Let's get started with the tools available online to create your own forms.
Free Tools to Create Forms
Bootsnipp is a tool that is completely free to use for everyone. You can use it to create as many forms as you want. It generates HTML that you can copy and paste to your own webpage.
The drag-and-drop form builder lets you drag the form components from the left side and drop them on the right side to create the form. Once you have dropped an input component, you can click on it to see a small form and fill out the id, label text, placeholder text, and other element-specific information based on the component.
Once you have created your form, it is easy to get the generated HTML by clicking on the View HTML button. Give this tool a try if you want to create Bootstrap-based forms.
The Bootsnipp website actually also offers a few other tools that you might find useful, like a button builder and a page builder.
This jQuery-based form builder is also completely free and offers a very user-friendly drag-and-drop method for building forms. You just have to drag different form components from the list on the right and place them on the left side. Once you have done that, you will be able to click on the edit button in the top right corner of the form component to edit all its attributes like placeholder text, whether it's required, and much more.
Another great thing about this tool is that you can create your forms in any of 27 different languages.
Any forms or form templates that you create with this tool can be rendered easily using the formRender plugin. You can find more information about the form creation and render process on the official website.
pForm is yet another free HTML-based form builder which allows you to create your own forms by following three simple steps.
You begin by choosing a color scheme for your form and then add some input fields. Once you've added the input elements to your form, you will be able to set the value of various attributes like the label text, field type, and other attributes.
After adding all the desired fields to your form, simply click the Save Form button to download the generated HTML. At this point, you'll also have the option to preview the form before either downloading or going back to edit the form input fields again.
Go ahead and create a form with pForm—it's incredibly easy, and you also get to choose your own color scheme for the form.
More Advanced Form Builder Tools
JotForm has a free starter plan which allows you to create up to 5 forms and have 100 monthly submissions. You also get about 1,000 monthly form views. The forms you generate will contain JotForm branding if you use the free starter pack.
If you don't mind the JotForm branding and your usage stays within the limits, this tool is actually very easy to use. Once you have signed up, you can start using the templates to create your own forms. The templates address all kinds of needs, from payment and hotel booking forms to course and event registration.
Cognito Forms also offers a form builder with limited features in its free plan. You will get Cognito Forms branding in the forms you create, but you can create as many forms as you like. Form submissions are, however, limited to 500 per month in the free plan. This is still five times the cap put in place by JotForm.
The form builder tool allows you to either create a form from scratch or use built-in templates. In either case, you will probably find it to be the most feature-rich and user-friendly of all the form builder tools listed so far.
Try creating a form using one of the Cognito form templates and see if it addresses all your needs.
Free Plugins and Libraries to Create Forms
Here are some libraries to help you get started.
You can use the jQuery Validation Plugin to write your own custom validation rules and error messages, which can be easily integrated within existing forms. In fact, we also have a tutorial for jQuery-based form validation that uses this particular plugin. This should help you jump-start the form creation process.
Even if you have already created a basic HTML5 form, you can still use the plugin to add validation with a single line of code. It will greatly improve the user experience for people visiting your website. You have full control over the placement and styling of error messages, and the library makes sure that they are displayed in a non-intrusive manner.
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You should take a look at some of the examples mentioned on the official website to get a good understanding of the working and features of the library.
Anyone who wants to add an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly, responsive and lightweight jQuery-based date and time input picker would find Pickadate to be very useful.
It is both touch- and keyboard-friendly. The picker supports over 40 different languages, so you will probably be able to let people choose the dates in their native language.
The plugin offers a lot of customization options for both the date picker and the time picker.
This weirdly named password strength estimator is actually a great tool to let users know the relative strength of passwords that they want to use when signing up using a form that you created.
It relies on pattern matching and weighs around 30,000 common passwords, common names, surnames and patterns like dates or keyboard sequences like qwertyuiop etc. to determine if a password is strong enough. It is definitely worth checking out if you want to give your users a friendly way to determine their password strength.
It will accept directories, files, blobs and much more as input. Any uploaded images are optimized, resized and cropped on the client side to dramatically improve upload speed and reduce server load at the same time.
In this post, we took a look at some of the popular form building tools, plugins and libraries that can be used to create feature-rich HTML forms in no time.
If you don't want to write any code, the free form builder tools mentioned in the first half of the article will generate the HTML for you. All you have to do is drag and drop the components that you want to include in your forms. Some dedicated form building services will also give you a lot of other features, but they are generally paid, and the free version will give you access to limited functionality.
The plugins and libraries mentioned later in the article will be helpful for those people who want to create their own forms with the exact functionality they need. These libraries will just make it easier for them to add the required functionality while giving them a lot of control over the way the forms look and behave.
You can also take a look at different plugins and scripts available on CodeCanyon to help you create all kinds of forms with ease. They are a good option for people who don't want to code everything from scratch but still want control over the forms compared to third-party services.