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Want to add a simple contact form in your Contact or Advertisement page?
Pretty much every single WordPress site needs at least a basic contact form, so a form plugin is a must-have plugin for bloggers.
That is why the most popular form plugins have hundreds and thousands, or even millions, of installs.
WPForms Review: All The Features That The Plugin Offers
I want to start off with a quick list of some of the plugin’s most powerful features. These are:
- A beginner-friendly drag and drop editor that makes it simple to create custom forms.
- Premade templates for common form types to save you time.
- Spam protection to help keep your form submissions spam-free.
- Conditional logic so that you can display different form fields depending on how a visitor answers previous fields.
- Option to view form submissions in your WordPress dashboard, as well as the option to receive email notifications.
Beyond those core features, WPForms includes tools that let you go beyond basic contact forms and create things like:
- Payment forms
- Registration/login forms
- Email opt-in forms
- Guest post submission forms
How The WPForms Editor Works
To give you an idea of how easy WPForms makes it, I’m going to take you through the process of building a basic contact form.
When you launch the WPForms form builder, you can choose from a variety of different templates for prebuilt form types.
These are nice because they will save you time. Instead of building everything from scratch, you can start with a template and just edit as needed.
For this example, I chose the Simple Contact Form template.
Once you launch the editor, you’ll see a live preview of your form on the right and the form options on your left.
Configuring General Form Settings
Once you’ve set up the specific form fields that you want to include, you can go to the Settings tab to configure:
- Spam settings: These help you avoid spam submissions without requiring your users to enter a CAPTCHA (though you can add a CAPTCHA if desired).
- Notifications: WPForms will automatically store the entry in your WordPress dashboard. But you can also set up email notifications, or even notifications to a Slack channel.
- Confirmation: This is what the visitor sees after submitting the form. You can either display a message or send them to a specific page.
One nice thing about this area is that you can actually set up multiple different notifications. So you could, for example:
- Send one type of notification to yourself
- Send a different notification to your blog’s editor
4 Powerful WPForms Implementations Beyond A Simple Contact Form
There are a lot of plugins that can help you create a basic contact form. While WPForms is great owing to the easy form builder that I showed you above, the bigger thing that differentiates WPForms from much of the competition is all the helpful things it can do beyond just creating a contact form.
Here are some of the ways that you can use WPForms on your site to make your life easier.
1. Create A Survey Or A Poll To Engage Your Visitors
With the Surveys and Polls add-on, you can create detailed survey forms or simple multiple choice polls to collect feedback from your visitors
2. Accept Payments As Part Of A Form
If you think about it, every payment checkout in existence is really just a form connected to a payment processor.
That means, with the Stripe or PayPal add-ons, you can actually use WPForms to accept payments or donations.
You can even calculate different payment amounts depending on which item a user selects.
3. Create A Custom Login Or Registration Form
People are always looking for ways to customize the default WordPress login and registration forms.
Rather than limiting yourself to WordPress’ core functionality, though, you can actually use the WPForms User Registration add-on to create your own login or registration forms that you can embed anywhere in your site.
The cool thing about this is that, in addition to being able to display the forms anywhere, you can also collect extra information, like a short bio.
4. Let Users Submit Blog Posts From The Frontend Of Your Site
With the Post Submissions add-on, you can let people submit actual posts via a form on the frontend of your site.
This feature is powerful because it lets you accept guest post submissions without needing to give people access to the WordPress dashboard (or without needing to upload the posts yourself).
Instead, you can allow them to submit the actual post as a draft. Then, all you need to do is approve or deny it.
If you get a lot of guest post requests, this method can definitely save you some time.
WPForms even includes a pre-built template that lets you collect author information in addition to the blog post content.
Have you tried WPForms on your own site? Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the plugin.