Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing Contact Form 7, part of WordPress: Contact Forms.
- [Instructor] Contact Form 7 is arguably the most popular plugin in the entire WordPress ecosystem. As of right now, there are over five million active sites, using this plugin and if you look at the most popular WordPress plugins of all time, you'll see it's number one on the list. Part of the reason it's at the top, is that it was one of the first contact forms out there. And the other reason is that it does its job pretty well. It's not the prettiest plugin because it's so old but it creates a contact form that works.
If you search for Contact Form 7 in the plugin directory, you'll see a number of add-ons, some of which are made by the original author and some of which are built by the community. We'll be looking at a few of these later in this chapter. The customization here is one of the great things about Contact Form 7 because every bit of functionality is done in your WordPress website, that means you can customize every little piece of it. A perfect example is, a while ago a client wanted me to build an integration between Contact Form 7 and a Mailpoet.
I did so and released it for free on WordPress.org. And eventually I passed the plugin on to its current maintainer. But it's so incredibly powerful to be able to solve your own problems in the WordPress space. You can code them yourself or you can pay someone to do it for you. The sky is the limit. Let's go to our site and get this plugin installed. Go to my site, I'm already at plugins, and I've disabled Jetpack. We'll go to add new. And let's search for Contact Form 7.
There it is, install, and activate. Now we're ready to create the form.
- Choosing the right plugin for you
- Best practices with forms
- Understanding email deliverability
- Using Jetpack, Contact Form 7, Ninja Forms, and Gravity Forms
- Creating and adding a basic form
- Creating extra fields
- Using conditional logic in your form