Forms are an essential part of almost every website. They are used for gathering information about users, login and registration, letting users provide feedback, and as a way for users to contact website administrators. Forms are also used for other purposes like booking events and hotel rooms or calculating costs for different items.
Basically, forms can be used anywhere you want to ask users for input and then process the input to receive or provide some service or additional information.
Your needs will vary greatly depending on your reasons for including a form in your website. For example, login and registration forms need to follow strict security standards and would use different input elements than a form which helps people calculate their calorie intake for the day.
The first item in our list, Smart Forms, is a responsive professional form framework which boasts of a clean consistent form UI.
All form elements are built entirely with a combination of CSS3 and HTML5—instead of relying on images. The forms are based on a fluid 12 column grid and use jQuery and AJAX to add additional enhancements to the forms.
Here is a small list of its neat features:
- support for Google reCAPTCHA
- support for drag-and-drop file uploads
- formatting for numbers and currencies
- input validation for international phone numbers
- export data in PDF, XLS and CSV format
Small Forms is a fantastic plugin with responsive design and cross-browser support. Each form has three styles: elegant, flat and dark. And each style has 7 different color schemes. The plugin also includes 40+ starter templates.
Forms Plus is not simply a form plugin, but a fully-featured form framework. It has a complete collection of working contact and e-commerce forms. You can use it to create all kinds of forms no matter how simple or complicated.
Take a look at some of its features:
- includes date and time pickers, color pickers, sliders, CAPTCHA fields and spinners
- over 100 form templates and 40+ color schemes
- 13 different form designs
- server-side validation
- store data in a database on the server
The list of features doesn’t end here. You can check out the demo page to see everything else that the plugin offers.
Just play with hundreds of working forms created using Forms Plus on the demo page. You will almost certainly find a form that could be included directly in your website.
As the name suggests, this item allows you to create multi-purpose HTML forms to integrate in your website. You can use the script to create contact, login, registration, or support ticket forms.
Some of the useful features in the plugin are:
- fully responsive and mobile-friendly design
- jQuery and AJAX-based input validation
- popup alerts for error messages
- Google reCAPTCHA or maths-based CAPTCHA
The list of features does not end here. You should check out some of the forms included on the demo page to see all the features in action.
Keep in mind that the plugin does not come with a full back-end. However, the plugin comes with all the back-end code you might need to start receiving the data, so integrating with your own back-end code should not be a problem.
Special-Purpose Forms and Form Builders
Any website which sells some kind of product or service will benefit from the Simple Price Calculator plugin. You can use it to transform any of your HTML-based forms into a price calculator and give your customers an instant price quote or estimate.
Here are some of its features:
- easy to set up
- complete documentation and many working examples
- support for multiplying values in different fields
- email the total and other details to clients
The four examples in the online demo show four different forms to provide price quotes for a product, service or food item. The form can be customized easily with CSS in order to make it blend in with the rest of your content.
It has received 5 star reviews from almost every buyer, so you can be rest assured that the plugin is fantastic.
This plugin is meant to specifically create contact forms and it does that very well. There is a even a simple CAPTCHA included in the form plugin to keep spammers away.
The minimalist design makes the form very attractive and also gives you that chance to add your own CSS to easily adapt the look and feel of the form to the theme of your website.
It also comes with a useful set of features:
- live validation without page reload
- fully responsive and easy to integrate into your theme
- animated error and submission messages
The plugin relies on PHP GD to create the CAPTCHA so make sure it is enabled on your server. Try filling in some invalid data in the online demo to see how the form handles validation.
You can use this plugin to create truly unique forms for login, registration, filling out one-time passwords or resetting passwords.
The plugin is based on the Bootstrap framework and uses the Particle.js library to add subtle particle animation effect on the form pages.
Here are some of its features:
- based on Bootstrap 4
- responsive and mobile-friendly design
- use of Google fonts and Material Design icons
- social login options
This plugin lacks a back-end so you will have to add the functionality yourself. The demo page has links to a variety of login and registration forms created using this plugin.
Are you already using a framework like Bootstrap, Semantic UI or Bulma on your website?
If you are, then the Ajax Contact form will serve you well. It is fully responsive and takes advantage the features in existing frameworks to make it even more powerful and useful.
Any forms that you create will blend seamlessly with the rest of the website because they will be built on the same framework.
Here are a few of its useful features:
- use of AJAX to prevent page reloads
- easily integrate into an HTML, PHP or WordPress website
- maths-based anti-spam solution
- error messages for incorrect or incomplete forms
- save results to a back-end database
The plugin offers separate, ready-to-use form template for each of the supported frameworks. Check them out on the live demo page. You can also configure an included back-end to save the information collected through the forms in a database.
Multi-Step Forms and Form Builders
This jQuery-based builder for step-by-step forms comes with a wizard that can be used to create multi-step forms very easily. You won’t have to write any code yourself! The wizard allows you to insert all kinds of input elements into your forms, including text inputs, files, checkboxes and dates.
Some interesting features of this plugin are:
- 21 different styles to create your own unique design
- 8 different animation effects
- cross-browser compatibility and responsive design
The plugin is actually incredible if you want to create step-by-step forms for your website. There are a lot of options included to customize almost everything and make your form truly unique.
Just experiment with creating some forms in the online demo and you will see what I mean.
Multistep: jQuery Enquiry Form is yet another script which allows you to create amazing mulit-step forms for all kinds of scenarios, like user registration, payments, and booking hotel rooms.
The demo page includes a quick start guide, so you won’t have any trouble integrating the forms into your own website. And, you can easily customize the behavior of the plugin using callback functions.
Here are some of its unique features:
- unlimited steps in each form
- fully responsive and easily customizable
- based on the Bootstrap framework
- SCSS files are included for easy customization
The plugin provides validation of form input and won’t allow users to go to the next step without filling out all the required fields in their correct format. This makes sure that any data you get in submitted forms is actually complete and fully valid.
Take a look at the 5 different example forms included with the plugin and you will notice that each of them has a different style and highlights a unique feature of the plugin.
… And One Helpful Tool
plugin is a bit different than others. It lets you create a form that
can be used to generate passwords. Basically, it can act like a password
generator tool for your website visitors.
You can either use it
separately or in combination with other forms to give your
users the option to generate strong passwords.
Here are its features:
- responsive, user-friendly design
- adjustable password strength
- add numbers and symbols to passwords
Try generating some passwords using the demo and see if you like it’s functionality.
If none of the items listed here suit your needs, there are hundreds of other scripts and plugins on CodeCanyon. These make it really easy to create professional-looking forms in a matter of minutes.