Big Shoutout to David Smith at Gravity Wiz
A while back, I found David Smith’s website GravityWiz.com. If you haven’t seen it and you use Gravity Forms for your WordPress website, you are missing out. David is a really cool guy and creates some of the most helpful resources available for Gravity Forms. Among these resources are crazy-awesome tutorials and snippets (both free) and his Gravity Perks plugin (a set of premium “perks” for extending Gravity Forms even more).
Working with David
When I first gave Gravity Wiz a shoutout on Twitter, David was awesome enough to tweet back to let me know that I could submit an idea for a tutorial or snippet if I had any good ones in mind. It just so happened that I did!
My idea was to allow Gravity Forms users to create a form confirmation page that could include custom meta (custom fields) from the submission post inside the content of the confirmation page by way of Gravity Forms merge tags. David already had a snippet for achieving something similar to this but it needed to be extended further to allow for “nested” merge tags, which would allow for using custom fields from the submission page.
An example for this idea was selling downloads: when a customer submits the form (and, optionally, completes payment), he or she would be redirected to the confirmation page (set under the Confirmation settings of the order form). The confirmation page would then display a personalized message and download link that was set as a custom field on the post from which the form was submitted. The snippet for this would allow users to create just one form that could be used unlimited times and one confirmation page that would display the needed information based on the post it was submitted form. I’ll do a tutorial on this process soon.
When I ran this idea by David, we discussed the details to make sure we were on the same page and I offered to sponsor this snippet to make it available as soon as possible. I was happy to do this because I think it’s a very useful and powerful snippet that can go a long way in extending Gravity Forms, especially for eCommerce. I paid David for his service and, soon after, received the snippet. At first, I couldn’t get it working (my simple mistake…no fault of David’s) and, that same day, he recorded a screencast to show me the process!
I totally recommend David for any Gravity Forms customization work because he’s professional, friendly, and he really knows his G.F. stuff. I’ll be suggesting some more snippets on extending Gravity Forms and I look forward to working with him again in the future. If you have an idea of your own, get in touch with him and let him know. If you contact him regarding something of value to you and you need it before he could deliver it for free, offer to pay the man!