In WordPress we have a lot of options to create contact forms. But I can’t seem to find the best solutions. I even think to create my own contact forms plugin.
My Requirements Are:
Not only in form output/front-end. Administration panel need to work in mobile devices. Well, at least usable, I understand that some features might need to be hidden/disabled in small screen devices for usability and UX. But not broken.
- Use WordPress UI:
Seamless integration with WordPress, native-feel. I’m not a fan of app-like fancy UI. Professional. No excessive branding with cute icon/logo. If possible no cross-selling of add-ons/upgrade (or easy way to disable it).
- Simple and easy to use:
User need to be able to use it without the need to learn proper form HTML markup.
- Little to no learning curve:
No excessive features, I just need a contact form not a shopping cart, not a user registration form. If the code base is extendable and able to do all this via add-on that’s a plus. But it’s not necessary and not needed in the “core” plugins.
- Theme and Template Friendly:
Can be added in a page template, any template file, no need to be in the “loop”. Simple shortcode to display the form should work with do_shortcode() function.
So, basically, something basic that I can use on my clients site and that’s it.
Of course anti spam features (maybe custom honey pot or integration with recaptcha/akismet) is also a requirements.
Here are several of my issue with current contact forms solutions (not in particular order):