As I mentioned in the article 5 Essential Elements of a Successful Money Making Website, it is imperative that you have a simple and easy way for your visitors to contact you. A contact page with a simple contact form will do that trick and for that I recommend the free plugin Contact Form 7.
This is the best option for me because of it’s customization. You can do things like add a Captcha form for security or a file upload option. *For Captcha you will need to download the plugin here.*
Forms created by “tags” and those “tags” collect the information that is ultimately sent to you after the form is filled out. It may look intimidating at first but there is a tag generator that you can use to create all of the fields that you need. It’s really as easy as copy and pasting.
Once you are done, your form will saved as a short code (See Below). These short-codes can be added to your blog posts, widgets or on any page. Contact Form 7 only took about 10 minutes for me to learn to use.
One problem that you will most likely encounter is pesky spam bots filling out your form with random characters and messages. I recommend downloading and installing Contact Form 7 Honey Pot. It’s simple. All you do is install the plugin and insert the Honey Pot code in to your form code (see below) and it creates an invisible field that people won’t be able to see but bots will try to fill out. If that field is filled out the submission will be marked as spam and therefore invalid.
Contact Form 7 is one of the most useful and versatile of all of the free WordPress plugins. In my opinion it is the best contact form generator hands down. There are other paid premium options like WuFoo and Gravity Forms but you can’t beat the value of this one.
What are your experiences with Contact Form 7? Is there another form generator out that is better? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below.