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