Today we have just released version 1.1 of Advanced Elements, one of the most important extensions for Forge. This is a pretty significant update, since we have just added four different types of forms to the collection.
This is a pretty significant upgrade, since it provides all sorts of interactive functionality for your page building. But first, I wanted to talk about an important feature that we released last week: connections.
Connections in Forge
As you might have noticed, Forge now has the ability to create Connections— that is, connecting to a third party service so that you can send data to it.
When you create a connection in Forge, your website will be able to communicate with the service you have connected. This means you will be able to do things like get your subscriber count or add subscribers to your mailing list.
This functionality was rolled out to the base plugin in order to prepare it for something bigger. As we release more extensions, they will make use of connections to integrate with third party services.
And the first element to make use of that is the optin form.
Different types of forms in Forge
The update we just released for Advanced Elements brings four types of forms:
- Optin forms
- Contact forms
- Login forms
The last two were already present on Forge Pro, but we temporarily removed them so they could be refined and improved. But the important ones are the contact and optin forms.
The contact form
The contact form element allows you to create a simple, straightforward contact form. It can be configured with a number of different fields, so you can pick the ones you need– for instance, you might want to collect the phone and company name of the user.
When this form is filled out, it will send you an email containing all the data the user has filled out. This element is fairly simple right now, but it will be improved over time with a lot of functionality.
The contact form element is designed to provide you with an instant way of setting up a form. But if you want to use something more powerful, you can use a plugin such as Ninja Forms or Gravity Forms.
The optin form
Then there’s the optin form. This element is geared towards getting more subscribers, and makes use of the new Connections functionality to do so.
To make use of it, you will need to set up a connection in the Forge dashboard. Then you can use the element like usual in your pages, and specify which connection you want to use. When a user fills out your optin form it will send all the data straight to your Mailchimp or ActiveCampaign account. Isn’t that neat?
This element can also be configured either vertically or horizontally, as well as in different colors. This is because the design of an optin form is often critical to the conversion rate, so you can experiment various setups and get as many subscribers as possible.
More on the way
There is more to come, so stay tuned. We will soon be releasing some great updates for our other extensions (Templates and Layouts), and there is a new extension on the way too.