Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms

The Gravity Forms Universe

Gravity Forms is one of the most powerful plugins out there for WordPress users. And GravityView is one of many awesome plugins that build upon it. In this post, we’ll look at some of the other awesome plugins in the Gravity Forms universe.


GravityPerks

Gravity Wiz / Gravity Perks

Gravity Wiz provides Gravity Forms resources in the form of code snippets, tutorials and plugins. Their main product is called Gravity Perks, an excellent suite of more than 30 add-ons for Gravity Forms. These add-ons include:

  • Nested Forms – Create forms within forms within forms… you get the idea.
  • Conditional Pricing for GF Product Fields – Add if/then conditions to your product prices
  • Limit Dates – Limit which days are selectable
  • Preview Submission – Let users preview their form submission before pressing submit
  • Unique IDs – Create unique IDs, like invoice numbers or reference numbers, on entry submission

Plus 25+ other awesome add-ons. Their annual plans start at $49 per year. Sign up here.


GravityPlus

GravityPlus

GravityPlus is another small company that makes a variety of add-ons for Gravity Forms. Their three most popular plugins are:

Gravity Forms + Stripe

This plugin lets you integrate Gravity Forms with Stripe, one of the best payment processors on the web. You can create custom payment forms to easily and securely accept credit card payments on your WordPress site, for both one-time and recurring subscription payments.

Gravity Forms + Salesforce

This add-on plugin connects Gravity Forms to Salesforce, a customer relationship management (CRM) service. It transmits data from your website to Salesforce’s site and keeps it updated.

Gravity Forms Utility

A collection of tools to “make your life easier” when working with Gravity Forms. It includes helpful things like:

  • Show which page(s) a form is embedded on
  • Show feeds connected to a form (from GravityView, GFChart, etc.)
  • Prevent entry creation on forms

And more! There are a number of other plugins, including Gravity Forms Post to 3rd Party, Gravity Forms Dynamic Population Pro, and Gravity Forms Google Analytics Ecommerce Tracking. Check out all of them at GravityPlus.pro.


WooCommerce

Gravity Forms and WooCommerce

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce plugin for WordPress. While Gravity Forms doesn’t integrate directly with WooCommerce, there is an easy-to-use extension that does.

  • Build product configuration forms and link them to any product
  • Use conditional logic
  • Supports most fields (all except for Post creation fields)

Additionally, any product that contains a Gravity Form is tracked in the cart to ensure, no matter how complex your product form only unique configurations are added to the cart and duplicates are incremented in quantity.

Get the add-on here.


GravityPDF

Gravity PDF

Gravity PDF lets you automatically generate, email, and download PDF documents from your forms in Gravity Forms. You can customize them by…

  • Adding your company logo, header and footer
  • Choosing the font style, size and color
  • Selecting a predesigned template or creating your own
  • Adding a paywall to restrict access until payment is made

Plus, you can send your PDFs as email attachments automatically. Gravity PDF works great with GravityView, too—it’s the best way to generate advanced PDFs for Gravity Forms.

Learn more about Gravity PDF.


GFChart

GFChart

Need your data on a chart? GFChart can display your Gravity Forms entries directly on an automatically-updated chart. You can display your data in a bar chart, a pie chart, in a dashboard, and more. GFChart integrates very nicely with GravityView 👍

Learn more about GFChart


Jetsloth

JetSloth

JetSloth is a company that provides plugins that help you save time with Gravity Forms. Their four plugins do a variety of things:


ForGravity

ForGravity

ForGravity offers a suite of plugins that “supercharge” your Gravity Forms. They currently have four available plugins:

  • Fillable PDFs lets you create forms by importing editable PDFs. You can also export PDFs using submitted form data.
  • Entry Automation allows you to automate your Gravity Forms maintenance tasks, like exporting and deleting entries.
  • Live Population enables you to create forms that personalize themselves to the user as they fill out fields.
  • Easy Passthrough lets you transfer data between forms.

Gravity Flow

Gravity Flow

Last (but not least) is Gravity Flow. This plugin lets you create and design complex processes that are based on conditional logic. You can implement processes like feedback loops, approve-before-continuing, notifications, user and over 35 other step types.

The power of Gravity Flow can be a little difficult to understand, but they have an awesome video that explains how it works. Check out their video!


Using another plugin related to Gravity Forms? Let us know!

This is the state of Kansas in the US. A bit meta, but apparently, I'm in a meta mood.

Exact-match search for Gravity Forms Multiselect and List fields

A GravityView customer had a form on his site containing a Multiselect field of all the US states. The problem was that their search results for the state “Kansas” were also matching the state “Arkansas“. This wasn’t good.

If the field were an Address field, it would have been easy, but the field was a Multiselect. So why was this a problem?

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We’re fully ready for Gravity Forms 2.3

As of Version 1.22, GravityView is fully ready for Gravity Forms 2.3, which is getting very close to launch.

Gravity Forms 2.3 makes important improvements with how entries are stored. These improvements will allow GravityView to do amazing new things, including showing entries from multiple forms in one View, even more advanced searches, and speed up our entry searches almost 10x. All this will become possible in Gravity Forms 2.3.

GravityView worked closely with Gravity Forms to make sure that the new search functionality is as powerful and flexible as possible. We’re really thrilled to have everyone get access to it! 🚀

Case Study: How Farm and Market Trail Applies GravityView for Easier Website Management

Let’s say you want to build a website. It’s simple enough — you put a few pages of code together, find a place to host them, and voila, you have a website! For even easier website management, you may just decided to use a WordPress installation and have a fully functioning site up in a few minutes.

But, let’s throw a wrench into the works. Let’s say that you want the site to be interactive, you want people to be able to post, browse, find listings, and talk with one another. Sadly, you lack the technical expertise to pull this off, so you’re seemingly up the creek without a paddle. There’s no technical knowledge, but it’s a problem that appears to require deep technical skills.

You could hire a team of engineers, designers, quality assurance testers, and market researchers to figure out what the website should look like, how it should function, and what features you’re going to be able to support. But, this would cost thousands upon thousands of dollars and result in a product that may work, but which will require constant maintenance. Not only does this just kick the can down the road, it makes the can quite expensive to kick. For many companies, especially small businesses, this approach is cost prohibitive.

What are you to do?

Featured Customer: Farm and Market Trail

Well, this is the exact question that was facing the team behind Farm and Market Trail as they prepared to launch their new website. They needed an interactive site, without the overhead of actually building the site.

The Goal

The team was trying to figure out a way for people to post listings for small businesses that focus on farm-fresh goods, a way to manage those listings, and a way for people to find those listings.

In their words:

“Our goal at Farm and Market Trail is to create a comprehensive directory of small businesses like yours that offer: Fresh Produce, Fresh Baked Goods, Fresh Eggs, Flowers, Livestock Sales and Services, Meat & Poultry, Wine & Spirits, and Crafts”

In simpler terms, they were looking to build a directory of locations that provide farm-fresh foods. It’s not the most glamorous of problems, but it does solve a need: help people identify nearby locations that offer food they’d like to buy, preferably produced locally.

Key Functionality

To accomplish this, the team had three main pieces of functionality they needed to build. They all needed to work out of the box and the website would be incomplete if any one of the three pieces was missing.

Make It Easy to Accept User Submissions

First and foremost, a site for a community of small business owners and storekeepers to come together and post their listings needs a way for those people to, well, post their listings. If that doesn’t happen, there’s no way to populate a database, there’s no discovery of locations to be made, and there’s no data to manage.

Using Gravity Forms, the Farm and Market Trail team didn’t have to work for very long on this problem. They were able to quickly install the Gravity Forms plugin and create a form for people to submit their listings. Not only is it a simple answer for them, but because the plugin is built from the ground up to work with WordPress, there were no configuration issues.

Ideally, though, the information from Gravity Forms was immediately accessible to them using a separate plugin: GravityView. Using this combination they were able to take data and have it immediately usable for whatever display purposes they had in mind.

Improve the Workflow of Managing Listings

Once the data was uploaded, they were able to transform it and manage the inputted listings however they wanted. GravityView was able to provide them with the ability to transform and manipulate the data, create a clear workflow for turning that raw data into easily comprehended listings, and then publicize the submissions that were appropriate.

This is a big help, since as with all community-generated content, there is the chance that a nefarious person could come along and upload unrelated postings. However, because they were able to manage the data as a seamless part of their process, they resolved the issue before it ever came up.

Find All Listings Using a Simple Map

Listings are all fine and good in plain text, but the Farm and Market Trail team was aware that if you’re trying to help people find a shop, then you had better go out of your way to make it easy to figure out where it is. This is why we invented maps and cartography, after all.

Using the GravityView Maps extension, the Farm and Market Trail team have been able to immediately display the right information to people on a map, making it easier for them to find the stores they’re looking for.

The Proof Is In the Pudding

Despite all of the technical features that the team at Farm and Market Trail were able to take advantage of, the real value can only be found in whether or not they’d do it again. Fortunately, we don’t need to assume how they felt about the service provided.

Here’s what they say:

“I started working with the GravityView plugin a few months ago. In that time, I have been able to build a map based website that, short of spending a small fortune on coding, would not have been possible. For a web developer, the combination of Gravity Forms & GravityView is very empowering. And the support I have received from the GravityView team is quite simply outstanding. Thanks guys! To use the modern vernacular – you rock!”

Final Thoughts

Farm and Market Trail is a very specific website, but they aren’t the only ones who can get value from great forms. If you have a website that accepts form submissions of any kind, there’s a good chance you need to check out the combination of Gravity Forms and GravityView.