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Save and Continue Link Recovery for Gravity Forms

Description

Gravity Forms 1.9 introduced a feature called Save and Continue which allows form submitters to save their progress, and continue it later.

When a form submitter saves their work, they are given a unique URL (a “password” of sorts) that will allow them to pick up where they left off.

If they lose this URL, they may ask you (the site administrator) for assistance.

By default, there is no way to recover this unique URL without going directly to the database and finding it, which can be a tedious process.

Instead, you can install this plugin, which will list all the incomplete submissions in a simple table format. Each row in the table includes the following information about each incomplete submission:

  • Form ID
  • Date/time created
  • Email address (only available if user emailed recovery link to themselves)
  • IP address
  • UUID (this is the “password” users use to pick up where they left off)
  • A “View Entry” link (this is what you give the form submitter who lost their URL)

This plugin does not provide an admin interface to manipulate incomplete submissions, but you can click the “View Entry” link to edit submissions on the front-end, just like a user returning to finish an incomplete form could.

For more advanced functionality related to incomplete submissions in Gravity Forms, I suggest looking into the Partial Entries add-on, available to Gravity Forms Developer License holders.

The idea behind this plugin is to provide a very basic way of recovering “Save and Continue” links without having to search the database directly, and nothing more.

Please note that Gravity Forms is a commercial plugin, which I am not affiliated with in any way.

Installation

  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/save-and-continue-link-recovery-for-gravity-forms directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. Find the “Save and Continue Link Recovery” admin page under the “Tools” menu.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/save-and-continue-link-recovery-for-gravity-forms directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. Find the “Save and Continue Link Recovery” admin page under the “Tools” menu.
Why can I activate this plugin when Gravity Forms is not even installed?

Technically, this plugin does not require Gravity Forms to function. All it does it read a database table that Gravity Forms uses to store incomplete submissions.

Since that database table may persist even after Gravity Forms is deleted, I decided to not require Gravity Forms’s presence to use it.

Can I use this plugin to recover Save and Continue links for other forms plugins?

No. This only works for Gravity Forms. Other forms plugins may handle Save and Continue links in different ways.

If I ever come across a similar need for another form plugin, I’ll make a new plugin just for that. This one will only ever work with Gravity Forms.

Reviews

August 14, 2017
We use this plugin to recover partially saved applications on our extremely long 18 page application. It's quite the application, so if you get half way and lose it, most will give up if they can't recover. This is a needed addition.
May 23, 2017
Excellent plugin providing critically necessary functionality. We've got a client with a very long multi-page form requiring collection of documents and a bit of research on behalf of the visitor, making the Save and Continue functionality very handy. But many users would not understand the critical last step of saving the retrieval link or emailing it to themselves, and they'd be stuck (or worse, complain that the form is broken). This plugin has allowed our client to offer some assistance to those poor folks, instead of feeling helpless. Leland, it would be awesome if you could choose a merge field on the display page -- that way we can thumb through the fields that have been filled out, making it easier to recognize the partial submission we're after. If a visitor hasn't filled out their email address on the recovery screen, we only have IP to go on (and most clients don't know what to do with that). Thanks for a great plugin!
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Contributors & Developers

“Save and Continue Link Recovery for Gravity Forms” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

2.0

  • Works with Gravity Forms 2.3.x which changed the database table name for incomplete submissions. Will no longer work with older versions of Gravity Forms.

1.0

  • Initial release