WPForms Documentation

Documentation, Reference Materials and Tutorials for WPForms

How to Upgrade from WPForms Lite to a Paid License

Are you ready to upgrade from WPForms Lite to the paid version of WPForms? Upgrading to the paid WPForms plugin will give you access to even more features and powerful addons.

In this article, we’ll show you how to upgrade from our free version to a paid license.

  1. How to Purchase a WPForms License
  2. How to Install the Paid WPForms Plugin

1. How to Purchase a WPForms License

To get started, you’ll need to visit our Upgrade page. This page will show you all of the features available with paid license levels, so be sure to check out any options you’re interested in for more details.

When you’re ready, click the Upgrade Now button.

Upgrade from free to paid version of WPForms

This will open the WPForms Pricing page. This page will display all features available with each license level so that you can determine which license is the best fit.

When you’ve determined which license has the features you’d like, you can click the Get Started button to begin the checkout process.

Select a license level

Currently, a 50% off discount is automatically applied for the first year of all new licenses. Within the checkout, the discount code should already be in place for you.

Checkout page with 50 percent off discount applied

The last step is to enter your payment details and create a WPForms account. Your account will provide access to the paid plugin downloads, so you’ll need this a little later in this tutorial.

When all of the fields are complete, click the Purchase button to complete the order.

Complete purchase of WPForms license

You will receive an email receipt of your purchase, delivered to the email address you use to create your WPForms account.

2. How to Install the Paid WPForms Plugin

Now that you’ve purchased a license, you can complete the upgrade process by installing the paid version of the WPForms plugin.

Note: The upgrade process will not be complete until the paid plugin version is installed on your site in place of WPForms Lite.

Download the WPForms Plugin File

To download the paid version of WPForms, you’ll first need to log into your WPForms Account. This will require the login credentials you created during the checkout process.

Once you’ve logged in, click on the Downloads tab. From this page, you’ll see a list with our core plugin and any addons your license provides access to. To download the main plugin, click its Download link.

Download the paid version of WPForms

Note: There’s no need to download any addons right now, and you can easily install addons from your WordPress admin area later on.

WPForms will download as a zipped file called wpforms.zip, and will automatically save to your browser’s default location for downloads. Be sure to leave the file zipped, as this format is required when installing WordPress plugins.

Note: In some cases, this file may unzip as you download it, and instead appear as a regular folder. However, the folder must be zipped to use the WordPress plugin uploader.

For instructions, please check out these instructions for Windows or Mac operating systems.

Install the Paid Version of WPForms in WordPress

Now that you have the zipped file, log into your WordPress site and go to Plugins » Add New. From here, you’ll need to click on the Upload Plugin button.

Upload a plugin in WordPress

This will open an area where you can add the zipped file. After choosing the file, go ahead and click the Install Now button.

Upload the WPForms plugin to WordPress

WordPress will complete the installation process for you, but don’t activate the plugin just yet.

Deactivate WPForms Lite and Activate the Paid Version

Now that you’ve installed the paid version of WPForms, the next step is to open the Plugins page of your WordPress site.

Within the Plugins list, you’ll need to scroll to WPForms Lite and click the Deactivate option.

Deactivate WPForms Lite

As soon as the Lite version is deactivated, you’ll need to click Activate on WPForms (the new, paid version).

Activate the paid version of WPForms

Don’t worry, all of your forms and settings will stay in place when you activate the paid plugin version.

Once you’ve activated WPForms, you’ll be taken to a welcome screen with more details to help you get started.

Activation welcome screen for WPForms

Delete WPForms Lite

Now that you’ve completed the installation of our paid version, you can delete WPForms Lite from your Plugins page. All forms and settings will now be managed by the paid plugin, so no data will be lost by deleting the free version.

That’s it! You’ve now installed the paid version of WPForms, and have access to tons more features like conditional logic and entry storage and management.

Next, be sure to verify your WPForms license so that your site will automatically receive updates as we continue to improve and add features.