Unlike Joomla or Drupal, WordPress doesn't have a default contact form. However, there are many good options to choose from. We recommend a plugin called "Contact Form 7".
Learn in this tutorial how to install this plugin and use it to embed a basic contact form in your WordPress blog posts or pages.
Step #1. Install Contact Form 7 Plugin
- Browse to Plugins >> Add New and search for Contact Form 7:
- You will see the "Contact Form 7" plugin listed. Click on the "Install" and then "Activate" buttons:
If for some reason the above instructions won't work for you, you may need to install the plugin manually:
- Go to the Contact Form 7 page on WordPress.org and download the file.
- Extract the files into a folder on your desktop. The folder will be called "contact-form-7"
- Login to your site's files via FTP and navigate to /wp-content/plugins/.
- Upload the "contact-form-7" folder to /wp-content/plugins/.
- Go to "Plugins" and click "Activate" under "Contact Form 7":
Step #2. Display Your Contact Form
Once you have installed and activated the "Contact Form 7" plugin, you already have a sample contact form created for you. Let's display it in a WordPress post. You can apply the same technique to display this contact form on your WordPress page.
- Go to "Contact" >> "Contact Forms":
- Copy the shortcode displayed under the "Shortcode" column:
- Open a post for editing and paste this shortcode anywhere you like:
If you visit the front of your site you should see a contact form looking like this:
Congratulations! You are now all set to allow your blog readers contact you through a basic contact form. In our next blog posts, we will show you how to create new forms, how to customise them and how to protect them from spam.
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