Contact form plugins for WordPress may sound like a topic that’s been fairly well covered across the web as it is, but is that really the case?
Here’s what I mean; for years we’ve been using Contact Form 7, and not even thinking twice about trying out other solutions. But is it possible that the development in the contact form realm has stopped entirely? Is Contact Form 7 the be-all and end-all of contact forms for WordPress?
Of course not! So today, we’re looking into the top 5 contact form plugins for WordPress in 2018:
|WPForms||from $49 / year||4.9||800,000+|
|Ninja Forms||from $29 / year||4.4||1,000,000+|
|Contact Form 7||$0||4.5||5,000,000+|
WPForms is an extremely feature rich plugin that also somehow manages to deliver a nice and clear user interface. Everything works with drag-and-drop, which makes creating new forms rather quick, and you also get access to pre-built form templates to speed things up even more.
Let’s just list some cool features that WPForms gives you:
- All forms created with this plugin are responsive and mobile-friendly.
- Includes online payments via PayPal … great for sales, donations, and setting this up involves no coding work.
- You can create email subscription forms and integrate them with popular email marketing services.
- There’s entry management right within the wp-admin – you don’t need to go anywhere to see all the entries you received.
- It blocks spam submissions automatically.
- You can embed the forms anywhere through shortcodes.
There’s a free version of the plugin available. The paid one goes for $49-$349.
2. Ninja Forms
Ninja Forms is one of the more feature-rich plugins out there, and it can give you much more than just contact form functionality. You can use it to create subscription forms, surveys, or anything else that can be done through a web form.
Ninja Forms also takes care of managing form submissions for you right within the WordPress dashboard.
Creating forms is relatively easy. You start by going to Forms / Add New. There, you get to use a simplified drag-and-drop interface. To add form fields, you have to click on a specific type of field, and then you can realign it similarly to how you’d work with WordPress widgets.
Adding your forms to blog posts is done through shortcodes – each shortcode corresponding to an individual form. Here’s what the contact form looks like:
What’s cool about this plugin is the number of customizations it delivers. Just to name a couple:
- You can set specific email notifications that get sent out on successful form submissions. You can notify both yourself and the user.
- You can assign certain actions to form submission, like displaying a success message, or even subscribing someone to a MailChimp list.
There’s a free version of the plugin available. The paid one goes for $29-$499.
As you may be aware, Jetpack – the main plugin from camp Automattic – has a contact forms module too. You just need to activate it in Jetpack / Settings:
Creating contact forms with Jetpack works a bit differently than with the other plugins on this list. Instead of creating a form, and then including it in various posts/pages, you get to create forms right on the post/page editing screen:
Jetpack gives you the option to adjust the fields (remove the existing ones or add new), and finally add the form to your post:
Here’s what the final contact form looks like:
Hey, I won’t lie to you here, even though I started this post questioning Contact Form 7’s position on the market, the fact is that it’s still one of the top solutions out there, and I just have to include it on this list too.
Contact Form 7 gives you access to an additional section in the WordPress dashboard called Contact. There, you can create new forms and adjust the existing ones.
Working with a form is moderately easy, I’d say. What you get is an interface based on HTML tags. So in order to tune your forms, you have to be careful not to mess up the structure. Not particularly difficult to do, to be honest, but not as simple as with the other plugins on this list either.
That being said, because you get to work with the HTML structure, you can also include custom elements in between your form fields (extra text or images), which can be quite handy in some cases.
Once you’re done tweaking your form, just take the shortcode and include it within some post or page. Here’s what the final contact form looks like:
Everest Forms is a nice plugin, very easy to use and customize. It is totally free, and most of its features are available from the get-go. Users can simply drag and drop their fields to create flexible forms and modify them with a simple click. With this tool, you can build unlimited forms with a wide range of variations, multiple columns, reCAPTCHA and more.
To create a new form, click on Add New button in the All Forms section of the plugin; then you need to provide a Name and choose a template. You can simply choose a blank form or a pre-made contact form template if you want.
This will take you to the core creation interface where you can drag the fields from the left section to the right to edit the form. A new row can be simply added by clicking on Add Row button; by clicking on any field on the right, you can modify its parameters and details.
You can place these forms by directly using the shortcode ID, which will show up on the All Forms page as well as the separate form builder section for each form.
Here’s how your contact form will look on the front-end:
So what do you think? Which is your favorite contact form plugin for WordPress? Did I miss anything that should have its place here?
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