There are several ways to build a form to collect data online. At Refresh we are used to building our own custom forms, but we have started using online form builder software for more projects. Here is an overview of some of the tools we have used and evaluated:
Our strategic partners, Creative Spark, asked us to help out with the application form for Big Brother Africa. Using Joform allowed us to quickly develop and implement the form in a very tight timeframe.
Benefits of Jotform
- Easy to use drag-n-drop functionality to build the form
- Includes all form validation
- Has functionality for users to upload images
- Allows the admin to download all responses as excel
- Has easy embed codes to insert into your website
We use Gravity Forms on our own contact page. Gravity Forms is a paid WordPress plug-in and we think it is well worth the money.
Benefits of Gravity Forms
- Integrates seamlessly into WordPress
- Collects the form data directly into the WordPress database, allowing you to manage all the data through the WordPress backend
- Great email notification
We have done several website polls for our clients like Big Shot Media for example. Polldaddy is brought to you by the makers of WordPress, so we think its great.
Benefits of Polldaddy
- Great statistics and reporting tools
- Handles polls, surveys, quizzes
- Restricts users to only one entry per computer by checking the IP address
We tried out Survey Monkey for a client and it worked fine. Next time, we will stick to Gravity Forms.
Benefits of Survey Monkey
- Creates printable pdfs for offline data collection
We evaluated Lime Survey when we created a survey database for the South African Studies on HIV in Adolescents (SASHA) for the Desmond Tutu Foundation. We ended up creating our own custom system that also generates PDFs because the Lime Survey system seemed very difficult to customise
Benefits of LimeSurvey
- Its free and open-source. If surveys are you main business, it would be worth looking into.