Getting feedback and opinion from your users is essential for improving the quality of your site. If you are running WordPress, then there are a boatload of plugins which can enable you to have user submission forms on your site.
But before you delve in the oceans of WordPress plugins currently trending on the market, Google Forms is worth considering. Though not one of Google’s most popular Apps, Google Forms efficiently helps you to collect information from your user base.
You can send links to people or just embed the form in your WordPress powered website for your visitors to fill up. You can also create contact forms, client work request form with the help of Google Forms. So read on, and by the end of the article, you will know how to add Google Forms to your WordPress website.
Making a Google Form
As with any other Google service, to use them, you must first create a Google account. So, after creating your account head on over to Google Drive and click on the big red “New” button. A drop down menu should appear, at the bottom of which there should be a “more” option. Hover your mouse on that and another menu will pop-up enlisting “Google Forms“.
No wonder so many people are unaware of this feature, who looks so deep? So now that you have found it, select it, and a new form editing page should appear.
Adding new content and customizing the form is very simple. You can add regular form elements like questions and checkboxes or choose from an array of additional content like YouTube videos and images.
You can also easily tweak the appearance of the form and how it behaves. Just on the top menu options are available for changing the color theme. In the settings option, you can enable multiple responses from a single user, requiring a user to be logged in and ability to customize the submission confirmation message.
Publishing the Google Form
Now that you have created your form, just click on the “Send” button on the top menu. From there you can share the form through an email, or embed it on a webpage. Social media share buttons are also conveniently integrated.
To embed your form onto your WordPress site, just copy the iframe code and paste it into the text editor on your site. Embedding the iframe code will incorporate the Form into your site, but there will be minor hindrances.
The formatting and styling of the form will stay the same as it was on Google Forms and doesn’t blend in with your site. There can also be links which will lead back to the Google website.
To resolve this problem, you can take note of a WordPress plugin which will give you greater control over displaying Google Forms on your Website.
Introducing Google Forms WordPress Plugin
In essence, what Google Forms WordPress plugin does is that it removes the Google wrapper HTML from the form. This removes all the Google links and some of the presentation styles that were problematic to you. The plugin also helps in managing the Google Forms.
To use Google Forms WordPress plugin first, you need to install and activate it. A Google Forms option will appear in the WordPress sidebar.
Hover over it and you will see three more options: Google Forms, Add New Google Form and Form Submission Log.
- The “Google Forms” tab is used to view all your forms. From here you can do bulk actions like the filter, edit, and trash. Again if you have no forms, then nothing will be enlisted under this tab.
- The “Add New Google Form” does what its name imply, i.e. adding new forms. But you can’t “create” a Google Form from the plugin. After clicking “Add New Google Form“, the first field you will notice is “Form URL.” You have to create a form in Google Drive the way we discussed earlier and then paste the link here. You will also have to add the optional “Confirm URL” as the default confirmation page can’t be integrated into your WordPress site.
- The next essential part you need to specify is the Custom Confirmation Page Style. You can select either redirect or AJAX while keeping it to None will present the Confirmation page with a page redirect.
There are also options to fight spam with the help of captcha fields. The plugin can also email a copy of the form to the user for their record.
Some advanced features of the plugin include the ability to apply custom CSS to your form. The plugin will also help you to log additional information about your user. You can also edit some of the Google form text.
Publish Google Form with the Help of the WordPress Plugin
After creating a form in Google Forms, you can add the Form to your website following the process mentioned above.
Each Google Form, when added to your WordPress site, will yield a shortcode. This shortcode can be used to insert a form easily into one of your page or posts.
Again, with the help of the shortcodes you can easily replace a form only by changing the link on the plugin page.
After you publish the piece of content, the embedded shortcode will get replaced by its corresponding form.
The appearance will be altered according to your WP theme. But with the plugin you can add your custom CSS to your form as mentioned above.
Viewing Google Form Submissions
Once you have published your form in your page/content, you can keep an eye on the form submissions. One of the noteworthy features of Google Forms is that it will allow you to view the submissions in real time.
You can also get the responses in Google Sheets. The spreadsheet will help you in the process of filtering and analyze the submissions in different ways.
The plugin also gives you the added feature of email notification of the form responses. This will help you to keep track of all the submissions.
Instead of opening Google Forms through Google Drive you can also access the App directly. If you do this, then you will be greeted with a multitude of Google Form templates. The templates can be very helpful and time-saving. Adding your content to the templates will be similar as before.
So now you have attained complete knowledge of how to work with Google Forms. It is arguably the best Form Submission tool that comes with a free tag. It is usable in appreciable in certain scenarios where the popular Contact Form 7 or Ninja Forms just can’t cut it.
Again with the Google Form WordPress plugins you can customize your forms such that your users won’t be able to realize that you are using freeware. But if you have more advanced needs then explore all the other features that Google Forms has to offer. Let us know in the comments about your experience with the service.