One of the things that many bloggers shy away from is giving their users an ability to contact the author. The reason why contact pages are important is because users can be very helpful in terms of getting feedback, new ideas, and suggestions. Also contact forms provide a way for your potential advertisers and clients to reach you therefore everyone should have a contact form or page. In this article we will be showcasing the collection of some of the best contact forms and pages implemented within WordPress as well as showing you how you can create your own contact form in WordPress.
Best Practices and Trends of Contact Forms in WordPress
Each designer has their own approach to their design. In here we will be highlighting some of the popular trends that you can follow, and some very unique contact pages for your inspiration. These forms and pages are well aligned, and most of all well incorporated within the site. If you know of a contact page design or a trend that is not in this list, then feel free to share it in the comments.
Maps and Address
Maps and Address trend is something that is getting very popular. Most businesses list their physical address on their contact page, but these designers have done an outstanding job in embedding the contact form and their address.
Hand-Drawn / Realistic Touch
Having a retro / sketch look in the design is not something new, but it is getting more and more popular. These contact forms follow this trend and they do a great job in it.
When words like hand-drawn and creativity comes up, Carsonified always seem to be there. This contact page design on their site is one of a kind design that is very unique and a true representation of creativity at work.
Notepad style designs are very common but Bert Timmermans did a stunning job on the contact form. It is one of the most complete and creative contact page that list the social media networks, website, other personal information as well as a well-aligned contact form all put together in the best possible way it could’ve been.
One of a unique design real life type design that got our attention was by Rustin Jessen. This fill in the blank type contact form is a great idea and not very hard to implement.
The following two designs shows a retro post card style in their contact form. This trend gives their contact form a real life touch.
Simple yet Elegant
You don’t really have to go out of your comfort zone to get a super creative contact page design. Some of us just are not the artist type. You can still make simple yet elegant contact forms like the ones below.
Well incorporated within the Design
Sometimes you are limited with what you can do with the contact form because of your design. In that case you need to be creative and try to find a work around, so you can have a good contact form that is well incorporated within the design.
How to Create a Contact Page in WordPress
One of the things that we have noticed is that a lot of WordPress bloggers do not have a contact form on their website because they do not know how to implement one using WordPress. Some users rely on a third party program to create a contact form outside their blog and then have that. But it does not have to be that way. There are plenty of great plugins available that lets you create your own contact form in WordPress. These plugins have SPAM protection built-in such as Captcha images, security questions and others.
There are many plugins that are available for you to create a contact form in WordPress. The plugins we recommend are:
- Gravity Forms
- Contact Form 7
You can download either one of these plugins and activate them. Each plugin has their own set of directions to follow, but they are all very easy to implement. If you need help implementing or configuring one of these plugins, you can contact us for help. You would have to start by creating a new page. If you want to create a custom page and follow one of the trends mentioned in this post, then you would have to look into creating a custom page in WordPress. But by simply having a contact form is enough if you want to keep things simple.
If you have any advices that you would like to share, or a great contact form that we might have missed then please feel free to post it in the comments.