Want to instantly teleport all of your existing Contact Form 7 data over to Forminator? As of release 1.11 it can now be done in a matter of clicks. Stick around to see how it works and why we think you should make the transition.
That’s right, the most popular form plugin on WordPress just got a whole lot easier to ditch completely.
Nothing against Contact Form 7 of course… it’s been a staple in the WordPress community for some years now.
We just reckon our Forminator is a superior (and free) alternative. And we’ll prove it to you later in the article (with facts to back it up!).
But first, let’s get the introductions out of the way for those who haven’t yet met our formidable, form-making plugin.
(*WPMU DEV members and those in the know, feel free to skip this section)
Meet Forminator, Your Personal Website Quiz, Poll, And Form Extraordinaire
If you’re new around here, Forminator is our own free drag and drop form building plugin for WordPress.
With this intelligent and unassuming superhero by your side you can liven up your site with a plethora of interactive quizzes, polls, and forms.
But here’s the kicker…
Even Though Forminator Is A Free Plugin, It Performs Like It’s Premium!
When it was first released, Forminator changed everything by becoming the first completely free, premium form plugin for WordPress.
So even though he costs you nothing, don’t be surprised to see Forminator going “feature for feature” with the top premium WordPress form plugins out there.
It’s also why we have no issue declaring that Forminator is by far the best freely available form plugin for WordPress.
Because when it comes to constantly innovating and bringing you new and exciting plugin features – Forminator keeps up with the best of the best.
Speaking of new features… let’s get into today’s one.
Just in case you missed it in the title of this article…
Forminator Now Allows You To Easily Import All Your Existing CF7 Site Forms!
Something we figured out early on is that it’s not enough to create a vastly superior plugin.
And it takes more than a host of great features for someone to easily switch from something they already know.
This is especially true in the case of website form plugins.
I mean, who wants to completely re-do all of the forms they’ve already painstakingly set up on their website???
Especially if they’re extensive and you have a number of them.
We Knew We Had To Make It Simpler For Users To Migrate From Contact Form 7 To Forminator
This way they could also have easier access to premium form making features without having to fork out the big bucks, or install 50 other add-ons to get the functionality they desired.
And since you’re reading this article, I can confirm we’ve achieved our mission, so without further ado…
Here’s How Forminator’s New Contact Form 7 Importer Works In WordPress
Before we begin, if you haven’t done so, be sure to install Forminator on your site so you can follow along 🙂
As mentioned earlier it’s free as a bird to install on WordPress.org.
Once you have Forminator open, navigate to “Settings” and then find “Import.”
Next click on “Import” under the Contact Form 7 as shown below.
Once you’ve done this, you’ll then see an Import wizard which allows you to import all of your CF7 forms (or specific forms only).
Additionally, you’ll see the list of supported CF7 add-ons where you can select which add-ons you want to import data and settings from.
Once you’re finished with your selections simply click “Begin Import” to start the import process. This should only take a few seconds to complete.
And just like that you’ve successfully moved all of your existing website forms to Forminator!
Note: Want to skip straight to the action? You might’ve already noticed this cheeky notification on your WP dashboard that takes you straight to the importing process.
Time to celebrate???
Not quite yet…
Beware Of Unsupported Form Fields And Settings
Look, nothing in this world is perfect, and the same goes for our dear Forminator.
We’re not the kind of company to tell fibs and say everything will be 100% picture perfect when you transition over.
There are some form fields and settings you won’t be able to bring over as Forminator does not support them.
But don’t worry, we have an alternate solution for all of them.
Unsupported CF7 Settings/Form Fields (And How To Get Around Each)
1. Quiz field: Forminator doesn’t have a built-in quiz field. The good news is you can enable Google’s reCAPTCHA v3 and Honeypot protection on your imported forms.
2. ConstantContact: Our plugin doesn’t integrate directly with ConstantContact. However, you can use Zapier integration to send your leads to ConstantContact.
3. reCAPTCHA v3 integration: At this stage, Forminator can’t import your existing reCAPTCHA integration. You can set this up manually on your imported forms once they are transferred.
4. Additional settings: Forminator doesn’t support CF7’s additional form settings. But rest assured our practical plugin comes jam packed with its own useful features!
5. Custom field IDs: Forminator creates a unique ID for each field, and the conditional logic relies on them. However, you can provide a custom CSS class for each field.
So Why Bother Switching To A New Form Plugin?
This is the obvious question to ask yourself before taking this brand new feature for a spin.
After all, why go to the trouble of switching form plugins when you already have contact forms set up and working perfectly on your site?
But just because you’re comfortable using something, doesn’t mean there aren’t better options out there.
And the simple fact is, Forminator does all Contact Form 7 does, and so much more!
Here’s How The Two Form Plugins Stack Up Against One Another:
As you can see, this comparison reads pretty much like any other “premium vs. free” battle would.
The free version usually gives you the basics, but if you want the real meat and potatoes you’ll have to upgrade.
Only In This Case The Meat And Potatoes Are Free!
Also, keep in mind this table compares “form” features only.
We’re not even scratching the surface when it comes to Forminator’s ability to do other things like creating interactive polls and quizzes for your website.
But we’ll save that for another day.
The real point of this article is to simply introduce you to this exciting new feature.
On that note…
What’s Stopping You From Upping Your Form Game?
With the main hindrance of having to start over in order to switch form plugins gone, what’s holding you back now?
Is it the ability to actually collect and track your form stats?
Is it the crazy big integration with 1000+ 3rd party apps?
Is it the 15+ form field options and the option of styling and profiling your soon-to-be-epic website forms?
Is it the ability to add payment processing to your forms without needing an add-on or another plugin?
Surely not! 😉
If there is something in particular you think Forminator could be better at – be sure to let us know.
We’re always looking to improve our plugins, and our dev team won’t stop until Forminator becomes the “go-to” form plugin on WordPress.
Our Goal Is To Provide The Highest Quality Tools For Our Users
And if we thought one of our plugins wasn’t up to the task we’d be the first to suggest another plugin, or one of our partner’s solutions.
Speaking of our team… a special shoutout and thanks to the superheroes behind the scenes who made this amazing new feature possible:
Developer: Cvetan Cvetanov QA: Devendera Mishra Design: Mukul Chawla
Remember, if you want to take the feature mentioned today, as well as all Forminator’s other fantastic premium features for a spin, you can install the plugin for free over on WordPress.org.
Or if you’re really game, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial with WPMU DEV and get instant access to WPMU DEV’s full suite of premium WordPress plugins, as well as 24/7 live support, our new managed hosting, and much more.
Also be sure to check out our Product Roadmap to see what’s on the horizon for Forminator in future updates.
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