Compared: GravityView vs Views for WPForms

GravityView vs Views for WPForms: Which is the best plugin for displaying data?

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When it comes to harnessing the power of form entry management on WordPress, two plugins stand out as go-to solutions—GravityView and Views for WPForms.

However, it’s essential to understand the fundamental distinction between these two contenders. GravityView is an add-on for Gravity Forms, while Views for WPForms exclusively caters to WPForms users. Both plugins allow you to display your form data on the front end of your website.

In this article, we’ll present a comprehensive comparison of these two plugins, exploring their unique features and functionality.

By the end of this article, you will have gained valuable insights to help you determine the ideal form entry management plugin that aligns with your specific requirements. Let’s get started!

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Differences between GravityView and Views for WPForms

GravityView is a premium, certified add-on for Gravity Forms that enables you to build dynamic web applications using your form data. GravityView’s preset layout templates and drag-and-drop View builder make it easy to create front-end layouts with no code.

GravityView is a powerful and highly extensible plugin that you can use to create directories, job boards, real-estate listing sites, and much more.

Views for WPForms, on the other hand, is a powerful plugin designed exclusively for WPForms Pro users. It offers advanced form management and data visualization capabilities. 

The Views for WPForms plugin serves as a complementary tool to WPForms, allowing you to display form submissions on your WordPress site. With Views for WPForms, you can easily build dynamic and customizable layouts for your form entries, allowing you to showcase, sort, and filter data the data from the front end. 

Now, let’s compare both plugins in terms of their features and functionality.

Form compatibility

GravityView is an add-on specifically designed to work with Gravity Forms, a popular form plugin for WordPress. 

The Gravity Forms logo

On the other hand, Views for WPForms is exclusively compatible with WPForms Pro, another widely used form builder for WordPress. It’s important to note that while there is a free version of WPForms, the Views add-on only works with the Pro version!

The WPForms logo

Ease of use (View configuration)

GravityView is known for its intuitive interface and user-friendly approach. It integrates seamlessly with Gravity Forms! 

The plugin offers a straightforward setup process, allowing users to quickly connect their forms and configure views for displaying form entries. 

GravityView provides an intuitive drag-and-drop builder to create and customize Views without the need for coding knowledge. Users can easily select fields, define layouts, and apply styling options to tailor the appearance of their form entries. 

GravityView also offers extensive documentation and support resources to assist users at every step, ensuring a smooth and accessible experience.

The GravityView visual view builder
GravityView—the visual drag and drop View builder

Views for WPForms shares the same commitment to user-friendly functionality, and also features a drag-and-drop builder. This enables users to easily create dynamic and interactive displays of their form entries! 

With a user-friendly interface, users can effortlessly select fields, define filters, and choose display options to create customized views. 

The Views for WPForms drag and drop builder
Views for WPForms—the drag and drop View builder

Both plugins feature a drag-and-drop builder with the ability to add both fields and widgets. However, GravityView’s builder includes more options, such as a detailed View settings menu, field visibility control, and extensive customization options for individual fields.

Core features

GravityView and Views for WPForms both include two layout options in their core offering: the “Table” and “List” Views. Both plugins also have sorting, filtering and searching capabilities.

What sets GravityView apart is the impressive array of features available in its core package. Many of these features are only available in WPForms Views as paid add-ons. This includes the following:

GravityView also adds a range of shortcodes and blocks to WordPress allowing you to make use of advanced functionality like conditional logic and single entry embeds.

We’ll talk more about extensions later in this post.

Integrations

GravityView is known for its compatibility with various Gravity Forms add-ons and features. It seamlessly integrates with advanced Gravity Forms functionalities, such as multi-page forms, file uploads, conditional logic, and more. 

GravityView also integrates with other, official Gravity Forms add-ons, such as the User Registration add-on, payment gateways, the Survey add-on and others.

In contrast, Views for WPForms offers robust support for WPForms-specific features, including smart conditional logic, multi-page forms, and payment integrations. 

A cog with connections protruding from it

Extensions

GravityKit, the team behind GravityView, also offer 6 premium extensions and 3 premium layouts for GravityView that allow you to make use of more advanced features. The following extensions are available in the GravityView + Extensions package:

  • Multiple Forms: With this extension, you can create Views that display entries from multiple Gravity Forms.
  • Ratings & Reviews: Allow users to rate, review, and comment on Gravity Forms entries in a View.
  • A-Z Filters: Allow users to filter entries in a View by letter (A-Z).
  • Featured Entries: Enables you to highlight certain entries and move them to the top of the View.
  • Social Sharing & SEO: Add social sharing buttons to your View entries and improve search engine optimization.
  • Advanced Filtering: Filter entries in a View using advanced conditional logic.

You can view all the available GravityView extensions and layouts here.

Now let’s take a look at the extensions available for WPForms. The following extensions are available in the “Professional” and “Developer” plans:

  • Approve Entries Add-on: Allows you to display only approved form entries.
  • Edit Entries Add-on: This add-on allows users to edit form entries from the front end.
  • Inline Edit Entries Add-on: Edit WPForms entries from the front end, without leaving the page.
  • DataTable Add-on: Display WPForms entries in a dynamic table layout with advanced export capabilities.
  • Single Entry Add-on: Allows you to display the details of a specific form entry on a single page.
  • Delete Entries Add-on: Add a link to entries in a View allowing users to delete them from the front end.
  • Google Maps Add-on: Display form entries as markers on a Google Map.

You can view all of the available Views for WPForms extension on the Pricing page.

Layout types

The GravityView core plugin includes the “List” and “Table” layouts. The “List” layout allows you to display form entries one after the other, or in a grid. This layout is perfect for directories, job boards, and people profiles.

The “Table” layout, on the other hand, is perfect for numerical data, or any data you would usually put into a spreadsheet.

GravityView—simple table layout
GravityView—simple table layout

In Addition to these basic layouts, GravityView also offers 3 premium layouts:

  • DataTables: Display your Gravity Forms data in a dynamic, live-updating table with extensive sorting and filtering capabilities (available in the GravityView + Extensions license).
  • Maps: Display Gravity Forms entries on a Google Map (available in the GravityKit All Access Pass).
  • DIY: Gain the ultimate flexibility to build your own layouts using HTML and CSS (available in the GravityKit All Access Pass).
A geolocation directory built using GravityView
GravityView—Maps layout

Views for WPForms also includes a “List” and “Table” layout in the basic license. There is also a Google Maps integration and a DataTables layout available in higher license tiers.

Views for WPForms—basic table layout

Live demos

GravityKit maintains a robust live demo website with several live demo applications that you can preview and play around it. Better yet, you can launch your own, free demo playground with a single click, preloaded with all GravityKit plugins!

A real estate directory built using GravityView
GravityView—real estate directory

Views for WPForms also has a demo site where you can preview different Views and layouts. 

View for WPForms—user profiles

While the demo does allow you to preview different Views and play around with data on the front end, you cannot spin up your own demo playground.

Pricing

GravityView offers different pricing plans based on the number of sites and the desired features. Here are the different pricing options:

  • GravityView ($99): Includes the core GravityView plugin.
  • GravityView + Extensions ($249): Includes GravityView and all premium Extensions and Layouts.
  • GravityKit All Access Pass ($499): Includes GravityView, extensions, layouts, and all other GravityKit plugins!

Here is the pricing structure for WPForms Views:

  • Personal ($59): Access to the basic View for WPForms plugin, for use on 1 site.
  • Professional ($99): Includes the “Approve Entries” and “Google Maps” add-ons, for use on 5 sites.
  • Developer ($199): Includes all add-ons, for use on 20 sites.

That’s it!

GravityView vs Views for WPForms: Final thoughts

In this comprehensive comparison between GravityView and Views for WPForms, we explored the key differences and features of these two powerful data management plugins. 

As a Gravity Forms Certified add-on, GravityView excels in its seamless integration with Gravity Forms, providing extensive features and advanced data display options! Views for WPForms, on the other hand, is designed exclusively for WPForms Pro users, offering data visualization capabilities.

While View for WPForms is an effective data visualization add-on for WPForms suers, GravityView acts as a full no-code web application builder, specifically for Gravity Forms data.

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