Creating a website with WordPress and making it live is a very easy process but to increase its readership and conversion rate is not that much easy as you may think.
You have to be more smarter and consistent while building your blog or website.
You can’t grow the traffic of your website overnight, to gain a natural long term sustainable traffic you have to optimize it further.
There are numerous optimizing tools and techniques available that can be used in order to create a decent online presence of your website.
But along with that, one of the most important thing you have do is to keep your contact details up-to-date.
In order to generate more leads, inquiries and sales it is important for you to get connected with people and for that you have to create a channel through which they can contact you easily.
Having a contact form on your website is the most effective medium that helps your visitors and subscribers to interact with you directly.
To build a brand or to create a reliable business you should have a proper system to address their queries and that too in time.
Moreover, you can even give services or suggestions personally to the person who contacts you.
This will give your visitors a secure environment and a feel of special importance that may help you to generate more sales and leads.
By default, WordPress doesn’t provide any such feature except the comments section. However, the comments section is a general place where any one can interact with your blog.
If any one wants to contact you personally or have any query or want to discuss about your products or services with you then the comment section is not an ideal place for it.
So to create a contact page (like this) you have to install and activate a contact form plugin on your WordPress website.
There are number of contact form plugins available for both free as well as paid versions. You can download them from WordPress Plugin Directory and other plugin sites.
My favorite one is Contact Form 7, it is one of the oldest, most downloaded and user friendly plugin available for free. I use it hassle freely on all of my sites including WPOutlook.
If you are a beginner and doesn’t want plenty of features and are not going to spend money over it then Contact Form 7 is the best option you may opt for.
It has ton of extensive and advanced features that caters almost all of your basic needs. You can create unlimited numbers of forms through it.
In this tutorial, you will get familiar with Contact Form 7, its features and how to install and configure it. All the other plugins are more or less similar.
Contact Form 7 Features
- Customize the forms and the mail contents with simple markups.
- The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, reCAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.
- Fully responsive contact form.
- Add or remove additional fields easily and label any contact form fields you want.
- Make any of the standard form fields required or not.
- Multilingual feature helps you to translate your contact form to any language.
- File attachment option.
and many more…
How to Install and Configure Contact Form 7
So to start with, you have to first install and activate Contact Form 7 plugin on your WordPress website.
If you are not familiar with plugin installation process then don’t worry, you can click here to get a complete guide on WordPress plugin installation.
Following the steps you can install the plugin in couple of minutes.
Once you have done, you will find a new tab by the name ‘Contact’ on the left hand side navigation menu in the admin dashboard.
Hovering the mouse over the tab, three sub-menus will appear namely – ‘Contact Forms’, ‘Add New’ and ‘Integration’.
Clicking the ‘Contact >> Contact Forms’ you will get landed over to ‘Contact Forms’ page. You will find here the list of all the forms you have created or will create.
This page gives you options to add new, create duplicate, edit or delete any or all the forms.
To create a new form click on ‘Contact >> Add New’ tab, you will get over to ‘Add New Contact Form’ page.
On the top of this page you will find a blank field with a caption ‘Enter title here’. Here you have to give a title name to the form.
This will help you to differentiate it with others, in case you have created multiple forms.
Next you will find four menus that gives you multiple options to customize your form as per your needs and requirements.
The first option you will get is ‘Form’. This option helps you to create basic structure of your form.
You can add multiple input fields related to single and multi line text, email, URL, telephone number, date, drop down menu, checkboxes, radio buttons, upload files, etc.
The second option is ‘Mail’. All the fields are preset with mail-tags, you can easily edit them if you want to customize it further.
A list of messages regarding pre-defined situations are listed under the third option ‘Messages’. You can easily customize it just by simple text edit.
The last option you will get is ‘Additional Settings’. You can add customization code snippets here. For more details click here.
Once you are all done don’t forget to click Save button.
To integrate reCAPTCHA in the form click ‘Contact >> Integration’ from the dashboard menu. You will get over to ‘Integration with Other Services’ page.
Here you have to configure API keys in order to use the service. To get this, register your site at Google reCAPTCHA.
By this time your form is ready, the next thing to do is to display it on the front end of your blog/website. For this click again ‘Contact >> Contact Forms’ from the dashboard navigation menu.
You will see a newly created contact form and its Shortcode listed there. Just copy the code and paste it wherever you want in the post, page or text widget content area.
Anyone who opens the contact page will get the final outcome of the contact form more or less similar as below.
If you found any problem or have any query please feel free to contact me through the comments below, I would be glad to help you.