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Stop Adding Columns to Contact Form 7! Here’s a Simple Alternative For Your WordPress Forms.

By Scott Rollo on September 21, 2018

Contact Form 7 has, without a doubt, more downloads than any other WordPress form plugin available on the WordPress Plugin Directory. But did you know Contact Form 7 is over 10 years old?! And WordPress has changed a lot over those years! Simply take a peek into the history of WordPress, and you will see just how far it has come.

The NEW Way to Build Columns in WordPress Forms

Meet HappyForms! It’s time to stop hacking HTML, and stop playing with shortcodes in an attempt to create two, three and four columns with Contact Form 7. Instead, HappyForms (a completely free form builder plugin) makes is super-easy!

All you need to do is select from a drop-down which width you’d like your form to appear. Like this…

It’s really that simple! Here’s How a two column form looks…

And HappyForms also makes it easy, using the ‘Auto’ width, to create form inputs and buttons that appear all on one line (great for newsletter sign-up forms)…

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Say goodbye to Contact Form 7! Download HappyForms plugin for free to get started creating your own multi-column forms in WordPress. And the best part is, with HappyForms you don’t even need to know any code.

Pirate Forms is Retired. What’s the Best Alternative WordPress Form Plugin Now?

By Scott Rollo on September 20, 2018

Are you still using Pirate Forms? Almost 300,000 people have loved this WordPress contact form plugin since it was first released but just this week they announced they’re discontinuing development. So now what?

Meet HappyForms! It our brand new, free, and super-simple WordPress contact form plugin that’s easy to transition over to from Pirate Forms. HappyForms is already rated five-stars on the Plugin Directory and has over almost 20,000 downloads so far!

Here’s three reason we think you’re going to love HappyForms…

1. Live preview

HappyForms is the only WordPress form plugin with a completely real-time live preview of your forms:

2. Style controls

You can easily style your WordPress forms appearances without touching a single line of code:

3. Redirect and Spam prevention

Premium features like URL redirecting, HoneyPot and Google ReCaptcha spam prevention are built-in and super-easy to use:

Download HappyForms plugin for free to make the switch from Pirate Forms.

Create Natural Language Forms in WordPress

By Scott Rollo on September 20, 2018

natural language WordPress form HappyForms

Natural language forms are a lot like fill-in-the-blank quizzes you might have been asked to complete back in school. They’re a fun and super-intuitive way to spice up your traditional WordPress forms because it feels like you’re having a conversation right in your browser!

Let’s get started

All you need to do is write a a short sentence and where appropriate leave blank spaces in places you want your readers to fill in their information. And this is super-easy with HappyForms new Story part.

This is a screenshot from HappyForms showing how you click ‘Add Placeholder’ to create your forms…

natural language WordPress form HappyForms

A few things to consider

It’s important to know that not all forms best fit this style, so we recommend also reading over GoodUI’s guide to natural language forms dos and dont’s.

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Download HappyForms plugin for free to get started creating your own natural language forms in WordPress. And the best part is, with HappyForms you don’t even need to know any code!

HappyForms 1.3 is out now for free!

By Scott Rollo on April 26, 2018

Earlier today we released one of the biggest updates ever to HappyForms, our free contact form plugin. The new version now includes a heap more style controls, improved form parts and ReCaptcha. Here’s the offical changelog for more details:

  • New feature: Parts duplication.
  • New feature: “Title placement” setting now features options for displaying title as a placeholder with smooth transition, and place the title directly in the input field.
  • New feature: Google ReCaptcha support.
  • Improved: Better templates and filter coverage.
  • Improved: Modal for adding a form to a content has been redesigned and refactored.
  • Improved: Saving a form now displays an extended “Form saved” notice that contains a guide on how to insert form to a content. This message is dismissible.
  • Improved: Parts in the Form Builder now show part title for better navigation.
  • Improved: Dropdown part with lots of options now only reveals first 5 options on load with the option to reveal them all.
  • Improved: Redesigned Style step with lots of new settings to make your forms even better looking.

Download HappyForms 1.3 from the Plugin Directory for free.

Choosing stock images for your website

By Scott Rollo on December 15, 2014

Using images in your content helps you express ideas, attitudes, and sentiments, all the while improving communication between your brand and your audience. But images can only help you do these things when you choose the right ones.

When you choose poor or low quality images, your audience might find them ambiguous, bland, or, even worse, inauthentic. And you don’t want that.

Let’s explore how to identify images that support your message and elicit a positive response from your audience. We’ll focus on images from popular stock repositories that are affordable for most small businesses.

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Checklist for WordPress theme typography

By Scott Rollo on December 2, 2014

Web typography baffles many business owners and WordPress developers. What fonts and font layouts are most appropriate in a WordPress theme – and how should you evaluate the plethora of options at your disposal?

While there isn’t a catch-all solution to the typography question, one thing is certain: typography should help your readers to obtain value from your written content – not discourage them. To identify typography meeting that specification, pay close attention to the following:

  1. Readability: Reading your content should never be a struggle. It should be effortless and natural.
  2. Appearance: Typography should have a clearly defined hierarchy, contrast, and spacing among content areas.
  3. Errors: Some themes omit, overuse, or combine certain typographic styles. You should avoid themes that do this.

Think of these issues as a checklist where each item informs the quality of a theme’s typography. When you’re evaluating WordPress themes, typography should always meet these benchmarks! Let’s examine each issue in greater depth so you can identify WordPress theme typography that works for your website.

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Selecting an effective business WordPress theme

By Scott Rollo on November 6, 2014

Identifying the perfect WordPress theme for your business website requires time, tenacity, and – this one might surprise you – restraint.

While there’s a seemingly endless array of gorgeous WordPress themes at your disposal, choosing one isn’t a decision you should base solely on aesthetics. A business website, after all, doesn’t exist just to look nice; it’s a tool that should help you generate revenue.

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Create compelling About page content with these tips

By Scott Rollo on October 2, 2014

About, About Me, About Us, Who We Are, Our Story, Meet the Team… the humble About page comes in many different flavors. Despite being stylistically different, all serve the same fundamental purpose of telling your audience about you – in other words, showing them what you’re about.

So, does your website need an About page? We think most bloggers, special interest organizations, and small to midsize businesses using WordPress should publish an About page in some shape or form; the reasons are twofold:

  1. Authenticity and trust: There’s a reason why About pages are among the most visited pages on many websites. Your audience wants to confirm that you’re genuine and, if you’re selling something, that you’re someone with whom they want to do business.
  2. Brand awareness: What better way to call attention to brand attributes than with a page that celebrates them? The About page is your opportunity to showcase your (or your organization’s) identity.

Let’s run through a few crucial steps that will help you create an About page that’s useful to to your audience and bolsters your brand. Not every About page is the same because no two publishers have the same goals. To know what kind of content should appear on your About page, you have to know what you’re trying to achieve. Which brings us to Step One…

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Checklist for improving blurry images in WordPress

By Scott Rollo on September 2, 2014

Blurry Image Example

Have you ever wondered why an image looked better before you published it? If you’ve had this experience, managing image quality in WordPress can seem like a frustrating, if not bewildering, endeavor. What’s happening to your images between leaving your hard drive and appearing on the web – and how do they get so blurry?

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Our latest website design refresh

By Scott Rollo on August 12, 2014

New Home Page for the Theme Foundry

At the Theme Foundry, we strive to provide an effortless, enjoyable experience to everyone who visits our website. It’s with this objective in mind that we recently completed – and launched – our latest website refresh. Check out the home page if you haven’t seen it yet!

While the home page was the focus of this design update, every page on our website underwent several modest adjustments.

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