I highly recommend having an easy to use contact form on your site for readers and clients to reach you easily! This tutorial is going to show you how to easily set one up using the Custom Contact Form Plugin.
Installing the plugin:
Navigate to plugins – add new in your dashboard and run a search for Custom Contact Form OR you can go here and download it directly and upload it to your site via FTP or plugins in your dashboard
Activate the plugin through your dashboard
Once the plugin is installed and activated you will see a new dashboard item labeled “Forms” on your site. Hover over this section and select “new form” drop the drop down. You will see a new page pop up and a blue button labeled “Manage Forms”, click on the button to create your new form.
On the left hand side you’ll see many options for standard fields, special fields and more. Here’s an outline of some of the basics:
Standard fields: These include standard text boxes, paragraph boxes, check boxes, file uploads and more
Special fields: These include email, phone, name, website and more
Creating your first form:
Click on any of the items listed and drag – drop them to the form section in the middle. I recommend using the special fields of email, name, etc for the form and the standard fields for smaller items such as drop down selections, “how may we help you” paragraph and more
Once you’ve added all the items to your list that you want on the form you will need to click on each item you’ve added and title them under the “Label” field listed. If you do not change the Field Label title it will show that standard text automatically. So if you have added an email field you will want to click on it and change the Label to “Your Email Address” or whatever text you want to display to viewers.
This is where you will want to title your form, you can simply enter Contact Form or Job Request Form depending on how you plan to use it
Setting up notifications:
Once you have all your form elements in place you will want to click on “Form Notifications” on the left hand side to set up notifications (this means you will get an email any time someone sends you a submission). Select “yes” from the drop down box to see your notification options.
- Set the email address you want the notifications going to
- Select the “from email type” as form field (this tells it to pull the email field used in the form automatically, so whatever email the client uses there will be the from email)
- Select “from name type” as form field (this tells it to pull the name the client entered into the form)
- Select the subject type and enter your own title such as “new submission from contact form” or whatever else you would prefer to appear in the subject line of your email
Publishing your form:
Once all the above elements are set you simply click on the blue “Save Form” button on the bottom right hand side.
To add a form to your pages or posts you will need to edit the page/post and see a button called “Add Form” at the top, click on that and select the form you just created and insert it into the page and you’re set!