Installing the HTML Forms Premium Add-on

Let’s walk through how to install the HTML Forms Premium add-on. After registering your account and processing your payment, you immediately have access to the HTML Forms account area.

Download HTML Forms Premium

After logging in to your account, head on over to the plugins page.

The Plugins screen of the HTML Forms Premium account area.

Click the Download button to download the latest version of HTML Forms Premium.

Note for Safari for Mac users for which the .zip file automatically extracts after downloading, either go to Preferences > General and uncheck “Open safe files after downloading” or simply re-compress the files to a .zip again.

Installing & Activating HTML Forms Premium

Log in to your WordPress admin panel, go to Plugins > Add New and locate the Upload Plugin link.

The WordPress admin interface for uploading a plugin via Zip file.

Browse to the location where the downloaded plugin package is located on your computer and select it. WordPress will automatically upload the plugin to your server. After that is done, you can safely click the Activate link to activate the plugin.

Now that HTML Forms Premium is active, all premium features are instantly unlocked.

Show Form in Posts or Pages

HTML Forms provides two ways to show your forms on your WordPress posts or pages. You can either use the shortcode or the block found in the WordPress block editor.


After creating your form, the plugin will show you a shortcode with a slug attribute that represents the form’s title.

Shortcode feature found in the HTML Forms WordPress plugin.

This shortcode allows you to show the form in your WordPress posts, pages and widget areas.

The slug acts as an identifier, so the plugin knows which of your forms to show. Since the slug is based on your form’s title, it should also help you remember which form is showing where.


The WordPress Block Editor is the new standard for creating most posts and pages. In fact, it’s becoming the standard for many other areas of the WordPress interface as well. You can easily show a form in any post type using the Block Editor. Simply type in one of the HTML Forms plugin’s block keywords (html, form, contact):

Block lookup for the HTML Forms WordPress plugin.

Then you simply select the form you want to show:

Block select for the HTML Forms WordPress plugin.

Creating Your First Form

After installing and activating the HTML Forms plugin, you should have a menu item in your WordPress admin labeled HTML Forms.

To create your first form, go to the HTML Forms menu and click the Add New link. You can also go to the All Forms link and click the Add New Form button at the top of the screen.

Choose a name for your form and hit the Create Form button. You will now be taken to the form editor, where you can actually configure your form.

Defining Form Fields

This part is what makes HTML Forms special.

Your actual form fields can be defined using normal HTML. That means you can use regular <input> elements to define what fields your form should contain.

The only thing of importance here is that each of your input elements should have a unique name attribute if you want HTML Forms to save the value of that field.

Don’t Know HTML?

If you don’t know what HTML is, you can also use our field helper to generate field HTML.

Field editor feature found in the HTML Forms WordPress plugin.

The great thing here is that you don’t have to choose yet another template language. Using our field helper should even help you learn HTML for yourself. Win-win!


By default, HTML Forms will save each successful form submission in your database. These submissions can then be viewed by going to the Submissions tab on the page where you edit your form.

Form submissions feature found in the HTML Forms WordPress plugin.

Form Actions

You can configure additional actions to run by opening up the Actions tab and choosing one of the available actions at the bottom of that page.