Creating and Configuring Forms in Contact Form for WordPress
The next step of the guide to the Contact Form WordPress Plugin will take you through creating and configuring contact forms.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) Once you have installed the Contact Form Plugin, you will find the Plugin on the Installed Plugins page. Scroll down to the Plugin and click on Settings to be taken to the page below.
You can create as many forms as you like. Just click on the + sign next to NEW_FORM to start a new form.
The most importance part of this section is to ensure that the right people are receiving the emails that your contact form will be sent to. You can choose from a dropdown that includes all the people who have a Login for the site. In most cases, it will be the Admin of the site, but you can add more email addresses if you need them to go to more than one.
Step 3) If you have downloaded the Pro Version of the Plugin ($15), you can also add department based email addresses for contact forms to be sent to. See the examples below for ideas of what you can use.
Step 4) If you tick the Additional Options box, a new dropdown will appear with more settings for you to add. The first is whether to use WP-mail or PHP Mail. This enables you to send emails in PHP script.
The text in the From field can be the User name of the person who fills out the form, or text that you can create yourself, which is likely to be the name of your site or site owner.
The email address in the From field can be changed from the User’s email or an email address of your choosing. You can also create a Required Field icon, which is usually kept to the universally used * icon.
Step 5) There are various Fields on offer for you to add to your Contact Form. You can tick boxes on whether or not they are Required (meaning that the user will have to fill out the field in order to be able to send the form) and add an attachment block if required so people can send forms and documents with the contact form.
Step 6) You can guide contact form users through the attachment process by ticking the Tips below the Attachment box. This will provide users with a list of files that are possible to attach and send with the form. You can also add a Send me a copy block so people can be sent a copy of the form they have sent for their own records. There are also two more checkboxes that require upgrading to the Pro Version of the plugin.
Step 7) In order to not slow down your servers, you can choose to delete attachment files from the server once the email is sent. This is worth doing as you will have the attachment with the email that arrives in your inbox. You can also choose whether or not to allow for emails to be sent in HTML, and whether to display information such as the IP address, Date/Time, who the email was sent from and the User Agent (e.g. Windows, Mozilla, etc.). There are also options to change the language of your contact form fields and the response that comes up automatically when a form is filled out (including Thanks for contacting, etc.)
The next step of the guide will focus on Managing Extra Settings in Contact Form for WordPress.