Typeform is a brand new free service that makes it easy to create stylish forms. The interface reminds me of GravityForms. Field types are located on the left part of the screen while the form structure is on the right. There are a myriad of field types ranging from dropdown boxes to multiple choice questions.
One draw back I immediately discovered is that if you don’t drag and drop the fields into the form, they won’t be saved. This was frustrating because I initially just clicked on the fields, configured them, then clicked the save button only to discover they were not added to the form. Both methods should be available. Update since this post was published, the Typeform team discovered the error that resulted in forms not being saved using the alternate method and has since fixed it. You can now add fields by selecting them individually or using drag and drop.
Typeform supplies a variety of pre-made themes and color schemes to add visual style. Once the form is finished, there are a few different ways to distribute it.
- Direct link to Typeform
- Launch in a popup window
- Embed in a webpage
If you opt to embed the form into a post, you’ll need to decide whether you want to embed as a widget or a full page. Typeforms are automatically responsive and can be used on touch devices. They also provide users a stats area to measure metrics so you can keep tabs on how well it’s performing.
The service is free to try while it’s in Beta. According to a recent blog post, the beta period will be ending near February 12th. The post also explains that the service will remain free with unlimited data collection. The only time you’ll have to pay is when you need to use a Pro feature.
Overall, creating and managing surveys through Typeform was an easy experience. I still think survey building is boring. Pretty images and improved workflow won’t change my mind. If you want to see an example form, look below and take the pop quiz. If you give Typeform a try, let me know in the comments what you think.