If you have a website, blog or Facebook Business Page, you most likely have a contact form on one of your pages. WordPress & Facebook both have free Plug-ins and Apps to do the job, but this week I took a look at JotForm-Easiest Form Builder. JotForm was easy to use, as promised, and has some great features we’ll discuss.
With JotForms, it’s not necessary to even establish an account to make and use a form. Everything is web-based, so no software to download. Some possible form ideas are below. JotForm also supplies templates for most commonly used forms to help you get an even quicker start.
- Contact Form
- Survey Form
- Job Application Form
- RSVP for Events
- Reservation Form
- Time Sheet
- Event Calendar
JotForm is compatible with over a dozen web formats, including WordPress, Joomla, Blogger, Tumblr and Facebook. Instructions are given as to how to embed your form code into the format you want to use – easy!
I use WordPress and tried out the below simple Contact Form on my site and filled it out and quickly received my email notification. Very nice. The drag and drop interface reminds me of Gravity Forms (which I already have and use on my sites).
I looked through their website and read the FAQ and a few blog postings. Here are some of the highlights:
- no ads will ever be placed on your forms (they promise)
- no account signup required, but if you are going to be a regular user, get an account
- tracking reports that are downloadable
- secure forms (SSL) available
- sell digital or other products and collect payment using PayPal, Google Checkout and others
- user guide on the site
- choices of font, colors or backgrounds
I took a look at the Facebook forms, and it is for the FBML app. If you already have FBML on your Facebook Business Page, you’re good to go, but if you’re building a new Facebook page, FBML is no longer available, they’ve gone to iFrames. Hopefully, JotForm is working on this.
JotForm is free to use – up to a certain point. Here are pricing points. As long as you have fewer than 100 submissions/month, 10 or fewer SSL submissions and 10 or fewer payments sent to you per month, your account is free. If you feel you’ll have a big month coming up, you can upgrade to their next level, which is about $10/month. Then you can go back to the free account with no penalty or losing of your data – very accommodating of them.