Contact forms are essential on pretty much any website, and while WordPress does not have any built-in functionality to create such forms, there are a number of form builder plugins that are perfect for this purpose. In fact, some of them are much more than contact form creators, you can build any kind of form with them, including questionnaires and polls.
Let’s take a look at the best contact form plugins for WordPress:
#1: Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms is one of the best contact forms plugins for WordPress. Use it to create the most simple of contact forms, up to multi-step user content submission forms on the front end of your site (ideal for encouraging user-generated content). For bonus points, the form builder is super easy to use. You can even create forms that enter content into custom post types.
With Gravity Forms, you can also create conditional fields, and this works very nicely specifically for creating order forms. It performs advanced calculations based on input field values. Gravity forms can therefore be used to sell products from your site, and users can also customize the product variations to get an updated price before they purchase.
Pricing for Gravity Forms starts at $59/year. | Download Gravity Forms
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If you use WordPress, require custom forms, don’t like wasting time, or simply don’t want to touch any code — then this is a must-have tool for you.
Quform is an advanced WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and easily build multiple forms with total control, thanks to a new and improved user interface. Whether it’s a complex quote or booking form or just a simple contact form, Quform allows you to do all this without touching any code. In a few clicks, you will have a fully functional form — it’s that simple. Additionally, Quform is GDPR and mobile-friendly.
Pricing for Quform starts at $29 for a regular license. | Download Quform
#3: Ninja Forms
With a happy user base that includes over 16 million downloads, Ninja Forms is a full-featured form creation framework for WordPress. It allows you to easily and quickly design complex forms through a minimalist drag and drop interface (that requires absolutely no coding). For the developers, it’s built with many different useful hooks and filters, so you can do absolutely anything with this powerful form-building framework. Additionally, Ninja Forms integrates with 40+ third-party services, including Paypal, Stripe, and Zapier.
Ninja Forms is very flexible — you can add your form as a widget, shortcode, or append it automatically to any content you choose. The core plugin is free, but you can purchase a number of add-ons from the Ninja Forms website.
Paid plans start at $99/year, with access to Multi-Part Forms, Conditional Logic, and File Uploads. If you subscribe to the most basic plan, you get a minimum of 20% off additional add-ons. | Download Ninja Forms
JetFormBuilder is the free contact form plugin for WordPress. With JetFormBuilder, you can create engaging forms in the Gutenberg editor. Proceed with a simple contact form, or create a multi-step one with different form fields. Hence, with 20+ form fields, you have a wide range of form customization.
This free WordPress form plugin has core form functionality and advanced features, such as payment gateway, conditional logic, dynamic values, and calculated content. Afterward, you can store form submissions in custom post types or content types, integrate marketing & automation tools, etc.
JetFormBuilder also has Pro add-ons, starting from $39/year. | Download JetFormBuilder
#5: Contact Form 7
With over 5 million active installations on WordPress, there’s no doubt that Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular WordPress plugins (and not just with contact forms).
If all you need is basic form functionality, Contact Form 7 is not a bad solution for a free plugin. It allows you to manage multiple contact forms, which you can customize as well. It also supports captcha, Akismet spam filtering, and Ajax-powered submissions.
Final Thoughts: The 5 Best Contact Form Plugins for WordPress
The best contact form plugin for you will look different than someone else’s ideal pick based on your needs and budget. With plenty of paid and free options to choose from, your perfect solution may be on this list!
Do you use any other contact form builder plugins? Let us know in the comments section below.
Thanks for the sharing! Great article
Thanks for sharing an overview of these plug-ins. It’s great to see the advantages and disadvantages of each
Contact form 7 is easy to setup, has too many addons availble. Their support is also good. Only issue with it is, it has less scope to validate the form fields. Otherwise its #1 Contact form plugin.
Worth exploring a list of contact form plugins for WordPress and from all these I am using contact form 7 not faced any issue till now.
I have recently tried uCalc https://ucalc.pro/en – a new business tool for increasing the conversion. In uCalc you can quickly create a lead form with a beautiful design.
Thanks for the great article, I also have a plugins that are added to your collection. It’s plugins contact form 7 multi-step. Thank you
https://wordpress.org/plugins/cf7-multi-step/. ALL FREE
I have one vote for core37 form builder. It’s super easy to setup (drag and drop), have some cool settings (redirect URLs..) https://wordpress.org/plugins/core37-form-builder/
I just found good solution multi-step for contact form 7. I using this plugin and it’s amazing: https://codecanyon.net/item/contact-form-7-multistep/15232990
Nice Landing pages mate. Have you tried using the TEAR email software? It’s free and can generate you a ton of leads. Online you can find some great tutorials on how to use it. Google them!
Thankyou!!! for sharing informative article with useful plugins recommendations and tips.
I like forms management system it’s new but I really felt comfortable with it doing anything I needed also they have a great support 🙂
Great article, thank you.
By chance I found this gem https://codecanyon.net/item/forms-management-systemwordpress-frontend-plugin/8978741
This awesome plugin handled all my forms.
Contact Form 7 is free and easy to use. Most features that are free here are in paid versions on other forms creators. The free ninja forms barely makes it, compared to the free Contact Form 7. I’m now disheartened Contact Form 7 is not on this list..And I’m not Japanese!
Also, a new form that does a lot of what I am looking for, at the price that I am looking for – cforms..
Why is this not here? There is no other plugin that does multi-page forms for free. My 2 cents..
Haha, just another one Ninja here 🙂 http://looks-awesome.com/portfolio/wordpress-plugins/nks-wordpress-contact-form/
I wonder how it happens that the most popular form was the Japanese one? Looks like an old Samurai tradition — always make perfect web forms 🙂
This would do it…not available on the wordpress.org downloads, but search and download, use for free!
I’m looking for a plugin allowing multi-steps. I have plenty of info collected trough my form therefore I need to separate the form into several pages.
is there any plugin through which i can reply to each and every contact person through my worpress dashboard ?
Is it me or has Contact Form 7 now been removed from the list?
I found this post by looking for Pippin’s contact form plug in, as I use Contact Form 7 (and happy w it) but driven mad by spam. I researched extra that didn’t get in the way of user experience for Contact 7 and haven’t found any.
I figured if Pippin’s contact forms are easy to use (as a user I have used them and they are) then makes sense to have a look at his contact form plug-in.
Which led me here and you’re discussing Contact Form 7 which isn’t even in the list any more! *puzzled*
There are better options nowadays, take a look at Ninja Forms for example.
You should really look at Page Designer Pro http://wppagedesignerpro.com/ – it often gets overlooked because it’s new but it’s really great feature-rich WordPress Contact Form plugin! 😀
I recently started using FormGet plugin for building my contact form. It’s pretty easy to use in my opinion. It’s available in WordPress repository at
Hmm, how come Formidable Pro isn’t listed as well? =) It’s a solid plugin.
Not a contact form, but a contact page plugin: Sendola can send all your contact details (phone number, address, map, directions, social links etc) to your visitors’ mobile phones via a simple button.
Its completely free for all websites to use – http://wordpress.org/plugins/sendola/
What I dislike is that most (all?) contact form plugins add scripts to the main header.php. Does not make any sense to me.
When I only have one single page with a contact form, why does the script needs to be added on each of my 2000+ other pages? That’s why I am using an iframe solution. Not really professional lol but at least it saves me (and the visitors) some KB.
ive used contact form 7 for a few years and styled it up to how i want it. does what it is meant to.
How about the Jetpack form module? (Let the lambasting begin) http://jetpack.me/support/contact-form/
To be fair to Contact Form 7, it’s focused on one thing, and does it well. It’s versatile, configurable, extensible, and the output can be custom styled. As I see it, if a contact form is all that’s needed, CF7 is quite capable, and a “full” forms plugin is overkill in such a circumstance.
Agreed Grant, which is why I’m still keeping CF7 in this list.
I use Contact Form 7 on my web site and really don’t understand why anyone would have a problem with it. The interface is simple to use and quick to set up and has brought with it, so far, not a single problem.
I agree Pippin. I’m not sure why people use Contact Form 7 anymore with so many user-friendly options out there.
I use Fast Secure Contact Form. Awesome plugin with a TON of options to customize.
Visual Form Builder is also quite nice: http://wordpress.org/plugins/visual-form-builder/
Thanks, Bill. Visual Form Builder has been out for two years and never makes these lists. Security through obscurity? 😉
Pippin speaks the truth!
I’m sad to see that Contact Form 7 is still making these lists while plugins like Ninja Forms aren’t: http://wordpress.org/plugins/ninja-forms/
In no world is Contact Form 7 and easier plugin to use.
I’m afraid I hadn’t come across Ninja Forms yet when I wrote this post, but I agree that it’s definitely worthy of this list and I’m going to add it along with the others. The guys at WP Ninjas could definitely do with some better headshots though 🙂
What do you have against my headshot? I mean, I’m not trying to be a model or actor. 😛
Just an opinion mate, don’t take it personally 🙂 I was just reading the excellent book ‘Platform’ the other day, and headshots was one of the things the author spoke about. So I guess it remained in my head and I just thought you’d both do with more professional ones. Again, just an opinion, I happen to think that image is always very important, although of course the plugin itself is what we all care most about.
No offense taken. I personally like my pic and have never had one mention before so I thought it was humorous that you brought it up. I don’t see myself ever doing a professional headshot. Feels pretentious to me for some reason. Maybe if I were a writer, actor, or model but as a developer I think what I has works for now.
That being said, thanks for adding Ninja Forms to the list. That was kind of you. 🙂
@James So be it then 🙂
You’re welcome, but the plugin fully deserved to be in the list originally anyway.