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Is Drupal Entityforms a Good Alternative to Webform? Last month, we ran a webinar called 45 Modules in 45 Minutes.

In the webinar we listed 45 of the best Drupal modules in 45 minutes.

One of the modules we mentioned was Webform, which is a module we use in every beginner class.

In the comments on that webinar, someone mentioned Entityforms as a better option than Webform and one that is more tightly integrated to Drupal.

I decided to take Entityforms for a test drive ...

Step #1. Install Entityforms

Step #2. Set up Entityforms

  • Go to Structure > Entityform Types
  • Click Add entityform type
  • Enter the Name for your form:
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  • Choose which Roles are allowed to use this form:
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  • Click Save Entityform type.

Step #3. Add fields

One of the big advantages of Entityforms over Webforms is that it used all of the normal Drupal field system.

  • Go ahead and add all of the fields you would like on your form:
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Step #4. Set up the emails

Entityforms uses the Rules module to send emails:

  • Click the Rules tab
  • Make sure that "Entityform Notification Email Admin" is selected. Click Add.
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  • Enter the Subject for the emails you will receive.
  • Check the box Show submission.
  • Enter the To Email address when you want to receive results.
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  • Click Save Changes.

Step #5. Use the form

You form will now be ready to use:

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Entityform or Webform?

It's unlikely that we'll replace Webform in our beginner class any time soon. Webform is just really, really easy to use. 

However, for more experienced users, Entityform is a really good option. It relies far more on the Drupal core and on key Drupal modules, whereas many features in Webform are not seen anywhere else.

One example sums up both of the points I just made. Webform has it's own CSV export feature which is easy to use. Entityform needs Views data export, which reqiures more experience to use, but is undoubtedly more powerful.


About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.