Jotform has over 5 million users, and the company has its first focus on its customers. Google Forms is also a popular form service. Understandably, you are here to see a Jotform vs. Google Forms review, and the article won’t disappoint you.
Jotform and Google Forms are form services to create feedback, quiz, contact, and other forms. Jotform offers more form options, templates, and form validations, but it is limited in its free plan. Google Forms offers fewer options, but it is free to use.
What are both
With Jotform, we can create both classic and card-style forms. It brings many form features and customization options to create great-looking forms.
Furthermore, we can add an approval flow, which allows you to approve or deny submissions.
On the other hand, Google Forms is more like a questionnaire builder. It lets us make simple and easy-to-use feedback, surveys, and questionnaire forms, but other than fonts and colors, there aren’t many customization options.
Options to add
When it comes to adding form elements, Jotform is the winner. With Jotform, we can add 26 form elements, 43 payment gateway, and more than 300 widgets. The below image shows most of the elements to add to the form.
On the other hand, Google Forms has 13 form options, and we can change them to fit our needs with expression validations.
For example, we can set the “short answer text” field only to accept emails. The following are the form elements available in Google Forms:
- Short answers
- Multiple choices
- Drop-down menus
- File uploads
- Linear scales
- Multiple choice grids
- Checkbox grids
Jotform vs. Google Forms: Validations
Validations are part of the forms, and like the elements, we find more validation options on Jotform.
The app lets us add checks and validations on all textual and numeric form elements. For example, set the phone number format in the phone field according to country.
In comparison, we can only set validation rules for short answers, paragraphs, and checkboxes in Google Forms. For example, setting input length, text pattern matching, word matching, etc.
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Both services provide built-in templates if you don’t know where to begin. Jotform offers many more templates than Google Forms. We have 10,000+ free online templates: 145 online store templates, 300+ table templates, 1200+ PDF templates, 100+ free approval templates etc.
Google Forms, in contrast, has 17 templates arranged in the categories of personal, work, and education.
Jotform has 155 integrations with web apps, 2 with desktop apps, and 2 with mobile apps. With a large number of useful integrations, we can improve the way our online forms work.
You can find the list of all the supported integrations on the Jotform integration page.
On the other hand, Google Forms doesn’t support integration with third-party apps alone, but with Zapier, we can integrate it to more than 400 apps, like Trello, Slack, and Asana.
Form sharing options
Of course, we can’t gather any data until we don’t share the form. Thankfully, both have this option.
With Jotform, we can share a form URL or invite people through email. While inviting, we can set the permission to:
- Submit Only
- Submit and View Later
- Submit and Edit Later
The app has three types of access settings for forms:
Private Form: The form is only accessible to invited people.
Public Form: The form is accessible to everyone.
Company Access: Access to people in an organization.
In contrast, Google Forms is not very flexible regarding sharing and collaboration. You can access all the sharing and collaboration settings by clicking on the “Send” button present at the top menu bar.
It allows three ways to share a form:
You can embed the form on your contact page to gather the form submissions. For team collaboration, we can add editors to our forms through emails. Editors can change permission and share.
There are some other extra features offered by both Jotform and Google Forms. In Jotform, we can add a customized “Thank you” page, which is shown after the submission.
One of the most highlighted features of Jotform is Approval Flows. It allows your team members to accept or deny form submissions.
On the other hand, Google Forms lets us collect the email addresses of users who submit forms.
Another feature of Google Form is to convert a questionnaire into a quiz. Through this, it will assign point values, set answers, and automatically provide feedback after submission or on manual revision.
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Pricing and plans
This is where many people tend to go with Google Forms. Google Forms is free to use. Whatever is available is free. Forms uses your Google account (15GB) storage, but you can upgrade it by paying a few dollars a month.
The free plan of Jotform offers 5 form limits with 100 fields per form, 100 monthly submissions, 100MB of storage, 1000 monthly form views, and up to 10 payment submissions per month.
It has three premium plans: Bronze, Silver, and Gold plans.
The bronze plan costs $39 per month and allows you to create up to 25 forms with 250 fields in a single form.
There is also additional storage of 1GB, 10,000 monthly form views, 1,000 monthly submissions, 10,000 total submissions, and 100 monthly payment submissions.
The Silver plan costs $49 per month and offers to create up to 50 forms with 500 fields.
10GB of extra storage, 100,000 monthly form views, 2,500 monthly submissions, 25,000 total submissions, and 250 monthly payment submissions are also included.
The Gold plan costs $129 per month and enables you to create up to 100 forms with up to 1,000 fields each. Other than this, 100GB of additional storage, 1,000,000 monthly form views, 100,000 total submissions, and 1000 monthly payment submissions are included.
The paid plans remove the Jotform branding from forms. In silver and gold plans, you also get HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Compliance for the privacy and security of sensitive information.
Jotform vs. Google Forms: Links
In terms of form elements, widgets, and customization, Jotform is the winner. We can make professional event registration, payment, survey, appointment, donation, booking forms, and many other forms with its many customizations, payment gateway, and collaboration options.
Google Forms works best for simple form tools, which can benefit if you send out forms occasionally.