Wordpress Forms, Contact Form

I am asking for recommendations for which Wordpress plugins you would recommend for collecting information from website users. This is for creating a form to get volunteers name, address, email address, and what type of volunteering they would be willing to do. Some may also chose to donate instead of doing something. I am looking for something that is easy to learn. I have tried contact forms7, visual forms pro, formidable forms, gravity forms, and grunion and contact form by webdorado (which looks the most promising). Most of these have free versions which don't have all the options I need. So before I spend too much time learning a particular one I wanted to get the experts views on what they recommend I invest my time and money into. Thanks.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantAsked:
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Both Formidable and Gravity Forms are premium plugins with extensive and exhaustive options.  Those would be the best two choices.

Gravity Forms has a more robust developer community but the forms are strictly User -> Database -> Email.  It's also fairly expensive as these things go.

Formidable is less expensive and their system supports displaying form results on the front end of the site and also allows users to edit previously submitted forms.  There aren't as many developers but the support (for an additional fee) is very, very good.

Either one is usually sufficient for most form interactions.  Formidable is probably more flexible in the long run, Gravity has better modules for expansion.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that. I like Formidable the most thus far, was easy to setup except that radio and check boxes require the paid version so I will educate myself on that one and wait a few days to see if others have anything else to add-again thanks for your time.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
For something as mission-critical to a site as forms, go with the premium version if at all possible.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Yes will do thanks. This is for a person running for office and so the money is coming out of my back pocket so just want to be sure it will work
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Actually I mis spoke this is the one I found easy to use http://web-dorado.com/products/wordpress-form.html will now try Formidable.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
This is for a person running for office and so the money is coming out of my back pocket

The Formidable folks will respond to any pre-sale questions you have...

http://formidablepro.com/register/limited-account/

Considering this is a someone running for office, they might work a deal with you in exchange for "Powered by Formidable Pro" and a link on the form pages.  Never hurts to ask...
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I installed formidable and it is really easy to use however I do not see a place where I can see who has filled on the contact form from the dashboard or under the formidable menu options--help please? This is a requirement because the person who will actually use this wants to be able to go there to see who has signed up and then download the selected entries into a csv or xls file. What am I missing?
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
FYI--found "visual form builder"--it can do all of what I need but the resulting "look" I just don't like. I like the formidable look and feel but is missing some key data admin features.
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stehardy88Commented:
I'd use Fast Secure Contact Form - it takes a bit of time to get used to using, but the scalability and customisation available is brilliant.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Gave it a quick look over--installed it, look at the 4 default forms--yes there are tons of options, but it seems to be geared towards contacts for sales, to call; I was looking more for something that I can use to get name, address, phone number, email address, add checkboxes to select how they would like to volunteer and/or allow them to donate to a cause or political campaign.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
The free version of formidable doesn't do storage.  Only the pro version.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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