Would you like to learn more about all of the settings available in WPForms? In addition to tons of customization options within the form builder, WPForms has an extensive list of plugin-wide options available. This includes choosing your currency, adding GDPR enhancements, setting up integrations, and more.
In this tutorial, we’ll cover all of the settings available in the WPForms plugin.
- Accessing WPForms Settings
- Setting Details
- General Settings
- Email Settings
- reCAPTCHA Settings
- Validation Settings
- Payments Settings
- Integrations Settings
- Access Settings
- Misc Settings
Accessing WPForms Settings
To access plugin-wide settings in WPForms, you’ll need to go to WPForms » Settings in the left WordPress menu.
This will automatically open to the General settings tab, however you can click on any tab along the top of the page to access additional settings.
Settings in the General tab are potentially relevant to all users, no matter which features or addons you use.
Your license key will provide your site with access to updates, as well as any addons available with your license level.
Please check out our license verification tutorial for details on how to locate and add your license key.
Include Form Styling
WPForms will, by default, add styles to ensure your form looks great no matter which theme you choose to use on your WordPress site. If you’re a developer looking to customize your forms, though, this dropdown will allow you to reduce the amount of styling that WPForms applies.
Our tutorial on the Include Form Styling setting covers all of the details, including what to watch for if you choose to alter this option from the default choice.
Load Assets Globally
By choosing to Load Assets Globally, it’s often possible to resolve issues where form assets aren’t loading. If you’re considering enabling this option, it’s generally best to get in touch with our support team and find out if loading assets globally could be a good solution for the specific issue you’re seeing.
GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulations, is a set of policies by the European Union meant to help protect the privacy of EU citizens on the internet. WPForms offers a few ways to help you work towards compliance such as a GDPR Agreement field and an option to disable user cookies.
For all of the details on available GDPR options, please be sure to check out our tutorial on GDPR compliance in WPForms.
Settings under the Email tab will apply to notification emails for all forms on your site.
Optimize Email Sending
The Optimize Email Sending option allows you to send notification emails asynchronously. This means that with this setting enabled, your forms will process notification emails separately from form confirmations. If you’ve had reports of your forms taking a long time to submit, or if your forms send out a lot of notifications, turning on this option may help cut down your form’s submission time.
The Template option lets you easily decide whether you’d like to use HTML or plain text emails. To see examples of each type of email, please see our notifications tutorial.
In this setting, you can upload an image that will display at the top of all form notification emails. For full details, including image size recommendations, please check out our tutorial on adding an email header image.
By default, all form notification emails will have a light grey background color. With this option, though, you can choose any background color you’d like with a simple color picker tool (or you can type in a hex value, if you’d prefer).
WPForms is designed with email privacy in mind, and so the Send To Email Address field (where you’d generally add all email recipients for a form’s notification email) acts like a BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy, field. This means that a separate email is sent to each email address, and the recipients can’t see one another.
If you’d like recipients to see one another’s email addresses, and be able to Reply-All on the email, a Carbon Copy (CC) field will be a better fit.
By enabling the Carbon Copy option, you’ll have the option to use a CC field in all of your existing and new forms.
For all of the details, as well as important usage notes, please see our tutorial on setting up notification emails.
WPForms includes built-in integration with Google’s reCAPTCHA, a super popular free service to combat spam.
Type, Site Key, Secret Key, and Fail Message
During the reCAPTCHA setup process, you’ll need to decide whether you’d like to use the traditional checkbox style reCAPTCHA, the “invisible” style reCAPTCHA, or the newer v3 option.
You’ll also generate keys from Google, which are required to allow reCAPTCHA to be used on your site.
If you’d like to enable this option on your site, please check out our tutorial on setting up reCAPTCHA in WPForms.
If reCAPTCHA is is being loaded more than once on your site (for example, by both WPForms and your WordPress theme), this can prevent reCAPTCHA from working properly. When this conflict occurs, you’ll usually see a validation error when submitting a form even though you’ve completed the reCAPTCHA correctly.
No-Conflict Mode is a great fix if you’re sure that reCAPTCHA isn’t being used anywhere else on the pages where your forms are embedded.
However, we highly recommend getting in touch with our support team if you’re at all unsure whether this option is a good fit for your site.
Validation messages are shown to the user when they fill out parts of your forms incorrectly. For example, if the user skips a required field they’ll see a validation message that states “This field is required.”
Under the Validation tab, you can easily customize these validation messages. This is useful if you need to translate messages into a different language , or even if you simply want these messages to reflect a unique voice for your brand.
For full details, please see our tutorial on customizing form validation messages.
Payment settings will be important if you plan to collect any payment through your forms.
By default, WPForms will use USD (United States Dollars) for all payment fields used in your forms. If you need to use a different currency, go ahead and choose an option from this list.
If you’ve installed the Stripe addon, you’ll need to click on the blue Connect with Stripe button to begin accepting payments.
For all of the details on setting up Stripe in WPForms, be sure to check out our Stripe addon tutorial.
If you’d like to integrate your forms with a third party service, such as an email marketing tool or Zapier, the Integrations tab will include the settings you need to connect to these services.
Below, you can find all of the potential integrations for this tab as well as links to installation and setup tutorials.
- Campaign Monitor
- Constant Contact
Access settings allow you to choose who has access to your forms with our Access Controls.
With Access Controls, you are in control of which user roles are allowed to interact with your forms. You can decide what actions a user can take (such as creating or viewing a form), in addition to which forms a user can act on.
Below is a list of all the actions you can set up Access Controls for:
- Create Forms
- View Forms
- Edit Forms
- Delete Forms
- View Entries
- Edit Entries
- Delete Entries
For more information on how to set up Access Controls in your forms, be sure to check out our tutorial.
Settings shown under the Misc tab don’t fit into another category, and are unlikely to be needed by most users.
You may occasionally see notices from the WPForms team in your WordPress dashboard, ranging from important announcements to a friendly request to consider creating a plugin review.
If you’d prefer not to see any announcements from WPForms, simply enable this Hide Announcements option.
WPForms is designed to avoid losing your form and entry data, and so a standard deletion of the WPForms plugin (using the Delete option on your WordPress Plugins page) will not fully remove the your forms, settings, or entries from your site.
This is to ensure that even if you need to remove plugins while troubleshooting, or if your plugin is accidentally deleted, etc, you will not lose everything you’ve created in WPForms.
If you’d like to fully uninstall WPForms, and so delete all forms, settings, entries, and any files uploaded to your forms (remove everything associated with WPForms from your site), you’ll first need to enable this option. Then, deactivate and delete WPForms from your site’s Plugins page to trigger this complete uninstall process.
Disable Email Summaries
Each week, WPForms will send you an email showing the number of entries that each of your forms have received. You can disable this feature at any time by checking the Disable Email Summaries box (and then saving your settings).
That’s it! We hope this helped to familiarize you with all of the plugin-wide settings available in WPForms.
Next, would you like to find out what you should test before launching your forms? Be sure to check out our pre-launch checklist to ensure your forms work exactly how you’d like before accepting submissions.