Blogs offer business brands the ability to connect with the people they are serving. Connection is paramount to internet business success and contact forms provide blog readers with the opportunity to interact with business owners privately.
Some of your blog readers may not want to interact with you on a post or they may have unrelated questions. It’s important to give your readers every opportunity to connect with you. Transparency is important to internet marketing success and a contact form will show your audience you are not hiding behind your blog.
Installing contact forms on a WordPress blog is quick and simple. It doesn’t require any code knowledge or advanced skills. The forms are available as WordPress plugins and set up is a snap.
Here is a list of some of the top WordPress Contact Form plugins in use today:
Contact Form 7 manages multiple contact forms with design and customization options. It supports AJAX, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and file uploading. I used Contact Form 7 a few years ago as a novice and it took me some time to figure out. It is by no means difficult for the regular WordPress user. You simply need to insert the contact form tag into a page or post on your blog and it will automatically appear.
SimpleModal is the simplest version of a contact form. It includes all of the basic entries like name, email, subject and message and also allows the sender to receive a copy of the message. SimpleModal requires a piece of code to be inserted wherever you want the contact form to live on your blog. Instructions are self-explanatory.
Clean-Contact is another simple contact form containing the fields, name, email, subject and message. Instead of Captcha, it uses the Akismet plugin to filter spam messages which is offered as an option for users. It does not provide form customization but it does support advanced custom styling using CSS.
This contact form is highly recommended in its reviews. It was also awarded Softpedia’s Editor’s Pick. The form is easy to create and allows for extra fields like text, checkbox, radio, select, attachment, date, time, hidden, password and more. It has a multi-form feature and an option to redirect visitors to the URL of your choosing once the message is sent. Your blog visitors can also send a meeting request to chat via phone or video. Captcha and Akismet are both used to block spam. The form is highly customizable.
Contact Me is a free contact form service that allows business owners to customize forms for their websites and blogs. This form is available not only as a WordPress plugin, but also as an accompaniment to Webs, ConstantContact, MailChimp, Facebook and Google Calendar. Essentially you can add a contact form to your Facebook fan page or import email contacts directly to your MailChimp or ConstantContact account.
I use Contact Me for my WordPress website and my Facebook Page. You can see my current contact form in the image above. I like it because the website keeps a log of your contacts and messages received and you can add your logo and social media profiles to the form. I use the free form but with an upgrade you can remove the Contact Me branding, receive more detailed stats and create multiple forms. Packages start at $3.95 / month. It also supports 16 languages. I also like that you can create a “Contact Me” tab on the outer border of your website or blog that leads to your contact form when clicked.
Do you use any of these contact forms? If you have any questions or any more contact form suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!