JotForm 4.0: The Must-Have Free Tool for Small Businesses

JotForm 4.0: The Must-Have Free Tool for Small Businesses

Nowadays, a business that does not have an online presence is doomed. The Internet has made it a lot easier for business owners to communicate with their customers and their prospects and to showcase their products or services.

However, many web design softwares and services are expensive for small business. They’re also notoriously difficult and frustrating to use!

One of the most common website issues that business owners are faced with is implementing forms on their websites. Businesses need forms of all kinds: contact forms, newsletter forms, order forms, and more.


With little time to waste, small business owners need an easy and fast solution to making online forms.

Luckily, there are free services such as online form building tool, JotForm, which nullifies this dilemma and makes it easier for businesses to implement free forms on their websites through the newest tool called JotForm 4.0

But let’s start at the beginning.


What exactly is JotForm 4.0?

JotForm is an online form builder and design tool that facilitates the process of integrating forms with one’s website, or as a standalone form. JotForm has been around since 2006, but recently it has been updated to offer more free features and ease of use.

The latest version is even easier to use, more intuitive, and has new features, such as the ability to create forms on mobile devices.

Why do I need forms on my website?

Think of forms as managerial perks:


  • They improve your communication with your clients.
  • They collect vital data for your databases.
  • They make it easier for people to contact you.
  • They can help you get rid of an immense amount of customer emails and phone calls.
  • They improve the accuracy of the data you receive.

What do automated form builders offer?

Apart from their unaltered simplicity, a form builder allows you to choose from a large range of templates, themes, and plugins. You can customize each of them according to your personal aesthetic taste. Plus, you can create any type of form that your website may need, from application, order and evaluation forms to registration, contact, feedback, abstract, event registration, request forms, and signup forms.

1. Ease of use

With JotForm 4.0, you can create forms and have them up and running in just minutes. “Easy-to-use” is the unchanging, guiding principle of this platform. You don’t need to write a single line of code: the entire process is drag-and-drop! (Even professional web designers find it hard to integrate forms into the design of a website.)

Sometimes, it can crack the entire framework of a website, so your site is rendered dysfunctional, which automatically means loss of money. Paying for expensive web design services for tasks like making online forms is unnecessary– you can do it yourself in a matter of minutes.


2. Beautiful designs

Not only can you make your own forms with an online form builder, but you can also choose from a wide array of stunning designs. Or, upload your own images! Pro tip: Make sure that all customer-facing forms represent your company branding well.

This includes having forms that feature your company colors, fonts, images, and logo.

3. Powerful apps and integrations

JotForm offers over 100 integrations with business tools including Salesforce, Dropbox, PayPal, Excel, and more. For example, as your form submissions roll in, you can have their results automatically upload into an Excel or Google spreadsheet. Collect file uploads, add images, videos, calculators, and more!
As you can see, an online form builder like JotForm 4.0 or even other paid forms builders can help you easily create forms and collect data on any device: desktop, tablet, or mobile phone.

Final Thoughts

Do your research. Hopefully, this article serves as a starting point in finding the perfect forms tool for you. While JotFrom 4.0 is a great tool, make sure to look into other form tools before making a final decision.

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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.


In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!



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