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I need a WordPress form plugin that meets these requirements (at a minimum).

1. Form fields can be styled as to font color, size and face & decoration. I'm talking the field the submitter enters data into, not the captions. Hopefully, captions can be styled too.
2. Calendar form fields with calendar "picker".
3. Custom editing available. For example, customers served ONLY in Ohio, zip code must be in Ohio; email address reasonableness test (must contain @ sign & .).
4. Ability to accept only numeric input into field.
5. Normal <select> type pulldowns.
6. Free or low cost.

Suggestions?
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by:Jason C. Levine
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You are not going to find a form plugin that does all 6 things. Of the most concern is #3 as that will involve a fair amount of custom coding on your end and a knowledge of WordPress hooks and filters.  

For the other problem (#1) form plugins generally don't let you muck with things field by field but a few do.

So, keeping all six items in mind, your best bet would be Formidable Pro (https://formidablepro.com) as it does let you control the HTML and CSS to a high level of specificity.  There is a free and very limited version of the plugin in the WordPress plugin repository (listed as Formidable forms) so you can try before you buy.

The next one to look at would be Ninja Forms (https://ninjaforms.com).  The base plugin is free but to do anything fun with it you pay per add-on.  Still and all, it might be enough for your listed needs.  The one thing I don't know is how easy or hard it is to style field by field, but I assume at the worst it has classes that you can modify via CSS.

Going back to #3, no plugin that I am aware if does this kind of validation automatically. If you really want to check zip codes against city/state for accuracy you will be working with whichever plugin you choose to write your own custom validation routine in PHP.  So while it is probably too expensive for you given #6 I would also have you look at Gravity Forms as it has the most developer-friendly API of the bunch.  Formidable Pro also has pretty good developer hooks but the documentation isn't as good.  Their support, however, is fantastic but costs a bit more than the Pro plugin to access.
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by:Richard Korts
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Jason,

Thanks, I found Ninja forms & downloaded the plugin; in fact I'm trying to work with it now but I can't add fields to the basic form they provided. It appeared I could drag from the element types on the left & drop on the form. Worked once, but not thereafter.

Any ideas?
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If this is the same theme as before, I would worry about JQuery issues...
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by:Richard Korts
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It's the same theme.

So I'm screwed?

Thanks
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Potentially.  If the error is due to the theme's probable javascript issues, you need to resolve those so all of the other problems can then be resolved.

I would install Ninja Forms on a test site (XAMPP is great for this or you can get the WordPress Bitnami stack) and see if you have the same problems with a plain vanilla theme.

Alternately, open your browser's Console function as you attempt to use Ninja Forms on the live site and see if any errors are being generated.
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by:Richard Korts
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Jason,

Since Formidable Pro also extols Drag & Drop, the only way I know that can be done in the browser environment is using Jquery; in fact, I recently did one in a custom site I am building so I know the concepts.

Does that mean it will have a problem with this Theme too?

I guess I just have to try.

Happy Holidays!
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Probably.  Until you pinpoint and fix and JavaScript problems, anything that needs javascript is potentially going to have problems.
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