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Best Premium and Free WordPress Contact Form Plugins

Contact Form play a very important role to make connection between Website users and owners. Specially if you are running an e-commerce, social networking or multi user website. Even that if you are running a personal blog, you need a contact form for advertisers to contact you for their advertisement.

There are some great WordPress Contact Form Plugins. By using them you can create contact forms, survey forms and registrations form easily without knowing much about web programming languages.

Today, I decided to gather Best WordPress Contact Form Plugins that will suit everyone needs. The Premium plugins are tested by me and support WordPress latest version. Free WordPress contact form are good to use on personal blog but if you are running business website than I recommend you go for premium one, that give you more flexibility and more features to include in your website.

Premium WordPress Contact Form Plugins:


Sliding Contact Form for WordPress

This is an elegant solution that puts a “sliding contact panel” on your WordPress site.
It will put a small “Contact” tab in the top left corner that expands to show a contact form and social media links when clicked.
Features:

  • jQuery powered sliding contact panel
  • jQuery email validation
  • 15 Social network icons integrated
  • 5 color schemes
  • CSS 3 for lightning quick loading—no images harmed in production
  • Graceful degradation for non-CSS3 browsers
  • Easy to use admin panel
  • Custom logo capability

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Modal Feedback Form for WordPress

This Modal Feedback Form for WordPress lets you easily add a feedback form to your WordPress blog – letting users submit feedback, and letting you view feedback + user information in your WordPress admin backend.

Its simple to get started – in most cases just activate the theme and your ready!

Features

  • Adds a ‘feedback’ button to your WordPress site
  • Feedback form appears inside a modal window/lightbox (powered by FaceBox)
  • Users can submit their feedback, email address, and mood
  • Optionally be alerted by email, and view feedback via the WordPress backend.
  • Capture the users IP address and user agent along with feedback.

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AJAX Contact Forms for WordPress

This is a jQuery based AJAX powered HTML / PHP contact form with Twitter Direct Messaging, easily integrated into WordPress via shortcodes and functions.

Features include:

  • AJAX powered (no page reloads!) Save your bandwidth!
  • Instantly notifies you via the Twitter Direct Message API as well as via E-Mail.
  • Very easy to integrate into any existing WordPress page on your website.
  • All fields have a validation script so you get the * required info you need.
  • Improved Anti Spam ‘Captcha’, are you human? verification.
  • Make as many forms as you like, and customise them, all via the WordPress admin panel.
  • Integrated Animated Sliding Thank You / Success page.
  • Integrated AJAX Javascript Sliding Error notification, if fields aren’t correct or incomplete.

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WPContact allows you to add an AJAX contact form to your WordPress blog. The plugin adds a new widget which you can use in the sidebar or footer, and set the options like widget title, form labels, captcha. You can also choose if the guests will be able to use it.

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SubscribeTo Plugin

SubscribeTo is a poweful plugin to increase your lead generation. You can place your MailChimp or Constant Contact email subscribe form easily using SubscribeTo. What is more, it enables you to place the subscribe form before comment form of each post, on the bottom of each page as a sticky footer, or even as a modal box. And all these are done by a simple click. You do not need to know any coding.

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Gravity Forms

This is for the Pro bloggers and it give a very high extend of customization flexibility. In addition, you get the complete support once you have purchased the Gravity forms plugin form the website.

Features of gravity forms:

  • Inline HTML Content
  • Import/Export Forms
  • Enhanced Notification Formatting
  • Conditional Form Fields
  • Email Notification Routing
  • Enhanced Post Custom Fields
  • Enhanced Address Field
  • Validation for Multiple Forms
  • Dynamic Field Population
  • Bulk Add and Predefined Choices
  • Form Scheduling
  • Limit Form Entries
  • Respond To Entries From WordPress
  • Role Management Integration
  • Post Image Field
  • Post Category Field
  • View And Edit Form Entries
  • Easily Pass Data To Confirmation Page
  • Easily Embed a Form into Posts & Pages
  • Create Autoresponder Emails to Users
  • Integrate with Other Plugins Using Hooks
  • View Entry Summaries from the WordPress Dashboard
  • Visually Create Forms with Our Sleek Editor
  • Prevent Spam with Built-In reCAPTCHA Protection
  • Allow Users to Automatically Create a Post
  • Manage Entries from the WordPress Admin Panel
  • Easily Export Form Entry Data to CSV Format

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Free WordPress Contact Form Plugins


DynamicWP Contact Form

A WordPress contact form plugin with the button contact that will floating on the left of the web page. If the button click, the form will appear with slide effect. The form is using AJAX, so the page wont be reloaded if the massage is succes or failed to deliver.

Dynamic WordPress Contact Form Plugin is provided to user under the open source GPL License, you can use it for all your project or at least use it as a foundation for your next projects for free and without any restrictions.

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Contact Form 7

This is an excellent solution for wordpress contact forms, including the one that i have used on my blog as well. Its an ajax enabled contact form that can be easily installed from the control panel and can be activated by pasting a code in any new page on your wordpress blog.

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Clean-Contact

Clean Contact is a simple contact form for WordPress. It requires less to no configuration and able to run out of the box upon installation. You can specify the Thank You Message and also Thank You Url, which is the URL that users would be redirect to after the form is being sent.

Features

  • A clean and simple contact form that users understand.
  • Shortcode support.
  • Spam protection including Akismet filtering.
  • No clunky Capctha.
  • Supports multiple recipients and configurable subject and prefix, CC & BCC.
  • XHTML compliant.
  • No external javascript libraries required.
  • Multi-language.
  • Supports custom styling using CSS.

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Dagon Design Form Mailer

This plugin also known as Secure Form Mailer, offers a lot of features such as multiple forms, multiple recipients, auto reply, multiple attachments, message template system and also numerous security features.

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MM Forms Community

MM Forms Community comes with the power of a tank, but drives like a bike.
Anyone who has the knowledge to connect to the internet will be able to create web forms with MM Forms Community. Sounds easy, right?

MM Forms Community has some basic features like :

  • field creator
  • customize form and mail contents with simple markup
  • html layout possible
  • Spam filtering with Akismet
  • captcha prevention
  • multiple, not to say unlimited contact forms

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WP Contact Form

WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you. It can be implemented on a page or a post.

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SimpleModal Contact Form (SMCF)

SimpleModal Contact Form (SMCF) is an Ajax powered modal contact form.
It utilizes the jQuery JavaScript library and the SimpleModal jQuery plugin.
SMCF has options to include certain contact form elements, like a Subject field and “Send me a copy” option for the sender.

Translations (check the version number for the correct file)

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Tiny Contact Form

A very simple contact form, without fancy features but you are allow to add contact form through sidebar widget or template files by calling the correct function name.

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Scaleable Contact Form

Another contact form with very scalable multi-type Fields. Uses Captcha, no Akismet. Can use external SMTP via wp_mail() or other Plugins. AJAX Support.

Features:

  • Uses Captcha but no Akismet (yet).
  • Required, non required Fields can be configured.
  • Five different Field Types: Textfield, Textarea, Select, Radios and Checkboxes.
  • All labels and buttons can be modified.
  • You can choose either a regular send formular or AJAX driven
  • Optional confirmation mail to ser

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Visitor Contact Forms

To use this plugin, you need to create a contact form at www.visitorcontact.com. After that, just fill in your form ID to the plugin page and you are done. There are a lot of cool features, such as Geocoding, Captcha Spam Protection, Contact Manager, Skype Status and much more.

The KEY FEATURES are:

  • Geocoding – Know the location of people contacting you
  • Captcha Spam Protection
  • Auto Responder
  • Contact Manager
  • Google Maps
  • Twitter Follow
  • Skype Status

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Fast Secure Contact Form

This plugin allows a webmaster to easily create and add contact forms to WordPress. The contact form will let the user send emails to a site’s admin. An administration panel is present, where the webmaster can create and preview unlimited forms.

Features a super easy admin panel, multi-form feature, autoresponder, no templates to mess with, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. Includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block all common spammer tactics. Spam is no longer a problem. You can add extra fields of any type: text, textarea, checkbox, checkbox-multiple, radio, select, select-multiple, attachment, date, time, hidden, password, and fieldset.

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More Free WordPress Contact Form Plugins

ONW Simple Contact Form
WP Flex Contact Form
WP Simple Contact Form With CAPTCHA
Enhanced WordPress contact form plugin
Contact Form 8
Spam-Free Contact Form
Constant contact

How to Add a Contact Form into WordPress Powered Website

 

How to remove error creating WordPress Plugin without Login

Sometime it happened, when you get login to WordPress admin, there is some error showing, For example:

The component "Zend Optimizer" is not installed on the Web Server and therefore cannot service encoded files. Please download and install the Zend Optimizer (available without charge) on the Web Server.

You can get error message in your email, find detail on ” WordPress Error Notification in your E-mail Box“.
Most  of the time these famous plugin create problem, TinyMCE Advanced, Socialite, Store Locater LE, wpSearchMu, WP Super Cache, Skimlinks Affiliate Marketing Tool, GTranslate and some others. This does not mean that they can create problem for you. So test them yourself on your blog.

Although its look like funny to install WordPress plugins without verifying its compatibility with current installation of WordPress. Mostly bloggers install them without testing and knowing its drawbacks. They encounters a severe error in WordPress saying fatal error, and the worst scenario they could not even go back to the admin panel, and they definitely got panic and asked for help, if they are unable to solve this problem, they might even hire a PAID specialist to fix this.

How to remove error creating WordPress Plugin without Login

There is very easy and simple solution for that, although its time taking but still any blogger can do that. Just log in to WordPress FTP folder, /public_html/wp-content/plugins and make a plugins backup on hard disk and then finally delete all plugins in that plugins folder.

After clearing your browser cache, log in again to your WordPress admin, and you will see there will not any error, start uploading your plugins again and reactivate them one by one to see which plugins cause the error.

This will solve problem regarding Plugin and you will come to know which plugin was creating an error, so avoid to use that plugin on your blog.

How to manipulate image sizes to speed up WordPress blog load times

Loading time of web site directly impact users and ranking position. As compare to text, images take more time to load and search engines indexed those web pages which have less load time and user spend time that give good impression to search engines.

To load your image fast, you will have to optimize images by manipulating their size. I recommend you to use compression of images to light up your sites’ load. To load quickly your web pages images, make smaller image in size. Here are a few simple rules— they will help you minimize image sizes and will reduce the loading times. More about Image file formats.

Image File Formats:

  • Never use BMP file, because there is no space on web page for them now.
  • GIF formate is the most best if you are not using photograph in your image, because GIF support few colors and photographs need thousand of colors.
  • JPG is the best option, if you have large image. You can control its quality and its copression property. So compressed it as your requirement. Open and Save your JPG file in Paint will reduce the file size.
  • PNG format is ideal for both solid colors and photographs. They display abetter image quality than JPG files.

With Adobe Photoshop always use its feature called “Save for the web”, it will reduce the image size and load time substantially. An other open source alternative Gimp, you can get high-quality images that look identical to the big master files. As well, you can try the Online Image Optimizer or JPEG Wizard for free optimization of your images on the internet!

Images for Search Engines:

Search engines special Google Image Search is the most efficient tools to drive more traffic and more leads to your website. By using the following techniques you can increase the ranking of the images on your websites, that ultimately will increase your web site traffic.

  • Always use Appropriate Images: Use your own or try to search on Google according to  your requirement and image must be relevant to your post content. Ask permission if needed.
  • Optimize your images as explained above
  • Give the proper name to your image and better to use keyword as a name.
  • Do not forget to provide Descriptive text for your images.

I am sure by using these quid lines, your web site can achieve better ranking in images search.

References and resources:

Speed Up Your Site: Optimize Images
Using site speed in web search ranking
Optimizing Images to Top Image Search
How to Optimize Your Site for Better Loading Time
Speed Up Your Blog – Loading Times Are More Important Than You Think

Images: Search engine optimization companyPXL Soft

Agent Press WordPress Theme!

AgentPress helps industry savvy real estate agents like you build a better business with its intuitive design, powerful functionality, and smart listings.

How to Get Posts from all Blogs in Multi Site Network

Now you can  run multiple blogs from one installation of WordPress. This new feature is being called Network or Multi-site option in WordPress. All you have to open your wp-config.php file located in your WordPress root folder. Then add the following line anywhere in the file:

define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);

Find more detail on ” How to enable Multi Site feature in WordPress 3.0“. After doing this you are able to access the network page from Tools » Network. By default, you are allowe to run other blogs as a subdomain. You can use other domains for blogs by using  a Domain Mapping plugin (Detail: How to do Domain Mapping in WordPress Multiste Network).

After converting your WordPress single installation into Multi Site Network,  you can do some cool things with it. I will see how to get posts from all blogs in the network.

What if you want to get some recent posts from last updated blogs, not only one blog? Then get_last_updated() is the function that will save your life!

See a simple example that shows last post from last updated blogs:

$blogs = get_last_updated();
echo '
<h1>Last posts in network</h1>
';
foreach ($blogs AS $blog) {
	echo "
<h2>".$blog["domain"].$blog["path"]."</h2>
";
	switch_to_blog($blog["blog_id"]);
		$lastposts = get_posts('numberposts=1');
		foreach($lastposts as $post) :
			setup_postdata($post);
			the_title();
		endforeach;
	restore_current_blog();
}

(Source: wordpress-multisite-blogs)

Reference:

You can read more about WordPress Multi Site Network:

Protect Your WordPress Multisite Network From Shutdown With Anti-Splog and Post Monitoring
How to Get More From WordPress With Multisite Blogs (Network Install)
Best BuddyPress Themes for Social Networking
How to manage plugins in WordPress MultiSite Network
WPMU Functions/get last updated
http://codex.wordpress.org/Category:WPMU_Functions
http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference#Multisite_functions

These are WordPress Themes, which you can use for your Multi Site Network, because they support BuddyPress and BBPress.

ReviewIt – Community WordPress Theme

ReviewIt provides you with a powerful review and community theme, that is also 100% BuddyPress compatible!
Key Features

  • 2 Unique Skins – Dark and Light
  • Custom Post Types – Reviews and Slides
  • Powerful Review System – Utilizes GD Star Rating WordPress plugin (requires PHP 5 )
  • Easily Change Tags – Switch the site from movies to games, apps or whatever you want
  • Multiple Review Displays – Display reviews in lists, by score, date, based on similarity to other reviews etc.
  • Total BuddyPress Support – This theme supports BuddyPress but works just fine without it

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DynamiX – Premium WordPress Theme

Theme features:

  • Dual Skin Mode
    – Inner (Main body content) & Outer (Header / Footer area) Skin can be selected
    – Select Skins for entire website and per page
    – Select from 20 Outer Skins and 2 Inner Skins
  • Non-Post Gallery Slide Manager (Manage all your Gallery Images/Videos in one area)
  • BuddyPress Theme (BBPress Support)

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TheAllure – Elegant Corporate and Portfolio Theme

TheAllure is a professional and very flexible wordpress theme packed with amazing functionality and a very impressive Design. The Theme has Unlimited color choices. It is packed with lots of shortcodes and a powerful admin panel (PowerPanel) that lets you control every aspect of your website.
The Allure theme is very easy to set up no matter if you are a wordpress beginner or a wordpress pro.
It is also compatible with wordpress MU (Multisite/wp_mu). It is WPML Translation ready and for your convenience, already includes 19 languages for the frontend.
Key Features

  • Advanced Admin Panel packed with Options with over 20 sections to help you control every aspect of your website (SelectedTheme’s PowerPanel)
  • Unlimited Colors
  • WPML and Translation Ready
  • 19 Languages Available
  • Cufon Font Replacement with over 25 fonts
  • Custom Post Types: Portfolio Items, Slider Items
  • Supports Custom Menus
  • 3 Sliders: Nivo Slider, Thumbnail Slider, Full Content Slider
  • Fully Flexible Homepage Layout
  • 50+ shortcodes
  • WordPress Multisite (WordPress_MU) Support

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Following are the WordPress Plugins which will allow you to share your blog post on Social Networking sites and you can sell your premium content to your blog users:
SocialPress
Sociology for WordPress: Twitter/Facebook Poster
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