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How to Add a Contact Form to Your WordPress Website or Blog

So you’ve got your WordPress site or WordPress blog up and running – but how do you make it so that people are able to contact you?

After all, you probably want to get leads, inquiries and love notes from your adoring fans and customers, right?

Answer: Contact Form

Perhaps something similar to the one below (it’s the same I use on my about page.)

Example Contact Form

Why contact form?

Instead if using your email or mailto: tag, there are a quite lot advantages..

Best solution: Contact Form 7 plugin for WordPress (free)

You’ve got a ton of options to choose from, including intuitive and highly customizable options, such as Gravity Forms, to free and painless plugins like Contact Form 7.

I’ve tried several different options and like Contact Form 7 the best for its ease of use and dynamic options, so I’ll be demonstrating set up using that plugin.

Follow these simple steps to add a contact form plugin to your site/blog:

  1. To add a Contact Form to your WordPress site/blog, first log into your account.
  2. Next, under your Dashboard, hover over Plugins and click Add New.
  3. From here, you have two options. You can either:
    1. Click Upload Plugin at the top of the page, to install a third contact party plugin that you have downloaded.
    2. Or you can use the Search Plugins box to try and find the plugin you want.
  4. When you’ve located the Contact Form 7 plugin you want, click Install Now.
  5. When WordPress has installed your plugin, your final step is to click Activate Plugin.
Search for “Contact Form 7” plugin

Setup complete! Of course, now you’ll probably want to customize.

Customizing Your WordPress Contact Form

Again, different plugins will go about customization a little differently, but to customize your form with Contact Form 7, you first you need to head to the admin screen.

From here, you need to add fields to your form – the areas people can fill in.

You can do this by adding “tags”—the word use to describe the code working away behind the scenes to power your website.

Don’t be too daunted by the tags—their syntax may seem complex, but there’s no need to learn a whole new coding language. Contact Form 7 features a “Generate Tag” tool that will write these tags for you!

Think carefully about what information you’re asking for. Ask for too much (with too many fields), and your leads will be put off from contacting you by how much privacy you’re digging into. Ask too little, and you’ll get inquiries that are unorganized and take a long time to respond to.

Try to choose fields that create natural, intelligent limits and categories that help you – like a lead’s first name, email (so you can respond), business name and inquiry – or whatever fits for you!

And that’s all there is to it!

Now you, too, can save your blog from its internet solitude.

Customizing your contact form

FAQ

“After someone submits their contact message, where does it go?”

If you haven’t customized your main form, the message will be forwarded to the email address associated with your WordPress user account. More on how to change this here.

“Can I customize/change the fields in the contact form?”

Of course, the whole process is described here.

“Can I have more than one contact form on my website?”

Yes, you can create an unlimited number of contact forms if you wish to. In order to do that, just click the “Add New” button when in the main control panel of Contact Form 7 (wp-admin / Contact / Add New):

“How do I prevent spam submissions?”

Contact Form 7 provides an awesome integration with Akismet – the most popular spam protection plugin for WordPress, and Google’s reCAPTCHA – to prevent bot submissions.

“Are there any viable alternatives to Contact Form 7?”

Yes, there are. You can check out Jetpack Comments, Pirate Forms, or even integrate your site with Gravity Forms.

What’s next?

If you need more information, please check out Contact Form 7’s Getting Started tutorial. Hope you found this helpful.

P.S. I recently published 5000+ words long guide on how to customize WordPress – it’s located here.

P.S.S. If you need an email marketing software (to build a list of your website visitors), I recommend using these services.

Until next time!