We did it! We took the leap and bought WPForms Pro today. WPForms offers 4 license options, we chose the second best option which is “Pro”. This gives us 5-site activations and almost all of the available official addons. The only thing we’d gain from going to the highest package option (Elite) is unlimited sites (which we might need later…) and a few of the payment addons like Authorize.net. The addon list different is minimal, so unless you really need those few Elite addons the main reason to go Elite would be that you’ve already got 5 activated sites. There is a much bigger gap between Plus and Pro, where Pro has a much better selection of addons as well as increasing site activations from 3 up to 5.
Why did we buy pro? Well the main motivation is we’ve been getting form submissions on this site and a couple of others but not always getting the email notifications. WPForms Lite version doesn’t store the form submission, so if we miss a notification it’s like that contact never happened. That has to be very frustrating for any users that are trying to reach us, and we certainly don’t want to miss out on any contacts. The price of pro is very much worth it just to make sure we can manually review our list of form submissions to see if there is anything we missed.
Some of the main addons we’re looking forward to testing out now that we have access to them with WPForms Pro include the front-end post submissions that allows users to create content posts through a form, the multiple step forms and payment forms. In total there are about 25 official addons available now for WPForms, and the functionality available puts it on par with Gravity Forms and other major forms plugins. One of the reasons we’re bigger fans of WPForms instead of Gravity Forms however is that WPForms does offer it’s completely free version which is still quite good and full-featured. Even though we’re now pro users and we could have gotten Gravity Forms or any other major WordPress forms plugin for a similar price (our Pro license cost $199 USD per year) the fact is we like the UX better than Gravity Forms. WPForms has a very user-friendly approach to the back-end. There are lots of nice UX helpers that make you feel as if every detail was carefully thought about and gives you an experience that feels a lot lot using a SAAS (Software as a Service) system even though you’re actually working in the WP Admin.
As we now explore what WPForms has to offer in it’s official addons, we’re also putting an eye towards building some 3rd party addons that might round out the ecosystem. Let us know in the comments below if you’re a WPForms user and have some ideas on what gaps might exist in the addons available.