The possibilities are endless.
It’s easy to see why online calculators are fast becoming one of the most powerful ways to expand your email list online.
That said, let’s show you how to create your very own online calculator to generate leads without writing any code.
How to create online calculators without code
The easiest way to add online calculators to WordPress is by using the Formidable Forms plugin. It is the most advanced drag-and-drop form builder and the best WordPress calculator plugin on the market.
It makes it easy to build advanced online calculators without writing code.
Formidable Forms has dozens of different templates that you can use to quickly create calculators like a BMI calculator, savings and investment calculator, mortgage calculator, payslip calculator and more.
In addition, it can be integrated with the most popular email marketing services on the market such as Constant Contact, Sendinblue, Drip and more. Users who enter their email address into your online calculator are automatically added to your email list.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Formidable Forms plugin. For more details, see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you will be prompted to install Formidable Forms Lite, the free version of the plugin. The free plugin serves as the basis for the advanced features of the Pro version.
Once done, go to Formidable »Global Settings and then click on the ‘Click to enter a license key manually’ link.
Then insert your license key in the box and click the ‘Save License’ button.
You can find your license key by logging in to your account on the Formidable Forms website.
When done, you will see a license activation success message. Now you can refresh the page to load the premium features into the plugin.
Then you can create your first calculator by going to Formidable ‘Forms’ and then clicking ‘Add New’.
This displays a list of available form templates to choose from.
Type ‘Calculator’ in the search field and select the ‘Calculator’ category.
This displays another drop-down list where you can select the calculator template you would like to start with.
You will notice that there are dozens of templates across a variety of niches.
To select a calculator template, hover over it and click the ‘+’ icon. You can also click on the ‘Eye’ icon to get a preview of the calculator.
For this guide, we select the ‘Compound Interest Calculator’ template, but you can choose the template that best suits your WordPress site.
This displays a popup where you can name your form and enter a description to help you remember what it is for.
Then click ‘Create’.
The plugin loads formidable form editing interface with the template you have selected.
From here, you can simply point and click to customize each form field as needed. You can e.g. Change the field label and number range for the ‘Initial Amount’ field.
You can also add any new field to your calculator by clicking on the field on the left and dragging it to your calculator on the right.
To add an email address field to your calculator, simply drag the ‘Email’ field to the bottom of your calculator.
Then click on the ‘Email’ field to display the settings menu.
You can leave the default settings for email, but be sure to check the ‘Required’ box. This allows your visitors to enter their email address to get the results from the calculator.
You can continue to customize your calculator by changing the values of the fields and even adding new calculator fields.
When you have finished customizing your calculator, click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to save your calculator.
Once your lead generation calculator is created, it’s time to add it to an existing page or create a new page.
To create a separate page for viewing your new calculator, navigate to Pages »All Pages and then click ‘Add New’.
Then enter a title for your calculator page.
To add your calculator, click the ‘+’ icon to add a new page block.
Enter ‘Calculator’ in the search field to find the correct block.
Then select the ‘Calculator’ option.
This will automatically paste the calculator form block onto your site.
Then select the calculator you just created from the drop-down list.
You can continue to edit your calculator page by adding text, images, a description of the calculator and more.
If you are ready to publish your calculator page, click the ‘Publish’ or ‘Refresh’ button in the right corner of the page.
Your new calculator page is now live for your visitors.
You can start driving traffic to this page to get more subscribers and leads to your small business site.
You can always further combine the power of lead calculators by adding them to exit-intention pop-ups from OptinMonster, using them inside your WordPress member site or online course and more.
We hope this article helped you learn how to generate more leads with online calculators. You may also want to see our guide on how to create a free corporate email address, and our expert selection of must-have WordPress plugins and tools for corporate websites.
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