Ever wondered how to add a contact form to your WordPress website? In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the 5 best contact form plugins available for WordPress content management system, which ones we recommend as well as why.
So, let’s dive right in! 🏊♂️
Kali Forms – WordPress Forms Made Easy
The Kali Forms WordPress Forms Plugin is a powerful React-based form builder that makes creating advanced forms easy. For a breakdown of some of the most notable features, keep reading, but if you’re in a rush the TL;DR is that Kali Forms is an extremely fast, lightweight and powerful form plugin for WordPress that we highly recommend trying out.
You can download Kali Forms easily and for free through their website.
Easy & Fast Drag-and-Drop Visual Form Builder
In addition to supporting a wide set of form fields, the Kali Forms plugin makes it easy to design forms with their visual form builder.
The days of creating forms with HTML, updating and then checking the frontend of your website to preview changes are over. With Kali Forms, the form creation page looks as shown above – this is where you can add fields as well as modify any of the specific form’s settings.
Powerful Conditional Logic
Creating simple, single-step contact forms has always been fairly easy to do but Kali Forms also allows you to use conditional logic
This feature is only available for Kali Forms Pro users (plans starting at $39/year). Once you’ve activated your license, you’ll be able to create as many form conditions as you’d like and choose to show & hide certain fields depending on the state of other fields.
This can be extremely useful when trying to create multi-step and highly converting forms as you can choose to only ask users (or potential customers) certain questions depending on how they have answered other questions.
1-Click Form Templates
Starting from scratch isn’t always ideal and can be extremely time-consuming. That’s why Kali Forms does things differently and actually allows you to import predefined form templates in just a click.
Whether you need to create a simple contact form, employee information form, appointment forms and more – Kali Forms lets you do it in just a click. There’s absolutely no need to start from scratch and individually add the first name, last name and email fields to create a form (as is the case with other plugins) if you use the Kali Forms predefined templates
But if you want to create a slightly different, and perhaps more complex form, you can always choose the option to build your form from scratch entirely.
Form Notifications & Submission Handling
The Kali Forms WordPress plugin also makes it really easy to trigger multiple form notifications on submission rather than just a single simple form notification.
And when paired with the submission handling extension that is available to Kali Forms Pro users, it is also very easy to save form submissions to the WordPress database if that is something that you would like to do to make it easier to keep track of, manage, and respond to questions and requests that you receive through your contact form.
Notable Kali Forms Pro features include:
- Powerful & Easy-to-Use Visual Form Builder
- Conditional Form Logic
- The ability to create multi-page forms
- 1-Click Install Form Templates
- The ability to accept payments
- Deter form spam with the reCAPTCHA integration
You can download Kali Forms easily and for free through their website.
MailOptin – WordPress Optin & Contact Form Plugin
MailOptin converts your website visitors into email subscribers and customers, nurtures and engages them with beautifully designed event triggered emails. All with WordPress.
Although MailOptin is primarily a lead capture or email signup form builder, it can also be used to create contact forms as it’s form builder allows you to add as many form fields as you want.
- Create different types of forms such as Popup, Notification Bar, Inline, Scroll Box, Slide Ins, Sidebar Forms.
- Ton of professionally designed, mobile responsive and conversion optimized opt-in forms and email templates.
- Page level targeting and triggers to build hyper segmented email lists.
- Analytics with actionable reporting & insights to improve your lead-generation strategy and make data-driven decisions that will increase your revenue.
- Event triggered emails to keep your subscribers engaged such as new blog post notification, welcoming messages and email digests.
Download MailOptin & give it a try, it’s free!
Capture & Convert
Capture & Convert is a WordPress plugin made by marketing guru Ryan Stewart who’s known from high quality SEO & marketing companies such as Webris & The BluePrint SEO Training. They have managed to create an awesome plugin, even though it seems to be their first.
Full Feature List:
- Full template library
- Email integrations
- Email to Unlock Widget
- Share to Unlock Widget
- Follow to Unlock Widget
- Call To Action Widget
- Floating Widget
- 24 hour support
It’s basically an awesome plugin that allows you to grow your email list, gain followers on social media & get free marketing by forcing your readers to share your content. Capture & Convert forces your users to do marketing for your website, it’s genius. Here are some of the main features.
Create Your Widget
First you’ll have to create your widget, where you can choose what actions you want your visitors to take.
Force action to unlock content
Allow users to unlock content such as download links, articles or anything else through sharing/following on social media or giving you their email address for your newsletter.
Tracking & Analytics
Track how many actions you’re converting easily through the dashboard.
Download Capture & Convert and give it a try, it’s free!
WP Forms – WordPress Form Builder
WP Forms is yet another contact form plugin that allows you to add forms to your websites. Fortunately, there is a free version of the plugin available on the WordPress plugin repository so you can test it out and only upgrade if you feel as if you need access to the additional functionality available.
Notable WP Forms features include
- Creating simple contact forms is easy with their visual builder
- Freely available on the WordPress plugin repository
- The ability to add Google’s reCAPTCHA verification to deter spam
Download WP Forms from WordPress.org
Contact Form 7 – Just another contact form plugin for WordPress.
With over 5 million installations according to the WordPress plugin repository, Contact Form 7 is without a doubt the most popular contact form plugin for WordPress – but is it the best?
There is definitely a range of reasons Contact Form 7 is a great plugin and it may be very suitable for your website. However, if you are trying to create a more complex, multi-step and forms that use conditional logic, we highly recommend using one of the other plugins in this list because achieving this with Contact Form 7 is difficult. In addition to being difficult, the functionality has been made available by other developers who have created their own add-ons for the plugin which likely means that you will not be able to contact support if you run into any issues with your plugin.
Notable Contact Form 7 features include:
- It’s free
- It has everything you need to create a very simple & basic contact form
- The plugin also adopts your theme’s form styling
Download Contact Form 7 From WordPress.org
Gravity Forms – WordPress Forms Plugin
The Gravity Forms WordPress plugin is another plugin that lets you easily create and add advanced forms to your website. Starting at $59 per year, the plugin is quite expensive and there, unfortunately, isn’t a free version available that you can download from the WordPress plugin repository to see if you like working with the plugin before having to buy it.
That being said, when it comes to functionality and extensions, Gravity Forms has a large number of extensions. Whether or not you will find them particularly useful will depend on the type of form that you are trying to create as well as which platforms you would like your form to integrate with.
Notable Gravity Forms features include
- A large number of integrations
- The ability to create polls & surveys
- The ability to create payment forms
- Capture partial entries in case people don’t finish filling out your forms
Download Gravity Forms from WordPress.org
HappyForms – Manage & Respond to Customers
HappyForms is a great, freely available, WordPress forms plugin that makes it easy to create, edit as well as customize forms using the WordPress customizer. The plugin is developed and operated by The Foundry team which also develops other WordPress themes you may or may not have heard of.
If you’re looking to create more advanced and complex forms, you won’t be able to do so in the free version of the HappyForms WordPress plugin. You’ll have to upgrade for access to that functionality and the premium version of the HappyForms WordPress plugin starts and an exorbitant $79 per year.
Notable HappyForms Pro features include
- The ability to create contact forms that open in a modal window
- The ability to create password-protected contact forms
- The ability to easily create polls/surveys
- The ability to deter spam using Google reCAPTCHA
Download Happy Forms from WordPress.org
Conclusion: Choosing The Best WordPress Contact Form Plugin
We hope that you’ve found this guide and an in-depth look at the 5 best WordPress form plugins available helpful as well as that we’ve made it easier for you to make a decision and choose the right form plugins for your website. If you’d ask us for a personal recommendation, we would suggest Contact Form 7 or Kali Forms Lite for anyone trying to create basic contact forms and Kali Forms Pro for anyone interested in creating more advanced and complex forms. We also recommend that you take a look at Ninja Forms.