The Contact Form plugin for WordPress allows you to manage contact forms on your site.
It is widget-driven, and plays best with widget-driven themes such as the Semiologic theme, especially when combined with the Inline Widgets plugin.
Placing a Contact Form in a panel/in a sidebar
It’s short and simple:
- Browse Appearance / Widgets
- Open the panel of your choice (or sidebar, if not using the Semiologic theme)
- Place a “Contact Form” widget in that panel/sidebar
- Configure that contact form widget as needed
Usually, no configuration will be required unless you wish to change the email that receives your correspondence.
Common places to insert a form automatically include:
- To the top/middle right of your site in a wide sidebar. Users commonly swipe their mouse to the top right corner of their screen, and eyeballs generally look for it in that area once they’re done reading.
- After all posts (“After The Entries” panel.)
Embedding a contact form in a static page
As much as a form is nice in a large sidebar, you’ll usually want it in a static page:
- Open the Inline Widgets panel, under Appearance / Widgets
- Place and configure a Contact Form widget
- Create or edit your “Contact Us” page; note the “Widgets” drop down menu
- Select your newly configured contact form in the “Widgets” drop down menu to insert it where your mouse cursor is at
If text is entered in the Auto Responder field of the widget, the form will send an email to submitter with response message.
Google Analytics integration
Combining this plugin with the Google Analytics (GA) plugin adds an interesting bonus. Specifically, contact form usage gets tracked as page events.
WP-Hashcash and Akismet integration
To fight increasingly common contact form spam, the plugin integrates with WP-Hashcash and Akismet. Both of these do an excellent job at fighting spam. (The first is slightly more efficient, and free.)
Yahoo, AOL, Google and others have begun to implement [DMARC](http://www.dmarc.org/) to further combat spam. Basically is the sender’s email domain does not match the sender’s email server, the receiver email server wil query the email domain and ask what to do with this unauthenticated message. Stricter enforcement has it being discarded as spam.
The contact form now has the user’s entered email address being set in the Reply-To email header. The From address will now be default sender address for the domain firstname.lastname@example.org).
This package is part of Semiologic Pro, and is access-restricted.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Semiologic forum is the best place to report issues.