How to Convert Your WordPress Form Submissions to PDF?


As a website owner, you may need to convert WordPress form submissions to PDF for several reasons. You can email the PDF file to your users or export it for safekeeping and reporting.

WordPress, by default, doesn’t let you convert or export form submissions in PDF format. You’ll need a third-party plugin to do the job for you.

So, in this article, we’ll discuss the best tool for you to convert WordPress form submissions to PDF. You’ll also learn the exact steps to generate PDFs using the said tool.   

Let’s begin!                                                         

Best Way to Convert WordPress Form Submissions to PDF

The WordPress repository offers a fantastic collection of WordPress plugins that generate PDF from form submissions. 

And Everest Forms is one of the best among them. This popular drag-and-drop form builder lets you quickly build custom forms for any WordPress site. Contact forms, survey forms, job application forms; you name it!

Everest Forms

If you don’t want to start building from scratch, Everest Forms gives you various pre-built form templates. You can simply customize them to your taste and publish them on your site.

The premium version of this plugin helps you convert form submissions to PDF without any hassle. What’s more? You can customize the PDF templates, export the PDF file, and more.

That’s why we recommend using Everest Forms to convert WordPress form submissions to PDF. 

With that said, let’s go through the step-by-step process of using this plugin to generate PDF files from form submissions.

How to Convert WordPress Form Submissions to PDF?

Below, we’ll show you the step-by-step process of converting WordPress form submissions to PDF. Follow the steps, and you should be able to retrieve your form submissions in a PDF file without any hassle.

1. Install and Activate Everest Forms and Everest Forms Pro

To convert WordPress form submissions to PDF, you must first install and activate the Everest Forms plugin. Since this feature is only available in the premium PDF Form Submission add-on, you’ll need to install both free and pro versions of the plugin.

PDF Form Submission Add-on

The premium version sits on top of the core free plugin and lets you extend its features with premium add-ons. 

Refer to our guide on properly installing Everest Forms Pro and set up the free and premium versions. Once you’ve done that, proceed to the next step.

2. Install and Activate the PDF Submissions Add-on

Now, navigate to Everest Forms >> Add-ons in your WordPress dashboard.

Adding Everest Forms Addons

Find the PDF Submissions add-on and click the Install Addon button. 

Install Form Generating PDF WordPress Plugin

Finish the installation process by pressing Activate

Activate PDF Form Submission Add-on

With that, you’ve successfully set up Everest Forms and its PDF Submissions add-on on your WordPress website.

3. Create a New WordPress Form

Naturally, you’ll need a WordPress form if you want to convert it into a PDF file. You can easily create any form you need with Everest Forms. 

Go to Everest Forms >> Add New, where you can choose a pre-built template for your form. Everest Forms offers templates for contact forms, medical appointment forms, leave request forms, etc. You can customize these form templates as per your requirements. 

Add New Form Page

Otherwise, you can build your form from scratch as well with the Start from Scratch option.

Regardless of which method you choose, give your form a name and hit Continue.

Form Title

This’ll take you to the Everest Forms form builder.

Everest Forms Builder Interface

For this guide, let’s build a simple contact form. You can drag and drop any form fields you need into the form and customize them. 

Check out our article on creating a WordPress contact form for a detailed tutorial. After the form is ready, proceed to the next step.

4. Enable Conversion of Form Data to PDF Format

Now, here’s the important part. You need to enable the PDF submission feature for the form you created above. 

For that, go to Settings >> PDF Submission in the form builder. Here, toggle the switch on for PDF Submission. 

Convert WordPress Form Submissions to PDF

After that, press the Save button at the top. Now, the plugin converts the submissions you receive for this form into PDF files.

5. Customize PDF Submission Settings

The page displays all the available customization settings as soon as you toggle on the PDF submission feature. Let’s look at each option in detail:

PDF Template: Everest Forms lets you choose among the three pre-built PDF templates: Left Header, Center Header, and Right Header.

PDF Template and Header Logo

Header Logo: If you have a brand/company logo, you can upload and display it as a logo in the header.

PDF Header Details: You can select the details you want to include in the PDF header from the dropdown. The details include the Form Name, Site Title, Site URL, Header Logo, etc.

PDF Header Details

Custom Header Text: Type your custom header text that’ll appear in the PDF template.

Customization Options Form to PDF WordPress

Paper Size: Select the appropriate paper dimensions for your PDF. You have 5 options to choose from in the dropdown.

Orientation: The orientation for the PDF can be Portrait or Landscape.

Font: You can select the suitable font family from the dropdown list.

Font Size (Pt): This option enables you to set the default font size for the PDF text.

Font Color: You can change the default font color for your PDF text from here.

Font Color Options

Header Font Color: This option lets you choose the default font color for the PDF header.

Enable Background Image: Everest Forms lets you add an image to the background of the PDF template. You can enable the option and upload the image. You can even change the image opacity from the Background Image Opacity option.

Enable Background Image

Background Color: Instead of an image, you can change the background color of the PDF.

Customize PDF Template

Header Background Color: The option lets you choose a different background color for the header.

Enable Multi Column PDF: You can enable the multi-column PDF feature to display the form entries in two columns.

Include Field Description: If you’ve added field descriptions to the form fields, enable this option to display them in the PDF.

Download PDF After Form Submit: Enabling this option means the form submission will be automatically downloaded for the users when they hit the submit button. You also get to edit the Custom PDF Download Text displayed in the front end to your users.

Download PDF After Submit

Reverse Text (RTL): You can enable Right To Left (RTL) text for the PDF if you use any RTL language.

Hide Empty Fields: When you toggle this option on, the PDF doesn’t display the form fields that the users left empty.

Enable Choose Fields: With the Enable Choose Fields option, you may select the fields you want to display in the PDF file. This way, you can leave out unnecessary form fields.

Enable Choose Fields

You can customize any settings you need and hit the Save button.

6. Export WordPress Form Submission to PDF File

Now, what if you need to export the form submissions as a PDF file? It’s pretty simple with Everest Forms.

Navigate to Everest Forms >> Entries.

Navigate to Everest Forms Entries

In the dropdown, choose the form you want to export form submissions for. The page will then display complete analytics about the form’s submissions. 

Entries Analytics

You also get graphical representations of the statistics for easier analysis and reporting.

Most importantly, you can export the form submissions as a PDF file. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where the form entries are listed in a tabular form. 

Convert WordPress Form Submissions to PDF and Export

Under the Actions column, you have an option called Export to PDF. All you have to do is click on it, and the entry will be downloaded on your device as a PDF file.

Wrapping Up

Everest Forms is your best bet if you’re looking for an easy way to convert WordPress form submissions to PDF. Thanks to the PDF Submission add-on it offers to premium users. 

It helps you generate PDF files for form submissions, and export them as well. Plus, you can customize the PDF file template to your taste.

But that’s not all you can do with Everest Forms. This feature-rich plugin lets you enable conditional redirection, customize form styles, prevent contact form spam, and more.

Read more about Everest Forms on our blog. We also have a YouTube channel with video tutorials for you.

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Anisha Maharjan

A Writer and Editor with an imaginative flair. You'll find her sketching, reading, exploring new music, and unwinding in cozy cafes in her free time.

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