Gravity Forms v1.8 released and you can download the latest version of Gravity Forms from members area or you can update it from WordPress admin panel for free via automatic update. Gravity Forms v1.8 is a major feature release that comes with adding new functionality such as drag-n-drop Multi-File Uploads, Form Trash, WordPress v3.8 UI enhancements, WordPress heartbeat integration, and much more. It is recommended to all users must update Gravity Forms to the latest version as soon as possible. Before updating Gravity Forms to the latest version make sure that you backup your files & database its because if something goes wrong then you can easily backup your files & database in a single click (to backup my files & database personally I use BackupBuddy).
Gravity Forms 1.8 comes with new functionality such as drag-n-drop Multi-File Uploads, Form Trash, WordPress v3.8 UI enhancements, WordPress heartbeat integration, and much more. For Developers we are introducing the first official version of the Gravity Forms Add-On Framework and the first version of the Gravity Forms API. Both of these developer-focused features will make it even easier for developers to bend Gravity Forms to their will. The Add-On Framework and API are great news for users because it means even more 3rd party Add-Ons and customizations will follow! The Add-On Framework and API aren’t just for 3rd party developers, they also set up Gravity Forms for some very big things going forward. Below you can find the number of changes made in the latest version of Gravity Forms plugin:
Gravity Forms v1.8 – What’s New?
Multi-File Upload – The File Upload field now supports multi-file uploads! We have incorporates the same file upload functionality utilized by WordPress itself. This allows you to enable drag-n-drop file upload fields. Along with being able to upload multiple files, there are additional new settings such as a maximum number of files and maximum file upload size.
UI Refinements – We have standardized the iconography utilized within Gravity Forms and the Add-On Framework to utilize web fonts. We have standardized the iconography utilized within Gravity Forms and the Add-On Framework to utilize web fonts. We have chosen to standardize using Font Awesome. This provides us with a rich library of iconography that we can use within Gravity Forms, our Add-Ons and 3rd party developers can easily leverage in their own Add-Ons and customizations. This helps provide a consistent look across the board while still fitting in with the look and feel of WordPress itself.
WordPress Heartbeat Integration – Gravity Forms now makes use of the Heartbeat API within WordPress. What is the Heartbeat API? It allows WordPress to know when multiple users are viewing or editing the same thing at the same time. It is used to help prevent multiple people from trying to make changes to the same thing at the same time. We have integrated this conflict resolution functionality within Gravity Forms to prevent multiple users from editing: Forms, Entries, Form Settings or Gravity Forms Settings. Entries can still be viewed if someone is editing it; however, it will let you know on the Entry Detail page that a user is editing the entry. The Entry Editor will not be enabled if someone else is editing the entry. We have also implemented the ability to request and hand off control of editing from one user to another. This is very important because once control is passed, any unsaved changes will not be saved. So it’s important to be able to deny a request to take control of editing a Form or Entry until after changes have been completed.
Form Trash – Forms now have their own Trash functionality that works just like the Entries trash. This prevents you from accidentally deleting a Form, which in turn deletes all the entries associated with a Form. You can now breathe easy that you can’t accidentally delete a Form and it’s Entries with a single click. When a Form has been added to the Trash it will no longer appear as an available Form on the site. Its entries will also be hidden until it is either restored from trash or deleted permanently.
Enhanced Entry Search – You can now search entries for the value of specific fields as well as use operators such as “is”, “is not”, “contains”, etc. The operators available will depend on the field type selected.
Enhanced Entry Export – The Entry Export now allows you to apply Conditional Logic so that only the entries that meet certain criteria will be exported.
Page Confirmation Query String – When opting to redirect to a WordPress Page for the Confirmation you can now pass custom query string parameters as you can with the Redirect Confirmation.
Notification Enhancements – Notifications can now be set as active/inactive as well as duplicated.
Confirmation Enhancements – Confirmations can now be set as active/inactive as well as duplicated.
Post Category Field Hierarchy – The Post Category Field when configured to only show selected categories will now maintain the category hierarchy automatically.
Form Scheduling – Form Scheduling now allows you to display a custom message when the form cannot be displayed because the Start Date has not yet begun.
Form Sorting – The Form List page that lists all of your Forms now supports sorting on the columns so you can sort by id, name, etc.
WordPress Multi-Site – Gravity Forms now supports being installed within the MU-PLUGINS folder on WordPress Multi-Site installations.
Add-On Framework – The Add-On Framework provides basic functionality for developers when creating new add-ons for Gravity Forms. Here are some of the things it can do for Add-On developers:
- Enforcing Gravity Forms minimum version requirement
- Creating settings pages (both add-on and form settings)
- Creating form feeds
- Creating results pages for Add-Ons that display results like Surveys, etc.
- And much more…
All these changes and regular updates make Gravity Forms a must-have plugin for creating contact forms and increasing leads. So, what you are waiting for? Update Gravity Forms to latest version as soon as possible and if you do own Gravity Forms, then you can get it from here:
If you have any query let me know via comments!