Wondering how to create an online questionnaire for your WordPress website? With the right tool, it's easy! Follow along with this step-by-step tutorial for building a free online questionnaire.
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Hoping to make a questionnaire for your WordPress site? With the right online questionnaire builder, it's easier than you think.
A questionnaire is a powerful tool for collecting focused information from visitors. In concept, they are a little different than a survey. Despite their differences, they can both be built in the same way.
Today we'll show you how to use a drag-and-drop form builder to create an online questionnaire in WordPress. The best part? It's totally free using our plugin, Formidable Forms.
First, we'll briefly cover how questionnaires differ from surveys. Then, we'll show you how to make an online questionnaire in just a few easy steps. Let's get to it!
- What's the difference between a survey and a questionnaire?
- How to create an online questionnaire in WordPress (3 steps)
What's the difference between a survey and a questionnaire?
There's a lot of confusion when trying to define "What are surveys and questionnaires?" Aren't they the same thing? If you thought so, you aren't the only one. Let's look a little closer at what each term means.
- A survey is a data collection tool, aimed at a wider audience. The goal of a survey is to look for behavior trends and data. Survey questions tend to be broader in focus.
- A questionnaire is designed with a more narrow focus. The goal is usually to collect data from an individual with a singular purpose in mind.
👉 Learn more: How To Create a Survey in WordPress
Online questionnaires vs surveys: examples
Here's a questionnaire you may have taken before: a medical history questionnaire.
When you go to a doctor's office for the first time, they may ask you to fill out a form. This form is designed to get your specific health information.
A survey has a broader goal of finding out how people feel. Imagine if that same doctor's office asked you to rate your visit and give your opinion on the doctor and the administration process. That's a survey!
Of course, these worlds often overlap. For example, remember that medical intake questionnaire we talked about before? There is some useful data that can be analyzed if you collect enough of them.
If you analyze the data, you could learn why people are coming to visit your doctor's office. But you still wouldn't know anything about their opinions or attitudes. A questionnaire has a different focus than a survey.
We can also see how something can be both a survey and a questionnaire. Take the example of an NPS survey form. A Net Promoter Score is calculated by asking customers about their experience with your brand.
If we consider this as a survey, you're able to take a broad look at customer attitudes. But we can still consider this a questionnaire if the questions are focused on the individual.
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How to create an online questionnaire in WordPress (3 steps)
Ready to learn how to create a questionnaire in WordPress? Here are the three simple steps we'll be taking you through today:
- Install and activate Formidable Forms (it's free!)
- Create and publish your online questionnaire
- Enhance with Formidable premium (optional)
1. Install Formidable Forms' free WordPress questionnaire builder
The first thing to do is to install the best questionnaire and survey tool for WordPress, Formidable Forms.
You'll find the free version of the plugin in the WordPress.org plugin directory. Install and activate our plugin on your site and you'll be set.
Or, enter your email and website below and we'll send you straight to the install page! 👇
2. Create and publish your online questionnaire
Now that you've installed Formidable, let's make our questionnaire.
Go to Formidable → Forms and click + Add New at the top of the page.
Click + Create a blank form. This is your new questionnaire, so name it whatever you want and click Create.
Add questionnaire fields
A questionnaire usually consists of a series of questions - of course!
To start adding questions, you just need to drag and drop fields from the left column over to the right.
If you're using our free plugin, you could add the following types of questions to your form
- Text or paragraph fields for open-ended questions
- Dropdown fields, checkboxes, or radio buttons for multiple-choice questions
- Name and email field to collect contact information and generate leads
- Payment field to collect payments for reservations or orders
It's always a good idea to go for an engaging mix. Nobody likes answering a boring questionnaire! And remember, try to keep it as short as possible to keep those response rates high!
That's just what you can do with Formidable's free online questionnaire maker.
If you upgrade to the premium WordPress form maker, you'll unlock more powerful survey responses like star rating scales, Likert scales, sliders, and more. Plus you'll get helpful survey templates too!
Publish your questionnaire
After you've finished creating the questionnaire form, be sure to click the Save button. Next, go to the Settings tab above the form builder.
This is where you'll find the shortcode for your questionnaire. Copy this shortcode and paste it into any page, post, or widget. Voila! You've created a custom survey or questionnaire! 🙌
Of course, you might want to have a look around the settings to see what you can tweak. If you're stuck for ideas, check out our knowledge base. It's got hundreds of help docs to guide you.
Something simple to consider: the results page.
Do you want users to go to a different page after they finish your questionnaire? Do you want to show them a specialized message based on their responses? Or maybe you'd like to show them a graph of the results in real time?
It's all possible with Formidable.
3. Kick your questionnaire up a notch with Formidable premium (optional)
Some of you may be wondering how to make interactive questionnaires on WordPress sites. With Formidable Forms Pro, there are several features that can really enhance the questionnaire experience.
Plus, you can try our premium plugin risk-free for 14-days! If you don't like it, we'll give you your money back - no questions asked.
One thing to keep in mind: Formidable does much more than just create questionnaires. Our premium plans have tons of advanced features! Use Formidable on your site to handle every contact form, signup form - even all your eCommerce forms.
With a multi-page form and a progress bar, your users will always know how many more questions remain. This will send form conversion rates through the roof!
With a questionnaire, there are no right answers. But there is a way to get better answers. By using smart forms with conditional logic, you can set up your forms to only ask the most important questions.
Survey form templates
Formidable comes with a number of survey form templates, which can be easily edited to suit your needs.
Ready to create an online questionnaire in WordPress?
That's it! As you can see, building a questionnaire using Formidable Forms is pretty easy. Our free plugin version is powerful enough to get you started. For those looking for more power, don't miss Formidable premium!
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