If you own a blog, communication with your readers is important in ensuring growth of your audience over time. Your content may prompt readers to want to ask you questions beyond interaction on a comment thread. They could address the content itself or inform you of tech issues they may be having. In any case, feedback is a great way to increase your blog’s popularity.
WordPress is an extremely popular blog platform that allows you to create a blog for free. Once you become comfortable with the interface, you will want to add a contact form plugin to one or more of your pages. Below are some of the most popular contact form plugins for WordPress. Check mine out here!
Contact Form 7
This may not be the best contact form for newbies, but if there was ever a time to learn something new, this would be it. Contact Form 7 is one of the more popular contact form plugins WordPress offers. Again, it’s not the easiest to use, but it does have some desirable features including: CAPTCHA, drop-down menus, file upload and attachments, spam filtering, and Ajax submitting. One downside to this great plugin is its lack of templates to change the way the form looks. For design-centric bloggers, this can really throw the look of the page off.
Contact Form is much easier to use than Contact Form 7. The downside? A lot less features. While it does have the ability to send a copy of the message to the visitor and attachments can be added, it is missing: spam management, CAPTCHA, and no message management. Developers of this plugin, however, will help you create a better contact form to suit your needs. You’ll just need to pay them a small fee.
Slick Contact Forms
Slick offers a widget control panel much different from other plugins. This allows you to handle multiple forms on each page. Other options allow you change the way your form looks for optimum customization. Upsides: you can choose from floating or sliding forms, add multiple forms to your site, and configure multiple recipients. Downsides: you can not add more than 3 text fields, no way to attach files, and no comment management tool.
Fast Secure Contact Form
Tons of options make Fast Secure a bit overwhelming but highly customizable. There are not too many downsides to this plugin, so here are the highlights: backup tool, auto-fill options for users, CSS changes, customizable form fields, emails to multiple recipients, and CAPTCHA. Another pro to this plugin is that you do not have to sign up for an account to use it. This is different from most plugins.
Easy Contact Forms
True to its name, Easy Contact Forms is easy. You can create your own field types, anti-spam protection, contact management, ability to add CAPTCHA, and it has a simple form building tool. Overall, ease of use and management make this plugin exceptional although it may not have all the nuances some of the more complex plugins have.
Don’t forget some premium themes have in built contact forms which work perfectly well, with the added bonus of reducing the number of plugins on your site – which can slow it down eventually.