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Create Attractive, Working Forms for Your Small Business — Review of 123ContactForm

by Stephanie Watson
Published on 20 December 2012

As a small business owner, I really need forms to find out what my website visitors are thinking.

But designing the form and installing it can literally take me days. So I am totally excited to review 123ContactForm. They say form building and publishing is as easy as 1-2-3.

Let's see!

How to Get a Form up and Running When You Are a Non-Programmer

123ContactForm was started in 2008 by two partner developers with the goal of making form building easy for the small business person. Most of us aren't designers or coders. We know what we want a form to accomplish but not how to construct it from the ground up and insert it into a website or blog. And order forms that take payments-help!

Easy to Use For Freelancers, Small Businesses, Web Designers, Large Corporations

123ContactForm lets anyone put together forms for any occasion: Event registrations, order forms, lead generation, surveys, workshop sign-ups or employment applications. Anyone who wants to concentrate on other things than form design and coding can benefit from 123ContactForm.

Web designers love it. Designer Donna Powell said, "Your service allows me to provide flawless forms and most importantly change or update them in seconds. You have taken the work and the errors out of form creation and forms management."

Design a Form, Insert it In Your Website, Blog or Facebook Page

The form generator is geared toward ease of use. It's WYSIWYG and drag and drop, making it simple to fiddle with it until you get it right. It's perfect for lead generation forms, email forms and other methods of staying in touch with your visitors. Use it for an event registration or workshop sign up. Find out what your readers are thinking with surveys and questionnaires.

It's simple to publish the form on your website, Facebook, WordPress, Joomla or Blogger. It integrates seamlessly with GoogleDocs, Yahoo Groups, MailChimp, SalesForce and other third party platforms.

Your forms look good. You can choose colors, add your logo and pick a template and theme from their collection. By the time you're through, it looks like a natural part of your website or blog. Their extensive library of templates gives you a starting point for many types of forms.

If you sell a product, you can create secure order forms that work with Paypal, Google Checkout and Authorize.net. It lets you get money safely when your customers buy your product and collect important information about them at the same time.

The Basics: What Does it Look Like?

It's easy to build a survey form using 123ContactForm.

They offer a library of templates. This one here is a good starting point for any order form.

You can choose from a number of themes. You can insert your logo and preview the form before publishing it.

From the dashboard you can check response to your form.

You can integrate your forms with third part applications like GoogleDocs, SalesForce, TopProducer, Aweber, Icontact, ConstantContact, GoogleGroups and YahooGroups.

Sell products using Paypal, Authorize.net and Google Checkout.

Make an Attractive, Efficient Form Without Design or Coding Skills

123ContactForm makes attractive forms of all types fast and easy for anyone, with or without design and coding experience. Your form looks like a basic part of your website. You can use their templates and themes to get started, then add your logo. It offers one-click integration with major third party apps like GoogleDocs, Aweber and SalesForce. You can publish simply from the dashboard to your website, WordPress or Blogger blog or Facebook. You can take orders and collect payment via Paypal, Authorize.net or Google Checkout.

Support is via live chat 24/7, their Facebook page and email.

Will it Fit Your Budget?

123ContactForm offers a free plan good for one user, five forms and 100 submissions a month. Paid monthly fees with the Gold and Platinum plans allow for more users, forms and submissions. If these don't suit, they will design a custom plan to suit your business. A generous 35% discount is offered to educational and nonprofit groups.

Is it For You?

If you dread making forms for your online endeavors, 123ContactForm can help you. It will cut your time and help you come up with one that handles the job. Forms of all types are easy to design and upload to any type of site and integrate with a number of third-party applications with one-click.

Ratings: ease of use 5/5, features 5/5, value 4/5 and ease of deployment 5/5


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