What Can You Use Gravity Forms For?

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Embed Forums Using Codes

Gravity Forms has a built-in framework that supports embedding forms into your content using the WordPress Classic Editor and Gutenberg easy and hassle-free. You can also use the Form Widget, which is available in the Widgets menu in the WordPress Appearance tab, to embed your form into space in the widget areas of WordPress.

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But, what do you do if you wish to have the same form appear under all the contents you post on your blog? One way is obviously to manually embed a form for every post using the method mentioned above. However, that would take a lot of time and effort, and is not really  a smart way to accomplish the task. Right? Check out Gravity Forms Review here. 

How to prepare a gravity_form() to call our form?

The first thing we need to do here is, to figure out what our form’s id is. Let me explain to you with my own form id. I am trying to embed my Newsletter form into my blog who’s ID is 5. This is the first and only necessary aspect of creating the gravity_form() function call will be this one. As a result, you may simply use the coding mentioned below:

<b style=”background-color:#FFCCCC”>

gravity_form( 5 );</b>

However, I’d like to allow ajax submission in this case to prevent the page from reloading whenever a visitor would click the form button. The sixth parameter is used to allow ajax submissions, and another critical parameter for the use case scenario we are discussing here is the echo parameter, which we must set as ‘false’, which would direct Gravity Forms to return the form rather than directly displaying it on the screen.

As a result, all of the parameters will have default values apart from the form id, the ajax request submission and then echo, which will have values of 5, valid, and false, respectively. This is how I’ll name my function:

<b style=”background-color:#FFCCCC”>gravity_form( 5, true, true, false, false, true, false, false );</b>

If you want more information about every parameter involved in this code, then you can check the details in the documentation for the gravity_form() function call. At this stage, we already know which parameters and functions we will be using to get this form.

How to enqueue the required scripts by preparing the gravity_form_enqueue_scripts()?

Now we must create the feature that will prompt WordPress to simply enqueue the necessary files in order for the form to appear and function properly. The functioning of gravity_form_enqueue_scripts() is governed by two parameters only: First, specify the form id, and second, to allow or disable ajax submission (disabled by default).

Since we wish to use the ajax submission for the form, we’ll use the following two parameters:

<b style=”background-color:#FFCCCC”>gravity_form_enqueue_scripts( 5, true );

</b>

Trigger functions using WordPress core the_content and get_header

Now that we have set up the Gravity Forms functions, all we have to do is call them whenever they’re required to do what we created them for. The function to enqueue the files will be run using the WordPress core get header hook, which runs just prior to wp_head, ensuring that the files have already been enqueued before Gravity Forms requires them.

<b style=”background-color:#FFCCCC”>

function gf_enqueue_required_files() {

    GFCommon::log_debug( __METHOD__ . ‘(): running.’ );

    if ( is_single() && ‘post’ === get_post_type() ) { // Do it only for Posts.

        gravity_form_enqueue_scripts( 5, true );

    }

}

add_action( ‘get_header’, ‘gf_enqueue_required_files’ );</b>

An “if” statement in the snippet ensures that it only runs for default  posts on WordPress. Finally, we’ll use the following code to insert our form to the end of the content of our post:

 

<b style=”background-color:#FFCCCC”>function gf_add_newsletter_form_after_post( $content ) {

    GFCommon::log_debug( __METHOD__ . ‘(): running.’ );

    // Form added after the post content.

    $content .= gravity_form( 5, true, true, false, false, true, false, false );

    return $content;

}

add_filter( ‘the_content’, ‘gf_add_newsletter_form_after_post’ );</b>

Your Gravity form will instantly be inserted dynamically after every content you publish on WordPress once you’ve added the above snippets to your web. You still don’t have to delete any of your posts in case you change your mind later. Since you’re using snippets to embed the form on the fly, you can easily delete the snippets to prevent the form from being applied after your articles.

Gravity Forms: Creating a Contest Entry Form

Let’s walk through the steps of developing the form now that we’ve covered why you have contests on your website and what makes a successful contest entry form.

Creating a fresh form

Creating a brand new form is the first thing, to begin with. If you have already installed Gravity Forms, then just log in to your WordPress account, enter the dashboard, and then navigate to Forms > New Form. Give the form a name and, if desired, a definition, then click Create Form.

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In case you have not installed Gravity Forms, you will need to purchase a license, download the plugin and then enable it. Go to Plugins > Add fresh > Upload on your WordPress website after logging in. Select Files, and then find the zipped file you downloaded. Then select Install > Enable from the drop-down menu.

Adding Form Fields

It’s now time to populate your form with fields. Add the Name as well as Email fields to the form by selecting Advanced Fields from the drop-down menu. If you’re giving away a physical object, don’t forget to include the Address field.

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Add the Consent field before entering your contest rules if you wish to show the contest guidelines on the form and want the visitors to agree to the rules. This field is always set up by default due to a privacy policy, however, you can change the text to accept the contest guidelines.

You may want to add extra fields to your form depending on the type of content you’re running. If the contestants must correctly answer a question, for example, checkboxes may be added. If they need to send a picture or some other form of documentation for their entry, you may include a file upload field.

Enable Form Restrictions

The majority of contests are timed. In other words, the contests usually have a fixed start and ending time. This feature is a great way to build up the hype and makes these contests really exciting, attracting more customers towards it. To prevent your visitors from joining the contest after it has ended, you’ll need to enable some form restrictions.

enable form restrictions

To begin, navigate to the Form Settings of your contest form and scroll down to a section called Restrictions. To begin, you can restrict the number of participants in the contest. This is a good idea if you wish to run a contest on a smaller scale and make the event even more unique and exclusive.

You also have the option to schedule a time showing when the contest form becomes active and when it becomes inactive to meet the contest’s deadline. If you check the box for scheduling the form, you will be easily able to modify the message that displays on the website page where the contest form is being shown, as well as the start and end dates.

Setting up Notifications and Form Confirmations

After you’ve finished creating the form, simply go to the settings for Form Confirmation to personalize the confirmation message of the form. You can even guide users to a specific page on your website after they’ve completed the form.

gravityforms notification list

Click the Form Settings tab to configure the confirmation message. Then, either edit the default confirmation message or generate a new one. Remember to set up the notifications for the form as well. New form submissions will automatically notify you, the site administrator. However, in addition to a user notification, you can generate alerts for someone else who wants to be informed of new entries for the contest.

Tap the Notifications tab to create a new update. Then press Add New and give the notification a name. Inside the Send to Email box, enter their email address if you’re sending it to someone else on your team.

Integrate an Email Marketing Provider, CRM, or Contest Entry Form

When your contest entry form is live and you begin collecting entries, you’ll need a way to keep contestants informed of any contest news or updates. You can also provide information about upcoming promotions and other marketing materials relevant to your business.

Gravity Forms Email Integrations

Gravity Forms interacts with a variety of email marketing and CRM platforms, allowing you to quickly communicate with your contestants. Services like Mailchimp and HubSpot fall into this category. Go to Forms > Add-Ons and allow the HubSpot Add-On, for example, to incorporate your contest entry form with HubSpot.

To send form submission data to HubSpot, you’ll need to approve your HubSpot account with Gravity Forms and create a HubSpot feed for your form.

Jitendra Vaswani

Jitendra Vaswani is a Digital Marketing Practitioner and renowned international keynote speaker who has embraced the digital nomad lifestyle as he travels around the world. He founded two successful websites, BloggersIdeas.com & Digital Marketing Agency DigiExe of which his success stories have expanded to authoring "Inside A Hustler's Brain : In Pursuit of Financial Freedom” (20,000 copies sold worldwide) and contributing to “International Best Selling Author of Growth Hacking Book 2". Jitendra designed workshops for over 10000+ professionals in Digital marketing across continents; with intentions ultimately anchored towards creating an impactable difference by helping people build their dream business online. Jitendra Vaswani is a high-powered investor with an impressive portfolio that includes Imagestation and Newsmartwave . To learn more about his investments, Find him on Linkedin, Twitter, & Facebook.

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