Every time, I develop a new website, I am left searching for the best WordPress contact form plugin – it’s usually because a client doesn’t always like a simple contact form.
Contact Form is the most important elements of a WordPress website and without it. you are missing a great way to connect with your readers. Plus, you are leaving some great opportunities to generate new clients and leads.
WordPress Contact Form plugin makes it easier to add a form to the website. In this post, I have listed my favorite plugins, in no particular order.
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is the most popular (with over 12 million downloads and counting) contact form plugin for WordPress. It features AJAX submission, built-in CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering, and file upload capabilities. The plugin is completely free and can be easily customized using simple HTML.
Pros: For a simple contact form, this plugin is out of the box and has a simpler settings page. The contact form can be embedded on any page or post with a one-line code.
Cons: Technically, this plugin doesn’t lack anything but it would be nice to have a few templates to choose from. If you want to modify the design, you would need to play with the CSS.
Fast Secure Contact Form
Fast Secure Contact From is another popular plugin with over 3.5 million downloads. It allow blog owners to easily create and add contact forms to WordPress. You can also use the form to send a meeting request to talk over phone or video.
The plugin comes with an admin interface, where you can create and preview unlimited forms. Fast Secure form blocks common spammer tactics with its CAPTCHA and Akismet support.
Pros: The plugin doesn’t require users to signup for an account unlike some other contact forms but it does provide some great features including scheduling, web based meetings, multi email support, etc.
Cons: The current version lacks the simpler interface but the author of the plugin has recently released a Beta version, which has a better interface. So that fixes the interface issue.
Contact Form by Contact ME
Contact Form is a free plugin but requires you to signup for contactme.com website. The registration is completely free and doesn’t require any work from your side. The plugin claims that its way better than anything else out there including contact form 7!
Pros: The plugin has some nice features such as – an option to send notifications to your inbox and smartphone, add custom code or scripts to your form, include logo map, business contact info, even social links right on your contact form and much more.
Cons: You are required to create an account on Contact Me website to use this plugin. Although, the plugin is registration process is easy and completely free but still it requires you to signup for an account. Plus, there is no mention about this process on their official page.
Visual Form Builder
You will be pleased with the interface of Visual Form Builder, the plugin allows you to build and manage all kinds of forms for your website in a single place. With just one click, add new fields, re-arrange the old ones and add anti-spam solution. It has a drag & drop solution to re-order the fields.
Pros: Visual Form Builder is similar to any other contact form plugin listed there but it does have some interesting features – Drag-and-drop reordering, export entries to a CSV file, customized confirmation messages, send form submissions to multiple emails, and much more.
Cons: If you are running a very large WordPress website, then you should consider using some other plugin as it stores the form entries in your WordPress database.
nForms – WordPress Form Builder
The Drag and Drop Builder provides single & multi-column form layout with Ajax based submission and validation. You can even show the form using a popup plugin. You can display the forms through a shortcode or simple PHP function. You can also display the plugin through a widget.
If you are looking for more than just a contact form, nForms is the plugin you should be using.
Gravity Forms is the most complete solution for adding forms to your website. This is the most up to date and advanced premium WordPress plugin available, due to its awesome set of features. You can use the Visual Editor to build the complex forms for your website. It also has a great feature that make the long forms easier to use by breaking them up into multiple pages, complete with progress bar.
Pros: Gravity Forms has features that aren’t available in any other contact form plugins such as – option to create order forms (including real time calculations) and conditional fields to show or hide fields, sections, pages or even the submit button based on user selections.
Cons: It is a bit expensive compared to other WordPress plugins available out there, but then again Gravity Forms provide more just a contact form. If you are just looking for a simple contact form solution, then there is no need to spend money on this plugin.
Mapped Contact Form Pro WordPress
Mapped Contact Form use a different algorithm to show the contact form on your website. This is a great solution for a business or company, as they can use it pinpoint their branches or offices in the area. This is a great solution for someone who features Google Maps on their website.
You can configure a different email address for every location listed in the contact form. The plugin is easy to use and can be added any post or page, using a simple shortcode.
Over To You
Now that I have listed my 7 favorite and unique form plugins, it is time to select the right plugin for your website. For a simple blogging website, Contact Form 7 is the best solution and for authority websites, I would say Gravity Forms.
Which is your favorite contact form plugin? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.