Piotnet Forms Review: Better Than Legacy Competitors

Published: October 19, 2020

Piotnet Forms is a relatively new addition to the super crowded “WordPress form plugins” niche. We wanted to see how it stacked up to its legacy competition, and determine if this new player deserves more hype.

Piotnet Forms Is New

Like, really new. They launched in mid September, which is probably why you haven’t heard much about them. Even though the standalone forms plugin launched in mid September, it stems from the Form feature in PAFE (Piotnet Addons For Elementor), which has been under continuous development for the past couple of years. That means you’re getting a shiny new plugin that you can use on all sites (with all page builders, not just Elementor) using a tried and true framework.

Here you can see the downloads of the lite version of the plugin:

The free version is pretty limited, and there are better options out there for $0, so we’ll be discussing the paid version, which ships with tons of features.

First, this is a super lightweight plugin. It only loads associated assets when the form shortcode is present. Even then, it’s only 12KBs.

Piotnet Form Features

This plugin ships with dozens of features, and is under active development, meaning new utilities are added weekly. Here’s a list of what it comes with:

  • Booking
  • Repeater Fields Multi Level Nested
  • Register and Login Form Builder
  • Update User Profile
  • Woocommerce One Page Checkout
  • Woocommerce Dynamic Pricing
  • Submit Post & Edit Post Form Builder
  • Signature Field
  • Form Abandonment
  • Label Animation
  • reCAPTCHA (v3) Integration
  • Multi Step Form
  • Stripe Payment
  • Paypal Payment
  • Conditional Logic Form
  • Calculated Fields Form
  • Preview Submission
  • Image Select Field
  • Coupon Code Field
  • Input Mask
  • Distance Calculation
  • PDF Generator
  • Form Database
  • Google Maps Address Autocomplete Field
  • Range Slider Field
  • Date range calculated fields
  • Webhook (It can connect to your Endpoint URL, Zapier)
  • Remote Request
  • Google Sheets
  • MailerLite
  • Getresponse
  • Mailpoet
  • Zoho CRM
  • MailChimp
  • ActiveCampaign

We can’t cover anything here, but there are a couple of really important entries.

Booking

You can create a booking system which allows users to choose timeslots and book appointments. Of course, this isn’t as fully featured as Amelia or LatePoint, but if you need a simple booking tool, this can save you a couple dollars as it comes bundled.

Frontend Post Submission

You can easily allow your users to submit content through the front end of your website. For example if you accept blog posts, this could be a great workflow tool. You can also have users register and login through Piotnet forms as well.

Conditional Logic

Surprisingly, conditional logic only comes standard on paid versions of form plugins (not including Fluent Forms). This allows you to tailor your user experience and is a great addition.

Pay Through Piotnet Forms

This is one of the most underrated features that this forms tool has to offer. It allows your customers to pay you through stripe, PayPal or WooCommerce. With pretty much every other plugin out there, you need to buy a paid add-on to accept payments through a form. Working with WooCommerce natively is super beneficial, and this is one of the best utilities that Piotnet forms has.

Integrations Galore

Out of the box, this forms plugin integrates with MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, MailerLite, Google Sheets, Getresponse, Zoho, MailPoet. I really like to see the addition of Google sheets, as that's a very powerful platform that you can use to manage a ton of content for free. You can even set up mailing campaigns through Gmail if you have G suite.

Repeater Fields

Repeater fields allow a user to duplicate fields and sections many times period this is really helpful if you have multiple chunks of information that you need users to submit at one time. For example, you could create a parts repeater which the customer enters a part number and description. They could add as many parts as they need.

Piotnet Forms Integrates with every page builder out there (we tested on Divi, Elementor and Oxygen Builder), and allows you to embed forms by using a shortcode.

Some other neat integrations that this tool has out of the box is form abandonment features, calculated fields, coupon codes, remote API requests, address autocomplete and a form database. You can even collect signatures through a signature field and generate PDFs.

There are a ton of other features that this form has to offer, but they overlap with all of the legacy plugins out there. Essentially, if you need a form feature, this plugin has it. If it doesn't, the development team behind it is incredibly active and receptive to user feedback, updating the plugin every single week.

Piotnet Form Builder

The plugin comes with a super high quality form builder that allows you to easily and visually build up the structure of your form, populated with fields, and then style those fields accordingly. You don't need to know any CSS, and you can make it completely responsive as you can see in the video below.

This form builder reminds me a lot of the Elementor page builder, and it's very well designed. simply drag and drop and then style accordingly. If you go to the home page for Piotnet Forms and click “try for free”, You'll be able to access a demo of this exact form builder.

Piotnet Form Pricing

The pricing aspect of this form is the best in the industry. If you're looking for a single site license, that would cost you $25 per year. For an unlimited site license that would cost you $50 per year, and for a lifetime unlimited license that will only cost you $80.00.

I don't expect this lifetime licensed to last for long, as this is the case with most new plugins. New plugins like offering lifetime licenses in their beginning stages, and as they mature they’ll move to a subscription plan.

Piotnet Form Features Compared

If you compare this form builder to any of the other legacy form builders out there (think WPForms, Gravity Forms, Formidable), you'll see a stark contrast.

First, let's assume that you're opting for the $80.00 lifetime license for this plugin (which probably won't last for long).

It looks like Piotnet Went through all of the paid extensions to these legacy tools and included them in there base offering. For example, you need to purchase a form abandonment add-on for Gravity Forms.

The Elite License costs $259 per year

Address autocomplete is very difficult to do with legacy plugins. For WP Forms you would need to purchase a signature management tool to collect that type of data.

Contact form 7, a free offering doesn't even come with a form database (nor does Elementor Forms).

If you want to collect payment and integrate with PayPal, Stripe or WooCommerce, those extensions cost hundreds of dollars per year for all of the legacy offerings ($199/yr for WP forms, $199-400/yr for Formidable Forms).

All of these features are working out of the box with the Piotnet Forms offering, and it will only cost you $80.00 one time to access this. That's a pretty good deal if you ask me, and makes it the most valuable forms plugin out there.

To Conclude

The sheer number of features that ship with this plugin, the active development, and the lifetime unlimited license for $80 easily make this tool the most valuable out of all form builders out there. The builder interface reminds me a lot of elementor, in a good way, as it is super easy to build out a form or even a landing page by using a drag and drop UI and then styling the output. You can then choose to make your own page, or embed it anywhere in the site by using a shortcode.

Go check it out!

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Gerard Godin
1 year ago

Well I couldn't resist after such a grand review. Wow! What a great deal!

Girish Joshi
Girish Joshi
11 months ago

Great article.

Actually I was looking for....How to style the piotnet form using oxygen builder.

I had a tough time styling it using selector / detector.

If you could make a video on tis, it will be really helpful.

Gavin gavin
Gavin gavin
3 months ago
Reply to  Girish Joshi

Me too, super difficult.

Not the easiest plugin to use, the UI is tricky and it just seems to do its own thing? I'm sorry I purchased it in fact. No documentation makes it really hard to get this thing working.

Victor Boivin
Victor Boivin
9 months ago

Unfortunately, Piotnet seems to have forgotten about acessibility. The submit buttons are simple divs with click events, no tabindex so not focusable, and the onClick events required to trigger the submissions won't work on a tabindex div anyway.

TLDR: If you don't want to block access to your form to visually impaired people, or people who can't use a computer mouse because of a disability, you shouldn't use this plugin.

avanti
avanti
7 months ago
Reply to  Victor Boivin

This has been fixed in PF 1.0.78 (2021/03/26)

Noah Heise
Noah Heise
5 months ago

I got Piotnet forms thinking it was practically perfect. But the PayPal integration straight up isn't working. I made the app, got the client ID, added it in the plugin settings, (all like it said to do) but when I enable PayPal payment on the submit button the button just won't display. Do you know what is going on? I am super disappointed and customer support is next to no help at all.

darius
darius
1 month ago
Reply to  Noah Heise

hi, did you get things sorted? Im thinking of buying the plugin but not sure if I am going to be happy using it.... thanks

Gavin gavin
Gavin gavin
3 months ago

It's so difficult to custom style though. Not even CSS hero could get around some of the issues.

Mark
Mark
19 days ago
Reply to  Gavin gavin

I've been finding CSS Hero less than heroic lately, but Micrrothemer does work! Anxious to see what the Black Friday offer will be, probably going to get on it.

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