Risk-free file uploads: weForms and FortressDB

We’ve partnered with weForms to make file uploads through forms secure.

What we love about weForms is that they are highly customisable. This allows you to adapt your forms to ensure they fit your web visitors’ needs, improving the experience with an intuitive, user-friendly process. Plus, you can see a live preview, which helps you picture how a web visitor might interact with your form while you tinker with it in draft mode.

One of the stand-out weForms features is their file uploader. Just as you can personalise each form, you can use weForm’s advanced file-upload features to change the settings of your file upload field to suit your purpose.

If you are expecting basic documents to be uploaded through your form, rather than heavier formats like media files, you might want to keep things light by setting a file upload limit. You can also set the type of files that you will accept and the maximum number of files that a user can upload, giving you maximum control.

This can be useful if your form is collecting files for a very specific purpose like CVs for a job vacancy, particularly if you want to ensure that candidates upload the right types of files in the right places (or perhaps you want to test their attention to detail, but that’s your call).

Is the personal information you collect through forms at risk?

As forms built with weForms are so easy to customise, you could create all sorts of forms: anything from simple contact forms to loan applications or patient intake forms that collect highly personal information. However, when personal information is involved, special care needs to be taken to ensure that form data is kept private and secure, which is where FortressDB comes in.

Even though you don’t intend for private information to be leaked from your form, the truth is that anyone could stumble across the data if it is stored insecurely in the default WordPress database, because of its privacy and security issues. Files uploaded through forms into wp-uploads are at risk of coming up in Google searches, and if you asked for file uploads with financial or medical information in your form, that would be very bad news.

Plus, it can be slow to search and filter data in the WordPress database. Due to the way it’s built, it gets bloated, which could be especially tricky if your form is collecting media files like MP3s or videos.

FortressDB solves those security, privacy and speed issues. Our WordPress plugin provides a secure database for WordPress forms with privacy measures guarding against data breach risks, security features that keep your data safe and a high-speed database for instant searching, filtering and data processing.

To benefit from all of that, you can access these features by using the FortressDB plugin for WordPress as a weForms integration.

Use the weForms discount

Our partnership with weForms brings benefits for weForms users, and not just in terms of securing WordPress form data and speeding up form databases. We’re also giving weForms users a special discount so they can set up their forms securely at a reduced rate, and there’s a free version for you to try first.

weForms links

Website: https://weformspro.com/

WordPress.org: https://wordpress.org/plugins/weforms/

Getting started with Forminator and FortressDB

We’re delighted to have partnered with Forminator from WPMU DEV. It’s a great form plugin and has wonderful features like e-signatures fields.

Not just Pro users

The latest version of Forminator (1.13.3) has now been released on wordpress.org. This means that even free users can take advantage of using Forminator and FortressDB together. FortressDB also has a free version.

Getting started video

To help people get started, we’ve created the following video. It shows how to connect FortressDB to Forminator.

Feedback

We love feedback, the good, the bad or the ugly. We’re a new product, and need your help to make it awesome.  Please email us admin@fortressdb.com if you have anything to say.

WPMU DEV members get a discount

That’s correct, as part of our partnership with WPMU DEV, we’re giving a discount to their members. If that’s you, go to their partners page.  You need to be logged in to see the discount code. 

Signed on the dotted line: FortressDB & Forminator

FortressDB & Forminator bring secure e-signatures to WordPress forms

“It’s alive!” Our integration with Forminator, that is. Even more fitting: “It’s secure!”

FortressDB has joined forces with ‘the most magical and completely expandable drag-and-drop forms plugin for WordPress,’ Forminator, giving you everything you need to collect information through your WordPress forms with risk-free privacy and security measures in place.

If you want to engage your web visitors through interactive polls and quizzes, Forminator is for you. Equally, you can rely on Forminator for your basics like contact forms and surveys. It’s a great tool for everyone, and our integration gives you the opportunity to store your form data securely.

Using FortressDB, your form data and files will be kept in a database with high-level encryption, instead of the WordPress database where it is at higher risk of privacy and security breaches.

Why is this important, you ask? Well, you might be receiving personal, private, or sensitive information through your forms. However, data stored within the default WordPress database is vulnerable and files are saved insecurely in the wp-uploads public folder, meaning bots can find files and bring them up in a Google search.

FortressDB stores data and files differently. It’s completely secure, so you can be comfortable that the privacy of your form data is protected.

Signed on the dotted line

The importance of securely storing form data really comes into play with Forminator’s latest feature: e-signatures.

One of the most exciting things about our collaboration with Forminator is that FortressDB will support you to collect e-signatures from your WordPress forms securely.

The consequences of letting your web visitors’ signatures out into the wild are… well, yikes. Let’s not go there. Better to keep them locked away in a database using the FortressDB plugin.

You’ll control exactly who has access and can relax knowing that nobody unexpected will be able to get their hands on your customers’ signatures.

The following video show how to add an e-signature field to a form, and how that is stored securely in FortressDB.

How to start creating secure forms

The integration is currently available to Forminator Pro users (yes, you can try it out right now… go, go, go). You’ll have to wait a little bit longer if you aren’t a Pro, but it will soon be made available on WordPress.org for free.

You can start using FortressDB with the Forminator plugin from your WordPress dashboard. There’s no need to visit any other sites, you can install and activate the plugin and connect to a secure database all from WordPress within a couple of minutes.

Once connected, you can start using the FortressDB integration with your Forminator forms and the data will be stored in a secure database. You can view and interact with this data within WordPress, but it is no longer stored insecurely using the WordPress database.

Some things are meant to be kept private. Use FortressDB with Forminator to store your form data securely.

WPMU DEV members get a discount

That’s correct, as part of our partnership with WPMU DEV, we’re giving a discount to their members. If that’s you, go to their partners page.  You need to be logged in to see the discount code. 

Learn more about Forminator and FortressDB

We have more information on our Forminator page.

An acknowledgement of launching in 2020

We started FortressDB in January of this year. Since then, life as we know it has changed considerably.

Under normal circumstances, we’d be using our first blog to shout about the great benefits of our product, but this time there’s something more important to say.

Instead, we have chosen to use this first blog post to acknowledge what has changed, the challenges we are facing all over the world, and that continue to impact our lives.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the whole planet. We are all sick of the word unprecedented, but that’s exactly what this is.

People have died. People are mourning. People have lost their jobs. People are scared. So much has been put on hold and nobody knows what’s next.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the world’s key workers who have given everything they have to help others. They are putting their lives at risk, and in very sad cases, making the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you to everyone on the front line, and not just those in the medical professions, but also teachers, retailers, public transport staff, cleaners, and every other key worker we rely on. Every one of you is making a difference.

But this isn’t just about COVID-19. During the global health crisis, light has been shed on another pandemic, one which has been taking innocent lives for much longer: racism.

The tragic death of George Floyd is a story that’s, sadly, not unique. His death has triggered peaceful protests, not just across America, but many countries across the world, including the UK and our home of Bristol.

In some cases, the response to these protests has been further violence and further deaths. There is no excuse for this.

We acknowledge racism as a systemic problem and publicly commit to doing everything in our power to help support change. Black lives matter and it’s outrageous that we even need to fight for that.

Our hope is that, as ugly and tragic as this period is, it will lead to real change. We 100% support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

If there is anything we can do to help related charities and non-profits, please reach out to us. If our product is of use to you, we’ll happily give you a free licence.

Right now, many people are angry, and many people are scared. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t choose 2020 as our year to launch, but life isn’t that simple.

As a start-up, we need to rely on momentum, and pausing for 6 or 12 months isn’t an option.

So, we are launching. Despite all the challenges of this year so far, we hope our plugin will help some of you to manage your data.

Stay safe,

The FortressDB Team