June 15, 2010

Jotform – A Better Form Builder

Jotform is a web-based form builder that gives webmasters an easy way to create all different types of web forms—from feedback surveys to event calendars, and even time trackers—and quickly integrate those forms into their existing websites. When readers complete the forms, their results will be automatically emailed to the webmaster, to be recorded and analyzed in dozens of different ways.

Although Jotform was designed with web developers in mind, you don’t have to be an online pro to use the application. If you’re just a novice webmaster looking for a better way to increase the user integration on your site, then get started with Jotform’s basic usage plan and create an account for free. Once you start using the application, you can begin making forms from scratch by adding your own headings, text boxes, and customizable buttons. You can also use Jotform’s premade survey tools to add features like Captcha, star ratings, page breaks, and payment options to whatever form you’re creating. By using the application’s easy drop and drag functionality, you can arrange—and rearrange—each of the tools you’ve placed as many times as you like.

Once your form is all set up and ready to go, you can save the project and copy the provided HTML directly to your website. You’ll receive any submitted responses right to your email inbox, and you can even create a default thank you message to be sent to each user who takes the time to fill out your form. If you have a website, either for personal use or business, then using Jotform is a great way to create forms and increase user interaction without spending hours trying to learn the correct HTML code from scratch.

Practical Uses:

  • Create surveys to post on your website
  • Add captcha to any website you’re creating
  • Start collecting payments via PayPal or Google Checkout
  • Let users send you their feedback and comments

Insider Tips:

  • Create a custom response for anyone who fills out a form
  • Use the drag & drop tools to rearrange the form as much as you wish
  • Click “source” to view the code on any form
  • Upgrade to a premium account for additional storage

What we liked:

  • Jotform offers 40 different form field types
  • Interface is easy and intuitive for new users
  • Ability to include charts and grids within the forms
  • Users can collect payments with a number of different payment tools

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2006
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: New York, New York
  • Founded by: Interlogy, LLC
  • Web site:


  • Basic plan is free
  • Premium plan is $9.95/month
  • Professional plan is $49.95/month


  1. Alex Dio

    I didn’t like Jot Form. if you have money use WuFoo, if you want to use something cheaper PHPForms (it’s the same but no reporting feature). Both tools we are using in our agency.

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