How to Use Contact Form to Grow Your Email List in WordPress

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Did you know that you can use your WordPress contact form to grow your email list? Users are most engaged when they are trying to reach out using the contact form on your website. In this article, we will show you how you can use contact forms to grow your email list in WordPress.

How to use Contact Forms to Grow Your Email List

Why Use Contact Forms for Email List Building in WordPress?

Email marketing is the most cost effective way to reach your audience. If you haven’t started it yet, then you need to see our article on why you should start building your email list right away.

You will need to combine different tools and methods for encouraging users to signup. Offering multiple choices to sign up helps you quickly get more subscribers.

Many users focus on adding email signup forms to their websites, which is good start but you need to get more creative. Contact forms, in fact any kind of forms on your website are the perfect place to add an email signup option.

Here is why:

  • Your users have already entered their email address in the contact form.
  • They are already interested in what you have to offer, that’s why they are filling the form. Why not ask them to subscribe as well?
  • Many users feel that their chances of getting a response will increase if they opted in for your email list
  • You can use it in a variety of ways not just contact forms, but surveys, quizzes, ebook downloads, and more.

That being said let’s see how to easily integrate your email list to your WordPress forms and use contact forms to boost your email subscribers.

Connecting Your Email List to WordPress Contact Forms

First thing you will need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

It is a paid plugin, and you will need at least the Plus plan to access email marketing addons.

You can use this WPForms Coupon: WPB10 to get 10% off your purchase on any WPForms plan.

Upon activation, you need to visit WPForms » Settings page to enter your license key. This will enable automatic updates and give you access to respective addons.

WPForms license key

Next, head over to WPForms » Addons page to install the addon for your email marketing service.

WPForms comes with integration addons for the top email marketing services including Constant Contact, MailChimp, AWeber, and more.

Install addon

Once you have installed and activated the Addon, you need to visit WPForms » Settings page and click on the integrations tab. You will see your email service provider listed there.

Click on your email service provider name and enter the required credentials. You can find this information from your email service account.

Connect your email service provider to WPForms

Now that you have connected WPForms to your email marketing service, you can easily add email optins into your forms and add them anywhere on your website.

Adding Email Signup Checkbox to Your Contact Forms

First you need to create a simple contact form for your website. See our detailed instructions on how to easily create a contact form in WordPress.

Once you have created your form, the next step is to add an email sign up option into the same form. Click on the checkbox field from the fields column.

Add checkbox to your form

You will notice a new field added to your form with three checkboxes. Clicking on the field will open its settings. You need to remove the two checkboxes and change the field label to something appropriate like ‘Signup for our Email List’.

Edit checkbox

You can check the box next to the choice field. Doing so, your email signup field will be checked by default.

Now your form is ready, we just need to tell it what to do when someone fills up the form.

You can do this by clicking on the ‘Marketing’ tab in the form builder. Here you need to select your email service provider and then click on the ‘Add New Connection’ button.

Add new email connection

You will be asked to provide a name for this connection.

Next, WPForms will fetch your email service account. It will show the label you added for the account when you added it in the integrations.

It will also fetch email lists available under your email service account. You need to select the email list where you want to add users.

Mapping form fields to email list fields

In the next section, you will be asked to map the form fields to your email service fields. After that you need to click on the checkbox next to ‘Enable conditional logic’ option.

Enable conditional logic

Select ‘Process’ this form if condition and then select your checkbox field and the checked reply.

Your contact form with email signup optin is now ready. You need to click on the Save button at the top bar and then exit form builder.

You can now add this form into any WordPress post or page. Simply click on the Add Form button when editing a post and then select your contact form.

Add form button

Here is a preview of a contact form on our demo website with email sign up optin.

A contact form with email subscription optin

Adding Email Subscription Checkbox to Other Forms

You can add email subscription checkbox to any form you create with WPForms. Here are a few creative ways to display forms and then you can add email subscription option to all these forms.

We hope this article helped you learn how to use contact forms to build your email list in WordPress. You may also want to see our ultimate guide on how to do lead generation in WordPress like a pro.

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WPForms – Most Beginner Friendly WordPress Contact Form Plugin

Not a single day goes by where someone doesn’t ask us about what is the best WordPress contact form plugin? With so much demand and the recent WPBeginner survey responses, it became clear that we needed to build a WordPress forms plugin. So we did.… Read More »

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Not a single day goes by where someone doesn’t ask us about what is the best WordPress contact form plugin? With so much demand and the recent WPBeginner survey responses, it became clear that we needed to build a WordPress forms plugin. So we did.

WPForms Header Image

Today, we are extremely proud to announce the launch of WPForms, a drag & drop WordPress form builder that is hands-down the most beginner friendly WordPress contact form plugin in the market.

Now with just a few clicks, you can easily create a beautiful contact form, email subscription form, payment form, and other type of online forms without writing a single line of code.

Since a lot of our audience is churches, non-profits, and startups who don’t necessarily have a budget to afford a premium plugin, WPForms Lite is 100% free and has all the basic features that you will need.

For those who want all the features that WPForms has to offer such as multi-page forms, payment integrations, marketing integrations, conditional logic, and more, then you should check out our premium version.

See the video overview of WPForms below:

WPForms Features

Unlike other contact form plugins, WPForms is not built from a feature-first mindset rather it’s built from a user-experience first mindset.

What that means is that you can actually use all the features that WPForms comes with without having to hire a developer or learning how to code.

We literally took the pain out of creating online forms and made it easy. Below are some of the features why smart business owners, bloggers, designers, and even developers love WPForms, and you will too.

Drag & Drop Online Form Builder

WPForms Online Form Builder

We built WPForms with WPBeginner users in mind, so our goal was to make everything extremely easy to use.

Our drag & drop online form builder allows you to create WordPress forms in minutes. You can easily add custom form fields, rearrange them, and basically create a complete form in 5 minutes or less (no coding required).

Pre-Built Form Templates

Form Templates

We believe in creating smart workflows that make complex tasks easy.

Most other contact form plugins require you to build your form from scratch, but the truth is that it’s often not necessary unless you absolutely want to.

WPForms comes with pre-built form templates to help you save time. You can add, remove, or re-arrange fields as necessary.

Whether you’re looking to create a simple contact form, request a quote form, donation form, payment order form, or a subscription form, we have a form template for you.

Mobile Ready, SEO Friendly, and Optimized for Speed

WPForms is 100% responsive and mobile-friendly.

Since speed is crucial for user experience and SEO, we optimized every query on the front-end and the back-end to ensure maximum speed.

You can embed your forms on any page with optimized title and description giving you all the flexibility you want from a contact form plugin.

All the Fields & Features that You Need

WPForms Features

WPForms has all the fields and features that you are looking for.

From radio buttons to file uploads to multi-page forms, it can do everything you need it to do.

You can easily integrate your forms with an email marketing service like MailChimp or AWeber. You can collect payments for bookings and orders with PayPal (Our Stripe integration is coming soon).

The best part is that you can do all of this without hiring a developer.

See the full list of WPForms features along with videos of each.

Why did we build WPForms? (History)

Our founder and CEO, Syed Balkhi, has a great behind the scenes of WPForms blog post that goes into details on why we built WPForms.

To keep the story short, the most popular WordPress contact form plugin, Contact Form 7, has over 4 million active installs.

This is their version of “simple and flexible”:

Contact Form 7 UI

So why is it so popular? Because a lot of users can’t afford to purchase a premium option, and Contact Form 7 is free.

Now you have a much better alternative that’s actually easy to use and free: WPForms Lite.

Our mission for WPForms is to build a WordPress forms plugin that’s EASY for beginners, marketers, and business owners who are not tech savvy.

A quote from Syed Balkhi’s blog post explains it all:

We made simple tasks EASY rather than letting the complex tasks define how hard simple will be.

Limited Time Special

If you’re interested in the premium version of WPForms, then you’d be crazy to miss out on this deal.

Like any other premium plugin, WPForms licenses require annual renewal for updates and support.

However for limited time only, we’re offering an ULTIMATE lifetime license for our early supporters.

What that means is that you get grandfathered in, so you don’t ever have to pay for annual updates and support while still enjoying every new feature that we will ever release.

Get WPForms NOW!

Use this WPForms coupon code: WPB10 to get an additional 10% off your purchase.

This is a limited time launch special, and it will expire so take advantage of it while it lasts.

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How to Allow Users to Notify You of Errors in WordPress Posts

Self publishing your ideas on the web has become extremely easy. However, the biggest downside of self-publishing is that you are entirely responsible for your mistakes. There is no one checking, proof reading and editing what you publish except yourself. You might have built yourself… Read More »

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Self publishing your ideas on the web has become extremely easy. However, the biggest downside of self-publishing is that you are entirely responsible for your mistakes. There is no one checking, proof reading and editing what you publish except yourself. You might have built yourself a good editing workflow where you cross-check your facts, spell-check your articles, and polish your thoughts with revisions, but there is always a chance that you might make a mistake. A small typo, a broken link, or another minor error can happen because you are human. Though if not reported on time, your error can stay there for years. In this article, we will show you how to allow your users to notify you of error in WordPress post content using error notifications.

Let users help you find mistakes in WordPress blog posts

Why Catching Small Errors is Important?

First of all a careless typo or spelling mistake can leave a bad impression on your readers. They might think that you do not carefully craft your posts before publishing them.

You can use tools to auto-check grammar and spelling mistakes in WordPress, but there is still a chance that some mistakes may end up on your site. They can stay there for years without you noticing or correcting them.

If you are writing in a language that is not your first language, then your words can be mistaken by native speakers. Some of your users may want to help you out by pointing out those mistakes so that you can fix them.

Allowing Users to Notify You of Errors in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Mistape plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Mistape page to configure the plugin.

Mistape settings page

You can choose users with the administrator or editor user roles to receive notification email about errors. Alternately, you can manually enter email addresses where you want to send notifications.

You can choose the post types where this feature would appear. You must check posts if you want all your blog posts to have this feature.

The plugin can automatically add a caption below posts to inform users that they can notify you about errors. But if you don’t want to automatically display the caption, then you can enable the shortcode.

You can also customize caption shown to users about this feature. By default, the plugin will show a text message. This text will be automatically translated if you are using WordPress in languages other than English.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

You can now see the plugin in action on your website. Depending on your settings plugin will display the caption below your posts. Users can select mistakes and press CTRL+Enter (Control+Enter on Mac).

A popup will appear to inform users that their suggestion is forwarded to site admins.

Notification sent popup

We hope this article helped you allow users to notify you of errors in WordPress posts. You may also want to see our guide on how to create a blog post checklist in WordPress.

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