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Use a Plugin to Add a Contact Form to Your WordPress Website

Automated spam is an inconvenience that many website owners deal with daily. Depending on your industry or niche, you might receive messages from SEO agencies, overseas equipment manufacturers or hackers looking for a security hole to exploit.

Adding a contact form to your WordPress website obscures your email address to help prevent automated spam. In addition, many contact forms require the entry of a CAPTCHA code. While no method is completely foolproof in preventing unwanted email, the inclusion of a CAPTCHA code ensures that anyone who wishes to send you an unwanted message will have to type it manually.

The best part of adding a contact form to your WordPress website is that doing so requires no programming experience. Add a contact form to your website with one of these simple, free plugins.

Fast Secure Contact Form (Link)

Fast Secure Contact Form is a plugin with multiple options to help keep your website spam-free. In addition to the standard CAPTCHA form, you can also integrate this plugin with the Akismet anti-spam service. In this way, both the message and the sender’s identity are checked against the Akismet database before the message is forwarded to your inbox. Fast Secure Contact Form also allows for extensive customization via custom fields, check boxes, radio buttons and more.

Simple Contact Form (Link)

If you’d prefer to have a contact form appear on every page of your website, Simple Contact Form can allow you to add the form to your sidebar rather than a single page. This is ideal if you want to use your website to generate a mailing list for marketing purposes — and Simple Contact Form has ReadyGraph integration to make building a mailing list as easy as possible. If desired, you can use Simple Contact Form to generate pop-up notifications, send automatic re-engagement emails or encourage users to share your website with their friends on social media.

Contact Form (Link)

One of the weaknesses inherent in most contact forms is that they lack the ability to send attachments. This makes it impossible to receive files from users unless you first reveal your email address to them. The Contact Form plugin — available in both free and premium versions — creates a simple contact form with an option for file attachments. This feature is available in the free version of the plugin. The premium version adds support for custom fields, tool tips and personalized support from the plugin’s author. Contact Form lacks built-in CAPTCHA support, but this feature can be added with a second plugin.

Melissa Wilson • January 13, 2016

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