How to Create a Contact Form in WordPress (Step by Step)

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Are you looking to add a contact form on your WordPress site? Every website needs a contact form, so people can contact you about your products and services. In this WordPress tutorial, we will show you how to create a contact form in WordPress (step by step) without touching a single line of code.

Create contact form in WordPress

Why Do You Need a Contact form?

You might be wondering why do I need a contact form? Can’t I just add my email address on my website, so people can email me?

That’s a very common question from beginners because they are afraid that adding a contact form requires code knowledge. The truth is you don’t need to know any code. This step by step guide to adding a contact form is written for absolute beginners.

Below are the top 3 reasons why a contact form is better than pasting your email address on a page.

  • Spam Protection – Spam bots regularly scrape websites for the mailto: email address tag. When you post your email address on the website, you will start to receive a lot of spam emails. On the other hand, when you use a contact form, you can get rid of almost all spam emails.
  • Consistent Information – When emailing, people don’t always send you all the information that you need. With a contact form, you can tell the user exactly what information you’re looking for (such as their phone number, budget, etc).
  • Saves Time – Contact forms help you save time in more ways than you can imagine. Aside from consistent information that we mentioned above, you can also use form confirmations to tell the user what are the next steps. Such as watch a video or wait up to 24 hours to get a response, so they don’t send you multiple inquires.

Below is an example of a WordPress contact form that we will create in this tutorial.

Preview of a contact form in WordPress

After creating the form above, we will also show you how you can easily add it on your contact page, or in your site’s sidebar using a WordPress contact form widget.

Sounds good? Ok so let’s get started.

Step 1. Choosing the Best Contact Form Plugin

The first thing you need to do is choose a WordPress contact form plugin.

While there are several free and paid WordPress contact form plugins you can choose from, we use WPForms on our site and believe it’s the best option in the market.

Below are the three reasons why we think WPForms is the best:

  1. It is the most beginner friendly contact form plugin available. You can use the drag & drop builder to easily create a contact form in just a few clicks.
  2. WPForms Lite is 100% free, and you can use it to create a simple contact form.
  3. When you are ready for more powerful features, then you can upgrade to WPForms Pro.

Now that we have decided on the contact form plugin, let’s go ahead and install it on your site.

Step 2. Install a Contact Form Plugin in WordPress

For this contact form tutorial, we will use WPForms Lite because it’s free and easy to use.

You can install this plugin on your site by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to Plugins » Add New.

Go to add new plugin page to search and install WPForms plugin

In the search field, type WPForms and then click on the Install Now button.

After the plugin is installed, make sure you activate the plugin.

Installing WPForms Plugin

If you don’t see the plugins menu or want more detailed instructions, then please refer to our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress 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.

Adding a form in WordPress with WPForms

This will open the WPForms drag & drop form builder. Start by giving your contact form a name and then select your contact form 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.

Creating a new form in WordPress with WPForms

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.

Adding new fields to your form

When you’re done click on the Save button.

Step 4. Configuring Form Notification and Confirmations

Now that you have created your WordPress form, it’s important that you properly configure the form notification and form confirmation.

Form Confirmation is what your website visitor sees after they submit the form. It could be a thank you message or you can redirect them to a special 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.

We usually leave the form confirmation as default Thank You message. However, you can change it to redirect to a specific page if you like.

Setting up form confirmation

The best part about WPForms is that the default settings are ideal for beginners. When you go the notification settings, all fields will be pre-filled dynamically.

Setting up form notifications

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.

The email subject is pre-fileld with your form name. The from name field is automatically populated with your user’s name. When you reply to the inquiry, it will go to the email that your user filled in the contact form.

Step 5. Adding WordPress Contact Form in a Page

Now that you are done configuring your WordPress contact form, it’s time to embed it in a page.

The first thing you need to do is either create a new page in WordPress or edit an existing page where you want to add the contact 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.

Adding your contact form to a page in WordPress

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:

Preview of a contact form in WordPress

If you only wanted to add the contact form on page, then you’re done here. Congratulations.

If you want to add a contact form on a sidebar or another widget ready area, then go to step 6.

Step 6. Adding WordPress Contact Form in a Sidebar

WPForms come with a WordPress contact form widget that you can use to add your contact form in a sidebar or basically any other widget-ready area in your theme.

In your WordPress admin area, go to Appearance » Widgets. You will see a WPForms widget that you can easily drag into any widget ready areas of your theme.

Add form using a sidebar widget

Next, add the title for your widget and select the form you want to display. Save the settings, and visit your website for the preview.

We hope this article helped you create a simple contact form in WordPress. You may also want to check out our comparison of the 7 best WordPress backup plugins.

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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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