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How to Move from Pirate Forms to WPForms

Do you need to make the switch from Pirate Forms to WPForms? Our form importer tool makes it easy to move your current forms into WPForms so there’s no need to rebuild them from scratch.

In this tutorial, we’ll discuss how to import forms from the Pirate Forms plugin to WPForms.


Using the Pirate Forms Migration Tool

Here at WPForms, we’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired Pirate Forms. You can read all the details in our announcement post.

To make the transition to WPForms as smooth as possible, you can use our migration tool. This option will appear at the top of your WordPress dashboard. To begin the migration process, go ahead and click the Migrate to WPForms button.

Pirate Forms announcement on WordPress Dashboard

This will open the migration tool. The first step is to install WPForms Lite, the free version of our plugin. You can do this easily by clicking the Install WPForms button.

Use WPForms migration tool to install WPForms Lite

Note: If you’d like to consider upgrading to our paid version for even more features, you can find out more about our license features on our Pricing page.

After clicking this button, WPForms Lite will automatically be installed and activated.

Note showing that WPForms Lite was successfully installed

Next, you can automatically import any forms from Pirate Forms. To do this, click the Start Migration button.

Start Migration from Pirate Forms to WPForms

If you have multiple forms in Pirate Forms, you’ll be able to choose which specific forms you’d like to import from the Available Forms column. Once selected, these forms will display in the Forms to Import column.

When you’ve selected all the forms you’d like to import, you can click the Import button.

Select forms to import from Pirate Forms to WPForms

When the import has completed, you’ll see a success message as well as quick links to edit or preview any imported forms.

Import from Contact Form 7 is complete

To make the import process as smooth as possible, the importer tool will let you know if any fields weren’t able to be imported due to compatibility issues. For example, certain fields may require a paid license to import.

Field could not be imported

The WPForms importer tool will also import notification email and confirmation settings from your existing forms. To learn more about the options available for these settings in WPForms, be sure to check out our tutorials:

Once you’ve checked over your imported forms, you can use them to replace your previous forms.

Adding Your Forms to a Page or Post

Note: Please always review and test your imported forms to be sure everything is set before using on a live page or post.

To replace your old forms with WPForms, you’ll first need to open the page editor where an older form is embedded. From the editor, you can click the Add Form button.

Click Add Form button to embed WPForms

Next, you’ll be able to choose which form you’d like to add to the page, as well as whether you’d like to display it’s title and/or description.

Select a form to display shortcode

After clicking the Add Form button, you’ll see the WPForms shortcode added to your page editor.

WPForms shortcode in the WordPress editor

That’s it! You’re now able to quickly bring in your forms from Pirate Forms to WPForms.

Next, would you like to find out about entry management options available with a paid license for WPForms? Our guide to form entries discusses the many features WPForms offers for handling entries submitted to your forms.