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WPForms 2nd Year Anniversary

WPForms Turns 2 Years Old – What’s New & What’s Coming Next

by Syed Balkhi on Mar 28, 2018

Wow, time is flying fast … I can’t believe that WPForms is already two years old!

This past year, we accomplished A LOT, thanks to the hard work of our team and continuous support from our users like you.

I wanted to take a few minutes to do a quick recap of all the things that happened this past year and share what’s coming next in WPForms.

Fun Second-Year Stats for WPForms

WPForms has come a long way in the past 12 months. Here are some fun stats to celebrate our second year.

  • We have 900,000+ active websites using WPForms (compared to 80,000 from last year).
  • We have 190+ blog posts (compared to 80 from last year).
  • WPForms plugin is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on WordPress.org (compared to 4.8 from last year)

What’s New in WPForms

We added a lot of neat features over the last 12 months. Below are some of my favorite WPForms’ features and addons.

WordPress Surveys and Polls Addon

WPForms Survey Addon Announcement

Surveys and polls addon is by far my most favorite feature because we really took the survey features of past and took it to the next level. With the survey addon, you can turn any form into a survey form with our smart fields option. It comes with best-in-class survey reporting that you can customize as needed. We added the ability to easily export the reports and even grab quick JPG screenshots for social media sharing. Last but definitely not the least, the poll part of this addon comes with real-time front-end reporting. If you haven’t checked out the survey addon, then I highly recommend doing so 🙂

Multiple Choice Images

While surveys was my most favorite feature, multiple choice images was by far one of the most user requested features. Surprisingly enough no other popular WordPress form builder offers this feature without requiring their users to code. Well, we fixed that. Now you can easily add images for your checkbox fields, radio buttons, as well as multiple choice payment fields.

Example of image chioces field

WP Mail SMTP

WP Mail SMTP

Email deliverability has been a well-documented problem for all WordPress websites. As WPForms grew, we became more aware of this painful issue that affected our users and the larger WordPress community. So we acquired the most popular SMTP plugin for WordPress last June and completely revamped it from the grounds up. Since then it has gone from 600,000 active installs to 800,000 active installs. Basically, this plugin routes your emails through popular email services like Gmail, SendGrid, etc instead of your WordPress hosting server which significantly improves deliverability.

Form Importers

We started WPForms with a single goal in mind: to make the most beginner friendly WordPress form plugin. As the word spread, more and more people wanted to try the WPForms difference.

To make it easy for users to switch and try WPForms, we created a powerful Form Importer tool. This allows you to easily migrate your Contact Form 7 forms to WPForms. We also expanded our form importer, so you can easily switch from Ninja Forms to WPForms.

Offline Form Addon

WPForms is used world-wide and sometimes for collecting information in remote-areas where internet connectivity is a big issue. Getting disconnected from the internet when trying to submit a form is enough for most people to give up because it means you have to restart the whole form submission process.

With the offline form addon, we created an offline form submission mode which saves the form data in your browser even if you close the tab. Once the internet connection is restored, you can easily restore the information and submit it.

Form Templates Pack with 100+ pre-made form templates

WPForms was the first WordPress plugin to offer pre-built form templates and our users loved it. That’s why last year, we added a brand new form templates pack that comes with additional 100+ pre-built form templates to help you save time.

Improved Conditional Logic

When we first launched WPForms, our conditional logic feature also known as smart form logic, was a separate addon available only for our Pro users. Last year, we significantly improved the conditional form logic feature and built it into the WPForms core plugin so more people can use it. We also added new conditional logic features that our users were requesting. I’m proud to say that WPForms offer by far the most comprehensive form logic solution in the market.

Multi-Column Form Layout

Creating a multi-column form layout was one of the biggest request that we got when we first launched WPForms. We looked around the market and every WordPress form solution was offering pre-made CSS classes to be used for form layouts. We took it to the next level and made it even easier for beginners by offering visual form layouts, not a CSS class text field.

This is one of the most loved features of WPForms.

Custom Form Template Generator

While we started WPForms for beginner users, a lot of developers and agencies have started using and recommending WPForms to their users due to it’s ease of use. To make website development and form creation easy, we introduced a new option to create custom form templates. This allows you to extend our pre-made form templates selection by adding new form templates that you can easily use on your site.

Google Invisible reCAPTCHA

WPForms came built-in with reCAPTCHA feature, and last year we extended it to add support for the new invisible reCAPTCHA feature that Google announced. You can easily enable this for your forms inside your form settings.

This is just a brief highlight of all the new features that we added. There were tons of additional features to improve entry management, form export, overall UI, and more.

What’s Next in WPForms

I am truly inspired and proud of what the WPForms team has accomplished in the last 12 months, but there is a lot more to come. We’re working on several new features that you’ve been asking for. Here’s a quick preview of what’s coming next:

  1. First, we’re going to be adding more email marketing integrations. We are starting with the list of most requested integrations that you guys have asked for.
  2. We’re working on adding recurring payments functionality for our Stripe addon.
  3. We will also be working on several new enhancements and features, updates to the survey addon, and a brand new onboarding flow which I know users will love.

We’re always listening to users for ideas and suggestions. If you ever have an idea for a new addon or feature that you’d like to see, please get in touch.

Thank you for your support in making WPForms the best WordPress contact form plugin.

Syed and the WPForms Team

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Comments

  1. Thanks for reading this article – I hope you found it helpful.

    I wanted to let you know about our new WordPress survey plugin that allows you to build interactive polls and surveys within minutes. You also get best-in-class reporting, so you can make data-driven decisions.

    You can get it 100% free when you purchase WPForms Pro plan.

    Get Started with WPForms Today and see why over 1 million websites choose WPForms as their preferred online form builder.

    Syed Balkhi
    CEO of WPForms

  2. Mesmerised with the list of features listed here. Seems WP Form has ability and can change the marketing model in future, as a standalone plugin.

    1. Thanks, Bdail! We’re super excited about what we’ve added already, plus all of our upcoming tools and features 🙂

  3. Congrats – you’re doing great work and definitely deserve that amount success!

    Also very pleased to hear that you plan to add more autoresponders – ActiveCampaign is really, really missing…

    As you’re planning that, it would also be great to see A/B-Testing at a certain point, like in ETs Bloom plugin.

    Thanks a million an all the best!

    1. Thanks, Chris! I’ve gone ahead and noted these on our feature request lists. Input like this really helps us determine what new features would be most useful to our users 🙂

  4. Hi,

    Congratulations on the two years and for the first class support.

    “We will also be working on several new enhancements and features, updates to the survey addon, and a brand new onboarding flow which I know users will love.”

    So I assume onboarding flow will have the complete workflow management.

    Thanks,

    1. Thanks Alwardi! I apologize, though, as I’m not sure what you might have in mind for workflow management. When you get a chance, could you please get in touch to let us know more details about what you’d like to see? That way we’ll be able to add those details to our feature requests for consideration.

      Thanks! 🙂

  5. Thanks for a great plugin. Just wondering if there is any way to easily print an address label? At the moment I have to copy n paste from my invoice system which is separate and usually slows me down. Must be an easier way to get customer order details and invoice and an address label to print. At the moment I chase addresses through email. What do others do? Self employed. No time or money. Thanks

    1. Hi Andrew,

      We don’t currently have a way to generate invoices or print labels for form entries, but I agree these would be super useful. I’ve noted this on our feature request list so our team can consider these ideas down the road. Thanks for the suggestions!

      In case it helps, for entries collected with any of our paid licenses you’d be able to export a CSV — which makes it extra easy to bring entry data into a separate service like Microsoft Office to generate labels and/or invoices. If you don’t have a paid license yet, following this link will take 20% off your initial purchase 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  6. Hallo,
    erst einmal herzlichen Glückwunsch zu zwei Jahren.
    Eine Frage habe ich
    Ich habe eine Seite für Bewertungen erstellt.
    Kann ich auch ein Kommentarfeld hinzufügen, so dass Kunden Bewertungen abgeben können, die auf meiner Seite zu lesen sind?
    Herzliche Grüße
    Sylke

    1. Thanks, Sylke!

      Sure, it’s absolutely possible to use our forms to collect reviews on your site. The best way to accomplish this (so that the reviews can easily, or even automatically, be displayed) is to use our Post Submissions addon. Here’s our tutorial with all the details on how you could set this up. The Post Submissions addon is available with our Pro license level or higher.

      I hope this helps! 🙂

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