The 6 Best Ways to Create Forms Online

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Feedback surveys, event registration, RSVPs, and more. There are plenty of reasons that you might find yourself needing to create and send out large numbers of forms. But, is the old pen and paper really the best way to do so?

Online form builders let you create forms easily without the need for downloading external applications, and the best of them streamline the whole process to do the bulk of the work for you. Here are six of the best online form builders for your consideration.

1. HubSpot Free Online Form Builder

HubSpot’s Free Online Form Builder opens up the list with its wide array of features and clean, easy-to-use interface. It’s completely free to use, which means you don’t need to pay a cent. Though, you will need to sign up in order to make use of its features.

Building your form is super easy, thanks to HubSpot’s intuitive drag-and-drop form builder. All you have to do is pick the questions and fields that you want, and drag them right in. Even if you don’t have any technical experience, it’s easy to begin.

HubSpot’s Free Online Form Builder supports up to 1,000 different fields for your form (though you’d rarely ever need that many), and a dozen different options for each field. Dropdown options, checkboxes, and date pickers are all supported.

HubSpot’s best features come from how easy it is to integrate its forms into your website, making it perfect for small businesses. Adding your form onto your website takes mere moments, and you can easily set up follow-up emails for anyone who completes your form.

2. Paperform

Paperform is a more premium form building service for when you need a more extensive set of features. If you want to give it a shot, it has a 14-day free trial, but after that, you’ll have to pay for the service.

All the bells and whistles you’d expect are here. Paperform features a unique form editor similar to a word processor but for forms, which is quick and easy to use. Just about anything you’d want to try and accomplish here is achievable.

Smart forms let you create your own logic rules to alter what users can and cannot enter into any of your forms, and altering success messages specifically based on these users and their responses is easy, as well.

Payment support is also available, making it super easy to integrate payment services such as PayPal Business and Square into your forms. If you’re trying to sell anything, then you understand that this is a must for your forms.

3. Google Forms

You’ve no doubt seen Google Forms used already, and for good reason. For smaller applications, Google Forms can be a quick, easy, and free solution to your form creation problems.

Creating your form is simple. Google gives you a range of templates to choose from, such as RSVP, Party Invites, and Event Registration. Alternatively, you can create your own from scratch.

Just alter or create a new form field, and add some response. Google Forms supports almost a dozen different types of form fields, so you should have no trouble from there.

Related: Advanced Google Forms Tips and Tricks

Google Forms also includes a business plan for those of you who are looking for added security or team control for your forms. This option is a part of Google Workspace, which means that you get access to all the other products included, such as Google’s Gmail, Drive, and Doc suites.

4. Growform

If you’re looking for a solution for your business or industry, then Growform is a great option for you. Growform includes a multi-step form builder, but that’s hardly where its greatest use lies.

Growform’s templates (of which there are over 20, all designed for industry) are all optimized and built specifically for high conversion rates. You no longer have to worry about designing your forms for performance; Growform does that for you.

Integrating with Growform is easy, as well. Growform uses Zapier to let you integrate easily with over 300 destinations, and embedding options are easy, too. Any HTML editor will let you integrate Growform without a problem.

5. Microsoft Forms

You’ve no doubt heard of Microsoft before, but did you know that they also provide a form building service? Microsoft Forms is a part of Microsoft 365, which means you may have access to it already.

Creating forms is easy, needing you to simply choose a question type and format the options. Once done, you can preview your creation and share it with whoever you wish. It's as easy as that.

Related: How to Use Microsoft Forms to Create Professional Surveys

Microsoft Forms uses customizable themes to let you really make your creation your own, and built-in intelligence that recommends potential questions and layouts for your form as you build it.

Once built, Microsoft Forms also features powerful data analysis to allow you to gain a better understanding of how your form is performing. Information such as the number of responses and time to complete the form are all bundled into an easy-to-understand chart and automatically generated report to give you everything you need as you need it.

6. Cognito Forms

Finally, Cognito Forms steps up to the plate. Cognito Forms is unique to this list in that it is not only completely free to use but doesn’t even require any form of login in order to use its services.

Creating your very own form is as easy as you’d expect. All you need to do is choose the type of field you want, of which Cognito Forms supports 16 different options, and you’re set from there.

Cognito Forms' more interesting features are its conditional logic and repeating sections, which allow you to completely alter just how the form behaves. With these tools, different responses can provoke completely different questions, options, and results.

Pricing for Cognito Forms is a little different, as well. While it’s free to use, by paying for their service, you can remove ads and increase the number of entries that the form can handle per month—by default, Cognito Forms only supports 500 each month for free users.

Form Building Anywhere

While online form builders can be incredibly useful and allow you to elevate your website or business to the next level, you may not always have the ability to be at your computer when you want to create a form.

Sometimes, you may want something portable, free, and completely easy to use. Or, maybe this list has given you everything that you need. Regardless, there’s more out there to be looking for.

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