Are you looking to add a contact form to your WordPress website? Here we will be going through the 10 best WordPress contact form plugins. And also compare them with each other.
There are over 1600 plugins of this sort out there. And it can be a little bit challenging to find the best fitted one for you.
So at the end of this article you will have found the contact f0rm plugin that suits your needs the most.
Contact Form 7
This is one of the oldest and most popular contact form plugin, and for a good reason. It lets you create simple contact forms integrated with reCaptcha, Akismet spam filtering, supports ajax-powered form submitting, etc.
CF7 also has lots of add-ons that extend the functionality of this plugin. And on top of that, it costs nothing. It’s a free to use plugin without a “Pro Version”.
But.. creating a contact form here is not the most user friendly experience. And that is because you have to insert field shortcodes and html markup when you create a contact form. Which is a little bit of a hassle for beginners, but it becomes easy once you get the hang of it.
And as all free plugins, you wont be getting any support from the creators of the plugin.
WPForms is a paid contact from plugin created by the WPBeginner team.
What I like about WPForms is that it’s created for beginners to use. Forms in this plugin are created using a drag & drop form building interface. This way forms are created in a visual way without any markup. To make form creating even faster, it also includes pre-built form templates to save time while creating forms.
WPForms can be integrated with email marketing services like MailChimp, AWeber, etc. And even allows the collection of payments for bookings and orders.
Furthermore, WPForms can be customized with dividers, HTML blocks, and custom CSS. Custom functionality can also be added by developers, since this plugin comes with hooks & filters.
This plugin is a geared towards beginners and experienced WordPress users at the same time. It offers both a free and paid version.
For beginners, the free version should be enough. Since it allows the creation of simple to advanced custom forms. And also Forms are created with an intuitive drag & drop user interface, without knowing to code.
The thing I like about Ninja Forms, is that it has lots of add-ons to extend the functionality of the plugin. And at the same time, it allows the creation of new custom add-ons just like WPForms does.
This form – just like Contact Form 7 – is one of the earliest contact form plugins created for WordPress.
Includes a drag and drop form creator user interface. Comes with a lot of built in features like: conditional fields, order forms, custom styles etc.
What I like about Gravity Forms is that it’s easy to access the form you want to modify. It includes a list of the forms in the WP menu bar at the top. And on top of that, the plugin responds fast when you interact with it, making the form creation process even faster.
Jetpacks Contact Form Module
If you have Jetpack installed on your site, then you might as well just install the contact form module for Jetpack.
This module targets those who want just a simple contact form that sends a notification for every form submission.
Note that you should have Jetpack installed to use this module (duh). For more info go and visit the Jetpack plugin page on wordpress.org.
Contact Form by BestWebSoft
And another free with an option to get the pro version contact form plugin. The free version of Contact Form by BestWebSoft, is enough to handle the general needs most site owners have.
But if you would want some customization options for the plugin, like: customizing the styling, adding checkboxes, hiding and disabling fields, etc. then you have to get the premium version.
The user interface is a little bit lacking, in the sense that it’s not very user friendly and intuitive. So, I would not recommend this plugin for beginners.
ContactBuddy by iThemes
ContactBuddy is a really simple contact plugin that includes only these options to forms:
- reCaptcha validation option
The only thing you can customize here is the destination email address and the subject line.
Formidable Forms is a fast and simple contact form plugin with a drag-and-drop user interface for the creation of forms.
Forms can be styled within the plugin user interface as well. It’s packed with features such as: conditional logic, confirmation fields, repeating fields, form drafts, visuals styler, integration with email marketing services, payment methods, etc.
There are currently two features that make this plugin stand out from the crowd.
Save Drafts: if there is a really long form the user has to submit, Formidable Forms allows the user to save a draft of the completed forms in the draft. Then he may come back at a later time to finish the form.
Calculation: with this feature you can calculate the values of input fields. For example: you can add quantities of products, then update the total at the bottom.
Obviously, to get all these features you have to upgrade to the pro version, but according to your needs it might be worth it.
Pirate Forms just like ContactBuddy, is a plain simple contact form plugin. But here you have more fields to choose from.
It should be mentioned that this plugin allows the use of custom SMTP, which is rare for simple contact form plugins.
And it also has a features that allows the storage of email contacts in a special database.
Also prevents spam with the reCaptcha human verification field.
Which is the best WordPress contact form plugin?
Like with almost everything in life, it depends.
And what I mean is that according to your specific wants and needs, you should valuate what would be the best choice for you.
Maybe you just want a contact form that is simple to use. And does the simple job of sending submitted emails to you email. In this case I would recommend Contact Form by BestWebSoft, ContactBuddy and Pirate Forms.
If you’re searching for one that is somewhat flexible, completely free to use but not that much user friendly, then Contact Form 7 would be your best bet.
Maybe you are looking for lots of features like, integration with email marketing systems, creation of complex forms and user friendly interface. Then you should go with one of these plugins: Ninja Forms, WPForms, Gravity Forms and Formidable Forms.
Or if you have Jetpack installed on your site, I would recommend installing the Contact Form module for Jetpack.
And when you want your forms to perform calculations and save drafts, go ahead and get Formidable Forms which supports these features natively.