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Tools we use:

Forms Plugins

A forms plugin goes WELL beyond the standard 'Get In Touch' form on your contact page. I know larger churches with up to 400+ forms that help facilitate ministry. My church (around 220) has about 15 forms on our website that are live. From simple contact forms, to leadership applications, to Next Steps RSVP's, to staff purchase orders, we rely on forms a lot to grease the wheels in many different ministry areas. Let me share a few form solutions that I've used over the last few years.

Gravity Forms has been my preferred plugin to handle all my forms needs since 2013. It has been one of the very best decisions I've made for creating websites!

  • Drag and Drop form builder.
  • Ready made CSS tweaks.
  • Now integrates with my Beaver Builder addons. Makes styling a breeze!
  • Matchless conditional logic for forms, notifications, and confirmations.
  • Can receive payments.
  • Easily handles simple event registrations if you need it to.
  • Tons of relevant addons. Most included in the first license.
  • Integrations for most of the tools your church would use.
  • Integrates with #Slack (the comms tool our team at church uses).

Price:
$59/yr for Basic Addons

Formidable forms might have been mo go-to if they were around when I got started in design. They have a few features that might make them the best for your church if you

  • A-la-carte add-on structure. In Gravity you have to move your license up a tier to get an add-on.
  • Drag and Drop form builder.
  • Integrates with my Beaver Builder addons. Makes styling a breeze!
  • Conditional logic for forms, notifications, and confirmations.
  • Offers a lifetime license ($399). Big draw if you make a lot of sites.
  • Integrations for most of the tools your church would use.

Price:
$49/yr for Personal Addons

outside of WordPress

I really like using WordPress for forms, but maybe your church is tied deeply into Google's ecosystem? Or maybe you don't want to put in the extra work to restrict user access on the backend for vols that only need to access forms? Let me suggest a few.

  • Google Forms
  • Jot Forms
  • ChMS Based Forms (CCB does this well)