Online Form Builder

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Online Form Builder

Post by thomass » Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:08 pm

My goal was to build an online form for my website. I did not know that it was a hard task. I researched all the skills that were required to build an online form.

Throughout my researches, I've discovered that I need a place were the forms need to be sent. I discovered, that I may need an expensive server or at least a hosting with high budget features.

I had the following criteria:
Able to build HTML forms
No programming knowledge
Drag and drop form building
Easy to use
Support for integrations
Ability to process payments

This is the list of form builders I came up with:
- Google Forms
- Element Form
- Typeform
- Formstack
- Jotform
- Zoho
- Formsite

Here are my thoughts:

Google Forms
Does the job, is a very basic form builder. It does only have the barebones of features.

Element Form
Positively surprised! Used by many fortune 500 companies, this builder has all the features I'm looking for.
It supports an easy to use drag and drop form creation interface which you can use to build forms easily. I was able to integrate it with google docs in a matter of minutes and on top of it, it is free!

An interesting approach to forms where they only show one text at a time. It is supposed to be modern however I did not like it.

This tool is meant for high profile enterprise users that have a budget of $$$$. I did not like the interface, it was very cluttered.

Oh my goodness. Where should I start? This tool is riddled with errors and does not live up to its promise. Although I was able to build a form, it was completely unusable and fell through very quickly. I tried a test submission and the form crashed with an error. They are also charging you $$ for the supposed "free" version and $$$$ for the enterprise version. Stay clear.

Again, one of the bare-bones form builders likes google forms. This one is not free. I wouldn't use it.

Limited trial of 7 days and also a price tag of $$$ eliminates this one for me. I can't and don't want to use this one as it is simply not good enough.

The winner: Element Form
This is the easiest form builder I've used among the listed ones. It is perfectly capable to build online forms and meets all requirements.
I have built about 7 forms now. I've spent zero money on it!

In total, I did this research in about 7 hours so I would appreciate your interest in it.

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Re: Online Form Builder

Post by johnswinson » Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:17 pm

Wow! Thank you very much for your research.

I think this does underline the fact that sometimes the free tools are the best ones. Even if there is competition from the likes of Google.

Kudos :!:

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Re: Online Form Builder

Post by sinceyourethere » Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:27 am

Great list.

Although not in your criteria of selection, by knowing a language like PHP would greatly help in building more complex forms, or when trying to debug small errors in your forms built with such tools.
I'm a healthcare professional with big experience in the health plan compliance regulations. Currently working at Beacon Healthcare Solutions.

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Re: Online Form Builder

Post by jimmyhard » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:56 pm

I remember that I also had some problems with building online forms for my website. As a result I've transferred my site to Wordpress and used their plugins for online forms building.

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Re: Online Form Builder

Post by riyazahamed » Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:56 am

100 of kudos good list you have updated I usually work with google form will try out others also

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