Having an issue with Gravity Perks and need some help? Is your spell creating a fireball that’s too big? Not to worry, follow the steps below to give us a boost in identifying and solving the problem.
- 1. Make sure WordPress and Your Installed Plugins Are Up to Date
- 2. Run a Theme/Plugin Conflict Test
- 3. Simplify Your Form
- 4. WordPress / FTP Access
- Scope of Support
1. Make sure WordPress and Your Installed Plugins Are Up to Date
The WordPress ecosystem is constantly improving and changing. New functions are introduced often, security fixes are put into place, and old methods for doing things can be sunsetted in favor of more efficient or modern conventions. Changes to WordPress can impact plugins in profound ways. If a function that a plugin relies on is changed or deprecated and the plugin isn’t updated accordingly, it will no longer be compatible with the current version of WordPress. This can lead to unexpected behaviors or even cause a site to no longer function.
Not only do plugin developers keep up with the latest WordPress best-practices, but we also talk to each other. If a new feature in one of our plugins breaks compatibility with another plugin, we do our best to fix that, and the same courtesy is reciprocated in a healthy landscape. What that means for our users is that every plugin in your WordPress site should be kept up to date. Partial updates can have the same effects as not updating at all.
2. Run a Theme/Plugin Conflict Test
In a perfect world, every plugin and theme would be 100% compatible. Fact is that we don’t live in that world, yet. Sometimes the way a feature was implemented in another plugin or customizations to a site’s theme will prevent our plugins from working. This is a fairly common occurrence, so we always recommend running a theme/plugin conflict test when something isn’t working right.
The test itself is fairly straightforward, but depending on how many plugins you have installed it can be time-consuming. Think of it like an elimination diet. We remove every possible cause for the conflict and introduce each potential cause one-by-one until we have narrowed down the culprit.
Once you have completed the test and have identified a theme or plugin that is causing the issue, we need two important pieces of information:
- Provide a link where we can download the theme or plugin. If the theme/plugin isn’t publicly available, you can send us a .zip file directly.
- Explain the compound effects of the plugin. Context is key. If the conflict requires us to light a candle and place it on the left side of our desk before submitting the form, we want to know.
3. Simplify Your Form
Gravity Forms is powerful, and implementations of Gravity Forms are often complex. We are amazed by what Gravity Perks customers build. Unfortunately, complex forms require more effort to understand, fill out, and troubleshoot. If you built the form, you know every aspect about it, not only what it does but how it should work. When you run into a problem with a complex form, it might take a couple of emails back-and-forth before our Support team really has a grasp on the issue.
We will do our best to work with your original form, but spending a few minutes simplifying it will always improve your support experience. Save yourself the time, effort, and potential frustration. If you can recreate your issue in a simpler form, we will be able to understand your issue more quickly and get you a prompt resolution.
4. WordPress / FTP Access
Sometimes the issue you’re experiencing is dependent on settings that are specific to your site. In those cases, a form export doesn’t provide us with enough context and the best way for us to troubleshoot is on your site. In order to do that, we need the appropriate access for testing, and there’s a couple of ways you can provide that to us.
Share a WordPress Login
If you don’t mind us running tests directly on the site, feel free to provide a WordPress login up front. You can create a temporary admin account and send us the username and password through our Support form. An easy way to handle this is with the Temporary Login Without Password plugin.
Send Us a Copy
Don’t want us testing on your site or don’t feel comfortable giving us access? No problem. Use Duplicator to create a duplicate of your site and send it to us. We’ll load it into a local environment and test with it there.
Site backups can get quite large, especially if you have a site with a lot of file uploads. We generally don’t need those files to troubleshoot your forms, so we recommend excluding them.
Scope of Support
We are a small company dedicated to providing awesome resources and amazing support. We truly care about our products and our customers, but as a small team we have limited resources. While we’d love to be able to offer customizations for every user, that isn’t a sustainable way to approach support. Every one of our customers deserves an equal level of attention and care, and in order to offer that we need to be focused on supporting our own products and set some expectations on how we will support those products.
Without setting any hard and fast rules, we only ask that you be reasonable with what you request. While we will do our best to make sure our products are compatible with other plugins in the Gravity Forms ecosystem, we cannot extend that expectation to include every single plugin or to your custom code. At a certain point, what you want to accomplish might require the expertise of a developer, or the issue you’re describing needs to be solved elsewhere. We promise to be honest when these situations occur—because that’s what we expect from other Support teams—and we thank you for understanding when that is our recommended course of action.