One of the reasons I love Gravity Forms so much is their continued commitment to evolution and new features. Such is apparent in their upcoming 1.9 release.
1.9 is currently on Beta 4, which means that the final release is just around the corner. One of the new features that I’m most excited about is the “Save and Continue” feature.
Have you ever started filling out a form or a survey, but never realised how long it was before you started? Or you got into filling it out before realising that it was asking you for some information that you didn’t have at that moment in time? That’s where “Save and Continue” comes in to save the day.
Save and Continue provides a new link next to the submit button (or the next page button on multi-page forms).
When the user clicks on “Save and Continue Later”, they’re presented with a special link which they can copy, or email to themselves, to allow them to return to the form in its exact state, with all of the data that they already entered, and continue filling it out.
This tool will be excellent for helping to limit the number of people who get frustrated filling out a form which is longer than they thought and should help improve conversions accordingly by giving them the option of returning to complete it later rather than abandoning it. I’ll be personally be employing it on a number of sites, most notably The WP Butler.
How to use “Save and Continue”
Once you’ve got beta 4 installed (or once 1.9 is released), go to the settings for the form that you want to activate “Save and Continue” on and select the checkbox to activate the feature.
That’s all that you need to do to activate the feature. From then on, people can save their progress part way through completing a form and return to it.
However, you can go even further and modify the text on the screen that presents them with the link as well as the email that is sent to them if they decide to email themselves the link. When you activate Save and Continue, two new confirmations and one new notification are automatically created. To tweak the text that is used to describe the Save and Continue feature to the user or the email that is sent to them, just edit the confirmations/notification to suit your needs.
So that’s my favourite new feature in Gravity Forms 1.9. There’s lots more in this release as well, like improvements to the name and address fields, sub-labels, field settings and drag and drop, using JSON for import and export instead of XML, and background updates. Just another 10 reasons to love Gravity Forms all the more.