Download and Setup
Follow the steps below to install the premium version of Formidable Forms. Before beginning, you must have a Formidable license, which you can purchase on the Pricing page, and you must be using WordPress.
Please note that the premium version of Formidable Forms requires the Formidable Forms Lite plugin to be installed and active. Usually this is added automatically during install. If your hosting security prevents this action, it can be added manually. See how to install Formidable Forms Lite.
The recommended way
Install Formidable Forms Lite
If you don't already have the Lite version installed, do that first.
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard, and go to the Plugins → Add New page.
- Search for 'Formidable' and click the Install button. After installing, click the Activate button that appears.
Install Formidable Forms Premium
- After the Lite version is installed, go to the Formidable → Global Settings page and click the Connect An Account button.
- If you're not logged in, you'll see a log in form in a new window. Log in now.
- After logging in, click Connect to WordPress.
- Wait a few seconds while we get your download package, install it, and link up your site with your license key. Now your site should be all ready for you to start building advanced forms.
The manual way
If your site doesn't allow for plugins to be installed automatically, you can set it up manually instead.
- Download Formidable Forms from your Account page.
- You have two options. You can upload Formidable Forms through your WordPress admin or through FTP.
To upload through WordPress:
- Go to Plugins → Add New in your WordPress admin.
- Instead of searching for a plugin, you can upload Formidable Forms by clicking Upload Plugin.
- Upload the Formidable zip file that you downloaded in step one, and then click Install Now.
To upload through FTP:
- Unzip the Formidable file you downloaded in step 1.
- Upload the enclosed formidable folder to your WordPress Plugins directory.
- Activate the Formidable Plugin from the WordPress Plugins page.
- Go to Formidable → Global Settings and click Connect to WordPress. You can also 'Click to enter a license key manually' and enter your license key to activate the premium features.
You can find your license key on the Account page. Note: If you do not see the 'Click to enter a license key manually' link, then you are still running the lite version. Go back to step 1 and download the premium version.
If you have any issues with the installation process, please open a support ticket.
Install an Add-on
To install a Formidable add-on included with your plan, go to your WordPress dashboard. After Formidable Forms is installed and connected, go to the Formidable → Add-Ons page. This page will allow you to download and activate any add-ons allowed by your Formidable plan with a single click.
Install a Previous Version
Follow the steps below to install a previous version of Formidable Forms.
- Deactivate and delete both Formidable Forms (Lite) and Formidable Forms from your site, if currently installed.
- Log in to your account and download the previous version of the premium Formidable version from your Account page.
- Download the previous version of the Formidable Forms (Lite) at WordPress.org.
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard → Plugins → Add New and then click on the Upload Plugin button at the top.
- Select the Formidable Forms (Lite) zip file you downloaded in step 3 and click Install Now.
- After the plugin finishes installing, click the Activate Plugin link.
- Do the same for the Formidable Forms premium zip file from step 2.
- Once the plugins are activated, you can now start using the previous version of Formidable Forms.
Install on a development site
You can set up any number of local sites and a staging site with a specific subdomain. The options include staging.yoursite.com, dev.yoursite.com, test.yoursite.com, local.yoursite.com, or beta.yoursite.com for the URL.
If you have a WP multi-site install, our support covers the main site if you have support for a single-site.
How to switch the license on my site
If your license is owned by a developer, you could purchase your own license to maintain more control on your site. Follow the steps below on how to switch the license.
- Choose the license type you would like to purchase.
- Go to Formidable → Global Settings and click the 'Disconnect this site' link. Then click 'Connect An Account'. Follow the on-screen prompts.
Your forms, Views, etc. will not be affected by switching the connected account and will still be on your site.
Download Failed. Unauthorized.
If you attempt an automatic plugin update on your site, and receive the message that the update failed, the solution is usually simple. Most of the time, this means the site you are trying to update has not been authorized on your license. Go to your Formidable → Global settings page, insert your license key, and save your license again. Now, return to your plugins page and try the update again.
If the update still fails, go to the WordPress Dashboard → Updates page and try the update from there. This page will include more detail about why the update is failing. You will see a long url used to download the plugin. Paste that link into your browser (without the trailing ...). What message do you see?
If the download works with no problem, your site may be blocking communication with our site. You may need to contact your host and ask how to whitelist an IP. The IP address for FormidableForms.com is 126.96.36.199.
Missing Database Tables
After installing Formidable, you should have at least one form template on your Formidable → Forms page. If you don't, there is a problem with your database. The most common reason for this is you have DB_CHARSET in your wp-config.php set to a value your server does not support. The best option would be to contact your web host and have them update the version of MySQL on your server.
The quick fix is to remove the DB_CHARSET line from your wp-config.php. Once you have done this, the table creation will need to be triggered again. Do this by uninstalling Formidable Forms. This will reset any Formidable settings, permanently delete any Formidable data that may be on your site and deactivate the plugin. Reactivate Formidable once more, and you should see a form template now.
Please create a ticket in the help desk if you still have trouble or questions about your updates.
Formidable Forms Premium requires Formidable Forms
Since version 3.0, Formidable Forms Lite and the premium Formidable Forms have been two separate plugins in order to prevent issues with autoupdating on some web hosts. These two plugins run side by side and both are required.
Install Formidable Forms Lite by going to your Plugins page. Click on Add New and search for 'Formidable'.
Alternatively you can download the free forms plugin directly.
Could not create directory
If you attempt an automatic plugin update on your site, and receive the message that the update failed because a specific directory could not be created, you may have a permissions or file length issue.
- Check to make sure your web server has ownership over the wordpress directory. You can also check that the proper permissions are set.
- If your permissions are set properly and your site is running on a Windows server, it's likely you're hitting a path length limitation. Your site's /upgrade directory, in combination with a tokenized key, may be hitting the 256 byte limit that Windows servers have. If it's possible to shorten the path to your site's upgrade directory, you may do that. If it's not possible, you will have to update manually.
No .zip file found
After you download a plugin from our site, you should have a .zip file. If you see a folder with files instead, this means your browser is automatically unzipping the files. In order to install, you will need to turn off automatic unzipping in your browser settings, then download the file again.
Turn off unzipping in Safari
Safari auto-unzipping on a Mac is a common issue. Follow these steps to turn it off.
- Open Safari.
- Click Preferences in the top menu.
- Under the General tab, uncheck the option 'Open "safe" files after downloading.'
- Once you have disabled automatic unzipping, download the plugin zip file again.