So your client needs a contact form on their website. Which plug-ins should you use? What is the best way to go about it?
Criteria For Custom Forms
Before figuring out how to go about creating a contact form, first let’s consider what the important criteria is:
- Easy user interface/options
- Concise guides & instructions
- Spam protection/filtering
Contact Form 7 In WordPress
One popular contact form commonly used in WordPress is Contact Form 7. Using this contact form is fairly simple and there are instructions and tutorials to walk you through it. The disadvantage to using this contact form is that it is not very easily customizable, but if you just want a basic custom form this could be a good option.
Features of this form: Ajax-powered, uses CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filter. One thing to note about using this contact form: adding special plug-ins can enhance it. You can add a plug-in for multilingual use, simpler CAPTCHA and many more features and options.
The following is a straightforward, step-by-step intro video for Contact Form 7:
Other Plug-in Contact Forms For WordPress
Here are some other contact form plug-ins I came across:
Visual Form Builder: This contact form has different pricing plans (none are free) but it has many options and features.
Build Your Own Contact Form
If you feel comfortable doing some PHP coding, there is also the option of creating your own contact form.
Why would you want to make your own? It keeps the code lighter and more efficient. It’s also good to know how things are working. You can feel good about the fact that you are the one who created it, maybe even learning something in the process.
You just need to know a little PHP (or feel comfortable using it/learning how to use it). I won’t go into that here, but I have provided some articles that offer tutorials on how to do that.
- There is an excellent article on how to build your own simple contact form and why at wpmudev.org.
- Here is an example of creating your own contact form without a plug-in from Brag Interactive.
Here is a link to general information on WordPress contact form plug-ins.
More articles about contact form plug-ins: