It's very important to use a WordPress contact form plugin. It's a much safer option than using an email address which will help keep spam out of your inbox. Sure you are still going to get some junk through your contact form but it really cuts down on the amount of spam.
Using a contact form is a much more user friendly option than just having an email address listed because all someone has to do is fill in a few boxes and they are done. Plus you can customize contact forms (see below). I also think it's a much more professional option too.
One of the WordPress contact form plugins we recommend is Contact Form 7. It's the most downloaded from the WordPress plugin directory. There are tons of other great, even better contact form options too such as Gravity Forms, Formidable Pro, wpforms (a drag and drop which looks pretty easy) and more. But for simplicity, we'll go with Contact Form 7.
MaAnna over at Blog Aid has a nice 4- part tutorial series on this plugin. Check it out.
My best tips for a contact form:
- Keep it simple and only ask for basic info like name, email and reason for contact
- Don't give your readers extra hoops to jump through (please do not use a captchas)
- Spruce it up (make your contact page more inviting) – something we can all work on!
What WordPress contact form plugin do you use? Do you have a fun and inviting contact page? Please share.