There are a lot of great options when it comes to WordPress form plugins. However, not all of them play nice with multilingual websites. In most cases this can be a dealbreaker, because you don’t want key elements of your site to be in different languages.
The solution, of course, is to use a form plugin you can easily translate. This way, your audience will be able to enjoy your website in its entirety.
In this article, we’re going to talk about why it’s so important to use a translation-friendly form plugin. Then, we’ll introduce you to our top three picks when it comes to WordPress form plugins. Let’s talk languages!
Why You Should Choose a Form Plugin You Can Translate
As far as website elements go, few are as versatile as forms. Once you start looking out for them, you’ll notice forms are everywhere. You can use them for enabling visitors to contact you, sharing feedback, leaving comments, and much more.
In addition, forms don’t have to be boring or plain either. There are plenty of sites that elevate form design to a whole new level:
The point is, if you want to translate your website into a second language (or more), you can’t overlook forms. If you fail to translate yours, users won’t be able to take advantage of their functionality, which means entire parts of your website will be effectively rendered useless.
3 Top WordPress Form Plugins for Multilingual Websites
There are a lot of excellent WordPress form plugins to choose from. However, not all of them are ‘translation-ready’. By this, we mean they might not play nice with translation plugins such as Weglot, which can make your life a whole lot more difficult. For this section, we’ve put together a list of our top picks for form plugins that do support localization and work perfectly with Weglot.
WordPress contact form plugins don’t get too much easier to use than WPForms. With this plugin, you can choose from dozens of pre-built form fields and arrange them at will to create complex elements.
If you’ve ever used a page building tool (and enjoyed the experience), WPForms should be right up your alley. You can customize each form field to your liking and even use templates for more complex elements such as quizzes, surveys, payment forms, and more.
The survey you see here was built using WPForms, then translated with Weglot. Since this is a translation-ready plugin we’re talking about, you simply need to set up Weglot, connect it to your account, pick a destination language, and you’re good to go!
Many websites now rely on third-party applications to power specific functionality. For example, if you want to build an email list, you’ll want to use a marketing tool that connects to a signup form on your website.
Ideally, you’d use a WordPress form plugin that not only enables you to build signup forms with ease, but can also connect with your email marketing platform of choice. As far as third-party integrations go, it’s hard to beat Caldera Forms. This includes support for multiple types of services, and not just email marketing tools. You can also use Caldera Forms to build payment forms compatible with Stripe, PayPal or Braintree for example.
It should come as no surprise Caldera Forms works perfectly out of the box with Weglot. In fact, the payment form we’ve showcased here was translated to French using our plugin, in only a few clicks.
At first glance, Ninja Forms looks quite similar to WPForms. Both plugins feature intuitive drag-and-drop systems that make it a breeze to put together complex forms. However, Ninja Forms could arguably get a slight edge due to its sleek interface.
However, the downside is that despite Ninja Forms’ ease of use and polish, a lot of the plugin’s more advanced functionality relies on premium extensions. This isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, but it does mean you might need to install multiple extensions – in the form of full plugins – to get access to all of the features you need.
Even so, the form elements Ninja Forms include out of the box are a joy to use. For example, take this simple form we put together to gauge food requirements for an event:
As usual, we also took the liberty of translating the form using Weglot, and the entire process took only a few minutes.
Forms might not seem too important at first glance, but they are key elements for almost every type of modern website. Through forms, users can contact you, sign up for your email list, complete feedback surveys, and more. If you don’t translate your forms, all of this functionality is literally lost in translation, hence the need to choose the right plugin option.
As long as you pick a plugin that’s translation-ready, Weglot can take care of the rest for you. Here are our top three options:
- WPForms: The perfect forms plugin for beginners.
- Caldera Forms: If you’re looking for plenty of third-party integrations, this is the plugin for you.
- Ninja Forms: It’s easy to use and it offers a gorgeous interface, but it also relies heavily on premium extensions.
Do you have any questions about how to use Weglot to translate your WordPress forms? Don’t hesitate to contact us!