If you wish to store Caldera Forms entries in an alternative location or separate database table there are several options.
Storing Caldera Forms Entries In Other Database Tables
If you would like to store your entries as WordPress posts and custom fields — including Pods Custom Post Types — you can use the Custom Fields add-on:
Another option, if you are comfortable writing your own MySQL queries is to use the Run Action add-on:
Storing Caldera Forms Entries In Other Databases
One way to store in a different database is to use the services provided by HipaaForms.online.
To do so you must have these two plugins active on your WordPress site:
One of the developers from HIPPA Forms wrote two guest posts about setting up HIPPA-compliant storage for Caldera Forms entry data:
- How to make WordPress forms HIPPA-compliant
- Step by step guide to making Caldera Forms HIPPA-compliant.
Another option is to use the Zapier add-on and the MySQL zap:
Where Does This Code Go?
When using WordPress hooks to customize Caldera Forms or other plugins you should not modify the plugin files, or you will lose your changes when you update the plugin. Instead you should create a small plugin to hold the custom code. It's easy, learn how here.
Technically you can add the custom code to your theme's functions.php, but then you will not be able to change your theme and keep these customizations.