Visual Form Builder Pro has been updated to 2.3.3. This release is mostly bug fixes and updates to existing features, but a few new things sneaked in!
The most interesting feature is the ‘Display Entry’ option on the Confirmation section.
If you have the Display Entries add-on installed and active, you will now have the ability to display the user’s submitted data in a nicely formatted table.
There’s also an update to the HTML field. Instead of the super simple Quicktags implementation, you’ll now get an editor that is more like the WordPress Visual Editor.
These are just a couple of the new features that made it into this release. There are also a bunch of bug fixes, so be sure to update!
Visual Form Builder Pro has just been updated to 2.2.5. There are several new features, hooks, and bug fixes. The most notable new feature is the inclusion of over 20 language translation files. Check out some of the languages included:
Building a contact form in your country’s language (or the language of your client) shouldn’t require an extra layer of work. Including these language packs should alleviate some of that extra, tedious work.
Since these are brand new, please let me know if you experience any bugs!
As for the other features, please check out the release notes:
I’m happy to announce that Visual Form Builder Pro now has two new great features: Akismet support and Add-Ons.
Your forms now have the ability to be protected by the awesome power of Akismet. The same technology that protects your blog’s comments can now do the same for your forms. For the best protection, it is recommended that you include the following fields:
That’s all it takes to have some of the best spam protection around.
Next up is a way to extend the functionality and power of Visual Form Builder Pro. To start with, there are four add-ons you can purchase:
These add-ons start at just $5. Head on over to the website to learn more.
Why add-ons? This allows Visual Form Builder Pro to stay affordable without introducing more complexity. The plugin can grow as your needs grow.
I will have more information about the add-ons (even some videos!) on the blog, so be sure to look out for those posts. Lastly, check the Release Notes to see what else is new. If you have any questions, let me know.
A quick bug fix here for Visual Form Builder Pro.
Version 2.0.1 fixes the bug where notification emails were not being sent. There is also a fix for Textarea formatting in the HTML email.
One interesting change I’m making in this maintenance update is to the email headers. Without getting too technical, the email headers are basically saying who this email gets sent to. As some of you may know, depending on your server setup, receiving the emails may be inconsistent or may not happen at all. Version 1.9 took aims to correct some of these inconsistencies but it wasn’t the “cleanest” way to go about it.
With 2.0.1, I’m aiming to fix this problem once and for all. So, be sure to test your forms after updating and let me know if the emails are sent like you expect.
This is a huge update, everyone! So much to cover, it’s just easier to read the release notes
Visual Form Builder Pro 1.9.2 is now available for download.
This release aims to fix a few key problem areas, most notably the ability to reliably send the email.
One major feature included in this update is the new Visual Form Builder Pro widget. Now you can add forms to widgetized areas in your theme. And, because the form inputs are responsive (they use percentages), it should render correctly in a sidebar without any extra CSS.
A common problem I’ve noticed among some VFB users is that emails may not be sent. This is usually because of your server’s email setup and can be solved by configuring WordPress to use SMTP instead of PHP’s mail function. However, some servers will decide to block outgoing email if it doesn’t comply with certain rules. Such a rule might be that the sending email must be from the same domain.
Version 1.9.2 fixes this.
This version also changes the class names for the front-end CSS in attempts to help eliminate theme conflicts. Some of the class names were really generic and shouldn’t have been, but it’s been that way for so long.
If you have customized the Visual Form Builder Pro CSS, you will want to make sure that you check the new CSS file for the latest class names. Basically, just about everything was prefixed with a vfb-.
Please make sure you update to get the latest features and bug fixes!
Visual Form Builder Pro 1.9 is now available for download and includes some major updates, the most notable being Conditional Logic.
Conditional Logic is perhaps one of the most requested features I hear about and I’m happy to say it has finally arrived. Conditional Logic is a way to apply rules to your form based on the user’s input and behavior. If you need a way to show or hide particular fields (or even entire sections) based on the what users have selected, then conditional logic is how you do it.
Previously, this was a manual process that involved having to know jQuery, CSS, and HTML. Let’s face it: not everyone knows any or all of these languages and getting it exactly right can be difficult. No longer is that the case
Visual Form Builder Pro 1.9 introduces an interface that makes adding conditions super easy. All you need to do is go to the field, fieldset, or section that you want to be shown or hidden and click on the Conditional Logic link in the bottom right of that field item box.
From there, you can add rules such that when a user checks (or unchecks) certain values from any number of fields, it will be displayed/hidden.
Conditional Logic isn’t the only thing that’s been added. Here’s just a few things you can expect to see:
This update has been in development for quite a while and brings to the table some much needed features which you all have been clamoring for. I hope you all enjoy!
Visual Form Builder Pro 1.8 is now available for download and I think you’re going to like it.
Gone are the clunky tabs. The ‘All Forms’ view has been replaced with a grid of your forms. The boxes also have form specific links to give you quick access to that form’s entries, email design, analytics, and the new form preview.
Even better, you can now reorder these boxes to put your favorite or most used forms at the top.
There is also a nice, big New Form button.
The Add New Form page has been simplified and the flow improved to differentiate it from the actual form building.
I’m excited to bring you the Live Form Preview. When building your forms, you can now optionally view the form output in a third column. This should give you an idea of what the forms will look and work like when displayed on your site. Of course, the design and functionality may vary depending on your theme or other plugins installed.
Switching to another form has never been easier. The Quick Switch tool lets you jump from one form to the next without having to return to the form list.
The boxes in the left column have been converted to meta boxes which means you can now turn these on/off, collapse, or reorder them and WordPress will remember your settings.
Click on the Screen Options tab in the upper right to access these options.
There have been a few other improvements, updates, and bug fixes so be sure to download this latest version. This update is all about making it easier to work with and create your forms. I hope it does just that!
Visual Form Builder Pro 1.7 is now available for your download. There are three big additions and changes to this version
Transferring all of your data to another site is now a thing. You can transfer everything or, if you’ve spent many moons crafting that perfect form, export only the form and all its settings and import it exactly into your other site.
The export feature has been updated to be more functional, reliable, and just plain useful. Previously, it was on the Entries screen and it was an all or nothing affair. The new export can backup all of your forms, settings, and entries to be transferred to another site. Exporting entries is still available and much easier. You can select the format (CSV or Excel), which form you want, and even set a date range.
If you still want to be able to export selected entries, that’s still on the Entries screen (in the Bulk Actions dropdown).
WordPress Admin Toolbar
Accessing Visual Form Builder Pro is now always visible in the WordPress admin toolbar. What’s cool about this is that it’ll pick up on if you have a form (or multiple forms!) on the page you are viewing and provide a quick Edit Form link so you can quickly edit your form.
In addition to these great new features, there have been lots of improvements, bug fixes so be sure to check the release notes.
This change aims to improve performance of sites running VFB Pro as well as curb conflicts from other themes or plugins that are loading older versions of jQuery. There’s not much I can do about that and it will always be a problem for plugin developers, but at the very least I can isolate the issue to a single page instead of the entire site.