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Archive of posts with the Theme Updates topic

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!

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)…

Get started for free

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.

Get started for free

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.

We’ve added the Make builder to posts!

By Tom Stark on November 1, 2017

Hey everyone! 👋 We have exciting news for you today: We’ve added our Make page builder to posts and custom post types! This is an exclusive Make Plus feature and it enables the builder editing experience in both Make and Make Builder (our free plugin that we released just last week).

Besides that, we included a couple of important improvements to ensure compatibility with WordPress 4.9. See below for the full list of changes. Be sure to update to latest versions to make it yours!

Make Plus

  • Introducing post builder, allowing you to enable builder for your posts!
  • Fixed issue with builder sections’ visual editor not inheriting background color set in Customizer.

Make

  • Added compatibility code to allow for latest features introduced in Make Plus.
  • Fixed section backgrounds appearance when set to Tile.
  • Fixed issue with builder sections’ visual editor not inheriting background color set in Customizer.
  • WordPress 4.9 compatibility improvements.

Make Builder

  • Added compatibility code to allow for latest features introduced in Make Plus.
  • Fixed section backgrounds appearance when set to Tile.

Meet our new Make Builder plugin

By Tom Stark on October 18, 2017

Today we’re proud to announce the release of Make Builder – our brand new, free page builder plugin. It’s the builder you know from our popular Make theme but now can be used with any theme!

Over 800,000 businesses now use Make, and we’re already hearing great things about Make Builder! So head on over to the Make Builder plugin page to download it for free.

Discover Make Builder’s popular features

  • Powerful, free page builder
  • Easily create content columns
  • Design beautiful slideshows
  • Create stunning galleries with overlays
  • Easily add buttons and custom styled lists
  • Customizable section background styles
  • Clean, valid, SEO friendly code (no shortcodes!)
  • Action & filter hooks for developers
  • Completely compatible with all your favourite plugins including Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads and more!

 

Make and Make Plus 1.9.1

By Tom Stark on August 18, 2017

We’re releasing 1.9.1 today! This patch release squashes a handful of small bugs that our makers have reported since updating to 1.9.

Make

  • Added compatibility check and a notice about updating Make Plus when using a version older than 1.9.
  • Fixed issue with carriage returns in content editor’s Text mode.
  • Fixed ‘Configure column’ drop-down display issue, visible when multiple rows were used.
  • Fixed bug with content background color not resetting to default when no color was set.

Make Plus

  • Added notice about compatibility issue when Make is older than 1.9.

Make and Make Plus 1.9

By Tom Stark on August 15, 2017

Hey everyone! Today we’re pushing a new release of Make and Make Plus. Version 1.9 features updates and fixes which we’re super-excited to finally bring to you.

Make Plus

  • Master sections! You can now control multiple sections from one place by setting a section to Master mode. In this mode, every change you make to a section will be instantly propagated to all other pages where it’s set to appear. You can read more about this in our new help guide.
  • Improved templating for sections and optimized data storage on back-end.

Make

  • Unified Section API. It now covers data, settings and template helpers.
  • Reduced the number of scripts enqueued in the builder and refactored logic for overlay and settings.
  • Fixed minor banner display issues.
  • Fixed parsing of section IDs.
  • Fixed Typography bugs in Customizer.
  • Fixed screen reader text appearance on pages with a lot of content.
  • Fixed email social icon behavior when Open icon links in a new tab option was set in Social Icons section in Customizer.
  • New filter make_filter_column_content allowing to filter individual column content.

Make 1.8.9 and Make Plus 1.8.7

By Tom Stark on June 8, 2017

Today we’re shipping another set of improvements to Make and Make Plus. Here’s what’s new:

Make Plus

  • New option allowing Panels to start collapsed.
  • New ways to manage excerpt length in Posts List section.
  • New Customizer section General → Reset to undo all customizations for when you want to start over.
  • Colors in Panels are now fully configurable in Customizer from Color → Panels screen.
  • Excerpts in Posts List set to Default now display links.

Make

  • Added a setting to hide post title and post navigation in single post template.
  • Added a setting to toggle breadcrumbs in single page and post template.
  • Added support for Jetpack responsive videos.
  • Improved styling and accessibility for the Skip To Content link.
  • Improved alignment of text, theme credits and social icons in the footer.
  • Improved logo and navigation width to allow more space for navigation.
  • Header templates are now split into partials for easier customization.
  • Media selection frame now shows selected attachment and metadata.
  • Google Maps embeds now honour user defined attributes.
  • Swatches in the Background Color setting now get populated from Customizer color settings.
  • Header, containers, and footer now expand to full width when the full-width option is switched on.
  • Fixed the Failed to decode downloaded font error with Jetpack share icon.

Make 1.8.8 and Make Plus 1.8.6

By Ignazio Setti on May 16, 2017

Hey everyone! We’ve just shipped the latest updates to Make and Make Plus, packed with features and improvements! Here are the highlights:

Make Plus:

  • Added video background settings in all builder sections.
  • New slideshow options for for Posts List and Products sections.
  • Added Draft mode, which allows you to hide builder sections from the front-end, while keeping them visible in the builder.
  • Individual section items (Columns, Gallery items, Banner slides and Panel items) can now be duplicated.
  • Refactored Panels section, supporting child theme override.

Make:

  • Added background position control for sections.
  • Section settings are now categorized into panels, like the Customizer.
  • Improved compatibility with WooCommerce 3.0 product galleries.
  • Removed old Logo panel from the Customizer.