForms vs Elementor Pricing

WPForms

Dedicated form builder with 3rd party integrations $ 79 Annually for one site
  • Plus costs $199 (3 sites)
  • Pro costs $399 (20 sites)
  • Elite costs $599 (unlimited sites)
Click Here

Elementor

Complete Page/Website Builder $ 49 Annually for one site
  • $99 for 3 sites
  • $199 for unlimited sites
Click Here Both WPForms and Elementor offer a “Lite” version for free It will be immediately apparent that WPForms Pro is more costly than Elementor, so let us see if it lives up to the hype. It should be noted that each of the above subscriptions can be cancelled and you get to keep the plugin along with the associated data on your WordPress site. You will however lose access to support and updates from both companies if you don't renew after one year.

Ok so let's look more closely at WPForms

WPForms is a seriously advanced piece of technology which by some amazing design is incredibly easy to use for beginners but don't let that fool you as there is so much tech and user focused design under this hood that it literally boggles the mind. I'm talking about:
  • Designer Templates for every form you can imagine. Not just contact forms here but also quotation form, event bookings, polls, surveys, donation and billing forms and even newsletter signup.
  • To make all of the above possible you need integrations: Want to accept a donation it can link to PayPal or Stripe, want to build your mailing list it integrates with Mailchimp, Active Campaign etc.
  • Spam protection!
  • Entry Management: So you never lose that customer or lead data ever
  • And the big one – Smart Conditional Logic: Think if person does this on form then do that! The possibilities of creating great user experiences with this one is endless.
Features depend on WPForms plan you choose Note that some of the features mentioned above like the ability to accept Stripe payments on your forms is only available on certain advanced plans. In the case of Stripe you would need the Pro Version.

Now let's look at Elementor

Elementor is a completely different beast to WPForms as it is a complete website builder which also just happens to have a form builder built in. So for the purposes of this comparison we will be ignoring Elementor's other truly incredible features to focus on it as a form builder.
  • Allows you to create basic forms: Like contact forms, web hooks and even newsletter signup
  • Integrates with newsletter services like Mailchimp, Drip ActiveCampaign and Convertkit
  • Allows for redirects: For example to a landing page after someone submits data
  • Web hooks: Allow you to integrate the form to something like Zapier
Web hooks in Elementor This is one of the biggest things in Elementor's fight against WPForms because it allows it to integrate with over 500 other third party companies through Zapier. However because of WPForms dedicated integrations the whole process of setup will still be easier on WPForms.

So what's the difference?

Well the clear answer here comes in the form of integrations and smart conditional logic. WPForms just has so many more options available to you but depending on the form and services you use, Elementor could be all you need. If all you want to do is allow people to contact you and collect email addresses on your mailing list choose Elementor Pro and get access to all it's other wonderful features at the same time. If you feeling more daring Elementor can become a more powerful option through webhooks but this is a steeper learning curve compared to how easy WPForms makes it's dedicated integrations. So with all that said if you want the best and most complete form builder and for example want to create a price list with the ability to order on the form you are going to need WPForms. It's not only the technology of WPForms vs. Elementor that allows this but also the WPForms drag and drop form builder elements. This battle boils down to user interface and if you think about it a dedicated form builder was always going to give you more scope – the question you have to ask yourself though is, “Is the investment into WPForms going to bring a tangible return on money and time invested?” Only you can answer that question… Which will you choose for your website?  wpforms-review

WPForms

Dedicated form builder with 3rd party integrations $ 79 Annually for one site
  • Plus costs $199 (3 sites)
  • Pro costs $399 (20 sites)
  • Elite costs $599 (unlimited sites)
Click Here

Elementor

Complete Page/Website Builder $ 49 Annually for one site
  • $99 for 3 sites
  • $199 for unlimited sites
Click Here
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1 year ago

please can I have this updated for the latest versions? I am facing this dilemma…

Suzanne Simpson
Suzanne Simpson
1 year ago

Hi Paul, Thanks for tackling this topic. I’m comparing Wpforms lite to Elementor Pro forms. Do you have any new opinions?

Ty Jones
Ty Jones
1 year ago

So if i am a person that builds websites for multiple different companies should i just do both or will i be ok with just Elementor Pro? I just got both but did not realize until after that Elementor has a form builder separate from WP Forms. Thanks so much for the great information!!!
 

Last edited 1 year ago by Ty Jones
John L. Rothra
John L. Rothra
1 year ago

I appreciate your “consider your needs” approach. I would offer one other feature into this mix: storing submissions in your site’s database. My employer’s site uses Gravity Forms and we’ve had to use this feature before to see previous submissions. For my site, however, it’s not a big deal. Elementor Pro doesn’t offer this feature native to its form system, though there is an additional plugin that can add this feature for you. WPForms does (though it’s on the Pro version only, I believe). So, if you need to keep a record of your submissions, then either install an additional… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by John L. Rothra