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A New Twist on WordPress Contact Forms

August 23, 2007

Contact FormThe form I’m using on my contact page is more unusual than you might think! It’s a contact form with a twist (and when I say twist, I mean new advantage). Today I’m going to tell you all about it, so if you’re on the lookout for a new contact form then you’re in luck. ;)

It’s called the Simple WordPress Contact Form, and the plugin page can be found here. Like the name says, it’s very simple. Commentators can leave their name, email, link, and message. Then their message heads straight for your email inbox – but that’s not the only place it goes!

The Simple WordPress Contact Form doesn’t only deliver the message to your email, but it uses the WordPress comments routine. A section is added to the comments part of your admin panel titled “Contact Messages”. If you can’t currently access your email or just don’t want to, then you can retrieve their message and read it within WordPress! But if you want to reply, you do have to go to your email.

Another cool thing is the fact that the Simple WordPress Contact Form works along with any anti-spam plugins you have installed for your comments. Because basically, that’s what it is. The contact form is integrated into your comments, and when people leave a message that’s what they’re doing: commenting. The difference is only you can see the comment and ones left by the form have their own section.

How does it work (copied from plugin page): “The form uses a standard page and adds a standard comment form to it. As soon as a comment is posted to the contact page and is approved by all anti-spam plugins, that comment is moved out of the “comments” db table to the (newly created) “contacts” table and emails are sent to the selected users.”

The one thing I wish you could do is reply from the admin panel as well, because often times I’m just too lazy to login to my email. Hehe. But if your contact form needs a new twist and maybe a different feature, this is the way to go. :)

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2 Responses to “A New Twist on WordPress Contact Forms”

  1. tallfreak on August 23rd, 2007 8:20 am

    I like it! I just wish the comment subscription notification (“notify me of followup comments via email”) could be turned off on the contact page. If they click on that will they get a copy of all your future contact emails?

  2. Tay on August 23rd, 2007 3:31 pm

    To be honest, I’m not sure. You have a very good point there. I subscribed to them with another email address and I’m going to make sure, because if that’s the case then I might not use it anymore. Thanks for pointing that out; I’ll let you know how it works. :)

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