How to Create a WordPress Form with Multiple File Uploads

Do you want your users to add multiple attachments to your contact form? Sometimes your form may need to allow more than just one file to be uploaded.

In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to allow multiple file uploads in WordPress.

Here’s a table of contents for this tutorial:

  1. Create Your File Upload Form in WordPress
  2. Switch to the Classic Style File Upload Field (Optional)
  3. Customize Your Form Settings
  4. Configure Your Form’s Notifications
  5. Configure Your Form’s Confirmations
  6. Add Your Form to Your Website
  7. View The Files

What Kind of Files Can Be Uploaded to WordPress?

The WPForms plugin makes it easy for your site visitors to upload all kinds of file types to your contact forms. You can embed a file upload field to upload:

  • Documents (.doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf)
  • Images (.png, .gif, and .jpg)
  • Video (.mpg, .mov, and .wmv)
  • Audio (.wav, .mp3, and .mp4)

You can use this same process to accept CSV file uploads in WordPress.

But for WordPress security reasons, some files can’t be uploaded. For example, you can upload images to WordPress, but you might find that some smartphone formats are blocked.

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If you run into that problem, here’s how to allow additional file upload types to your forms. And here’s a more specific guide to allow Adobe Illustrator file uploads.

So, let’s go ahead and check out how to allow multiple file uploads on to your WordPress contact forms.

How to Allow Multiple File Uploads

Giving your website visitors the ability to upload a file in your WordPress form makes it easier for you to collect the information you need. But sometimes you need more than just one file from them. For example, if you have a job application form and you’d like to collect a resume as well as a cover letter.

WPForms is the best file upload plugin for WordPress. By default, the WPForms File Upload field allows uploading multiple files at a time. All you need to do is add the field to your form — so let’s get started.

Step 1: Create a File Upload Form in WordPress

For this tutorial, we’re going to assume you don’t have your form built yet and start from the beginning. If you already have a form and just want to see how to add a File Upload field to it, you’ll see how to simply drag the field onto your form in the editor in this 1st step.

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

Next, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on WPForms » Add New in the left-hand panel to create a new form and name it. You can choose whatever name you’d like.

name file upload form

Next, scroll down to the Additional Templates section and type “File Upload Form”, then click on it to open the template.

file upload form template

Make sure you’ve already activated the Form Templates Pack Addon to search for this form.

WPForms will now populate a pre-built File Upload Form and display the drag and drop builder.

file upload form with file upload field template

Here, you can add additional fields to your contact form by dragging them from the left-hand panel to the right hand panel.

With the File Upload Form template, you’ll already have the Name, Email, Phone, File Upload, and Additional Comments fields.

Click on any of the form fields to make changes. You can also click on a form field and drag it up and down to rearrange the order on your form.

Note: You can add the File Upload field to any WordPress form you create. Just drag the File Upload form field, found under Fancy Fields, from the left-hand panel of the Form Editor to the right hand panel.

add file upload field to contact form in wordpress

You can click on the File Upload field and also change the:

  • Label — Name the form field so your site visitors know what it’s for.
  • Description — Add a description explaining details to users. For example, if you only want people to upload an image, tell them that.
  • Allowed File Extensions — If you want to restrict the types of files that can be uploaded to your WordPress form, put them here, each separated by a comma
  • Max File Size — Specify, in megabytes, the max size file you’ll allow users to upload. If you leave this blank, WPForms will adefault to the maximum file size that your web host allows. If you need to change this, see this tutorial on how to increase the maximum file upload size in in WordPress. .
  • Required — If you want to require that users upload a file before they can submit their form, select this checkbox.
  • Style — You can switch between the default Modern style (recommended) and the Classic style (which we’ll cover in-depth during the next step)

Wondering where these file uploads will be stored?

By default, all files uploaded by users are stored in the WPForms folder inside the Uploads directory of your site. To make things easier, you can also store these files in your WordPress Media Library by selecting the Store field in WordPress Media Library checkbox under Advanced Options.

check box to store uploads in wordpress media library

You can also make forms look great by following the steps in our post on how to create a Multi-step form in WordPress. But for the sake of this tutorial, we’ll stick with a single page.

Step 2: Switch to Classic File Upload Field (Optional)

This step is optional and not generally recommended. But, if you’d like to change the style of the File Upload field from the default Modern style to the Classic style featuring a ‘Choose Now’ button, head to Advanced Options » Style and click on the Dropdown to select Classic.

switch to classic file upload style

Switching back to the Classic style might be a good choice:

  • You or your users prefer a ‘button’ style File Upload field
  • You prefer a more compact File Upload field (and you’re only accepting 1 file)

Just keep in mind the Classic File Upload style only accepts 1 upload per field.  You’ll need to add another File Upload field to accept multiple uploads on your form if you’re using the Classic style.

To make your form appear clutter free, you’ll want to enable conditional logic on the 1st classic File Upload field before you add those other fields. That way, those extra File Upload fields won’t show up on your form unless a user needs them.

wordpress multiple file upload form

Since each Classic style of the File Upload field only allows users to upload just one single file, you’ll need to learn how to add multiple file uploads with the Classic style field. We’ll do that with conditional logic.

To enable condition logic on a Classic style field, drag a Dropdown field from the left-hand panel to your form, just above the File Upload field. (This will work with any number of Upload File fields, but for the sake of this example we’ll do 3.)

drag dropdown to add multiple file upload fields

Now click on the dropdown field to see the Field Options on the left panel and edit the Dropdown field label to say Number of Files to Upload and the Choices to say 1, 2, and 3.

number of files to upload dropdown

After that, click on the File Upload field and in the options, scroll down to and expand the Conditionals tab in the left-hand panel. Then, select the checkmark for Enable conditional logic.

Conditional Logic

Customize the conditional logic of this field just like the screenshot below:

upload your file

Keep in mind that new fields are added by clicking the Add new group button, which applies the OR logic. If you need more details about using the OR logic, read our guide on how to use And OR conditional logic.

The next step is to duplicate this field.

On your form, click on the duplicate icon on the right-hand side of the File Upload field.

duplicate file upload

In the left-hand panel, change the label of the new File Upload field to Upload Your Second File.

rename your multiple upload fields label

Now configure the conditional logic for this new field just like the screenshot below. The only change from the above step is that we removed the first action where it says the Number of Files to Upload is 1.

wordpress contact form multiple attachments

Now, duplicate the 2nd File Upload field by clicking the icon and changing the label to Upload Your Third File.

name your file upload form on form

Configure the conditional logic field just like the screenshot below. We’ll only keep the last field where it says the Number of Files to Upload is 3.

Upload third file

Once you are done customizing your form, click Save in the top right corner of your screen. You’ve just added multiple File Upload fields to your form.

save your multiple file upload form

So as you can see, in most cases you’ll want to use the Modern style to accept multiple file uploads.

So now that you have the right amount of File Upload fields on your form (be it just 1 or multiple), you’re ready to configure your form’s settings.

Step 3: Customize Your Form Settings

To start, go to Settings » General.

File Upload Form General Settings configurations

Here you can configure the following:

  • Form Name — Change the name of your form here if you’d like.
  • Form Description — Give your form a description.
  • Submit Button Text — Customize the copy on the submit button.
  • Spam Prevention — Stop contact form spam with the anti-spam feature, hCaptcha, or Google reCAPTCHA. The anti-spam checkbox is automatically checked on all new forms.
  • AJAX Forms — Enable AJAX settings with no page reload.
  • GDPR Enhancements — You can disable the storing of entry information and user details, such as IP addresses and user agents, in an effort to comply with GDPR requirements. Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to add a GDPR agreement field to your simple contact form.

And when you’re done, click Save.

Step 4: Configure Your Form’s Notifications

Notifications are an excellent way to know when someone submits one of your forms.

And, unless you disable the notification feature, you’ll get an email notification whenever someone submits a form on your site.

set up notifications

To get an email message when someone completes your form, you’ll need to set up form notifications in WordPress and provide your email address.

Also, if you use smart tags, you can send a personalized notification to your site visitors once they finish your form to let them know you received it. This assures users their form has gone through properly.

how to use smart tags in notifications

For more on this, check out our step by step guide on how to send multiple form notifications in WordPress.

In addition, you have the option to easily brand your notification emails by adding your logo or any image you choose in the custom header image area. The logo/image you choose will show up at the top of email notifications like the WPForms logo below.

Custom Email Header

Note: So since file attachments can often hurt email deliverability, WPForms doesn’t attach your user’s files in notification emails. Instead, we send the file uploads via email as links.

Notification Email Links

Step 5: Configure Your Form’s Confirmations

Form confirmations are ways to take action immediately (and automatically) after your user has submitted information to your form. For extra help with this step, check out our tutorial on how to setup form confirmations.

There are 3 different kinds of confirmations in WPForms:

  1. Message — This is the default confirmation type that appears after someone hits submit on your form, and it’s customizable. Check out our tips on ways to customize your confirmation message to boost your site visitors’ happiness.
  2. Display Page — Automatically send users to any page on your site like a thank you page
  3. Redirect — Useful if you want to take the user to a different website or specialized URL for more complex development.

So let’s see how to set up a simple form confirmation in WPForms so you can customize the success message site visitors will see when they submit a form on your site.

To start, click on the Confirmation tab in the Form Editor under Settings.

Next, select the type of confirmation type you’d like to create. For this example, we’ll select Message.

Form Confirmation Type settings

Then, customize the confirmation message to your liking and click Save when you’re done.

Now you’re ready to add your form to your website.

Step 6: Add Your Form to Your Website

After you’ve created your form, you need to add it to your WordPress website.

And WPForms lets you add your forms to multiple places on your website including your pages, blog posts, and sidebar widgets.

So let’s take a look at the most common placement option: page/post embedding.

To begin, create a new page or post in WordPress, or go to the update settings on an existing one. After that, click inside the first block (the blank area below your page title) and click on the Add WPForms icon.

embed your form by clicking on the Add WPForms icon

Now, the WPForms widget will appear inside of your block. Click on the WPForms dropdown and pick the form you’ve already created that you want to insert into your page. So select your file upload form.

add your file upload form to your site

Next, click on the blue button in the top right that says either Publish or Update, so your form will appear on your website.

publish or update your page

That’s it! Your form is now on your website.

Step 7: View The Files

WPForms stores each form submission as an entry. To view uploaded files, go to WPForms » Entries.

And from there, select the right form from the dropdown menu and click on View.

View File Upload Entries

Next, right click the file to download the file, or click to view it in your browser.

view file upload entry in wpforms

Better yet, you can use our Zapier addon to automatically save all file uploads to different web apps like:

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In Conclusion

There you have it! You now know how to create a WordPress form with multiple file uploads. You can also add a payment field and require payment with your file uploads.

And if you enjoyed this article, you might also want to look at some cool contact page design examples.

So what are you waiting for? Get started with the best WordPress forms plugin today. WPForms Pro comes with a free File Upload Form template that includes a multiple file upload field.

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  1. Really like this. I am re-designing a food site and want users to share their dishes. How easy is it for the user to upload images from mobile? Thank you

    1. Hey Rick! It wouldn’t be difficult at all! Generally your users will be able to click on the file upload field, which would bring up the camera or files options (from which they make their selection), submit the form, and voila!

      I hope this helps to clarify 🙂 If you have any further questions about this, please contact us if you have an active subscription. If you do not, don’t hesitate to drop us some questions in our support forums.

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