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How to Easily Create a WordPress Popup Form (Step by Step)

Do you want to add a contact form to a popup on your WordPress site?

By using a WordPress popup form, you can get way more leads and customers by making it even easier to contact you online. So in this article, we’ll show you how to easily create a WordPress popup form for your website.

Why Use a WordPress Popup Form?

It’s a smart idea for small business owners to put contact forms not just on your Contact Us page, but in a WordPress popup as well. That’s because you can give your readers a quick way to reach you without navigating away from the page that they’re on.

Plus, you can also use a WordPress popup form for:

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  • Feedback — Gather feedback by asking for comments or even creating a survey.
  • Contact Info — Get more details about your readers by getting their contact and personal information.
  • Subscription — Build your email newsletter list by making it easy to subscribe with the click of a link.

Still collecting data using Google Forms? You don’t have to! Check out this post with the best Google Forms alternatives.

So now that you know why you want to use a WordPress popup form, let’s jump into exactly how to make one!

How to Create a WordPress Popup Form

If you’re asking yourself how do I create a pop up form in WordPress, we’ve got you covered. Check out this step by step guide on how to create a WordPress popup form.

Step 1: Install the Needed WordPress Plugins

To get started, you’ll need to install and activate 2 plugins.

First, you’ll need Popup Maker. Wondering is popup maker free? Yes, you can use the free version for this tutorial and with WPForms.

Click on the blue download button and check out how to install a plugin in WordPress.

popup maker

Next, you’ll also need the WPForms plugin. Here’s an easy guide on how to install the WPForms plugin.

Step 2: Create a Simple Contact Form

Next, you’ll want to create the form that you want to put into your WordPress popup form. If you’ve already created a contact form, you can skip this step.

To create your form, go to WPForms » Add New and select a template. For this example, we’ll use a simple contact form. It’s a good idea to keep things simple with WordPress popup forms, so you can maximize your form conversion rates.

select a contact form template

Once the form loads, it will have everything you need to get started including:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • Comment

You can drag and drop any additional fields you want from the left side to the preview window. You can also remove a field by clicking on it and selecting the red trash icon that appears on the right.

how to delete a form field

Once you’re done with creating your form, you need to click on the save button to store your changes. Your contact form is now ready to go!

And now that we have a form ready, let’s move on to the next step and create a popup in WordPress.

Want to easily manage your form submissions? Take a peek at our tutorial on how to save your form data in the WordPress Database.

Step 3: Create a Popup in Popup Maker

Great, your plugins are installed and activated. Next, we’ll go into the Popup Maker plugin to create your popup. This free WordPress plugin lets you make popups from scratch, easily.

Head to your WordPress dashboard and go to Popup Maker » Add Popup, and you’ll see the popup editing screen appear.

add a new popup in popup maker

On this screen, you’ll want to enter a name for your popup. Plus, you can also enter a optional display title like we did in this example. Your visitors will be able to see this optional display title.

name your popup form

And now it’s time to insert your form into your popup. Click on the Add Form button to select your form.

add form

An Insert Form screen will appear. Here, you can pick the form you want to insert into this popup by selecting it from the dropdown menu.

select form

Once the form is selected, click on the blue Add Form button to add it to your popup.

add contact form to wordpress popup

You’ll see a unique shortcode appear which tells that popup which form to use.

wpforms shortcode for form in wordpress popup form

Great job. Let’s customize a few of the popup settings by scrolling down and starting with Triggers.

Triggers tell your popup when to open. Click on the blue Add New Trigger button.

add new trigger to wordpress popup form

On the trigger option window that appears, open the dropdown and select Time Delay/Auto Open. This will trigger the popup to open after your website visitors have been on the page for a set amount of time.

You can set the time for anything you’d like, but we suggest starting with 5 seconds (5,000 milliseconds). When you’re ready, click the Add button to continue.

save popup time delay settings

By default, this popup will show on every page of your WordPress website and to everyone on all devices. You can adjust these settings to target specific people, devices, places (like a post or page), and more under Targeting. In fact, for more advanced settings, check out the Popup Maker documentation.

Next, let’s spruce up the look of your popup by clicking on Display under the popup settings.

change wordpress popup form display settings

From the Popup Theme dropdown, select a theme for your popup.

You can choose whichever Popup Theme you like. For this example, we’re picking the popular Light Box style.

wordpress popup form theme dropdown

Now, adjust any other settings you’d like and when you’re ready, let’s go ahead and publish your form.

Scroll up on the page to the top and click on the Publish button to make your WordPress popup form live.

publish wordpress popup form

And there you have it! You can now preview your WordPress popup form to make sure it looks exactly like you want it to, and adjust the settings accordingly.

popup maker example when finished in lightbox

To make more contact form popups, you can repeat this process and customize the settings and display rules to appear on different posts or pages, etc.

You can also head back to the edit page to keep an eye on the Analytics if you want to know how many people have viewed your WordPress popup form.

how to view how many people have viewed your wordpress popup form

Also, if you’ve set up Google Analytics on your website, you can track Popup Maker through custom event tracking.

And don’t forget, you can set up your WordPress popup form to connect directly with your email marketing service to make it even easier to organize and automatically reach out to your new contacts.

In Conclusion

Alright, you’re all set. We hope this article helped you to learn how to create a WordPress contact form popup in WordPress.

You may also want to check out our guide on adding a contact form in a slider, or these tips on where to place a contact form for even more leads.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this post! It showed me exactly what I was looking for 🙂

    Best regards
    Marcus at Illeris
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  2. Hello, I have a question. I can’t figure out how to make the popup appear when someone is pressing a button. For example i I put a “More info” button and I want a contact form to popup. How do I do that ?

    Regards

  3. Is the popup form impacted by Chrome’s Default Popup Blockers? we’ve noticed recently ALL of the browsers have adopted this standard.

    1. Hi Peter – Great question! I checked with our developers for insight on this, and it sounds like Chrome’s blocker is mainly intended for popups that open in new tabs/windows. Fortunately, our team hasn’t seen this impact the types of popups that plugins like Popup Maker create.

      That being said, it’s always a good idea to test things out! In case it helps, we have a form testing checklist here that should help guide on what to look for (in addition to just making sure your popup appears as intended).

      I hope this helps 🙂

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