Create awesome forms in under 5 minutes with WPForms Lite

February 2019 Update
This article has been updated to reflect WPForms latest and arguably most exciting feature – Conversational forms.

Let’s take a closer look at WPForms Lite & Pro

They call WPForms the “Most beginner-friendly WordPress Contact Form Plugin in the market,” and I would have to agree! 

I set up my contact form in under 5 minutes and if you don’t believe me, watch the video below. 

The Backstory:

I have a website dedicated to coupon codes and promotions for startups and I needed to add a contact form for people who couldn’t find the specific software they were after.

Now some WordPress themes have great design options built in to them for creating contact forms which look great. But unfortunately my website at the time was using a coupon theme called Clipper and for all their good points they definitely omitted spending any time at all on custom CSS for forms. 

The result is that my contact form ended up looking terrible. 

old form design
This form design takes me back to the dawn of the Internet in the mid-90s!

It really was a sad situation.

So I tried WPForms and in under 5 minutes I had a far more contemporary and slick form and in under ten minutes even had it integrated to my auto-responder of choice Active Campaign.

Check the video out below of the before and after result!

Just to clarify the difference between WPForms Lite and Pro in the video that both can create the exact same looking form for the end-user with one exception that only WPForms Pro has the file upload option. 

WPForms Pro Features

There are so many great features but for the purpose of this review today I will focus on three standout ones in the form of conversational forms, form landing pages and a quick look at all the field options available. .

Latest Feature – Conversational Forms!

This feature is a first for dedicated WordPress Form Builders. WPForms created it with one purpose in mind – to increase form conversions by making your forms look more natural and less intimidating. 

Think of it like this, using this add-on your forms will become more human by asking one question at a time rather than overwhelming users with a bunch of ugly looking empty fields like the screenshot to the left shows.

Now imagine if your form looked more like something below.

Big difference right?

I’m sure you will agree and I am really glad to see WPForms add it as part of their Pro Plan.

Now some of you might be aware of this style of form because of another company called TypeForm which has this same guided experience of one question at a time with eye pleasing design. The only issue with TypeForm that WPForms truly is superior in is its integration with your website. 

WPForms integrates directly into your WordPress website and gives you an infinite number of possibilites to then use that data especially when combined with a plugin like Advanced Custom Fields. 

TypeForm however does not have this same level of integration with WordPress and in fact many other content management systems. However if you don’t use WordPress then naturally TypeForm would be the only option for creating this form as you need WordPress for WPForms to work.

When you own the Pro plan it’s really simple to flick the switch and convert your form into a conversational form. Just click the button below in your dashboard.

Form Landing Pages

Next up we have form page landing pages and the reason you should be interested in these is because they dramatically increase the conversion rate of people completing your forms because there are no other distractions on the form page. See an example below.

There is nothing to click on this page except submit!

Form fields available

There are three categories of form fields in WPForms which include Standard, Fancy and Payment fields as can be seen below.

Each one of these form fields when selected give you further options to edit them to get the result you are after. 

If you are considering using just the free version of WPForms then all you get is standard fields and as you can see that will limit you with even things like website fields and file upload not being available to you.

Fancy fields are good for things like reviews, surveys and quizzes.

The payment fields could be the answer you are looking for to replace complicated eCommerce plugins. Just a thought!

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WPForms Pros

  • Cheaper than competing solutions
  • Easy to use for site administrators
  • Easy for your users to use increasing form conversions
  • New features added regularly (like conversational forms)

WPForms Cons

  • Free plan does lack some basic and necessary fields
  • Lacks ability to view user submitted data on the frontend

Are there Up-sells?

Thankfully, after choosing your desired plan there are no up-sells, they present you with an easy to follow on-boarding process to get your first form up and running ASAP.

WPForms Alternatives?

Yes there are quite a few WPForms alternatives but two really stand out in the form of Gravity Forms and Formidable Forms. WPForms has the edge over these two apps in the form of ease of use and good design they also happen to be cheaper at the moment with their 50% off coupon – more on that below.

I will give the nod to Gravity Forms though when it comes to certain more advanced features and the ability to display data on the front end to non-admin users but to do this you need the GravityView plugin which is a further cost.

If we look at just the new conversational form feature of WPForms then its direct competitor is an app called Typeform, which have a pretty great free plan right over here. (It’s not a WordPress plugin though if that matters to you).

Do I recommend WPForms?

Yes this is a must have plugin even if all you need is a contact form in which case the free WPForms Lite should be all you need.

If however you want more advanced features to improve the conversion rate of your forms you will need to upgrade to their Pro plan which is a steal at the moment with the WPForms coupon code on this page.

WPForms Coupon or Discount?

Yes, at this moment there is still a coupon code to save 50% on WPForms across all their plans – for the top tier Elite Plan this means a saving of $299.50 on your first year.

I will display any other WPForms coupon codes found below (if any)

How to claim WPForms Bonus?

Looking for a bonus when purchasing WPForms? Well, you are in the right place because when you use any link on this page to buy you can claim one of the premium bonus packs below. 

Important: Right click links and open in a new private/incognito window to ensure your claim with us. 

Any purchase you make from my website entitles you to a bonus WordPress plugin of your choice. I have a large collection to choose from so you can get in touch at if you want to check the plugin you want is available before buying.

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Video Transcript

Hi there guys, its Paul Therond here and today we are going to have a quick little look at something that’s bugging me about recently because of a template mine for one of my website’s.

Basically, what has happened here is that I ran a website where I provide a number of bonuses e.g. special coupons and fulfiller marketers’. The template is fantastic for that purposes for highlighting coupons and promotions and stuff like that.

Something that they didn’t seem to quite put some maybe attention to was some of the sterling elements when it comes to forms. Here is basically what a contact form looks like using my current templates. Here is my whole website over here and then this element over here, it doesn’t look very professional, it doesn’t look very stylized and it is kind of lets the look and feel down in terms of what I’m trying to portray in the website. Now the interesting thing is that the plug-in that I’ve been using on my website is a very popular plug-in called Contact Form 7 which many of you are familiar with and possibly use and potentially it doesn’t look like this.

The reason for this is, it’s got to do with something called CSS or Cascading Style Sheets. Depending on your developer of your particular theme in terms of how much time they have put into dolling that up a little beat will mean that Contact7 will look different on different templates.

Here I am and I’m very happy with my templates basically for the purposes that it serves for this particular website. I don’t want to change my template but I’m not happy with the form so what can I do? I decided to contact WP Forms, this is a company that has come onto my radar recently. I thought I’d basically I’d take you through it and show you what it can do.

Here we are, this is what it looks like using the old version or the old way of doing things and simply using the cascading stall sheets of your templates and here is what a wp form looks like. As you can see, it’s a little bit more cleaner, a bit professional. You can pre-populate it over here like: enter your name, enter your last name, enter your primary email address, you can tell people what to do in here. Its also giving me this nice little option over here where a person can chose a file which was something that I was struggling to get right with contact form 7. Possibly it’s something that you can do but using wp forms, the whole process was much more intuitive and much more easier to use. I will run you through it shortly.

But some of you might be saying to yourself, but you could have simply just taken this form over here and adjusted the cascading stall sheets yourself and that’s an absolute valid point, yes you can do that but for myself, personally I’m a busy owner of an online business and I personally don’t want to be fiddling around with cascading style sheets myself. There’s more important things to the doing and yes I could have potentially given this this my developer. But then again, I’ve overloaded his plate recently that I have thought to myself well, let me just look at this plug-in and let me maybe do it myself and see how it goes. The fantastic news is after five minutes, I was all set up to go and had this great little form over here.

Let me demo it to you, it’s very easy to use like I said, literally after five minutes after activating the plug-in I had this great little form. Going to the desktop over here, we will see over here wp forms and let’s say for example you add new and you can enter your full  name over here, I will say test contact form e.g. and then we have a number of options over here, we’ve got a blank form, we’ve got a sample contact form but as you can see there a a number of different forms over here: request for code billing, donations, suggestions, user log in and a very very nice feature here; new user sign-up form.

So if you’ve been struggling to add a nice little call to action to get people to sign up to your newsletter, this plug-in might differently help you in that regard. I was going to show you the simple contact form, it will pre-populate the form with those elements  so you see name, last email address coming to message and then when you click on these things over here you get additional information that you can basically adjust. Here is what I was saying earlier abut you can say, enter first name and then place hold a text and click on email for example and go back to advanced options, place all the ticks , enter primary email address.

Nice little elements like that. What else can I show you: settings have a look here, general, test contact form, you can change and submit buttons there empty spare honey pot,all the confirmation messages that you get sent to you every time someone contacts you, confirmation messages what you’ll usually see and then you can submit. Notification here is what email address do you want to receive etc. you can change all those settings.

Something I like is the marketing function, lets say save over there. The marketing function basically integrates your forms with your email information software whatever. In case of the previous form which was the new user sign-up form, and that is very handy every time someone signs up, it gets sent to your email marketing software and they be followed by your email marketing software once you all that set up.

A great little plug-in over here as you can see ready on a matter of minutes. I was all set up to go. I’ll demo, I will go back to my contact page, I will quickly show you what I did, I used a combination of page builder, the beaver builder pager builder and the wp forms. I’ll go to the contacts page, I’m going on my click page builder icon over here which is beaver builder editor. I use builder a lot I really like the simplicity.

What I did was and this a simple text sided modules over here that a video blocking me, let me remove that that’s a mistake at content, text editor and then I just added the text over there whatever you wanted, save. I edited text over there and then what I deliver here is that I went to add content and then this is a great thing you will see advance modules.

Beaver builder automatically pulled in the wp forms, you see the wp forms so I drag that for you here. I can demonstrated and then you just choose and there is a test contact forms we just created. Beaver builder is a plug in to wp forms but the one tablet I can give you different is purchasing beaver builder. it’s a fantastic plug in in terms of purchasing, spicing up the look and feel of your page and in combination of these wp forms really does make all your user entry points a lot more professional, a lot more

I love wp forms, I’m sure you will too. Pricing is very affordable depending on how may websites you want to use and what pro-features you want to use and light version too which I will include a link for in the past but its differently recommended because they will be times where you just want to dolly-up a form and your template is letting you down a little bit. It is good to know that you could have a plug-in that within five minutes you get the effect. I’ll leave you guys, if you have any questions leave them in the comments. But differently get my recommendations.

Cheers now. Bye bye.

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Paul Thérond
Paul Thérond
7 years ago

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