How to Create a Contact Form in WordPress
Contact forms are crucial in any website. They open a communication link between the site owners/administrators and their clients. Many may ask, why go through the hustle of creating contat forms yet I can just provide my email address to my clients via a paragraph and let them email me if they have a query? We’ll the answer is simple. When you do this, you expose your email to the world which includes spammers. Spammers will collect your email and fill your inbox with spam messages. With contact forms, you ge6t to keep in touch with your site’s visitors and at the same time hide your email address from the world. So here’s a step by step guide on how to create a contact form in WordPress.
Step 1. Choose a Contact Form Plugin
The first thing you need to do is choose a WordPress contact form plugin. Eg WPForms, Pirate Form. Here we will use WPForms Lite.
Step 2. Install the Contact Form Plugin in WordPress
Install the Plugin you chose on your site by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to Plugins » Add New.
In the search field, type WPForms and then Install and Activate the plugin
Step 3. Create a Contact Form in WordPress
Now that you have activated WPForms, you are ready to create a contact form in WordPress.
In your WordPress dashboard, click on the WPForms menu and go to Add New.
This will open the WPForms drag & drop form builder. Give your contact form a name and select a template. WPForms Lite only comes with two pre-built form templates (Blank or Simple Contact Form). But you can use these two to create just about any type of contact form you like.
For the sake of this example, we will go ahead and select Simple Contact Form. It will add the Name, Email, and Message fields.
You can click on the field to edit them. You can also use your mouse to drag & drop the field order.
If you want to add new field, simply select from the available fields on the left.
When you’re done click on the Save button.
Step 4. Configuring Form Notification and Confirmations
Next, we configure form notification and confirmation. Form Confirmation is what your website visitor sees after they submit the form. Eg a thank you note or a redirection to another page.
Form Notification is the email you get after someone submits the contact form on your WordPress site.
You can customize both of those by going to the Settings tab inside the WPForms form builder.
The notifications by default are sent to the Admin Email that you have setup on your site. If you want to send it to a custom email address, then you can change that. If you want to send the notification to multiple emails, then just separate each email address by comma.
Step 5. Adding WordPress Contact Form in a Page
Once you are through with configuring the contact form, you need to add it to a page. You have to either create the page or use an existing one. Go to Pages >>Add Form
We will be using the WordPress contact form shortcode to add the form in a page. Simply click on the Add Form button at the top and select the form you want to add.
A contact form shortcode will be added in your page content. Now go ahead and save your page to preview it.
Here’s what the form would look like on a sample WordPress page:
Well done. You have a functional contact form on your site