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Review of JotForm.com: A WYSIWYG Form Builder

Published on Tuesday, January 04, 2011
By Sarah Payne
I have long been in search for a good contact form for my blog. Being a fan of customization, I wanted something I could easily edit, but would also look professional and upload files without limiting submissions and costing money. A simple search in Google told me I was dreaming of something that didn't exist. So I had to resort to finding the best I could get, a task which took many pages of many searches, reading multiple form builder reviews, and experimentation. It all led me to JotForm.

Why JotForm is the Best

I've tried more form builders than I would like to remember—every one just being identical to the last—and by far, JotForm is the best. It offers the most features for free, and while most form builders can be used for free, they often limit you to the most basic features. JotForm is different, as it lets you take advantage of all the features at no cost. Of course, they have to make their money somehow, so if you want more than 10 MB of available space for uploaded files or expect more than 100 submissions per month, you'll need to upgrade to a paid plan. The free plan, however, is probably adequate for the average blogger.

JotForm makes building forms easy with its WYSIWYG editor. Adding fields is as simple as a click, and the drag-and-drop interface allows you to arrange the fields in whatever way you please. Using the Embed Form Wizard, you can insert your form into any type of web page. JotForm is a perfect editor for people who have no knowledge of HTML.

I mainly use JotForm as a way for my readers to contact me, but it can do so much more than just contact forms. You can use JotForm for almost any form you want, including surveys and applications.

JotForm lets you interact with your users too. You can display a thank you message after a submission or send an automated email to let them know that it successfully submitted. You can also reply to submissions right on JotForm's website.

One thing I really love about JotForm is its professional look. Unlike other free services, there will never be any ads and you'll never be directed to their website. You can customize the look of your form with the given themes, though I often complain about the limited number of styles. The Default theme works well for Template Faerie, but other bloggers may want something more customized. While the remaining nine themes offer more color variety, I think many—if not most—would clash with the colors and style of numerous websites and blogs. The form can be customized using CSS, but of course, not everyone is capable of that.

I'm using JotForm for both my contact form and guest post submission form. I like the form builder's simplicity and ease-of-use, and I recommend this service to anyone who is looking to create a form for free. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Visit JotForm.com today, and start building your first form. You don't even need an account to get started!

About the Author

I'm Sarah Payne, the author of this blog. I'm an amateur writer and template designer, an avid Blogger-user, and a reptile lover. One way or another, I ended up creating TF to show people that blogs don't have to be ugly and to share my unavoidably opinionated rants. You can also find me on Twitter and Google+.