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Jotform: A WYSIWYG Form Generator

Sunday, I had an overwhelming need, nay, desire, to upgrade my suggestion section with an embeddable form. So I headed over to my dear friend FeedMyApp and poked around. Instantly, I found Jotform, a WYSIWYG form builder.

User registration was relatively quick and simple. And within a few clicks I had a form completed that I wanted to use. To be honest, the longest part of creating this form was figuring out what I wanted to call each field.

The source was easily embedded via an iframe (which I wasn't too keen on, would've rather it have been in a div, though divs lack the functionality that an iframe possesses- but severely I digress). In about 5 minutes I had a customized form embedded in a post using about 3 lines of HTML. All-in-all, I was impressed.

But such high functionality comes at a cost unfortunately- Jotform limits the number of entries your form can receive to 100 per month, unless you upgrade to a premium account (feature comparison). The price structure is nice, there's only two subscription types: free, and paid. Paid is $9 a month, and includes unlimited form submissions and a 1000mb from upload cap. At just over $100 per year, and it may seem a little high for those of you who can write a script to do this in about 15 minutes. But if you're using a free blogging system like Blogger, and don't want to spend the time (or don't know how) to reference remotely hosted form handling scripts, this is a godsend. For now, needless to say, I'm sticking with the free version. And quite frankly, I don't think my submissions per month will go over 100 for a little while, so I'll just have to wait and see. But I do wish there was a sliding scale for pricing, and I would probably pay $1 per month to have a 200 submission cap, and $2 per month for a 300 submission cap, etc...

I must say though, Jotform is really pretty powerful. I was astounded at the number of features that were easily dragged and dropped into my form. There's even six (yes, 6) different payment methods that you can put into a form. The PayPal module setup goes ridiculously quick and doesn't redirect you away from the Jotform site. Plus things like word verification are a huge bonus.

Check out the walkthrough for a feature overview:

Does the app fulfill its intended purpose?9
How clean and simplistic is the UI?8
Is the app forward thinking and innovative?7
How re-usable is the app?10
Overall8.5

Though the interface seems a bit too tight and squeezed at times, this app really impressed me. I'd consider it next time you have to do a form with a tight turnaround and a lack of resources, Jotform could save your ass. It saved mine. Check out the live version of the form here and submit an app you'd like to see reviewed.

1 comments:

'Water' team said...

Please help!

I have tried to use jotform with blogger, but when i insert the code, the form shows up halfway down my post. Other than that it would be perfect.
I have contacted jotform and all they say is to remove the "br" tags around the pagebreak. I don't see a lot of br tags. Do you have any insight into this problem?

http://waterforallseasons.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Kari