Build web forms with Cognito Forms and its alternatives

Form Builder is an online application to create responsive all kinds of forms. Using responsive, the size of the screen presenting the form is distinguished and the design is tailored for that specific device. Finally the end outcome is a form that looks very professional on every device, every time, which boosts submission rates.

Cognito Forms

cognito-formsNeed to collect data from your potential customers, and then sell your products to them? Cognito Forms just might be what you need—for free. You can make detailed forms, with repeating sections that let you collect as much data as responders want to share.

There’s calculated fields, file uploads, conditional logic, and more, all to help you make the advanced forms you need.As surprising as it may be, Cognito offers all of that for free. You can make as many forms as you want and collect up to 500 entries without paying anything. Then, you can add products to your forms and use them to sell your stuff, and Cognito will charge you just 1% of your sales price. That makes it incredibly effective to start out and then scale up the price as you sell more stuff. And, if you used Adobe FormsCentral, Cognito can be a great service to switch to since it can import your older Forms Central forms.

…so what are some alternatives to Cognito Forms?

FormTitan

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FormTitan A powerful cloud based form builder tool for creating online web forms.It is so simple that in a matter of minutes you can create your form and start using it. It requires no programming skills – Titan does it all for you. FormTitan enables you to create an endless array of forms: contact forms, feedback forms, order forms, purchase forms, online invitations, surveys and polls etc.Formtitan is packed with a conversion rate optimization engine, its allow not just to build a very nice form but will also help you to build it in a way that it will have a better conversion rates.
In the world of Online forms, conversion rate is the number of visitors who submitted a formdivided by the total number of visitors to that form. Conversion Rate Optimization simply refers to the process of improving your form by increasing your conversion rates.

JotForm

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JotForm comes with a ton of pre-made templates for you to work with.

It is a drag-and-drop form builder; just select a tool you require, and  drag it onto the building area where you can preview what your form  looks like. You can customize and create your own form or choose a template from one of the many categories.

The templates help you start  somewhere, giving you ideas to create your own form. However, if you’re  satisfied with the template and want no other options, just go ahead and get the HTML code and paste it on your website.

Form Builder for Bootstrap

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This paid service is described as an element gallery which can be used by web developers as well as web designers. It consists of useful HTML snippets which can be used by them.

Google Forms

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In an internet dominant time, people have turned to websites to expand their businesses, organizations and companies. Building a website would entail employing the work of professional web builders which costs thousands of dollars.

This review will take a look at what Form Builder brings to the table to help you decide if this is an app you would want on your website or not. Taking a look at its pros and cons should help you get a better grasp of Form Builder.

FormLogix

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The only form builder that allows you to design your
form without any layout restrictions. Creating basic web forms without having to deal with their design. Adding dependencies to create a compound flow in the form.

With FormLogix you can createan endless array of forms: Contact forms, Feedback forms Surveys, Online polls, Order forms Event registration forms etc.

Orbeon Forms

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Orbeon Forms is your solution to build and deploy web forms. It handles large forms with complex validation and extensive collections of forms, all situations typical of the enterprise or government.

It implements the W3C XForms standard and is available in an open source Community Edition, as well as a commercially supported Professional Edition. Orbeon Forms is used around the world in a number of industries, including governments, banking, healthcare, telecom, and education.

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Basic Form Style

The basic form is created with a different form builder than the one used to create the advanced form. The form creation process in the basic form builder was discussed at length in this blog in the past and while we showed how to easily create a form by building a pool and then a flow, we did not discuss the style issue.
The style of the form refers to the color scheme, the fonts, sizes, borders etc. While the basic form builder is not design oriented, and is not meant to be so it still offers the user a way to change the look of the form using styles. So even if you cannot determine where your elements will be placed you will still be able to change the background colors, fonts and borders.
The way to go about it is rather easy. In the basic form builder main screen there is a section on the right called “form settings”. The last item in this section is “style” and by pressing on the button a style window will appear.
Using this window you will be able to change the form’s styles according to the form’s main parts: Header styles, Footer styles, Form Body styles and Border styles. Keeping the published form open while changing the styles is recommended so you can save and check each transformation online.
Once you make all your required changes all you will need to do is press “ok” and save the form.

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Create a basic form – Part 2: The flow

As i explained in my last post, the basic form builder consists of 2 work modes: the ‘pool’ and the ‘flow’. The pool is the heart of the basic form and may be used exclusively, skipping the flow process altogether.

So what is the flow good for then? The flow allows you to change the default order of questions, determined in the pool. It allows you to create a compound flow, one that has several routes depending on the user’s input (thus making it a conditional form).

Following are steps for Creating the form’s flow:
1- Once the pool is complete press on the ‘Flow’ work mode button to enter the Flow.
2- Press on the ‘Add a Question’ icon to choose questions from the flow and add them to your flow one by one.
You can determine their order using the ‘move up’ and ‘move down’ icons in the toolbar.
3- You can also add groups of questions to your flow by pressing on the ‘add a group’ icon. You may also determine after what question the group will be displayed using the ‘move up’ and ‘move down’ icons.
(Notice that the group question may not be separated – they will appear as a batch).
4- You can turn the form into a conditional form by placing questions/groups under multiple question answer options.
For instance : if you have a multiple question ‘what is your gender?’ which has 2 option (male, female) you can select the ‘male option’ and add a question (for instance, ‘do you like to drive?’) . You can also choose the ‘female’ option and place a different question under it (for example, ‘do you like shopping?’).
This way you can add many conditions to your form.
5- If you wish to add an exit after one or several questions in the flow, you can do so by selecting the question and pressing on the ‘end form’ icon. (for example, if you wish to collect only men’s data, you can add an ‘end form’ sign after the ‘female’ option. This will make sure that when a woman is filling in the form it will reach the finish line once she fills in that she is a ‘female’. )

Learn more about how to create a flow.

Create a basic form – Part 1: The pool

Choose Basic Form
The basic form builder is exactly what is sounds like: simple. It is a tool with which you can create your web form easily and quickly. In order to set up an online basic form all you need to do is create a pool of questions and determine their sequesnce in the Flow.
The Pool is the basis for this form – if you do not wish to add a flow, that’s alright – the form’s default flow (questions sequence) will derive from the pool.

Creating the pool is really simple:
1- Press on the ‘Add Question’ icon to add a question to the pool.
2- Once you have added all of your questions you can change their order. You can also edit them using or delete them.
3- Groups may also be created by choosing certain questions from the pool.
4- That’s it basically… once you finished adding questions you can save the form and use it ‘as is’. If you do so, the questions in the published form will be displayed in the order they appear in the pool. Read all about the pool.
5- If you wish to change the flow or even adding conditions, making the flow compound, you can do so in the Flow (Which I will talk about in my next post).