How to Add an E-mail Contact Form to Your Blog

At some point in time, a customer will want to contact you. Prospects may have questions before they buy and it’s important you’re transparent so people can connect with you on a personal level.

That’s why adding an e-mail contact form to your blog is not only wise for any Internet marketer, but also necessary! In today’s video, I show you how to install an easy WordPress contact form plugin.

If you don’t care for video, I also included text instructions below the video.

Watch the Video:


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Instructions

Do you need screen shots? I know I do; I’m a visual person. Just in case you are too, I created a PDF of the instructions, complete with screen shots.

Here’s how to get it done!

1. Log into Your WordPress Dashboard
Find the section on the menu marked Plugins. Click “Add New” under the Plugins menu.

2. Enter the Name of the Plugin
In this case, we want to search for the “Contact Form 7” plugin because it’s the most popular and easiest to use.

3. Click Install Now Link
This will add the plugin to your blog.

4. Click the OK Button
Clicking this button tells WordPress that you really do want to install the plugin.

5. Activate the Plugin
Now that the plugin is installed, you need to activate it.

6. Click Settings to Open the Contact Form
This will allow you to change how the contact form looks and add the e-mail address you want to use as your contact address.

7. Click Edit to Enter the Contact Form Area
This will allow you to edit the form to your liking.

8. Edit Your Contact Form
Make any changes that apply to you such as your e-mail address, form headings, and e-mail layout.

9. Check Your E-mail Address
Double check to make certain you have the correct e-mail address showing inside the form field. When you’re happy with the changes, click the “Save” button on the top, right-hand corner of the form screen.

10. Copy the Form Code
Highlight the code by dragging your mouse over the entire length of the code line. Right click your mouse and choose “Copy” to save the code to your clipboard.

11. Add a New Page to Your Blog
You will need a contact page on your blog. To add one, go to Pages and click “Add New” from the drop menu. If you already have a page created, just edit to open it.

12. Enter the Name for Your Contact Form
People generally call it “Contact” or “Contact Me” but you can name it whatever you want.

13. Paste the Code from the Clipboard
Right click your mouse button inside the HTML portion of your contact page. Right click your mouse button and choose “Paste” to paste the code into your form. You can also use CTRL+V if you’re using a PC.

14. Add Additional Text to Your Contact Form
This is optional. The form will work without adding additional text, but this is a great way to personalize your contact form. Some Internet marketers like to add a face shot and/or a physical address to the form page.

15. Publish Your Contact Form
Once you’ve made all the necessary changes to your contact form page, click the “Publish” button to make it go live on your blog.

16. Check the Contact Form from Your Browser
You always want to check to make sure the form works. After looking at it through a browser window, type in a message and send to test it!

If you have any other questions after watching the video or reading the PDF instructions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I’d love to help!

Your turn! Do you have a contact form on your blog? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Thanks for reading,
– Bonnie

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About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. Video done well. You could also list more wordpress plugins and resources
    Sreejesh recently posted…Giveaway: 3 premium WordPress themes from ThemeFuseMy Profile

    • Naturally, I could list a few more plugins and/or resources, but it’s generally a good idea not to include too much. I don’t want people getting stuck on the idea that there’s more than one option so they choose none because they can’t decide which plugin to go with. On top of that, Contact Form 7 also helps reduce spam and not many other e-mail contact forms do that. Not that I’ve seen, at least.

  2. Oh joy, finally I have something before you told me about it. lol…
    I do have Contact 7 but I need to check to see if the comments are off. Thanks, Bonnie.
    Ruth Clark recently posted…First Edition of Fantastic Blogs Newsletter Has Been Sent To My SubscribersMy Profile

  3. Great video again Bonnie! I do have a contact form and it’s relevance to my business. Your instructions are clear and easily to follow. Thank you!
    Debra Moser recently posted…Do You Have Professional Well-Being, If No, Why Not?My Profile

  4. This literally took me DAYS when I first started using WordPress. I’m so glad I have this tutorial to share with other people because I always confuse myself when I try to explain the steps. lol
    Amanda Thomas recently posted…What Does Your Audience Need? Find It and Give It to Them!My Profile

  5. Thank you so much for the video tutorial. do you have any suggestion in regards to spam protection of your contact forms?

  6. Yay!

    Totally awesome and easy to do following your tutorial.

    I did my dog blog and HBGirl.

    I just have to figure out how to get the “comments” off below it but that is probably in my Theme….work on that part tomorrow.

    Thanks a million Bonnie – it looks a TON better!

    Mary Kathan
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