WPForms Documentation

Documentation, Reference Materials and Tutorials for WPForms

A Complete Guide to WPForms Settings

Would you like to learn more about all of the settings available in WPForms? In addition to tons of customization options within the form builder, WPForms has an extensive list of plugin-wide options available. This includes choosing your currency, adding GDPR enhancements, setting up integrations, and more.

In this tutorial, we’ll cover all of the settings available in the WPForms plugin.

Accessing WPForms Settings

To access plugin-wide settings in WPForms, you’ll need to go to WPForms » Settings in the left WordPress menu.

Open WPForms Settings page

This will automatically open to the General settings tab, however you can click on any tab along the top of the page to access additional settings.

Tabs on WPForms Settings page

General Settings

Settings in the General tab are potentially relevant to all users, no matter which features or addons you use.

License Key

License key setting in WPForms

Your license key will provide your site with access to updates, as well as any addons available with your license level.

Please check out our license verification tutorial for details on how to locate and add your license key.

Include Form Styling

Include Form Styling setting in WPForms

WPForms will, by default, add styles to ensure your form looks great no matter which theme you choose to use on your WordPress site. If you’re a developer looking to customize your forms, though, this dropdown will allow you to reduce the amount of styling that WPForms applies.

Our tutorial on the Include Form Styling setting covers all of the details, including what to watch for if you choose to alter this option from the default choice.

Load Assets Globally

Load Assets Globally setting in WPForms

WPForms is smart about how it uses your site’s resources, so it will only load assets (code for styling and JavaScript, etc) when a form is detected on the page. In rare cases, however, there may be something on a site that prevents this detection from working properly — and that may prevent assets from loading at all.

By choosing to Load Assets Globally, it’s often possible to resolve issues where form assets aren’t loading. If you’re considering enabling this option, it’s generally best to get in touch with our support team and find out if loading assets globally could be a good solution for the specific issue you’re seeing.

GDPR Enhancements

GDPR enhancement options in WPForms

GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulations, is a set of policies by the European Union meant to help protect the privacy of EU citizens on the internet. WPForms offers a few ways to help you work towards compliance such as a GDPR Agreement field and an option to disable user cookies.

For all of the details on available GDPR options, please be sure to check out our tutorial on GDPR compliance in WPForms.

Email Settings

Settings under the Email tab will apply to notification emails for all forms on your site.

Note: This section will discuss plugin-wide email settings. If you’d like to change email settings for individual forms, be sure to check out our tutorial on setting up notification emails.

Template

Change email template used in WPForms

The Template option lets you easily decide whether you’d like to use HTML or plain text emails. To see examples of each type of email, please see our notifications tutorial.

Header Image

Set a header image for WPForms notification emails

In this setting, you can upload an image that will display at the top of all form notification emails. For full details, including image size recommendations, please check out our tutorial on adding an email header image.

Background Color

Change notification background color in WPForms settings

By default, all form notification emails will have a light grey background color. With this option, though, you can choose any background color you’d like with a simple color picker tool (or you can type in a hex value, if you’d prefer).

Carbon Copy

Enable the CC field in WPForms email settings

WPForms is designed with email privacy in mind, and so the Send To Email Address field (where you’d generally add all email recipients for a form’s notification email) acts like a BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy, field. This means that a separate email is sent to each email address, and the recipients can’t see one another.

If you’d like recipients to see one another’s email addresses, and be able to Reply-All on the email, a Carbon Copy (CC) field will be a better fit.

By enabling the Carbon Copy option, you’ll have the option to use a CC field in all of your existing and new forms.

For all of the details, as well as important usage notes, please see our tutorial on setting up notification emails.

reCAPTCHA Settings

WPForms includes built-in integration with Google’s reCAPTCHA, a super popular free service to combat spam.

If you’d like to enable this option on your site, please check out our tutorial on setting up reCAPTCHA in WPForms.

Type, Site Key, and Secret Key

Set up keys for reCAPTCHA in WPForms

During the reCAPTCHA setup process, you’ll need to decide whether you’d like to use the traditional checkbox style reCAPTCHA or their newer “invisible” option.

You’ll also generate keys from Google, which are required to allow reCAPTCHA to be used on your site.

No-Conflict Mode

No-Conflict Mode for reCAPTCHA in WPForms

If reCAPTCHA is is being loaded more than once on your site (for example, by both WPForms and your WordPress theme), this can prevent reCAPTCHA from working properly. When this conflict occurs, you’ll usually see a validation error when submitting a form even though you’ve completed the reCAPTCHA correctly.

Validation error on reCAPTCHA in WPForms

No-Conflict Mode is a great fix if you’re sure that reCAPTCHA isn’t being used anywhere else on the pages where your forms are embedded.

However, we highly recommend getting in touch with our support team if you’re in at all unsure whether this option is a good fit for your site.

Validation Settings

Customize validation messages in WPForms

Validation messages are shown to the user when they fill out parts of your forms incorrectly. For example, if the user skips a required field they’ll see a validation message that states “This field is required.”

Validation error example in WPForms

Under the Validation tab, you can easily customize these validation messages. This is useful if you need to translate messages into a different language, or even if you simply want these messages to reflect a unique voice for your brand.

For full details, please see our tutorial on customizing form validation messages.

Payments Settings

Payment settings will be important if you plan to collect any payment through your forms.

Note: If you’re looking for PayPal settings, please check out our tutorial on setting up the PayPal addon.

Currency

Change currency used in WPForms

By default, WPForms will use USD (United States Dollars) for all payment fields used in your forms. If you need to use a different currency, go ahead and choose an option from this list.

Stripe

Stripe key fields in WPForms payment settings

Requirements: You will need a Pro license level or higher to access the Stripe addon and these settings.

If you’ve installed the Stripe addon, you’ll need to add keys to connect form payments to your Stripe account.

For all of the details on setting up Stripe in WPForms, be sure to check out our Stripe addon tutorial.

Integrations Settings

Integrations settings tab in WPForms

If you’d like to integrate your forms with a third party service, such as an email marketing tool or Zapier, the Integrations tab will include the settings you need to connect to these services.

Below, you can find all of the potential integrations for this tab as well as links to installation and setup tutorials.

Requirements: The only integration on this page available to everyone is Constant Contact. All other integrations are available only with specific license levels, and will require installing an addon.

Misc Settings

Settings shown under the Misc tab don’t fit into another category, and are unlikely to be needed by most users.

Hide Announcements

Setting to hide announcements in WPForms

You may occasionally see notices from the WPForms team in your WordPress dashboard, ranging from important announcements to a friendly request to consider creating a plugin review.

If you’d prefer not to see any announcements from WPForms, simply enable this Hide Announcements option.

Uninstall WPForms

Setting to run full uninstall process for WPForms

WPForms is designed to avoid losing your form and entry data, and so a standard deletion of the WPForms plugin (using the Delete option on your WordPress Plugins page) will not fully remove the your forms, settings, or entries from your site.

This is to ensure that even if you need to remove plugins while troubleshooting, or if your plugin is accidentally deleted, etc, you will not lose everything you’ve created in WPForms.

If you’d like to fully uninstall WPForms, and so delete all forms, settings, entries, and any files uploaded to your forms (remove everything associated with WPForms from your site), you’ll first need to enable this option. Then, deactivate and delete WPForms from your site’s Plugins page to trigger this complete uninstall process.

That’s it! We hope this helped to familiarize you with all of the plugin-wide settings available in WPForms.

Next, would you like to find out what you should test before launching your forms? Be sure to check out our pre-launch checklist to ensure your forms work exactly how you’d like before accepting submissions.