Do you want to add a contact form to your WordPress website?
To grow your website, you should be collecting email addresses and leads through a contact form. In this article, we’ll show you how to create a WordPress contact form easily.
Why Create a Simple Contact Form in WordPress?
When you’re new to running a website, you may wonder why you need a contact form.
What are the differences between making a contact form vs providing your email address on your website?
To help answer that question, here are the benefits of adding a contact form to your website:
- Communication — Contact forms are a great way to allow your readers to quickly communicate with you.
- Security — You keep your email address safe from spammers. Since your contact form doesn’t show your email address, spammers can’t steal it and add it to junk mail lists.
- Organization — With a contact form you can connect to your email marketing service to make things even simpler by automating marketing or using email automation workflows.
- Information — You control the information collected by adding only the fields you want site visitors to fill out on the form. This cuts down on the back and forth emails between you and a potential client.
- Income Potential — 77% of website visitors leave and never return. Contact forms help you capture leads and invite them back through email campaigns.
Now let’s take a look at how to create a WordPress contact by taking the WPForms Challenge. If you’re using Elementor, you might want to check out this alternative guide to making an Elementor contact form with WPForms.
Create a WordPress Contact Form in Under 5 Minutes
To prove just how easy it is to use WPForms, we’ve made the WPForms Challenge.
This fun ‘wizard’ walks you through everything you need to do to create your first form.
You have 5 minutes to complete it. But we think you’ll have a finished form in even less time.
The WPForms Challenge is just for fun and it only appears the first time you make a form.
How to Take the WPForms Challenge
Once activated, you’ll see the WPForms setup wizard display the option to take the WPForms Challenge.
Click Start the WPForms Challenge to get started.
Step 1: Create Your First Form
After you click Start the WPForms Challenge, you’ll be taken to the WPForms form builder. This is where you’ll create your first form and configure all of its settings.
Click Let’s Go to get started.
The first step in the challenge is to name your form. Type in a name here and click Done to move to the next step.
You’ll see that the timer in the corner is counting down as we build the form.
Step 2: Customize Your Form Fields
Next, it’s time to select a pre-designed template or use the blank template if you prefer to build your form from scratch. Since we’re creating a contact form, we’ll select the Simple Contact Form template.
When you click on the template you want to use, you’ll be taken to the part in the form builder that lets you add or remove form fields and customize the way they look and function.
The popup message here tells you what to do next:
We strive to make form building as simple and beginner friendly as possible. All of our templates have the basic form fields you’ll need without having to add or remove any fields.
That said, we also strive to pack WPForms with powerful features so you can extend your form building capabilities and customize your forms to meet your needs.
You can add additional fields to your contact form by dragging them from the left hand panel to the right hand panel.
Then, click on the field to make any changes. You can also click on a form field and drag it to rearrange the order on your contact form.
Check out these contact us page examples to get some ideas for your own custom form.
Once you’re finished customizing your form, click Done.
Step 3: Check Notification Settings
The next step in the WPForms Challenge deals with your form’s notification settings.
Notifications are a great way to send an email whenever a contact form is submitted on your website. In fact, unless you disable this feature, whenever someone submits a contact form on your site, you’ll get a notification about it.
If you use smart tags, you can also send a notification to the site visitor when they submit a contact form, letting them know you received their form and will be in contact shortly. This assures site visitors their form has gone through properly.
For help with this step, check out our documentation on how to set up form notifications in WordPress.
Adding to this, if you want to keep branding across your emails consistent, you can check out this guide on adding a custom header to your email template.
When your form’s notifications are configured properly, click Done.
Step 4: Embed Your Simple Contact Form in a Page
The last step in the WPForms Challenge is embedding your simple contact form in a WordPress page.
You can click Select Existing Page, or Create New Page. Let’s go ahead and create a new page here.
Now, you’ll need to type in a name for your page. We called our page Contact Form:
Now WPForms will place your form right in the page.
And you’re done! You can see the time it took to create your form at the bottom-right:
If you want, you can even rate WPForms and share your story with others so they can see how easy it is to create a simple contact form in WordPress.
Just don’t forget, you’ll need to click Publish for your form to go live on your site.
Note: If you want to embed your form in a post, you can use the shortcode for the form and place it in a Shortcode block in the block editor.
How to Create a Custom Contact Form in WordPress
Did you know that WPForms lets you customize any form on your website?
Once you’ve built a contact form, you’re ready to:
- Add a file upload field
- Add a payment field for Authorize.Net, Stripe, or PayPal
- Create multi-step forms
- Use the Zapier addon to connect your forms to 2000+ other services.
You don’t need to create these forms from scratch. WPForms Pro comes with 100+ form templates that you can install with one click. That makes WPForms worth it if you need to create lots of different forms quickly.
Next Up: Make a Multi-Step Form
And there you have it! You now know how to create a simple contact form in WordPress.
If you want to create a longer form, think about creating a multi-step form in WordPress to prevent form fatigue and encourage people to finish filling your forms out. And don’t forget to check out our multi-page form examples if you need some inspiration.
And if you really want to get more information from your contact forms, without scaring away your visitors, check out these clever web form hacks to unlock hidden customer data with the WPForms hidden field.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started with the most powerful WordPress forms plugin today.