I spend a lot of time supporting Gravity Forms users and building out ideas, and sometimes the process can be daunting, especially with large forms that use a ton of logic and add-ons.
Recently I started using three specific plugins to help improve the Gravity Forms editor and form testing process.
In this article, I will share with you my favorite features of each of these add-ons, but do check them out for yourself, because they offer a lot more than what I’m showing you here!
Be sure to check out each of these plugins on your own so you can see all of the features they offer!
This add-on offers a bunch of added functionality to the form builder as shown in this feature list, and take note that some of these features add some handy stuff for multisite users (i.e Network Hub).
While all of these features are excellent, there are two that I have come to depend on just about every day.
- Field Hinting
- Form Integrity
Why Field Hinting?
This feature gives you insight into the settings of all fields at a quick glance without having to click into each field individually. I’ve demonstrated the differences in this video. First I show you how to view field settings without GravityHopper, then when GravityHopper is activated.
As you can see from the video, just this single feature of GravityHopper makes a huge difference to the form editor making a huge difference.
Why Form Integrity?
With this feature you’ll know instantly what your form is missing and what you need to properly test it or get it working again.
If you’ve ever exported and imported your forms from one site to another, you know it can be a pain to find out later, that form was built using some add-ons you don’t have installed on the new site. And before GravityHopper’s Form Integrity feature, it could have taken you hours to figure that out.
Here’s how this feature can save you time an frustration:
As you can see in the video, not only does this feature tell you what add-ons you need, it also gives you a link to the plugin site, or gives you a one-click Activate button, if you have the plugin installed, to enable you to activate that plugin from the form editor.
GF Live Preview
This is one of the Gravity Wiz perks, that has literally made testing forms so much simpler.
With live preview, you don’t have to embed the form on a test page to see what the form will look like embedded on a page, and you can easily modify how the form is embedded.
For example, if you are dealing with a multipage form, and don’t want to have to click through every page to get to the issue on the 8th page of a 10-page form, with live preview simple select the option for “Single Page” and your form will display as a single page form.
But as you can see there are other options.
- Show Hidden – this will display any fields marked as hidden when previewing the form
- Unrequire – this will deactivate the field validation so required fields won’t trigger an error
- Disable Notifications – this comes in handy if you’re testing a live form and you don’t want your client getting a bunch of notifications about your tests.
- Ignore Form Restrictions – this will bypass any of those restrictions enabled in Form Settings, i.e Limit Submissions, must be logged in, etc…
Bulk Actions Pro
This add-on from certified developers Jetsloth, offers several functions to make managing multiple form fields easier and more convenient.
I recently had a project where I need to turn one form into two. It was a really large form and we needed to switch the form to a nested form setup, but didn’t want to recreate the form from scratch.
With Bulk Actions, we were able to copy the set of fields to a new form, and bulk delete those fields from the original form. We could have deleted these fields one by one, but it was a lot of fields and this add-on saved us a ton of time.
Here is a list of all the features this add-on provides, click to see them in action:
- Bulk Edit Fields
- Bulk Duplicate Fields
- Copy Fields to Another Form
- Bulk Delete
- Bulk Reorder Fields
- Advanced Fields Selections
I’m sure you’ve experienced a time when you would have liked to of had one or two of these features.
The Wrap Up
There you have it, three plugins that will save you time and frustration and most importantly make you look like a hero! Form building and supporting Gravity Forms has never been easier!
These obviously aren’t the only add-ons that can make the life of a Gravity Forms user easier, but they are three that can have a major impact.
As I previously mentioned, be sure to go and read up on all of these plugins and their features because I have only scratched the surface of what they can do for you.
If you have any add-ons you use to improve your form building, please share them in the comments, I’d love to see what else is out there!