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5 Best Contact Form Plugins for WordPress Compared

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5 Best Contact Form Plugins for WordPress Compared

Are you looking to add a contact form on your WordPress site? Not sure which one of the 1625+ WordPress contact form plugins to use? In this article, we have hand-picked the 5 best contact form plugins for WordPress and compared their pros and cons, so you can easily add a contact form in WordPress.

Contact Forms

1. WPForms

WPForms is the most beginner friendly WordPress contact form plugin. We use it on WPBeginner and all of our other websites. WPForms was built by the same team as WPBeginner with a single goal: Make a WordPress forms plugin that’s both easy and powerful.

WPForms

Pros

WPForms’ drag & drop online form builder makes it the most user-friendly form plugin for WordPress.

WPForms Lite is available for free in the official WordPress plugin directory meaning you can install it on as many sites as you like for free.

The premium version allows you to extend the functionality and build multi-page forms, email subscription forms, payment forms, order forms, use smart conditional logic, and more.

There are documentation and guides available along with email support to help you when you need it.

Cons

While the lite version is free, you need to upgrade to Pro to unlock more powerful features.

Even though WPForms is powerful, the #1 goal of this plugin is to make it user friendly. That’s why it doesn’t have the more complex features that some other form plugins offer.

WPBeginner users can use this WPForms coupon that will give you 10% off the premium version of WPForms.

2. Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is a paid contact form plugin that has all the advanced functionality one can ask for.

Gravity Forms

Pros

Gravity Forms is a powerful contact form plugin for WordPress.

With the help of additional add-ons, Gravity Forms can be used to create surveys, quiz, user submitted content, and even web directory.

It comes with premium support options like FAQs, knowledge base, forums, and email support. This means that help is available when you need it.

Cons

Gravity forms does not have a free version, so it can be a bit expensive than other WordPress contact form plugins. However, if you are using it on multiple sites and projects, then the cost should not be a big deal.

WPBeginner users can use this Gravity Forms coupon that will give you 25% off.

3. Pirate Forms

Pirate Forms

Pirates forms is a free WordPress contact form plugin built by the team at Themeisle. It comes with an easy interface that’s good for creating simple contact forms.

Pros

It’s a completely free plugin with no paid upgrades.

It has all the basic features such as CAPTCHA and SMTP that you need to create a simple contact form.

Cons

The plugin focuses on simple contact forms, so it doesn’t offer advanced functionality such as subscription forms, payment integrations, and others.

Lack of add-ons can be a deal breaker for some, but others may appreciate the simplicity.

4. Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms is a freemium contact form plugin for WordPress. It can be used to create highly interactive form with very little effort.

Ninja Forms

Pros

The base plugin for Ninja Forms is available for free from the official WordPress repository. This means you can download and install it on as many sites as you like.

There are premium extensions which allow you to extend Ninja Forms functionality such as connecting with Campaign Monitor, Freshbooks, Salesforce, SMS notifications, etc.

There is a helpful community support option, as well as documentation, guides, and email support.

Cons

Even though the main plugin is available for free, the extensions are not. Buying two or more extensions or even the developer bundle will cost you nearly the same amount as Gravity Forms.

5. Formidable Pro

Formidable Pro is quickly becoming a popular choice among WordPress users and developers. It allows you to quickly create beautiful contact forms and comes with all the goodies you would need from a premium form plugin.

Formidable Pro

Pros

Formidable Pro makes it really simple to set up your first WordPress contact form.

Just like Ninja Forms, the basic Formidable Pro is available for free. This single site license costs $47, and the unlimited license costs $117.

There are 12 add-ons that come with the standard and unlimited plans. This allows you to integrate Formidable pro with MailChimp, Basecamp, Trillio, and many other services through Zapier addon.

Cons

Formidable Pro is relatively new in the race as compared to Gravity Forms. At the moment there are fewer addons than Gravity Forms. But hopefully this will gradually change as their user base grows.

Bonus: Contact Form 7

Although we don’t recommend Contact Form 7, this list cannot be complete without the oldest most downloaded contact form plugin in the official WordPress plugin directory.

Contact Form 7

Pros:

Price is probably the most important advantage of using Contact Form 7. You are free to install it on as many sites as you want.

There are several third-party plugins that act as add-on plugins for Contact Form 7. Most of them are available for free.

It is great for creating a basic contact form for your blog.

Cons:

Contact Form 7 can be a bit difficult to set up for absolute beginners. The user interface is not very intuitive.

Since it is a free plugin, support options are limited.

There are several third-party add-ons available for Contact Form 7, but the official plugin website doesn’t have an add-ons directory which makes it difficult to find add-ons to extend the functionality of the base plugin.

Which is the Best Contact Form Plugin for WordPress?

The plugins we mentioned in this article can all help you create a contact form plugin. However deciding the best contact form plugin varies based on your needs.

If you’re a beginner and don’t want to spend any money, then go with WPForms Lite.

If you’re a business owner and want to create powerful forms without learning code or hiring a developer, then go with WPForms Pro version.

If you’re a developer trying to build more complex forms, then go with Gravity Forms.

Our overall pick for the best WordPress contact form plugin is WPForms.

We hope this guide helped you choose the best contact form plugin for your WordPress site. You may also want to take a look at our guide on the best WordPress backup plugins compared (Pros and Cons).

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Comments

  1. Jane Hogan says:

    I don’t think WPForms has a free option. It has a pre-paid 14-day trial but that’s all I could find.

  2. Adam says:

    I have a website on wordpress and i have used contact form 7 on that. Now i want to add a functionality so that when someone submits the contact form i receive all the data from phone on sms as well as email. Can you suggest some easy and reliable way for that.

    Thank you
    Adam

  3. Mstar says:

    Hi which ones of any link to mail chimp easily and integrate fully? Thanks!

  4. akash kumar singh says:

    I have a digitals marketing blog websites.I want to make my sidebars like yours.How can i do it?

  5. Don says:

    I was going to buy gravity based on the review here. I sent in pre sale question about editing color of form, fields, borders etc. They stated I needed to use css to style it. I was thinking for a paid form I could style it. I don’t see the value in it if i can’t style it. I was wondering if you were familiar with contact form generator. Seems a little difficult to figure out but they do have color editing. I bought web dorado a few years back and everytime i installed it my site ran very slow and front end visual composer would not work. I am just hesitant to pay for one and never use it. I used fast and secure and it is pretty good, but editing colors is difficult for me. I like to be able to edit a form and use transparent colors and not have huge fields like fast secure doues. For a legal website small attractive form is better, possible overlayed on a header background image.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Actually styling Gravity Forms is not that difficult. Most premium WordPress themes already come with CSS styles for Gravity Forms. There are also plugins that can allow you to edit and choose styles. Lastly, you can also use CSS Hero plugin. It allows you to edit any WordPress theme including Gravity Forms displayed on your website.

  6. Jaime says:

    Can you do a post about Caldera Forms contact form? It’s a great plug-in, but I have a question about field length that I’m not sure how to ask, as I don’t know if it’s a CF question, a jquery question, java script question, or what type of question….I want a field in my contact form that holds only 35 or less characters, i.e., letters, numbers, white space, punctuation, etc. Is this done through an input mask? If so, I can’t figure out the format. *{0,35} gives me the 35 spaces but doesn’t allow for white space or special characters. Are input mask formats all the same, or do they differ depending on code the form is designed in? They use parsley.js I gather…thanks for any help you can shed on this issue.

  7. Aqs Malhotra says:

    Hi,

    Can you please tell which one should I go for if I have to build contact form with option of file upload by the users?

    Only Single Site License.

  8. Ahmad Awais says:

    Hey, Editor!

    I think you should add Caldera Forms in this post. I’m using it for quite some time now, and it works great.

    Esp. the multi-page intuitive form-building interface and responsive forms for free.

    Worth a shot.

  9. Marcus Clark says:

    Great article. But question – why not just use the Jetpack contact form that’s already available?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Because JetPack is not just a single plugin but a suit of plugins. Many users feel that they don’t need all those plugins and choose to install other free plugins.

      • Michael says:

        Like me. Can’t stand Jetpack at all. Too bloated for a wordpress site, and that is only few features activated too.

        • Don says:

          I agree about jetpack. All my sites kept getting slower and slower. Jetpack was using up so much resource and I removed jetpack from all my sites and speed went right back up immediately. Their form is ok, but not one that should be in a list of best.

  10. Bart Van Deuren says:

    Thx to this article, I started to use ninja forms and very satisfied !

  11. Greg says:

    I’m curious about why the Jetpack contact form didn’t make the cut.

  12. Dave Navarro says:

    From a developer standpoint, I have used both Gravity and Formidable Pro and Formidable Pro has a LOT more hooks and is eminently more customizable than Gravity. I have also found Formidable Pro support to be friendlier and quicker to respond.

    However, I have also found that more of my clients use Gravity than anything else.

    • Mariella says:

      I use Formidable Pro on several sites too, and like it very much. Formidable Pro includes PayPal & MailChimp integration, while Gravity forms charges extra for those. Formidable Pro gives you free updates even if your support subscription lapses, so each site isn’t committed to annual payments forever.

  13. dan says:

    nice list i think ninja is the best one.

  14. Kate_H says:

    Sad to say this post was very predictable. Every comparison post for contact forms you come across compare the same old plugins and if you’ve read one contact form comparison then you’ve read them all! It would be nice if for once someone took the time to discover the not so obvious plugins out there and did comparisons on them. Not only will it highlight other developers but you never know you may come across some real gems…

  15. Leo Koo says:

    hmm, this is rather basic. Could you include perhaps some photos of form creation and also performance benchmark with

    1) A few fields
    2) A few hundred fields? :)

  16. Cai says:

    I just use the default from Jetpack.

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