Yesterday, version 1.7 of my absolute favourite plugin, Gravity Forms, was released, and it brought with it a whole host of welcome upgrades and additions.
Form settings and confirmations
The form settings, which used to be accessible at the top of the form editor has now been given it’s own dedicated screen. This includes the options for the form’s title and description, label placement, submit button and anti-spam measures.
It also used to allow you to set the confirmation for the form, which is the message or action performed once the form is submitted by the user. This now has its own tab within the settings page and it has expanded functionality:
- You can create as many confirmations as you want and specify which one should be used using conditional logic.
- You can use merge fields in your confirmations now, using the drop down at the side of the box. For example, you could include the user’s name in your thank you message (Thanks Dave, we’ll get back to you soon).
This is the big one for me. For a long time, there has been limited ability to use conditional logic to send out different notifications depending on the information submitted to the form, but this just got a serious upgrade in 1.7.
From now on, there are no “admin notifications” or “user notifications”: just “notifications”. You can create as many as you want (one for you, and one for the user) and can use conditional logic to determine when each notification should be sent and to whom. For example, if an order form needs to be sent to a supervisor if the order value exceeds a certain amount, or to be sent to a different department depending on what’s ordered, that’s now all been made possible with notifications.
Conditional logic has long been one of my favourite features in Gravity Forms, and with notifications now getting upgraded to realise the power of conditional logic, it has plugged a hole in the functionality of Gravity Forms.
You’ll notice that Gravity Forms looks slightly different too. They’re small changes, but it’s a sign that Rocket Genius is actively looking to keep Gravity Forms up-to-date, while retaining the layout that we’re used to navigating.
Aside from new forms being handled slightly differently (a popup window prompts you to enter the title and description before displaying the editor), that’s about it. Not many changes, but huge changes. I’m very much looking forward to being able to customise notifications and confirmations to the nth degree.