how to create multiple form notifications in WordPress

How to Create Multiple Form Notifications in WordPress Forms

Have you ever needed to send more than one email notice when someone fills out your form? WPForms makes it easy to create multiple form notifications that can go to several recipients.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create multiple form notifications in WordPress.

Why Use Multiple Form Notifications?

Sending several email notifications from a single form saves you a lot of time and keeps you organized. Instead of making your visitors fill out multiple forms, or having to forward the information yourself, you can automate the process whenever you get form responses!

You can use multiple email notifications to:

…and you can probably think of quite a few more!

So, let’s get started creating multiple form notifications.

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How to Create Multiple Form Notifications in WordPress Forms

Check out these step-by-step instructions to easily make more than one form notification from your WordPress forms.

Step 1: Install WPForms

The first thing you’ll need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see this step-by-step guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress.

Next, you’ll need to create a form. See our tutorial on how to create a simple contact form as an example to get started.

simple contact form on wpforms fields page

Keep in mind, however, you can create many types of forms with the WPForms plugin templates:

All of these forms, and the hundred more you can create with the WPForms Forms Template addon, can send out notifications once a user submits a form on your website.

Step 2: Configure Form Notifications

After you’ve created your form, you’ll want to customize the default notification. There are several options for customizing multiple form notifications.

For example, you can send the same notification to yourself and a person who’s email address you know, such as a team member or local vendor.

You can send the same email notification to yourself and the site visitor submitting the form, whose email you don’t know yet.

And lastly, you can send different form notifications to multiple people, whether they be yourself, a fellow team member, the site visitor submitting the form, or someone else altogether.

Let’s take a look at all 3 options.

Option 1: Send the Same Notification to Two Emails You Know

To start, go to Settings » Notifications.

form notification settings on contact form

You’ll see there are many form fields in this section. The one we’ll focus on is labeled Send To Email Address.

send to email section field on a form

By default, this section will send the admin email for your WordPress website an email any time a site visitor submits a form.

That’s what the code {admin_email} means.

Admin Code in Send to Email Section

If you want to send the same email notification to your admin email and someone else, such as a team member, all you have to do is enter the second email address into the form field, after the admin code. Make sure you separate the two with a comma.

You can enter as many emails as you need to in this section.

Add Another Email to Send to Email Section

Now, when your site visitor submits their form, both the admin email and additional email will receive the same form notification.

Note: Each of the addresses in the Send To Email Address field will receive a completely separate email, so recipients won’t be able to see each other’s email addresses.

Option 2: Send the Same Notification to 2 Emails, Yours and Your Site Visitor’s

If you want to receive an email whenever a site visitor submits a form on your website, and send a notification to your site visitor to let them know their form was processed, again focus on the Send to Email Address section.

Keep the {admin_email} that is in this section by default. Then, click on Show Smart Tags.

smart tags in form notifications

When you do, you’ll see a dropdown menu labeled Email. Click on it so WPForms knows to send an email to the person that filled out and submitted the form. It will automatically add the right code into the form field.

form notifications with multiple emails

Now, when someone submits a form on your website, a notification will go out to you and your site visitor.

If you’d like to duplicate a notification, you can click the clipboard icon to create a clone of that specific notification.

Clone a form notificaton

Option 3: Send Different Form Notifications

The last option you have is to create multiple form notifications that are different from each other and will be going to different recipients.

This is helpful for sending notifications to:

  • Yourself. This way you know when a site visitor submits a form on your site.
  • Your Site Visitor. This way your site visitor knows you received their form. In the notification they can review their form data and a thank you message if you’ve added one to the notification.
  • Someone Else. This is so you can send form data to anyone else that needs it, such as a team member, local vendor, or some other third-party person.

To create multiple form notifications in WordPress that differ from each other, start by going to Settings » Notifications.

The default notification will be set up to send you an email notification, complete with the information your site visitor filled out on your form. So, you can leave this notification alone.

Next, click on Add New Notification.

add new form notification

A modal will popup asking you to name the notification. You can name it whatever you want since it’s for you reference only.

New Notification Name

Click OK.

You’ll now have a new notification to configure for you site visitor.

To start, click on Show Smart Tags and select Email so WPForms knows to send this notification to the email that is entered on the form.

Next, configure the following form fields:

  • Email Subject
  • From Name
  • From Email
  • Reply-to
  • Message

Remember, this email notification will go to your site visitor once they submit their form on your website. If you want them to see all the data they filled out on your form, in the Message form field, use the smart tag {all_fields}, which is there by default.

If you only want to show them certain data they entered on your form, you can use the Show Smart Tags link and select which data to include on the notification.

Message Smart Tags

You can also add a personalized message to your site visitor by typing text into the form field.

Customized Message

If you need help using other smart tags, check out this documentation on how to use smart tags in WPForms.

If you want to send a third notification, or even more than that, simply follow the same steps again.

Click Add New Notification. Then, give the notification a name and customize it to your liking by adding the email address of the recipient, configuring the email, and customizing the message.

You’ll see all the form notifications you’ve created in the right hand panel of the Form Editor.

Click Save.

You can now set up your form’s confirmations and add your form to your website.

You can add you form to the following places:

And if you’re using the Elementor page builder, you can easily add your form by following the steps in our Elementor contact form tutorial.

One last thing. Did you know that you can also get a text message notification in WPForms? Check out our guide to getting SMS notifications from your WordPress contact form if you’d like to set that up.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! You now know how to create multiple form notifications in WordPress.

If you want to keep branding across your email notifications consistent, check out this guide on adding a custom header to your email template.

And if you find you’re not receiving email notifications, you should check out our guide on how to send emails in WordPress using SMTP.

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  1. Is there a way so I can have multiple replies to one rule, sending only one email per submission?

    1. Hi Emma,

      I apologize, but I’m not sure I understand what you’re looking to do. When you have a chance, could you please get in touch and share some additional details or possibly an example?

      Thanks! 🙂

  2. can I place a simple post notification form on my blog and have my new blog posts be sent to the visitor? Thanks so much I need to replace Feed burner

  3. If you want to send the same email notification to your admin email and someone else, such as a team member, all you have to do is enter the second email address into the form field, after the admin code. Make sure you separate the two with a comma.

    I have issues with more than one email–even though separated with comma–it doesn’t work, so I only use the admin email code for send and receive. Any updates on this?

    1. Hi Sebastián — By default, our `{all_fields}` Smart Tag will pull all field labels and values into a notification email. However, we don’t have a way to just pull one specific field’s label in through a Smart Tag (I’ve added this to our feature request list!).

      For right now, you’d need to copy the field label into the notification’s message area. In case it helps, here’s a screenshot showing a mix of text, HMTL, and Smart Tags in the Message area (and here’s a screenshot showing how that same email looks to the recipient).

      I hope that option helps!

  4. Hi,
    I have a problem. I forgot to add {all_fields} to the form. I received an email notification that someone has filled out the form, but I don’t have any user data. How can I recover data or preferably the entire completed form?


    1. Hi Sebastian.
      If you are using the WPForms Lite plugin, I’m afraid there is no way to get this information back. As the Lite plugin doesn’t store entries in the database, and if it was sent without the {all_fields} smart tag, then there is no data in the email logs too, unfortunately.
      Please note, with any of the paid licenses, your form entries will be stored in the database and you can access them from the site dashboard, however, with the Lite plugin entries are only available as the email notifications.
      I hope this helps.
      Have a good one 🙂

  5. we are using the form for sports club memberships and we have a number of things we need to do:
    1) We want to send a different response when we have no space for new memberships — hence can we toggle between different responses without having to edit the response each time we switch.
    2) Can we collect the data from the form and enter it in a database or list
    3) If so, where would the data be stored
    4) Can we then manipulate the data to see how many people we have of each type of membership

    1. Hey Peter – I am afraid there is no notification toggle feature, but you can add a hidden field in your form and whenever membership is full, you can set the hidden field value to zero. Basic on this hidden field, you can set a conditional notification.

      For collecting and manipulating data, I would suggest using the CSV export feature.

      For further help on this, please drop us a line in support so we can assist. If you have a WPForms license, you have access to our email support, so please submit a support ticket. Otherwise, we provide limited complimentary support in the WPForms Lite support forum.

      Thanks 🙂

    1. Hey Katlyn – There is no limit as such but having way too many condition checking on anything might make the things a bit slow in general, so if you are planning to have like hundreds of conditions, then proceeding the logic might take a little bit time(like couple of seconds instead of being instant).

      I hope this info helps!

  6. Hi,
    I’m looking to create a Membership registration form which has a number of different membership types associated to it.
    I want the form output to be sent to a different email address depending on what membership criteria is selected.
    For example, Membership options A, B and C.
    If member A is selected I want the results / notifications sent to [email protected]
    If member B is selected I want the results / notifications sent to [email protected]
    If member C is selected I want the results / notifications sent to [email protected]
    Is this possible? If so, how?
    Many thanks.

  7. Hi,
    I’m using a WPForm in my events calendar for an event.
    When the user submits the form, apart from the standard notification details (Name, Email etc) I also want the event details they have chosen.
    E.g. the When/Where fields.
    Does WPForm pick up the event it’s connected to and notify me the details of the event ?

    1. Hey Sev – Usually when you integrate some other plugin with the form(like some event plugin), you need to map the custom fields of that plugin with the fields you have added in the form. This means all the fields which you are passing to the event plugin are available in your form as well. You can add the smart tag of those fields in your notification settings or just add {all_fields} smart tag in notification settings and it should show all values in the notifications.

      For further help on this, I would suggest creating a support ticket. If you have a WPForms license, you have access to our email support, so please submit a support ticket. Otherwise, we provide limited complimentary support in the WPForms Lite support forum.

      Thanks 🙂

  8. Pls, the wpform i created is in two columns, but in the email received its just in one straight line, how do i set the email notification to display exactly as it was created (to display in two columns).
    thank you

    1. Hey Federick – I apologize! There’s no current feature to display notification emails in two columns or in the same way as the form. This is currently on our feature request list, and I’ve added your vote to it. In the meantime, you could consider using table HTML tags in the notification email and use field smart tags in the table. You can then add more styles by following this tutorial.

      If you need assistance with this please feel welcome to contact our support, and we’d be happy to help. If you have a WPForms license, you have access to our email support, so please submit a support ticket.

      Otherwise, we provide limited complimentary support in the WPForms Lite support forum.

      Thanks! 🙂

  9. So wish there was an option to duplicate a notification the same way a field can be.

    Would save an awful lot of time when building custom notifications with conditional logic.

    Please add this option in the near future.


    GB Design Studio

    1. Hey Gary- Great idea! I totally agree on how useful it would be to duplicate notifications with conditional logic. I have gone ahead and added your vote to the feature request.

      Please feel free to reach out to our support team if you have any other questions.

      Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Dino! It is possible 🙂 When setting up your Notifications, the message body accepts HTML formatting, so you’re able to personalize these messages as you’d like. You can find some more details about setting up Notifications in this article, or for a more advanced design we also have this article.

      I hope this helps to clarify 🙂 It looks like you’ve already contacted us via a Support Ticket so we’ll follow up there, but please also don’t hesitate to drop us some questions in our support forums.

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