One very popular WordPress beginner question is "How do I put a contact form in WordPress?".
When you search for a contact form plugin in the WordPress directory, you get around 699 entries returned.
So, the real question isn't so much "How do I put a contact form in WordPress?" but "Which plugin do I use?".
We have some recommendations for you:
Option 1: Contact Form Plugin Name: Contact Form. Plugin website: http://bestwebsoft.com/plugin/. Cost: Free. Distinguishing feature: Simplicity is the key for this. This one covers the basics fairly well. Features: Specify an email address to send contact messages to. Change the labels on the form fields. Add a field so visitors can send you files. Send a copy of the message to the person who fills out a contact form. What's missing here? Captcha and field validation for security. You can add Catpcha with another plugin from the same author.
Once the Contact Form plugin is configured, all you need to do is place a simple shortcode [contact_form] in a post or page. Here's how the Contact Form plugin will appear on your site: Option 2: Slick Contact Form
The Slick Contact Forms developers have added simple field validation and a few other features, but it is still a very basic form generator. The only advanced features revolve around the display features. Here you can see it added a Contact Us button to the site. Clicking the button opens the slide-out form. There are also shortcodes for creating various displays inside of articles and posts. Option 3: Fast Secure Contact Form Plugin Name: Fast Secure Contact Form. Plugin website: http://www.fastsecurecontactform.com/faq-wordpress-version. Cost: Free, although donations are accepted. Distinguishing Feature: Easy admin settings. Multitiude of features. Add-on scheduiling with vCIta. Visitors can click a button and schedule a phone call or online visual meeting. This component really has everything I can think of in a form manager. It shows well over 2 million downloads at last check. Option 4: Contact Form 7 Plugin Name: Contact Form 7. Plugin website: http://contactform7.com. Cost: Free, although donations are accepted. Distinguishing Feature: Simplicity combined with expandability.
Contact Form 7 is another very popular plugin having been downloaded over 7 million times.
There are a number of addons written especially for this plugin that give it more features. You can find them by searching the WordPress plugins directory for "contact form 7".
Here's our video tutorial on how to use Contact Form 7: