Creating a sign-up form for the MailChimp email service is pretty easy with the MailChimp List plugin, unfortunately there are also several limitations that you either have to live with or find a way to work around (and I haven’t found a workaround yet.)    After installing the MailChimp List Subscribe Form you will have to configure it.  The first thing you will need to have is the MailChimp API key (which you get from your MailChimp > Account > API Keys.)   After entering in a valid API key you will need to select the list that you want to…

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Formidable WordPress Forms Plugin Formidable is a drag and drop forms designer for WordPress blogs.  The interface is well laid out and very logical.  To create a form you can start from scratch, or select an available template as a starting point.  To add fields to a form simply drag one of the available field types from the button list on the right and drag it to the location where you want it on your form.  Every field has a dropdown panel (see the Email field in the image) which shows all of the available settings for that field.  A…

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Visual Form Builder The Visual Form Builder is just like the name implies; it is a form builder that is much more visual than any of the other form builders that I’ve tried.  It also has a great set of features and seems to work quite well.  It seems to be the visual brother of cForms II.  While cForms II definitely leans toward parametric design, Visual Form Builder leans toward the visual design aspect.  There aren’t as many features for a form in Visual Form Builder, but it is still a very capable forms plugin.  In many ways it is…

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cForms II cForms II is a nice blend of drag and drop design with parametric design.  You can assign a very good range of values to various field and form design parameters including the ability to assign variable information such as user name, form name, and email to any field’s default value.  There is a good selection of validation checks and layout parameters.  cForms II also has a limited drag and drop capability for designing the form, which from what I can tell, is limited to changing the order of the fields presented on the form. Another nice thing about…

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Custom Contact Forms The Custom Contact Forms plugin has a lot of settings for you to modify.  It is a very parametric driven forms generator with no drag and drop that I could find.  It does appear to allow you control over just about every aspect of the forms appearance, and for those of you familiar with databases, allows you to create fields in a somewhat familiar way.  On thing I could not find in terms of features is the ability to use variables for field defaults.  For example, if there is a field on the form called email where…

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Form 7 This is an extremely popular forms plugin for WordPress, so I thought I would give it a try.  The thing is, my initial impression was so bad that I really didn’t delve into it very deep.  I was looking for a plugin that could be used by casual WordPress administrators; unfortunately Form 7 was just not it.  First, compared to other form software out there, Form 7’s interface was very clunky.  It is not graphical, and I really didn’t find it intuitive.  The image shows you what the default form is that comes up along with a partial…

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