How to Create a Form with Printable PDF Entries in WordPress
It’s easy to add a contact form to your WP site.
But what if you need to turn submissions into printable PDFs?
This greatly limits your options, but there are a few handy plugins that can make this possible.
We also have some more options available in our collection of contact form WordPress plugins.
Creating printable PDFs
In order to add this functionality to your site, I recommend using the awesome WPForms plugin.
This premium contact form plugin also has a free version available.
WPForms includes a drag-and-drop editor that’s very easy to use. You can create a form with any fields you need in just a moment.
Once the form is saved and published on your site, you can begin accepting submissions. Any of the submissions can then be saved as PDFs.
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Saving form entries as PDFs
With WPForms installed, you’ll see a new menu added to your admin sidebar. The Entries sub-menu item will list all of the visitor submissions.
If you select any of the form entries, you’ll be able to view them in a page that looks just like the post editor. In the right sidebar, there’s an Actions section with a few tools including a print option.
This will take you to a simple page including nothing more than the email and a few buttons.
Click the Print button at the top and you’ll see the familiar printing options screen provided by your browser. As you may already know, you can then change the printing destination from a printer to the PDF format.
Saving as a PDF will automatically download the document to your computer.
Following these steps, you can easily produce a PDF from any form submission on your site.
While this solution isn’t completely automated, it makes for a quick and painless process. Once you know the steps, it only takes a minute to download a PDF of any email submitted to your site.
While I love the WPForms plugin and recommend it for every type of contact form, there are some great alternatives in our contact form plugins list post. You’ll find a lot more customizable form options there.