Gravity Forms for Beginners

Beth Gramling Sanders
8 min readFeb 19, 2021

What is Gravity Forms?

If you’re a WordPress user, you’ve probably heard of Gravity Forms. It’s one of the leading form building plugins, and can do anything from a simple contact form to a college admission application. You can read about features and pricing here.

I’ve used Gravity Forms for many years. At first, I found it intimidating, but once I installed the plugin and started using it, I realized how simple it really is to create forms.

As a reminder, a WordPress plugin is a piece of software that you install on WordPress that provides a bit of extra functionality.

How Can I Use Gravity Forms?

When you add Gravity Forms to WordPress, it creates a menu on the left sidebar under Forms. To create a new form, click Forms and you’ll see a list of your forms, or a get started message if you haven’t yet built a form.

Click Add New at the top, then give your form a name and click Create Form.

Then you’ll see this window which tells you exactly what to do now.

Each bit of information you collect, like name, email address, phone number, etc., is a separate field. There are four types of fields within Gravity Forms: