It’s a known fact that online form builders can make your life as a web user a lot easier.
Whether you own or manage a website, organize events, run surveys or even collect payments; online forms are easy, quick and ideal, especially for people who aren’t overly tech-savvy or neck-deep into programming.
As Communications Director at a small but fast-paced incubator, I once made a huge mistake when I sent out a survey to 60 people via email. I asked seven questions in it! And of course, they all responded via email. Some more than once.
It took me a long time to sieve through the responses, lay them out in an organized format, and then take action on the information I had gathered. After this unnecessary experience, I have decided to write to share the top three easiest (and free) online form builders for non-tech-savvy users or people who want to get things done as fast as they can online.
I have used all three suggested below, and hope you find them useful too.
Jotform can be as simple or as beautiful as you want it to be. Setting up a Jotform is quick, easy and straight-to-the-point.
First, you sign up and create a card layout.
Then you select an already designed template (recommended), start from scratch if you have something specific in mind or import an existing form if you’ve created one on Jotform before.
You then title your form and begin to add the elements you need in it. The dashboard on the left of the screen contains three tabs. Basic, Payments and Widgets. The basic elements include full name, email, address and even emoji sliders, captcha and 5-star ratings.
The Payment tab adds more power to your form if you want to collect payments via PayPal, Square or other payment gateways.
The Widget tab adds other powerful functions you may not even know you need as a non-tech-savvy user. These include a Terms and Conditions checkbox, e-signature field and even a fancy timer.
The most impressive thing about JotForm is they offer all features to all users including free users. You are only required to pay if you exceed the number of forms, responses, payments or other criteria specified. This makes it perfect for light-weight web users.
It also integrates easily with popular apps like Paypal, Mailchimp, Dropbox, Google Apps, WordPress, and others.
If you want to make a simple, personalized, beautiful online form, look no further than Jotform.
Typeform is fun, creative and can be beautifully animated. Most recipients have fun filling Typeforms because of their gamified approach.
To create a form, once you log in, you will be asked to personalize your experience to relate to the industry you work in or are creating the form for.
If you do this, you are shown templates that relate to your field, or you can skip the step entirely and start designing your form from scratch.
Similar to JotForm, there is also a dashboard on the left where you can pick and choose elements like the welcome page, email, date, payment, and even file uploads.
A significant difference between these two, however, is that Typeform only offers certain features to paying users. Features like payments, file uploads, and even the final Thank You page are restricted.
The first awesome thing about Google Forms is that if you have a Gmail account, you are eligible to use Google Forms – no sign up required. It syncs with your email and other Google Apps like Google Drive and Google Sheets which makes it convenient.
To use it, you will have to log into your Google account, of course. Once there, as with all others, you have the option to choose between a template from the template gallery or start from scratch.
It follows similar steps like TypeForm and JotForm and is easy to set up. Google Forms are not very beautiful but they get the job done.
You can limit responses to one per recipient using their email addresses. This would have come in handy for me in my story above!
The unique feature about Google Forms is that you can make the form into a quiz which you can grade and release results immediately after recipients fill it.
I have never had a use for this particular feature and doubt most non-tech-savvy web users will, but it’s a lovely add-on. Google forms also lack features like logic which Jotform offers for free (under the Settings tab), and Typeform offers only to paid users.
These three online form builders are the easy and free to use. Changes may come, and this list goes topsy-turvy. But for now, in 2018/2019, if you are a non-tech-savvy web user and you have projects that involve collecting responses, payments or anything else an online form can help you with, look no further than these three.
They integrate with the most popular web apps out there. They are mobile-friendly and responsive, and they store your information in organized formats.
Do you know of any other easy-to-use (and free) online form builders I haven’t mentioned here? Please add them in the comments below. This is by no means a definitive list!