5 Free Online Form Builders to Create Beautiful and Simple Surveys

5 Free Online Form Builders to Create Beautiful and Simple Surveys

Google Forms is the internet’s favorite free form builder, and rightfully so. You can do so much with it. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only mold builder you should consider.


A few new form builders make the process more user-friendly in various ways, such as Tally, which works like a document, or NueForm, which makes it easier to create “slide forms” that show one question at a time. Additionally, Google Forms limits you to the world of Google apps, while HeyForm connects to various other apps. And then there is Formester and FormJelly, which will make it easy for beginners to create a form in no time.


1. Tally (web): Keyboard-friendly form builder, works like a document

Tally is a keyboard-friendly form builder that works like a document, offering most of the features of the free version

Tally is growing in popularity as one of the best free online form builders for its ease of use and keyboard-friendly nature. It’s especially great if you’re creating forms that require recipients to write long answers.

You can start building a form without registering to test drive Tally quickly. It looks like a simple blank Doc file. Use the keyboard to press enter to add lines, and press / to see all the options you can insert into any line.

Tally’s input blocks include questions, short answers, long answers, multiple choice, check boxes, numbers, emails, phone numbers, links, date and time, drop down menu, file upload, payment, rating, linear scale and signature. You can also combine these for more complex responses from the recipients. Tally also allows if-then conditional logic to set up which questions will be asked based on a recipient’s previous answers.

The web app allows you to customize the form in several ways. For example, you can add more pages and customize the layout through header blocks, custom fonts, labels, images, videos, audio files or embedded elements. You can also add a custom logo and cover image for branding.

The free version of Tally allows all this with no real restrictions except for Tally branding and a maximum size of 10MB for uploaded files. In the paid version, you can remove Tally branding, create custom domains, collaborate with teammates, create group workspaces, add custom CSS, and capture partially submitted forms.

2. NueForm (Web): The simplest form builder, especially for slide-based forms

NueForm is the easiest way to create one

If you’re a first-time form builder and value simplicity and ease of use, go with NueForm. It’s remarkably approachable for beginners, but it lacks some advanced features like conditional logic or custom logos.

Once you’ve signed up, NueForm prompts you to choose between three types of forms: simple one-page forms, classic multi-page forms with sections, or slide forms that show the user one question at a time. The developer notes that the app was created because other form builders don’t let you easily create such “slide forms.” You can also use one of the template forms to get started quickly, with feedback form, quiz, contact information, RSVP and job application options.

In the form, you can add a title for each part and a description. Each section can have multiple questions and the answers can be short text, paragraph, multiple choice, check box, rating scale and email address. There is a simple toggle on each question to mark it as a mandatory requirement or not. You can preview your form at any time, then publish it to share online with anyone.

3. Foreman (Web): Free drag-and-drop Visual Form Builder

Formester offers a simple drag-and-drop interface to build a form visually for beginners

Formester has an amazing drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy for anyone to create a form visually. Register and start the form builder. The left sidebar has all the elements you can insert into the main form in the middle, including headings, questions, input boxes for personal information, single or multiple choice answers, scale or star ratings, and more. The app even lets you add a Recaptcha to discourage bots. It’s a visual, simple, WYSIWYG way to build a form.

In the right sidebar, you can further customize how each element looks and choose to make it a form where one question is displayed at a time. Foreman also shows a visual flow chart of your questions to see the logic. In the Formester dashboard you will see all the submissions gathered in one place, while the analysis page shows the response rate and other statistics.

We particularly liked some small but useful features in Formester. For example, it allows you to redirect users to a URL after they complete the form, as well as send them automated emails. You can also receive email notifications with each submission. Formester also integrates with APIs and supports Zapier Connectors to easily export your data.

The free version of Formester allows up to 100 submissions per month, does not allow you to upload files, and includes Formester marking on the form. The paid version removes these restrictions.

4. HeyForm (Web): Collect submission data automatically in Sheets, Slack, or any app

HeyForm connects to several other apps to export form data submissions and analytics

While it must be easy to create a form, it is equally important that the data collected from the submissions is easy to manage. HeyForm integrates with a number of apps to use the form data in different ways without tying you to HeyForm’s dashboard.

It currently supports email, Telegram, Slack and Lark for notifications of any submission. If you want to organize your data in a spreadsheet or database, you can connect HeyForm with Google Sheets, Airtable, Monday, Hubspot CRM and SupportPal. Any uploaded videos or files can be automatically transferred to a Google Drive or Dropbox folder. You can gain insight into your responses by connecting it to Google Analytics or Facebook Pixel. And it also supports Webhook, Zapier and Integromat for other needs.

Creating the form is also a simple process. Each question is like its own PowerPoint slide, and you can set the response type, layout, and conditional logic using a simple interface in the right sidebar. HeyForm scores high marks for how good it looks, but it’s not as customizable as Formester.

5. FormJelly (web): Create simple forms quickly with free templates

FormJelly has several free templates to choose from, giving beginners a quick way to create a form and customize it

One of the best features of Google Forms is the number of free templates to quickly get started with a new form. Templates help beginners build a form without having to do most of the work, and it’s easier to edit an existing form to fit your needs than starting from scratch.

FormJelly is an excellent alternative to using Google Forms if you want to use templates. You can preview templates such as 90-day review, address book, bakery order, camp or event registration, mailing list, post-event survey, potluck registration, webinar registration, teacher evaluation, and vacation request. Choose the template that best meets your needs and edit it.

The form builder is quite simple, allowing you to edit each element already included in the form, as well as add new blocks with a drag-and-drop mechanism from the sidebar. FormJelly has many other form templates as suggestions for you to draw inspiration from while building your forms.

The free version of FormJelly allows up to 100 entries and stores five forms at a time. You can unlock more forms and listings, as well as integrations and custom URLs in paid versions of the app.

Should you upgrade to paid versions of these apps?

Except for NueForm, all the other form builders in this article offer a free and premium version. In general, the free version has some common limitations like app branding included in the form, no custom URLs, limited responses or submissions, etc.

These restrictions are usually sufficient for forms for personal use such as responses, quick surveys or basic information gathering. Professional users may be tempted to purchase the premium version. While the apps are great, you should first check if one of your existing paid business apps doesn’t already offer these features. Microsoft, Zoho, Google, and several other office productivity suites offer their own form builders, which include many of the advanced features of the premium versions of these apps.

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