Advanced Users, You Have Found a Form Builder
Form Builders tend to either go one way or the other; you either get form builders styled and built for beginners, or focuses heavily on more advanced users who want all the features and tools at their fingertips to build detailed and comprehensive forms. In order to benefit form the full version you will need to be able to install the software on your own server.
The plan comes with a one-time fee as opposed to a monthly plan, and the price for the full plan is fairly affordable for 1 site, but does scale up with more sites that have been added. For beginners there is a simple version of the product at less than half the cost.
Why Choose RackForms?
- Advanced tools
- No monthly fee
Templates & Designs
Lots of Templates For Those In The Know
RackForm is bursting with templates for pro users in XML, AJAX and PHP.
Template Selection: There are a ton of templates, but only if you are a more advanced builder will you understand which ones to use.
Customization: There’s almost too much customization – you can tweak even the background color of the fields – so a beginner may get lost.
Comprehensive Features Mean It Will Take Time to Learn
It may not be the easiest of platforms to be able to jump into and then start building together your forms. Because the program is mainly focuses at advanced users with many features and tools you will need to take time out to learn the process.
Generally the installation process is a piece of cake, but for a beginners you may find yourself getting caught up on some of the steps. Sometimes it comes down to who you are hosted with as well, as some hosts will make it easier for you to install the software. Overall, take about an hour to get the software all setup and ready to go.
Luckily, you only need to do this once!
The editor itself is very cold and technical and not that intuitive (clicking on the red +s gives you a (sortable) page. It does have some extra features not usually found in others, like digital signature and multi-file upload field. Bottom line is you are going to have to want to take time to learn this software if it’s going to be any use to you.
The Express version does have a number of good features for its price.
Express Version Reasonably Priced
While RackForm does not have a free level or trial period, it does offer an Express version at half the price of rivals CoffeeCup. This version is good for intermediate users as well as powerful enough for pros. The good thing is you own it outright – the trick is, you have to integrate it with your own server. The full version also includes a Builder Toolset, a PHP application builder used to create database result sets (if you don’t know what that is, you probably don’t need/won’t understand it.)
Lots Of Docs, Videos, and Examples
FormHost knows first-time users are going to get a little lost, so they have a ton of videos and even a walk-thru tutorial of the editor. In addition, there is extensive documentation, samples, as well as working demos. An active support forum, as well priority email support come with the purchase.
- Video Tutorials
- Email Support
- Support Center
- SEO Help
- Phone Support
- Live Chat
FormStack is a powerful tool for those folks in the know about forms, much less so for everyone else. It gets points for its low cost, which is great so long as you can install on your own website. If you are looking for the power to tweak and create all kinds of complex forms and surveys, go for it. Non-techies, however, should stick to something like CoffeeCup.
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- Full featured form builder / generator
- Hosted and non-hosted versions
- Excellent support
- Can create complex forms.
- Free updates
- Takes a while to master.
- many options for forms
- support is great
- tutorials and documentation is very good
- dashboard could be more colorful
- Sophisticated validation tools
- Very friendly helpful support
- Highly customizable
- Self-hosted and cloud options
- Not for complete novices
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