There are roughly one kazillion reasons why you would want lovely, functional website forms.
Up to and including the fact that—unless you have a degree in Computer Science—it is SUCH a pain to code even the simplest program.
You have to write code that 1) tells your web host server “Hi there, look at this sweet information I need you to store!”, AND another piece of code that gets that info back from the server, PLUS another piece of code that makes it legible in an Excel document. Otherwise you are looking at a whole bunch of cells with wingdings in them.
I mean, do you know how to program that? Because I sure as heck do not have that in my “List of things to geek out about” notebook!
Using free tools by Google or Zoho is usually my Grade A #1 back up plan, but embedding a Google form into your website looks SO gross — ugly scrollbars, iframes will act janky in different browsers, plus they have the Google branding so everyone knows you’re kinda… well, cheap.
Y’all know how much I LURRVE finding things for free that replace things I normally pay for — especially if they also work just as well (if not better) than those paid things.Lurrve. That’s at least 3 times as potent than plain love!
Here are the issues with website forms as I see them:
- Website forms are necessary and a crucial part of business because you need to collect some basic information about your clients and customers.
- Forms created by applications don’t actually live on your site so you could potentially lose all that information if you forget to pay your balance (deleted) or that service gets hacked or bought by Facebook.
- Most forms are ugly, including the paid ones. Very little customization can be done.
- Google Forms are even ugly. Zero customization here.
- WordPress can be made to be less ugly through templates and themes.
My solution? A free plugin for WordPress that integrates with Google Forms.
The Google Forms plugin for WordPress! It embeds a sleek, clean Google form and takes on the styling of your WordPress site. There is also an option for adding your own CSS to make your website forms even swankier and a helpful guide to DIY-ing the design.
Wanna see it in action? Check out the Feedback Form for the Twitter Challenge. It looks like a fancy website form I made myself but (super secret) it’s all run from Google!