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Contact Form WordPress Plugins

WordPress PluginsAs noted in Subscribe, Email Mailing List, Blog Update Alerts, and Newsletter WordPress Plugins and WordPress Plugins for Comments from the month long series of WordPress Plugins, there are a lot of ways for you to keep in contact with your blog’s readers. There are also different ways for them to get in contact with you through contact forms.

Blog readers can contact you through your blog comments, through an email address, or through a contact form. A contact form is a popular method as it hides the email address in the form, providing more security. Contact forms can also be set up to alert you that the email comes from your blog and can be set up to ask specific questions, narrowing down the request or question the user might have.

For example, if you are providing technical support for a WordPress Plugin, shareware, freeware, or other software program, you can set the form to ask questions which will narrow down the focus, thus directly the email inquiry to the right person or department to expedite the response. Questions such as “Are you requesting technical support, customer service, or want to say thank you or scream at us, click the appropriate box.” If you have multiple bloggers, some contact forms can be set up to contact the specific blogging author directly.

The most popular and “original” contact form for WordPress was Ryan Duff’s WP-ContactForm. It was simple, easy to use, and did what it needed to do. Based upon this excellent foundation, many WordPress Plugins followed, adding features, improving security, and adding AJAX features to make the process faster.

For those who really loved Ryan Duff’s contact form, Contact Form ][ seems to be a popular replacement.

PXS Mail Form WordPress Plugin added features to the contact form for sending CC (carbon copies), character set (charset) recognition from the blog’s settings for international usage, email address checking, CSS styles from the Administration Panels, referrer checks, multiple recipients from a drop down menu for multiple bloggers, and even sends a copy of the message to the sender, if desired.

Enhanced Contact Form is another “improved” contact form based upon Ryan Duff’s. Additional features include the referring page on the site, original referrer, and other small details that can help you learn more about how the visitor accessed your blog.

Accessible and Secure PHP Contact Form for WordPress is called by the author “accessible, usable, spam-proof, and secure contact form”. Based on the PHP Contact Forms by Mike Cherim, this contact form is designed to be fully protected from spam email harvesters and offers a wide variety of features including styling from the Admin Panels with optional choices build in to style the contact form. It also features a multiple user version for a fee.

Clearskys Enquiry and Contact Form WordPress Plugin creates a form for the visitor to fill in with customizable options to gain more information from the visitor regarding their contact request. This Plugin is designed for businesses offering email customer support, business inquiries, and even booking and reservation requests. It gathers the information needed to make the inquiry or appointment and emails it to the blog administrator.

Cforms WordPress Plugin allows for multiple contact forms throughout your blog, or even more than one contact form on the same page. It uses AJAX, but degrades gracefully for non-AJAX/Javascript browsers. It features a lot of customization and a clean layout.

Other contact form WordPress Plugins for WordPress include:

Hiding Your Email From Harvesters

Harvesters are web bots which trawl the web looking for email addresses to use for email spam. They find them in the most unsuspecting places, including in your blog. There are a variety of WordPress Plugins which allow you to post your email address, and the emails of others, and “hide” them so they are visible to the reader, clickable for instant emailing from your blog’s page, and yet invisible to email harvesters.

What do you use for your contact form in your WordPress blog? And are you using something to hide email from harvesters, protecting yourself, your blog authors, and your commenters?


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77 Comments

  1. Posted February 28, 2007 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    Thanks for a very informative post. I’ve been using PXS Mail Form for around two years now, but lately I have had a flood of spam emails coming from my contact form. It doesn’t look like the developer behind PXS Mail Form has updated his plugin since late 2005 so I think it is time for a change. I will definitely look into all the links you have provided and make a decision from there.

    Loving the Plugin Post Month!

  2. Posted February 28, 2007 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I have been using PHP Contact Forms by Mike Cherim and trust me, it is unbeatable. It just rocks! This is one of the key Armour in my defence system against spam.
    I have blogged about beating wordpress spam in the past and for sure this contact form rocks!

    Alpesh Nakar

    http://alpesh.nakars.com/blog/2007/01/30/how-to-control-spam-on-wordpress-blog/

  3. Posted February 28, 2007 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Alpesh. “The Accessible and Secure PHP Contact Form for WordPress” developed by Mike Cherim and Mikey Jolley is excellent. When I was looking for a contact form for my blog, it was the word “accessible” that caught my attention. Practicing what I preach (accessibility)!

  4. Posted March 2, 2007 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Another ditto for “Accessible and Secure PHP Contact Form”- we’ve run it for 2 months on our new NMC Virtual Worlds site (http://virtualworlds.nmc.org/), and it’s perfect so far. The tiniest of complaints is that you cannot put any other content above/below the form; the plugin fills the entire content portion of the page.

    I was able to trick it out because of some PHP and custom field code used to define a “faux” sidebar for pages.

  5. Paul
    Posted March 27, 2007 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Thanks for sharing all those links. We’ve gone through an evaluation for upcoming client projects and despite cforms’ (disturbingly?) quite high frequency of new releases in the past months, it won against all of the other mentioned here hands-down. Flexibility and features are amazing! P.

  6. Posted April 1, 2007 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for publishing this article Lorelle. I chose the Accessible and Secure PHP Contact Form. The installation was straightforward.

  7. Posted May 1, 2007 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Hi, thanks for the useful info. Will try on my blog

  8. Mark
    Posted May 2, 2007 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the list! I’ve been using “The Accessible and Secure PHP Contact Form” from Mike for quite a while now, but have just switched to cforms because of flexibilty. We’ll see how it does long term, but from the first looks of it, it’s got all that all of the other plugins have combined – currently my fav plugin!

  9. Posted May 28, 2007 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Cforms is top notch and very easy to use and customise….

  10. Posted September 30, 2007 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Thanks for a great review, even more for the recommendations in the comments, save us time trying out the many types of contact forms.

    I went straight to download Mike’s “Accessible and Secure PHP Contact Form” since many here have recommended it, and hey Mike has an updated version and even a “pro” version with more features.

    cheers.

  11. Posted October 9, 2007 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle,

    I just want to add another WordPress Contact Form plugin by Blogging Expertise called WP-ContactForm: Akismet Edition. As it claims, it’s protected by Akismet. Works great. I have been using it for six months now.

    Ulysses

  12. Jon
    Posted October 16, 2007 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the list Lorelle! While I can’t fully agree with Jermayn Parker’s comment “cforms being easy to customize” (it took me about an hour to read all the documentation and experiemnt with its features), it does offer an **extremely** broad spectrum of functionality. And on top is very stable. No spam so far :-)

    Check out the WP Comment feature of cforms – it’s worth installing just for that. Gotta love it. my2c.
    J.

  13. binhcan
    Posted November 13, 2007 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the list. I’m looking for a Contact form plugin.

  14. Posted February 6, 2008 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    i try using Contact Form ][ and mail not deliver to my specified email.

    the only thing work is when i tick ‘send a copy to you self’.

    any help?

  15. Posted February 6, 2008 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    @ exinco:

    You will have to contact the Plugin author directly for help and support.

  16. Posted February 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Nice list. Thanks. Exactly what I’m looking for :)

  17. Posted March 9, 2008 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Its simply a perfect collection and presentaion of wordpress plugins you made here! Thanks! :-)

  18. Posted March 12, 2008 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I’m looking for a contact form for my African safari and Africa travel masai mara blog i need something that i can actually customize with an African theme.

  19. Posted March 12, 2008 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    @ masai mara:

    Almost all contact forms are customizable for their looks. So it doesn’t matter what your Theme looks like, you just need the form and a little effort with CSS.

  20. Posted March 12, 2008 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    This plugin is not working. Even after configuring it, web page is only showing the text data on it. What should i do now?

  21. Posted March 12, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    @ Gaurav:

    Since I do not know which Plugin you are specifically talking about – well, it doesn’t matter. The next step is to always contact the author. Then check through the WordPress Support Forums for help.

  22. Posted March 19, 2008 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, thanks for all you do on your blog. I can’t find anyone who is telling raw beginners how to install programs like this. The instructions seem like greek to me, although I’m sure they’re perfectly clear to people once they have done it. I would be very appreciative if you would tell me (or write a piece) about how to install something like a contact module that assumes I know nothing. I read your blog a lot and learn from it. Peg

  23. Posted March 19, 2008 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    @ Peg Thompson:

    I believe the instructions are listed in the top of the article, but here they are again: How to Install, Configure, and Use WordPress Plugins.

    And thank you.

  24. Posted March 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    my friend is here.. i could trust this plugin works.. ;)

  25. mydiddle
    Posted March 23, 2008 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    good and useful post

  26. Posted April 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this list! FYI, the link for “WordPress Contact Us Form Plugin” is dead.

  27. Posted May 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    hi lorelle
    how to use contact form directly without plugin

  28. Posted May 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    thanks lorelle, your plugin usefull

  29. Posted May 13, 2008 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    @ mrmuscle:

    By creating a Contact Page, just like I have, and turning on comments on that page. You don’t get email notification unless you have email notification for comments enabled for your entire blog, but they can leave a public comment and you just monitor your blog’s Comments panel. That’s it. No Plugin.

  30. Posted May 14, 2008 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I been using “Ryan Duff’s WP-ContactForm” ever since and working fine for me but since I upgrade to WP 2.5, my contact page looks working but when I test it, I don’t receive the email even the cc file. Same as to “Accessible and Secure PHP Contact Form for WordPress” any known solution to that? Thanks in advance.

  31. Posted May 14, 2008 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    @ pinoyconsole:

    Upgrade? There is work being done to upgrade that Plugin. Ryan Duff’s WP Contact Form has been updated by Peter Westwood.

  32. pcheing
    Posted July 1, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure if I need a contact form in my blog yet (as it is fairly new), but I will know exactly where to go to learn more about a plugin for it in the future. Thanks.

  33. Posted July 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this great list of contact form resources…just what I was in need of!

  34. Posted July 18, 2008 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    I am in the process of testing some helpdesk / trouble ticket software options. I was ust wondering is there such a thing as a plug for word press?

    Anyone any experience or ideas relating to this?
    Thanks

    John

  35. Posted July 28, 2008 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    very useful Information.you have given the exact pugin what I am searching for.

  36. Posted August 2, 2008 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle, I’ve created a Constant Contact widget that generates a Constant Contact form:

  37. Posted August 2, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    @ Zack Katz:

    And a constant contact is…?

  38. Posted August 14, 2008 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info .. i will try it on my blog.

  39. Posted August 19, 2008 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    @Lorelle – Constant Contact is a newsletter/email marketing service: ConstantContact.com. They’re a huge company, but they’re just starting to jump on the API/accessibility/Web 2.0 bandwagon. One of their faults is their generated form code that’s full of tables.

  40. Posted December 1, 2008 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Really nice list, lorelle :)

    i always jumped here whenever i want to know about any new wordpress plugins and your data and efforts always help me to decide for right plugins :)

    Thanks again lorelle!!!
    /sagbeee

  41. rightman3
    Posted December 25, 2008 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    I myself have been using cforms and am fairly satisfied with it…..Do you people sugest I should try out various others listed here?

  42. Posted January 19, 2009 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Lorelle,

    Thank you the very useful information above regarding contact forms. This will help reduce the time I thought I was going to have to spend researching the subject.

  43. Posted January 19, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle,

    Thank you for sharing your expertise and knowledge. I am a first timer dealing with word press. I need direction in installing Cforms to my word press web page. \

    Thank you,

    • Posted January 19, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

      Please contact the Plugin author of that Plugin for help. I do not offer support for individual WordPress Plugins.

  44. Posted January 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    kool post.
    I’ve been loking for a form which can be customized to add many fields on fly and place the form on any place. I’m yet to find one.

  45. Posted February 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    thx for the list, so much option :)

  46. Posted February 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle – I’ve read a few of your posts and I really appreciate the value you provide here. You are doing a great service to promote better blogging throughout the web.

    Thanks!

  47. Posted March 3, 2009 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    thanks … very useful, easy, means a lot to me.
    Terima kasih (Indonesian words saying thak you)

    Roni, Indonesia

  48. Posted March 14, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the information! You`ve spent your time! I would like know your opinion about my dating freelance project! Comments,advise\opinion appreciated!

    • Posted March 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      Are you asking for a paid consultation? If not, check in with the WordPress Support Forums in the section where WordPress fans help review each other’s sites.

  49. Posted March 14, 2009 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I`ve been looking fir a WP contact plugin for long enough. Here is the best I could find: Contact Form 7. Using it on my site

  50. jesse
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Great info here! I have to admit I am really partial to cforms, it just rocks so hard, they recently overhauled their interface and it looks sooo sweet. Anyways , thanks for the list, it serves as a good resource.

  51. Posted April 20, 2009 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Thank you Lorelle. Always coming here if I need in-depth WordPress information. I am going to try Ryan Duff’s WP-ContactForm this time, just started a new blog.

    Cheers,
    André

  52. yagglo
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Great write up! I have been looking for a very simple contact form that just worked, and Contact Form][ is it for me. Thanks a lot:)

  53. Posted May 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    I’ve used ‘Contact Form 7′ by Takayuki Miyoshi for a few WordPress sites. I love the simplicity!

  54. Posted July 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Great plug-in list Lorelle.

    It’s time for me to upgrade and this was the best result on Google for ‘wordpress contact plugin’

    Thanks!

  55. Posted September 2, 2009 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Great written,very interesting and knowledgeable post.

  56. Drew Spencer
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know if any of these forms, other than cforms, can use a customised form action instead of emailing the form results? I have tried cforms but for some reason it isn’t working for my blog.

    Any help appreciated.
    :)

    • Posted September 28, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      There are many different contact forms, most all of them free. Try them to see which one works best for your needs.

  57. Bet
    Posted October 11, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle

    I installed the WP_contactform plugin and activated it. Now how do I make it appear on my page ?

    Bet

  58. Posted October 23, 2009 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    As a consequence, my feeling is that if we want people to modify their behavior, they must be in the position of immediately identifying the benefits deriving from changing their habits. ,

  59. M A Williams
    Posted October 27, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the list! I went for ‘Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form’ and I found the instructions for installation and customisation really clear and helpful. So far so good.

  60. Posted November 18, 2009 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Gravity Forms beats all of them hands down. And it now has conditional logic. I absolutely love it.

  61. Ronnie Riggs Jr
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    This is an old article obviously but if anybody happens to see this, I am looking for a way to add a contact form to my wordpress.com blog. This will be just a temporary solution until I decide to get a domain name and hosting. But I guess what I am looking for is a service out there on the web that can fill this need, cause adding new plugins is not a possibility.

    Thanks,
    Ronnie

    • Posted July 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      Please check WordPress.com’s blog for updates. I believe they’ve recently added such forms. If not, you can create an email through Google Sites for your domain.

  62. Posted October 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Please help! I cannot access my web blog,nor am I able to secure a new password–I’ve been totally closed out, and I’m to have my site up and running by 10/6/10.

    • Posted October 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      I’m confused. You think I can help? Are you asking to hire me to help you with this?

      Is your blog on WordPress.com? Then contact them. If it is there or installed yourself as a self-hosted version, use the “lost password” link to get a new password or see The Agony of the Lost WordPress Password for more tips. If someone else installed your WordPress site, or you did it through your server/web hosting company, please contact them for login information. Good luck.

  63. kethan
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    i installed wp-contact form and activated.now how to make it view on m page

    • Posted January 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      You must contact the author of whatever Plugin you are using for instructions.

  64. Kathleen Moore
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    @Lorelle – Hi, Lorelle. How would you like to be 12 days from Christmas and can’t get your e-card site online because none of the plugins work?

    I’ve tried 4 plugins to no avail; something is wrong with ALL of them. One doesn’t SEND; one doesn’t format; one is in German with no instructions in any language; one has an error seen by the recipient. ALL are listed in the WordPress site as available plugins.

    Since e-cards are in some respects like form mail, I was wondering if you might know of a good, simple plugin to convert my WordPress image galleries to e-cards. Here’s the MESS that I got from one of the plugins:

    http://www.christmasdreamthemes.com/home/audentes/public_html/cdt-wp/?page_id=14

    Here’s the other image gallery:

    http://www.christmasdreamthemes.com/home/audentes/public_html/cdt-wp/?page_id=116

    Any hot tips will be much appreciated.

    Thanks for your time.

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      It looks like the winter ones are fine, so repeat whatever you did on the other one. You’ll have to contact the Plugin author(s) for help as I’m unfamiliar with whatever you are using. Sorry these things are happening, but also know that any card orders should have been placed a month or more ago. Doesn’t help much, but it’s a point that you shouldn’t change things at last minute. :D Or shop at last minute. hee hee. Trying to put a little giggle back into your life for the holidays. Good luck with it.

  65. Posted December 12, 2011 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Hi ,

    Great info. Lorelle , I love and earn my living by working on wordpress websites. contact7 plugin mostly , but due to design issues , i have to make contact form in php and add as a page template in wordpress website.

    Thanks

  66. Posted September 29, 2012 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    Thanks for lots of great tips
    I’d like to recommend the Visual form builder contact form plugin. Very well featured but still simple to use. The full version costs you $10, but the support makes it worth every penny.
    Kj

  67. laser etched
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Normally I do not read post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up
    very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me.

    Thank you, very nice article.

  68. Nan
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each
    time a comment is added I get several e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

    • Posted March 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      The notification offers a link to unsubscribe. I have no access to your subscription.

  69. Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    You could definitely see your expertise in the work you write.
    The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who
    aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.


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