Display data from multiple Gravity Forms on your site

How to Combine Data From Multiple Forms and Display it on Your Site

Written by Casey Burridge

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So you’re using Gravity Forms to collect data and now you need a way to combine information from multiple forms and display it on your website?

In this post, we’ll take a detailed look at our Multiple Forms extension for GravityView. Multiple Forms allows you to combine forms with common field values into one long entry and display that information in a single View.

This is a game-changer for sites that need to aggregate data from multiple sources. Keep reading to find out more! 👇

Sneak Peek

In this tutorial, we’ll combine information from two separate forms to create one, long entry in Gravity Forms. As you can see, we’ll then display that information on the front end using GravityView.

A table containing Data from two different forms in Gravity Forms

Let’s get started 🙌

What you’ll need

Here’s what you’ll need for this tutorial.

Gravity Forms (any license level)Paid
GravityView (Core + Extensions license)Paid
Multiple FormsIncluded in the Core + Extensions license

Why Display Data From Multiple Forms in One View?

There are several reasons why you may wish to display data from multiple forms in a single View.

Combining data from multiple sources is useful if you have a website or app that collects information across two or more forms. Here are some examples:

  • You run a doctor’s practice and you have one form for collecting patient contact details and another form for inputting patient health information. Now you want to combine that data into a single table.
  • You’re hosting a professional network and each member fills in two forms – one for personal details and another one for their business details.
  • You run a nonprofit organization and you have two separate forms. One for collecting member details and another for donations.

Let’s take a look at the Multiple Forms extensions is a little more detail.

Introducing the GravityView Multiple Forms Extension

Multiple Forms is an extension for GravityView that allows you to join data from one or more forms into one, longer entry and display it in a View.

The GravityView Multiple Forms extension plugin image

📝 The Multiple Forms extension is still in beta, which means we’re working hard to add new features and improve functionality!

How Does it Work?

Multiple Forms allows you to combine data from two or more Gravity Forms that share a common field to create one, long entry. This works like an SQL join operation.

📝 SQL stands for Structured Query Language. It’s used for retrieving data from a database. If you have multiple tables in your database that share common values, you can retrieve data from both tables using a join operation. 

There are four ways to join data together from multiple tables in SQL:

  • Left Join – Display all data from form #1, regardless of whether the fields in form #2 have content (supported)
  • Right Join –  Display all data from form #2, regardless of whether the fields in form #1 have content (not supported)
  • Inner Join – Only display entries from form #1 that have values in form #2 (supported)
  • Full Join – Display all the entries from both forms (not supported)

The below graphic clarifies how these join operations work.

A graphic depicting the difference between SQL left join, right join, inner join and full join.

It’s important to know that the Multiple Forms plugin supports both left joins and inner joins. We’ll show you how to use both in this tutorial.

Installing Multiple Forms

The Multiple Forms extension is included in our Core + Extensions license and All Access license. You can install the extension from inside WordPress. First, hover over Views and click Manage Add-Ons. Now scroll down to Multiple Forms and click Install.

The Install button for the Multiple Forms extension on the GravityView Manage Add-Ons page

When the extension has finished installing, click Activate.

Displaying Data From Multiple Forms in a Single View

In this example, we have two forms that collect information from clients. The first form (“Client details”) collects the client’s name, email address, phone number, address and the date they joined.

The second form (“Client feedback”) collects feedback from the client in the form of a rating and a short text review.

Two forms in Gravity Forms, one called 'Client details' and another called 'Client feedback'

Our goal is to join these forms together, creating one, long entry and then display that data in a single table using GravityView.

Creating the View

To create a new View, hover over Views and click New View. After giving your View a name, select your first form as the data source.

Selecting a data source in GravityView

Now select a View layout. GravityView supports 5 layout types in total depending on your license level (Table, List, DataTables, DIY and Maps).

The different GravityView Layout types

After selecting a View layout, the View editor will open. 

Adding Join Conditions

A join condition allows you to pull data from two or more forms. To add a second form, scroll down to the Data Source meta box and click ‘+ Add Join Condition’.

A button that says 'Add Join Condition'

Now select the form fields you want to join on. The fields you select should share common values, otherwise it won’t be possible to join the two forms.

The GravityView Data Source meta box

If you want to join data from more than two forms, simply click the ‘+ Add Join Condition’ again and add a new join operation.

After adding join conditions, you’ll be able to add fields from both forms inside your View layout. This is how you combine data from different forms into a single entry!

Buttons in the GravityView View editor allowing you to add fields from multiple forms

Enabling Strict Entry Matching

If you scroll down to the View Settings, you’ll see an option called “Strict Entry Match”. If you enable this setting, your View will only return entries that contain values from both forms.

A checkbox in the View Settings that says 'Strict Entry Match'

In other words, enabling “Strict Entry Match” will combine data using an inner join instead of the default left join.

Checking it out on the front end

When you’re finished configuring your View layout, open it up on the front end.

Gravity Forms data in a table

As you can see, each entry contains data from both of our forms.

A table containing Data from two different forms in Gravity Forms

That’s it!

Display Data From Multiple Forms

If you collect data from multiple Gravity Forms, it can be helpful to combine that information into a single entry and display it using GravityView.

In this post, we showed you how to combine data from two or more forms in Gravity Forms and display it on the front end of your website using Multiple Forms. The Multiple Forms extension for GravityView is a game-changer when it comes to aggregating data from multiple sources.

If you enjoyed this post, check out our documentation to learn more about Multiple Forms.

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