Developer vs. Average User: The Caldera Forms Arena

MARIA PIRZADA ANSARI | November 30, 2017

Looking for a powerful, free form builder for your site? Want to add conditional logic to your forms? Need a form that delivers a good user experience to your viewership?

Caldera Forms

Quick Review

Caldera Forms is one of the best, free form plugins for WordPress. It enables users to create all kinds of responsive forms using its built-in drag and drop layout builder. The plugin comes with six pre-designed forms right out of the box and lets you build custom forms, as well.

For more information about the features Caldera Forms offers and how you can make the most of them, be sure to check out Colin Newcomer's review on WPLift. And if you'd like to try it out for yourself then head over to Caldera Forms' Getting Started Guide.

A Developer's Perspective

Personally, I haven't been able to find a free forms plugin that's better than Caldera Forms. I like everything about it from its interface to its built-in form processors. The feature that really made this plugin stand out for me was its conditional logic functionality. It's super easy to use – anyone could do it! While other form plugins only offer conditional logic in their premium versions, Caldera Forms includes it in its free plugin.

What's more is that you can configure the form's settings to enable all kinds of neat options like Ajax submissions, hide form after submission, and scroll to top on submit. Finally, it also lets you import forms from your local drive. If you develop and manage a few different websites like I do, you'll be able to re-use your forms simply by importing them.

Pros

  • Conditional logic.
  • Tons of customization and configuration options.

Cons

  • You have to install premium add-ons to accept payments and use email marketing.

An Average User's Perspective

As an average user, Caldera Forms has all the right features in place for my form building needs. The plugin's interface might seem a bit outdated at first but once you've experimented a bit with the pre-designed forms, you'll be creating your own custom ones in no time.

Connecting the form to my email was super easy and I really liked how Caldera Forms gives you a bunch of helpful tips when you're configuring its email notification settings. This is probably the only form builder I've used where I got it right the first time!

Pros

  • Comes with pre-designed forms.
  • Email notification and responsive settings are easy to configure.

Cons

  • Interface takes a little getting used to.

To Sum It Up

If you're going to be building forms with conditional logic then you'll be hard-pressed to find a free plugin that's better than Caldera Forms. And with its form importing option, you won't have to redesign the same form over and over again.

And if you're an average user, Caldera Forms' layout builder is relatively easy to use and configuring its various settings is super easy. Once you've tried it out for yourself you won't look back!