When a customer arrives at your (or your client’s) website to figure out how to contact the company, what do they find? They may stumble upon a live chatbox in the bottom corner of the site or a phone number to call.
While these are wonderful customer support solutions, it’s important to provide multiple avenues for customers to get in touch with you. After all, people are busy. They don’t have all the time in the world to sit on the phone or chat back and forth with a Virtual Assistant (VA), especially when this might take their focus away from their current work.
This is one of the reasons why email is still one of the most convenient and reasonable ways of communicating and why it should be an option for business websites. An email form allows customers to shoot off a quick message and respond at their own convenience. Plus, contact forms let you direct the emails to the proper department for response.
Thanks to plugins, adding these forms on your site is easier than ever. In this post, we’ll take a look at 11 of the best WordPress contact form plugins to use, as well as the unique advantages and features of each. Let’s get started!
WPForms is a powerful WordPress contact form designed for even the most novice of website owners. Building online forms in minutes using one of the many pre-built WordPress form templates, this plugin provides all of the fields and features required to create your desired form. In addition, it easily integrates with your preferred email service provider and even configures to collect booking and order payments.
With WPForms, you can:
- Utilize the drag and drop form builder
- Take advantage of the instant notification feature for making quick responses to promising leads
- Learn more about your users using intelligent geolocation data
In addition, WPForms also includes a number of useful add-ons such as the one designed to let readers submit their own content to your website.
Lastly, this beginner-friendly form plugin implements smart CAPTCHA and honeypot techniques for combating spam and allows for multi-page form creation. It streamlines your workflow with its entry management system, placing leads in one convenient location.
There is a free version available that includes many features needed to achieve effective, powerful forms for your WordPress site. However, there are also premium plans that unlock access to advanced capabilities.
👉 You can learn more in our full WPForms review.
In the end, you simply can’t go wrong with WPForms. It is one of the most feature-packed and user-friendly from builders on the market today.
02. Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms is one of the more popular premium form plugins available. It runs from $59 (for one site) to $259 (for unlimited sites).
Multi-page forms are a standout feature, giving your customers a chance to fill out extensive forms and view how much longer they have until completion. You can even limit your entries if you’re running a contest and only want to accept, say, 50 entries.
It features a plethora of standard fields you can use for posting items such as:
- Radio buttons
- Paragraph fields
- Dropdown boxes
Advanced fields bring in information like websites, file uploads, and street addresses. You can incorporate schedule forms to allow people to set up appointments, as well as try pricing or post fields for the ultimate customization experience.
03. Contact Form 7
With over five million active installations, Contact Form 7 is the most popular form plugin in the WordPress repository. This is due in no small part to its simplicity and customization features. With the plugin, you can customize and manage multiple contact forms and place them on your sites within just a few seconds.
Contact Form 7 lets you modify the mail contents however you want. Plus, you can do all of this with some of the simplest markup on the market. The best part is that the plugin is quite clean, allowing it to work well with other plugins and tools such as Akismet spam filtering, CAPTCHA, and Ajax-powered submitting.
04. Simple Basic Contact Form
Our Simple Basic Contact Form plugin offers a secure, clean, and flexible way to add contact forms on your WordPress site. Much of the value of the SBCF plugin is fastened in its simplicity.
It’s a powerful option if you’re looking for a no-frills solution and don’t need any fancy or complex bells and whistles. Plus, it’s completely free!
With this plugin, you can:
- Display forms anywhere on your site using the shortcode or template tags
- Send descriptive, well-formatted, and plain-text messages
- Easily configure and customize the contact forms via the plugin settings
In addition to the ease of use that you can enjoy with this plugin, you will also be able to appreciate the peace of mind that comes with knowing the forms are safeguarded against malicious content. The Simple Basic Contact Form plugin includes a handful of security features that helps with tasks such as spam blocking.
05. Formidable Forms
Formidable Forms is a free plugin that also comes with two pro versions, priced at $99 (for one site) and $399 (for unlimited sites). The plugin-maker pitches that you can get a form up and running on your site within 60 seconds.
Formidable Forms has a drag and drop builder that helps even the least knowledgeable webmasters. Email notifications are smooth and clear, and you can create forms with up to seven field types.
With this plugin, you can:
- Import and export forms with XML
- Customize HTML and CSS to make your form exactly the way you want
- Tailor the success message the user sees after they submit the form
However, if you’re looking for a plugin that goes beyond creating a standard contact form, this is certainly worth considering. It comes with a built-in survey feature as well as a registration form option. More, you can even create payment forms and accept online payments directly from your WordPress site.
06. Contact Form by BestWebSoft
Contact Form by BestWebSoft is another ‘freemium’ plugin that comes fully loaded with dynamic features. Prices range from $30 per year for one site (for one site) to $300 for lifetime access.
One of the things that makes this plugin unique is that it lets you incorporate actions into your forms to control who the form submissions are sent to. You can choose one or multiple people within your organization.
Additionally, you can also add a field for customers to include attachments and send out a copy of the email to the person who actually submitted the form. Each of the fields you create on your form is customizable, allowing for the changing of labels and submission fields when your form is displayed on the front-end.
07. Jetpack Forms
You may know Jetpack as one of the most installed plugins from the WordPress repository. The plugin features a suite filled with plenty of free tools to power up your site and make it run a little smoother.
Some of the tools that come along with it include:
- A mobile responsiveness builder
- Site performance tool
- Site stats and reports
- Social network commenting system
However, this is an article about WordPress forms, which Jetpack also offers. This versatile plugin provides a sleek and powerful form builder, which is backed by Akismet for blocking spam from building up on your website. The forms are some of the more simple options on this list, making it easy for designers at any level to work with.
08. Ninja Kick Sidebar Contact Form Plugin
Ninja Kick Sidebar is a premium WordPress plugin that lets you add a contact form with content push animation effects and clean design to every page of your site. You can also use it to add a floating button to your site that is always visible.
This plugin not only adds a well-designed contact form to your WordPress site, but it also increases the likelihood of your audience connecting with you, generating more sales, and landing more clients. Check out our Ninja Kick Sidebar review and how-to guide to understand how to configure the plugin properly and get more leads.
09. Visual Form Builder
The Visual Form Builder plugin is free to start, but they also offer a pro version starting at $29. The goal with this plugin is to build forms within a few minutes, without having to touch any code.
So if you’re looking for a straightforward solution, this is a strong contender. The plugin lets you add fields with one click and use the drag and drop functionality to arrange fields in whatever order you like.
Feel free to export your forms to a CSV file and automatically store your forms in the WordPress database. Not to mention, the plugin has one-click form duplication to save you time while designing.
10. Quform WordPress Form Builder
The Quform plugin is a premium option that goes for $29. However, this is a modest price for what you get. It uses a live form builder and 15 form elements to make it super easy for you to build unique, fully functional contact forms within a few minutes.
With this plugin, you can create unlimited forms and manage the entire list of submissions from the convenience of your WordPress dashboard. The plugin comes with both light and dark color options. Additionally, the responsiveness and reCAPTCHA functionality helps it stand out from other plugins.
11. Ninja Forms
Ninja Forms has the power of a premium plugin, but it doesn’t take a dime out of your pocket. It lets you quickly and easily design stunning forms using a drag and drop interface, all without having to touch a line of code. The custom input mask restricts some submissions for things like currency and dates.
With this plugin, you can manage, edit, and export every submission that comes through the form. You can also save some of the fields you create as favorites for use in the future.
Another appealing bonus is the datepicker feature. Finally, the plugin provides messaging to multiple people in your organization, along with confirmations to the customers who submit the forms.
I hope our roundup helped you find the best contact form plugin for your site. You may also see our comparison on the best WordPress mailing list plugins.
Drop a line in the comments section below if you have any questions about the best WordPress form plugins. Have you used any of these plugins? Would you recommend any others that are not listed in this post?
Leo Koo says
Thanks! How about Formidable Forms and Ninja Forms? any indepth reviews? =)
Will see what I can do. Thanks for the suggestion, Leo :).
Norik Davtian says
I would also add big contact plugin to that list.
It has Customizable form and page layout, integrated maps, scheduling, spam prevention measures, multi language support, email response templates and much more…
Download it from WordPress.
Thanks for the suggestion, Norik. Will add your plugin in the next update.
Harsh Agrawal says
I prefer enhanced WordPress contact form, as it helps me in seeing where the person is coming from…Helps a lot in detecting spam mails…
Enhanced Contact Form is a great plugin, but it hasn’t been updated in over 2 years.
Thanks for the comment, Harsh.
James Laws says
I don’t want to self promote Ninja Forms since I’m a co-creator of the plugin but here is a reviews from a well respected and independent developer ( http://pippinsplugins.com/review-ninja-forms-plugin/ ). That said, he now develops some extensions for Ninja Forms as well.
Well, I guess I did anyway but what can I say… I’m not only the co-creator, I’m also a user. 🙂
Good to see you here, James.
Ninja Forms is a much more then just a contact form and I will be including it, in my next update. Pippin has developed some nice extensions for NF.
Thanks for the comment.
Ralph Douglas says
Ninja Forms is a great form maker but if you want any extra plugins they are very expensive. e.g. Layout and Styles is $39 and Paypal Express is $49, you could end up paying a fortune for a full featured form maker, most of these extras are included with $39 Gravity Forms
There are cheaper alternatives to official Ninja Forms extensions on codecanyon, including paypal and layout one among others for 1/5 of the price.
WILL SOMEONE PLEASE COMPARE NINJA FORMS TO OPTIMIZEPRESS for me? Thank you.
Juan Francisco Aguilar says
Hey guys! – Thanks for the great advice. I’ve been funbling between two plugins, one is the all mighty Contact From 7 – ( http://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/) -but it feels boring, and like this other option that has tabs in it: “contactus.com” form (http://wordpress.org/plugins/contactuscom/), that supposedly give you form analytic’s and CRM tools. What do you recommend? –
I want something that makes it very easy for people to clic on it, some kind of pop-out. So what do you guys think about that? Looking forward to your recomendation! – JFA! – thanks for everything.
If you are looking for a simple contact solution, then go with Contact Form 7. And for pop up contact form, go with Popup Contact Form plugin (http://wordpress.org/plugins/popup-contact-form/).
Thanks for the comment. Have a great day.
If ManageWP is an excellent solution for managing your sites, Page Designer Pro WPPageDesignerPro is the best choice for a WordPress contact form plugin (for those looking for something simple but truly effective! – I am just a very satisfied user and recommending it is the least I could do 😀
I think people expect to see contact forms, but are they worth it for everyone? They attract spam, and some of the messages go to spam on each of the forms I have tested. How about just writing the email address and phone number on the contact page? I realize contact forms are easier for people, but I think they can cause serious loss of business too. A serious customer would take the time to write or call.
Keith Davis says
I’m a contact form 7 man.
Use it on all my sites and all client sites.
“If you want to modify the design, you would need to play with the CSS.”
That’s true but it’s pretty easy to do.
Nice collection you’ve put together.
Glad you found this collection useful. Contact form 7 is a fantastic plugin, I have been using it on all my sites including wpkube. And it only take a few minutes to setup.
Thanks for the comment, Keith.
I’m using Sau Contact on my blog. It’s simple and fast.
Nithesh Chakravarthi says
I am using contact form 7, but i want something which has elegant look. Do u have any css snippets for that or any other plugin with beautiful contact form templates.
Devesh Sharma says
I don’t about any such plugin, but you might want to take a look on CodeCanyon marketplace for plugins with premium templates.
You can also customize Contact Form 7, if you have some experience with CSS, here’s a great tutorial on it.
Andrew weiler says
Contactus plugin on installation/activation deleted code from my menu system….horrible!!!
Tusar Ranjan says
I Personally like the MN Contact form plugin, which is just a slick, lightweight contact form as compared to other contact form plugins, with variety of options. Recently they also have added the responsive form styling to the plugin.
Anyone wanted to use it in his/her project can check it out at wordpress plugin repository at : http://wordpress.org/plugins/mn-contact-form/
Devesh Sharma says
Looks like an interesting plugin. Thanks for the link, Tusar.
We were tired of trying to use various WordPress contact forms to get the results we wanted so we have created our own plugin – please check out Perfect Easy & Powerful Contact Form (http://wordpress.org/plugins/pwebcontact/). It has ton of features (it is easily competing with top WP contact form plugins) and is extremely easy to configure thanks to a very friendly user interface with drag & drop fields and many different layouts!
White Angel says
Awesome article, thank you.
Finally I found it, the plugin that handled all the front-end forms for me http://codecanyon.net/item/forms-management-systemwordpress-frontend-plugin/8978741
Great contact us plugin list added in the post,
I like to add one more tip here to save your data as back up,
there is a contact us Db plugin, to use this plugin, you can save all the contact us queries to your database and you can check those in the admin site and it really help in case you missed any email you have backup of all the emails at same page
Josiah Humphrys says
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits to using Contact Form 7 is the number of extensions that exist to bring extra features to the base plugin. Like most popular plugins, Contact Form 7 is updated on regular basis.
Devesh Sharma says
Yeah that, plus contact form 7 doesn’t cost a dime and still provide regular updates.
Thanks for the wonderful list of wordpress plugins. I am new to wordpress and searching for some good and reliable plugins. Internet is full of info about these plugins, but most of the time the I found list is too long to decide which one to use. Your short yet effective list of these plugins is much appreciated.
These are also some of the best wordpress contact form plugins :
1. Contact Form 7
2. Fast Secure Contact Form
3. Gravity Forms
4. Ninja Kick
5. Contact Form 7 Storage (Contact Form 7 Extension)
You forgot Caldera Forms
Caldera forms is my top choice any day!
Fast Secure Contact form and contact form 7 are my favorite.
I’ve used fast Secure Contact forms for year and it was good. Sadly it has been hacked and then removed from Worpress. The author has published details and an apology
Brian Lacouvee says
I have replaced Fast Secure Contact Form – was the best! (which has been delisted by WP)
with a great comparable form builder Quform. After lots of careful research I am very happy.
This is an old post and much has changed in WordPress.
It’s now 2018 and I wouldn’t touch Contact Form 7 with a barge pole.
Yes, it’s free.
Yes, it’s installed on millions of WordPress sites. (Slow sites)
That’s about as much ‘positive’ information that I can muster for CF7.
It’s a tired old plugin that never gets updated, perhaps due to it being a basic plugin that doesn’t require much updating.
However, it has always slowed sites down and it continues to do so….…..page by page by page.
Although you probably only have a standard contact form on the ‘contact us’ page of your site, this plugin also loads its scripts for every page on your site.
So if you have 200 pages, this plugin loads its scripts onto every one of those pages, every time one of those pages is viewed. This equates to a slow……slow…..slow……slow website that gets even slower with the more pages you add.
Avoid CF7 like the plague.