You might be wondering, doesn’t Elementor have its own form builder feature? Yes, it does. However, for a more advanced need such as accepting payment, you still need a dedicated form builder plugin. Another reason, Elementor has no built-in feature to manage the form submissions. You need to install an additional plugin to manage form submissions in Elementor.
Elementor itself comes with a Shortcode widget. You can use this widget to integrate all WordPress plugins that use shortcodes with Elementor. Since most form builder plugins use shortcodes to add your forms to a page, you can use the Shortcode widget of Elementor to add your forms to an Elementor-powered page. However, adding your forms using this method doesn’t allow you to customize the look of your form using the Elementor editor.
Elementor add-ons like Happy Addons and Essential Addons come with widgets that you can use to integrate Elementor with a certain form builder plugins. Here is the list of form builder plugins you can integrate with Elementor.
JetEngine is a WordPress plugin that a dependency on Elementor to work. It is an Elementor add-on designed specifically to create custom content types such as custom post types, custom fields, and custom forms. You can then add the custom content types you created to your Elementor designs (pages or template). JetEngine allows you to create several form types. From a simple contact form or email opt-in form to a complex form like a user registration form, front-end post submission form, or booking form.
There are 17 field types you can use when creating a form with JetEngine. The form itself is created on the JetEngine back-end while for the styling process, you can do it on the Elementor editor.
2. Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms is a feature-rich form builder plugin. It comes with nearly all features you can expect from a form builder plugin. From a drag-and-drop form builder interface, spam protection, submission manager, and so on. Gravity Forms is a perfect option to create a professional form. You can use it to create any type of form. From a donation form, payment form, job application form, user registration form, and so on. Gravity Forms supports integration with PayPal to accept payment, Dropbox to store the file uploads from users, and other services.
To integrate Gravity Forms with Elementor, you can install either the Happy Addons or Essential Addons. Both Happy Addons and Essential Addons come with a Gravity Forms widget that you can use to integrate your Gravity Forms forms with Elementor. You can customize the look of your forms using Elementor editor with those two add-ons.
Gravity Forms itself is a paid plugin. No free version is offered by this plugin but yo can try the offered demo to figure out the interface as well as the features offered by this plugin.
weForms is released as a freemium plugin. So, if you want to try it first on your website before upgrading to the pro version, you can do so. weForms comes with a submission manager so you can manage your form submissions without installing an extra plugin. The form submission manager feature is available on both the free version and paid version of weForms. weForms allows you to select a mail delivery service. Wether WordPress (via the wp_mail function), SendGrid, MailGun, or SparkPost.
The free version only allows you to create basic forms such as contact form and email opt-in form. With the paid version, you will be able to create more advanced forms such as user registration form, payment form, and so on. You can integrate weForms with Elementor via Happy Addons or Essential Addons.
4. Ninja Forms
Ninja Forms is also released as a freemium plugin, allowing you to use it to create basic forms on your WordPress site without spending a dime. Ninja Forms itself is a popular enough form builder plugin for WordPress. It has over 1 million active installations. The free version of Ninja Forms comes with about 25 field types, including reCaptcha to protect your forms from spammers. Ninja Forms comes with a clean drag-and-drop form builder. The free version of Ninja Forms also comes with a submission manager.
Same as the first two form builder plugins above, you can also integrate Ninja Forms with Elementor using either Happy Addons or Essential Addons as these add-ons come with a Ninja Forms widget. You can customize the look of your Ninja Forms forms using Elementor editor with those add-ons installed.
5. Caldera Forms
Caldera Forms is another form builder plugin that you can use to create advanced forms on your WordPress site. Same as Ninja Forms and weForms, Caldera Forms is also released as a freemium plugin so you can learn how to create a form using this plugin for free. If the interface and features offered by Caldera Forms suit you, you can upgrade to the pro version to unlock more features. With the paid version, you will be able to create a payment form or other advanced forms.
You can integrate Caldera Forms with Elementor with Happy Addons or Essential Addons. These two add-ons come with a Caldera Forms widget that you can use to add your forms to an Elementor page.
WPForms is another popular form builder plugin for WordPress. It has over 3 million active installations. Same as most plugins above, WPForms is also released as a freemium plugin, allowing you to try how good the interface of this form builder. The free version of WPForms only allows you to use 10 form fields out of 30 fields. In addition, the free version has no submission manager. Both Essential Addons and Happy Addons come with a widget that you can use to integrate WPForms with Elementor.
7. WP Fluent Forms
WP Fluent Forms is another feature-rich form builder plugin that you can integrate with Elementor. You don’t need to install an add-on to integrate WP Fluent Forms with Elementor. When this plugin is installed and activated, you will see a widget called Fluent Form on the Elementor widget panel. This widget is automatically added when you activate the WP Fluent Forms plugin. WP Fluent Forms itself is released as a freemium plugin. It has a clean, intuitive form builder interface. There are about 38 form fields you can use to create a form. The free version can use 14 of them.
Features like submission manager, Mailchimp integration, and reCAPTCHA integrations are available on the free version of WP Fluent Forms.
The bottom line
You might be wondering, why we didn’t mention Contact Form 7? Simply because Contact Form 7 can be totally replaced with the Form widget of Elementor. With the Elementor Form widget, you can create all form types you can create with Contact Form 7. Even more. The Form widget itself is available on Elementor Pro. Read the differences between Elementor Free vs Elementor Pro.