You need to have a way for your visitors to get in touch with you. WordPress Contact Forms are great to gather other information and let your visitors get in touch with you.
I’m a minimalist and if I don’t need the other information, then listing an email address can suffice as the contact mechanism.
If you’re planning on getting customers, subscribers, building a relationship, and eventually selling something, then a sophisticated contact form solution is the right tool for the job.
Here are a few things to think about with contact forms:
- Cost: If you’re just getting started, then you don’t want to pay a lot for a contact form. You might not have much traffic in the beginning so there’s not a good reason to use a paid tool. If you’re getting some traffic and earning money, then it’s a no brainer to have a premium solution in place for more options.
- Custom Forms: Having the ability to make whatever form you want is important for flexibility. If you just need a simple form, then customizing shouldn’t really be a deciding factor.
- Ease of Use: It might be great to have a visual editor so you can create well-designed forms and stay out of the code. I like simplicity with minimal styling, but your site may require sexier design. Generally, all the plugins listed can function well without ever seeing a line of code.
- Responsive Design: A lot of traffic is from mobile devices or tablets and it’s growing so responsiveness is required.
- Spam Prevention: You don’t want to waste resources and time keeping spam out.
Here is a list of 7 best contact form plug-ins to create a WP contact form.
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1. HubSpot WordPress Contact Form Plugin
HubSpot’s Free Form Builder, Live Chat, and Lead Generation plugin is one of the most powerful on the list. It has a full powered CRM (Customer Relationship Management) on the backend.
The form functionality is included with the Form Builder, Live Chat, and Lead Generation Tools so you can do a lot with this plugin.
But don’t worry, you can use the simple functionality to start with and have the capability to grow in the future. It’s 100% free to get started.
- Free to get started.
- Drag and drop interface to build the form.
- You can add a lot of fields if you want — you can use unlimited fields.
- It can grow into whatever you need, including a full-fledged CRM and marketing solution.
- Great for a blog on an eCommerce site. Or any site that may want to sell something to visitors in the future.
- Includes email list building tools like popups, slide-ins, and exit intent forms. So you can entice visitors to sign up for your email list and share some information about what they are interested in.
2. Gravity Forms
If there’s one thing that you notice up front about Gravity Forms, it’s the clean interface. Even though the interface seems minimalistic and clean, the tool has a lot of customizable options and advanced support for providing file uploads and multi-page forms.
Gravity Forms support also comes with a full ticketing system and a FAQ page with documentation and language translations as well as other resources. You can get premium support with a paid plan, but in most cases with a simple implementation, you won’t need support.
Gravity Forms supports a lot of add-ons which include Dropbox, Freshbooks, and PayPal Pro, and there are many other integrations. This will help in creating forms with a lot of extra options.
Conditional logic is also built into the tool and it supports email notifications.
3. Ninja Forms
While Ninja Forms doesn’t have access to as many add-ons as Gravity Forms, you can still access over 40 unique add-ons with the tool. In addition to having a rich interface and a user-friendly one at that, it also has a free version which you can use from the WordPress Library.
It has a very easy drag-and-drop functionality built in which allows you to create forms in whichever way you want.
The paid version starts at $99 a year and includes the basic tools you would need to build your contact forms.
Ninja Forms also has the ability to link to various CRMs including SalesForce, WooCommerce, Presspoint and WP Fusion. Plus, if you use Zapier, then you can integrate to even more CRMs and tools.
4. Caldera Forms
Caldera Forms has a free set of functionality and a premium solution with a premium cost. While it has all the strengths of a great contact form plug-in, the price is certainly a drawback for the paid version.
You do have an option to go for a powerful free version of the app which gives you access to multi-page forms, file uploads, conditional logic and verification emails. With that said, you don’t have access to any advanced or agency add-ons.
QuForm is a very different entry on this list because, in addition to having most of the features of the other members, you can use it for any sort of form you might need to create.
So it is not only built for designing contact forms.
They have easy theming systems, a very intuitive drag-and-drop interface, and even mobile-friendly web forms.
Since QuForm is optimized for performance, it won’t slow down your website. The tool is also economic — there’s a one-time fee of $29. There is also a re-CAPTCHA option which can protect you from spam on top of the numerous other benefits that the tool offers.
Hence, if you’re looking for an option that will give you better control over any form that you want to make, then check out QuForm.
ARForms has been around for a few years and can be used for any kind of form not just contact forms
It is filled with over 40 professional modern templates which are designed for a diversity of niches. They are all available for free within the premium version. The premium version is competitively priced and has on-demand features available at an affordable price.
ARForms has out of the box support for SMTP, access to dozens of paid add-ons like PDF creator, PayPal gateway, SMS notifications, and a re-CAPTCHA anti-spam extension included for free.
You can also run a live preview of the forms that you’ve created on both mobile and tablet devices without leaving the editing area.
weForms includes a free version with a lot of new features including the ability to see contact form submission data in the dashboard. The plug-in is integrated with MailChimp, AWeber, MailPoet and Get Response, you won’t be starved for options for notification emails.
There is a built-in anti-spam filter via reCAPTCHA, and there is also multi-step support which can increase your conversions substantially.
And finally, I’ve been testing using Google Forms as a contact form with conditional logic. So I can run a complex survey and show certain questions based on previous questions.
The best part is that Forms Integrate perfectly with Google Sheets so the results are automatically entered into a spreadsheet. That’s the poor man’s CRM solution. You can sort, filter, and generally get by with a simple spreadsheet in most cases.
Contact forms can do a lot for a website whether it’s for maintaining contacts with your subscribers, or for collecting donations and payments for further projects. In whatever capacity you employ them, they increase engagement and conversion.