Contact Form 7: Bridging the Gap Between Visitor and Webmaster

September 7, 2011
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Importance of a Contact Page

There are certain pages that are essential for every website. However, many underestimate the importance of a contact page. A contact page supposedly is a place where you allow visitors to communicate with you. You can get general feedback or suggestions for the improvement of your website as well as gain income from customers interested in your products or services. Visitors and potential customers will be more interested in your website if you make it easy for them to communicate with you.

A lot of people make the mistake of placing their e-mail addresses on their website. This is bad because spam robots can easily extract your e-mail and fill your inbox with unnecessary mails. People usually choose this option because creating a contact form would normally require some coding.

Contact Form 7 Plugin

Lack of coding ability will no longer be a problem in creating a simple and functional contact form. The solution to this is the Contact Form 7 Plugin. This plugin allows the user to easily customize and generate contact forms and easily insert them to a page, post, or even on the sidebar of a WordPress page.

To install this plugin, go to the Plugins tab of your WordPress dashboard. Click on Add New and search for the term Contact Form 7 then click Install Now.

Or, you can download this plugin from WordPress.org and use the Upload feature under the Plugins tab. Choose the file from your computer and click Install Now.

Once installed, all you need to do is go to its settings page. It will be added as another tab on your WordPress dashboard named Contact.

Here, you can customize your contact form to include whatever details you require. You can easily create text fields, drop-down menus, radio buttons, and even allow file uploads. This plugin also allows you to use CAPTCHA for authentication. After setting up your form, just save it and copy the code which will appear at the top part of the page. To use this form, just create a page or post and insert the code you copied from the settings page. You can also add the code to your sidebar.

Having this plugin really makes creating a contact form easier. A contact form like this on your website encourages visitors to leave comments and suggestions which can be very helpful to you.

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