I have been using the Gravity Forms plugin for easily building forms on WordPress sites since 2011. I originally wrote this post in 2012, however, decided that there has been a lot of changes since then and there are way cooler addons available for Gravity Forms then there were back then.
I made the adoption of Gravity Forms into our suite or tools and resources because it was the most advance and easiest to use form plugin at the time.
There have been a number of form plugins released since the original publication of this article, some may even be more advanced, however, Gravity Forms has always met my needs.
I still am a firm believer that the Gravity Forms Plugin is a game changer! And worth having in your arsenal!
Additional Reading: Gravity Forms Simple Payment Solution
Official Gravity Forms Add-ons (as of 10/2020)
This screenshot will break down the available addons by subscription level.
However, due to the licensing of WordPress and plugins (even premium plugins) which allows people access to the code, people are consistently building new addons and integrations that work with Gravity Forms.
Below I’ve listed a few of the 3rd party addons I use regularly or recently discovered that are, well, awesome.
NOTE: To use any of the Gravity Form addons listed below, you will have to have the Gravity Forms Plugin installed.
This is a suite of addons, which they call “Perks”.
It is a premium plugin (that means paid), however, the developer does make available tutorials and the code snippets necessary to implement some of the addons without the plugin.
Gravity Perks is a platform and delivery system for “perks”. Install Gravity Perks and then activate whichever perks make Gravity Forms more awesome for you. It’s like JetPack but specifically for Gravity Forms.
Additional Reading: Gravity Forms Terms of Service with Conditional Logic
2. CSS Selector
Gravity Forms is pre-developed with layouts to better style your forms, however, using these layouts requires remembering the appropriate CSS class.
Here is an example, if you want two form fields to line up side-by-side, you would use these two classes, gf_left_half and gf_right_half.
However, with the CSS Selector plugin, it’s now as easy as a few clicks. It’s not the only one available, but it’s my favorite, and it is free.
This is how it works.
- Click the icon next to the field
- Use the available options to select your CSS class
GravityView (a premium plugin) makes its it easy to use your form entry data throughout your website. Think of it as a page build for Gravity Forms data.
This can be really helpful when collecting user information that needs to be displayed in a members profile.
Watch this video to see how it works:
Additional Reading: Support Ticket System Made with Gravity Forms
4. Gravity PDF
The Gravity PDF plugin is free, however, they do have premium extensions. With this plugin your form data will be converted it into a PDF document and then sent as an email attachment.
This plugin has a lot of use cases. Any type of application process, first time patient docs, contract agreements, orders, and the list could go on.
This one is really only awesome if you like having solid analytics and better tracking of conversions etc.
The Event Tracking plugin (a free plugin) provides an easy way to add event tracking to your Gravity Forms using Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, or Matomo. If you’ve ever used Google Tag Manager, having a tool to help simplify the process is worth it.
Another free plugin that is ideal for the data junkie. Easily move your form data to a Google spreadsheet to collaborate on or easily track form submissions.
With this add-on you control which fields are sent to Google sheets and you can even map form fields with the fields on your spreadsheet.
The Wrap Up
These six addons I’ve shared with you don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what is available out there.
This link will take you to WordPress.org to perform a search for all plugins related to Gravity Forms.
If you’re looking for a quality forms plugin, Gravity Forms is it. Again it might not appear to be the most advanced out of the box, plugin, however, there is a huge community that is devoted to building cool addons to make it even more advanced.
Additionally, their support is incredible.