A WordPress guide to contact form builders & data collection in 2016

Post written by David Meyers
On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

WordPress is now known as the most popular web development platform in the world. From generating blogs to creating a full-fledged responsive site, WordPress is capable of doing them all efficiently. The extended support of developers and add-ons keep WordPress in demand and the ecosystem rich with participation.

In this article, we have listed some popular free and premium data collection WordPress plugins introduced to enhance the experience of user and site administrator of using contact forms.

Inbound Forms

The first form tool we will mention is our own Inbound Forms tool. This form builder ships with most of our Inbound Marketing plugins we give away here at Inbound Now. It’s a simple form collection tool that lets you quickly create fields like ‘First Name’ , ‘Last Name’, ‘Email Address’ , excreta. Because it’s built to work with our other Marketing plugins, it is very easy to store submitted information in our Leads Collection Database.

Since these are the forms we use on this site we can show you what our newsletter signup form looks like:

Ninja Forms 3

Ninja Forms 3 , by opinion of the employees at Inbound Now, is the best form management plugin for WordPress. Its “actions” system allows users to customize what exactly happens after a form is submitted. Please click the following link to learn more information about how to integrate Ninja Forms with Inbound Now.

For additional information on Ninja Forms 3:


Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is one of the most popular premium form builder solutions for WordPress. Millions of WordPress Sites are already using Gravity Forms due to the magnificent functionality that it possesses. Many times Inbound Now users are recommend to use this form builder when the need for more power arises.

Gravity forms can also be connected to our Inbound Now marketing suite using this extension.

Formidable Forms

Formidable Forms

Popularly referred to as the most powerful and efficient plugin that helps in managing data and creating forms. This stunning WP plugin can easily create extendable and easy to use forms.

Here have a glimpse of its remarkable features:

The developer gets complete freedom to create indispensable custom forms.
An intuitive drag-and-drop interface along with a visual form styler in 2.0 version.
Utilizes best of all the tools available to get validated results.
Allows you collect not just data but also posts, graphs, tables, Calenders, directories, etc.

The pro version of this premium plugin is available at a starting cost of $34 which is quite minimal when compared to the features that it offers.

Contact Form 7 Multi-Step Forms

Contact Form 7 Multi-step Forms is a premium plugin that can be used to add multi-steps to the form. This easy to use WP plugin is user-friendly, hence ensuring better UX/UI with a freedom to add unlimited steps.

This plugin requires Contact Form 7 Multi-step Forms to function. Why? Here have a look at its usage:

Functions With: 3.4.1 or higher
Compatible With: 4.5.2
Total Installations: 9,000+
Supported Browsers: IE10, IE11, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome, Edge

Contact Form 7 Multi-Step Forms is introduced by the different publishers but still works with Contact Form 7 plugin for proper processing of this plugin. This plugin can be easily downloaded like any other plugin from the WordPress repository; however, no visible indications can be seen during activation.

This plugin works with shortcodes generally completed in a three-step process. For each page, you need to create a specific Contact Form 7. Like if you are heading on to create five forms, then you must create specific WordPress page for each form and place shortcode at some location. These forms function mostly like other forms in Contact Form 7 to collect the information.

Calculated Fields Form

Calculated Fields Form

Calculated Fields Form is one of the plugins that found its place in this list due to its ingenious method of performing and displaying dynamic calculations in the fields. You can easily create data fields using this plugin that performs multiple functions. The plugin is majorly distinguished in 3 main classes depending on their scope and features. They are :

    Premium Version
    Developer Version
    Platinum Version

Each of the above-mentioned version is different in its features and usage.

Functions With: 3.0.5 or higher
Compatible With: 4.5.2
Total Installations: 20,000+

This exquisite plugin is available free to use and can be easily installed in the system.



GuiForm is a free plugin that comes with simplified drag and drop functionality comprehending user-friendly interface customization commands. Within few minutes, you can actually create forms with no coding requirement.

Key Features:

    Developer-friendly form builder
    Form creation without page load, using AJAX
    Easy management of form data
    Device-agnostic forms
    Simplified export and import of data

Visual Form Builder

Visual Form Builder

Visual Form Builder is a free plugin meticulously designed to ease the process of form creation requiring no PHP, CSS, or HTML coding by the user. Form fields can be easily added with single click options which can further be reordered using the drag and drop method. Conferring a logical anti-spam system, you can skillfully manage the form entries. The exclusive feature of this plugin is that it allows single-click form duplicating option wherein you can simply copy the forms in one click. Embedding varied forms on the pages and posts was never so easy before.

Functions With: 4.3 or higher
Compatible With: 4.5.2
Total Installations: 100,000+

Data Collection form

Building myriad forms for data collection gets so easy with this remarkable plugin called “Data Collection Form” that helps in creating forms conferring different input fields. Also, managing and collecting data from different pages and posts on WordPress too gets simplified. The installation of this plugin concludes within two easy steps i.e
(1) Download data-collection-form to the WordPress-content/plugins directory.
Activate the plugin by clicking on “Activate Now” button in the plugins sections of the WordPress dashboard.

Key features:

    Validated creation and display of forms using shortcodes or PHP functions
    Anti-spam function featuring Captcha
    Saves form data from multiple post types and creates meta field automatically
    Supports easy image and file upload
    One-click data collection system

Functions With: 3.3 or higher
Compatible With: 3.9.12
Total Installations: 100+


If you are looking for form tools to work with Inbound Now then these are the one’s you should choose in order:

  • Inbound Forms (Inbound Now’s form creator shipped with their tools)
  • Gravity Forms ( The most established and powerful form tool to date with expanded powers you will not find with Inbound Forms. There is also an extension that connects Gravity Forms with Inbound Now )
  • Ninja Forms 3 ( Pretty soon this will be shipped directly with Inbound Now, keep an eye on it!)

I know it gets difficult to pick any one out of these above-mentioned form solutions as in particular, they are all different from each other in many ways. Specifying your requisites and matching it with the features of these plugins could be of great help. After you have chosen the one, you can contact an experienced developer from a recognized firm and ask for the demonstration.

About the Author:
David Meyer is a senior web developer working with CSSChopper, a prominent IT firm expert in providing WordPress web development services. He is a passionate blogger who holds great interest in writing about latest web related topics.

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