Much has been said about Contact Form 7, but there’s even more to say. For instance, did you know there existed dozens of amazing Contact Form 7 extensions? I bet $100 bucks you didn’t. Oh yes, Contact Form 7 has oh-so nice add-ons. We’re talking about hot extensions that supercharge your forms in all the exciting ways.
You will agree Contact Form 7 is quite the popular contact form plugin, what with over a million active users. Use it myself, but until the other day, I never knew these extensions existed. Turns out I can turn my forms whichever way I desire, and that is exciting. Wait, feels like I’m forgetting something important. Oh yes, Contact Form 7 is absolutely free.
If you use Contact Form 7, welcome to the big reveal. If you use a different contact form plugin, see you in the comment box. We say this because we would love your insights on any other contact form plugin – both free and premium – out there. Have a favorite Contact Form 7 extension? Share as well. We always look forward to your feedback.
That out of the way, let’s dig in.
Contact Form 7 Submissions
Collecting data is of importance, hence our relentless obsession with forms. But it is of no use if you cannot store the collected data. Now, you might miss an important message from a visitor because…well…you haven’t checked your email in a while. You needn’t worry about this anymore.
Contact Form 7 Submissions makes it easy to “write” visitor messages to your WordPress database. You can easily view the logs in your WordPress admin dashboard. You can even export lists for later viewing. Contact Form 7 Submissions is quite easy to install and use.
WPBruiser’s Contact Form 7 Extension
Yap, there’s a Contact Form 7 extension known as Contact Form 7. Yes, and it does exist over at WPBruiser. If you live under a stone, WPBruiser allows you to terminate spam on your blog without annoying captcha images. I use WPBruiser too, and spam became a thing of the past. Just install the plugin and play.
Formerly known as Goodbye Captcha, WPBruiser is the ultimate free spam plugin. Things start getting hotter with this extension. It allows you to add WPBruiser’s spam assassination prowess to your Contact Form 7 forms. Easy to install and configure.
You need to install WPBruiser and pay between $7 and 12 bucks. .
Contact Form 7 Honeypot
Just hook this Honeypot extension to Contact Form 7 and you have a spam guard like no other. Again, no captcha, so yay! Who invented captcha anyway? Plugin work’s like WPBruiser but you don’t need to install two plugins. But that isn’t the juicy part; this Contact Form 7 extension plays one role and executes said role marvelously.
Spam bots fill out all forms fields because they are coded to do so. They will accost your Contact Form 7 forms and drop their payload – endless strings of junk and horrendous links that are as toxic to your blog as link rot. Humans, on the other hand, only fill out the visible form fields.
Long story short, Spam bots trigger form fields that are unseen by human visitors invalidating the form on the spot. This means spam bots are eradicated long before they get on your site.
Contact Form 7 – PayPal Add-on
Your contact form needn’t just collect customer info. Come on, you can do much more like turn your forms into check out pages in case you need to sell a top-selling theme or eBook. By all means, this is just one of the many ways you can you use the Contact Form 7 PayPal Add-on.
If you are in the least bit interested, this plugin ships with some nifty features such as the ability to set item name, price and SKU/ID, support for all 25 PayPal currencies, 18 languages and auto redirects. You haven’t heard it all; there’s a PRO version with more features.
Selling via PayPal using Contact Form 7 is just a couple of clicks away with this extension.
Contact Form 7 MailChimp Extension
Let’s welcome Renzo Johnson, the guy who brought us Contact Form 7 MailChimp Extension, which – if you’re wondering – gives your list building efforts a mega boost. On top of collecting info from readers, you can get users to subscribe to any predetermined MailChimp list automatically.
This Contact Form 7 MailChimp extension is easy to use, supports multiple mailing lists and has custom fields, an opt-in checkbox at the end of each form, and single or double opt-in subscription options. This extension is regularly updated and require less than 2 minutes to set up.
Contact Form 7 Multistep Forms
User experience demands we create short forms that capture info while the reader’s interest lasts. Long forms are a no-go. No-no. Nah. Why is this? They are exhausting to fill out because –in the internet world of today, who has the time anyway?
What to do if you need to collect more information? Perhaps you need visitors to fill out a survey that goes beyond just personal information. How do you keep the reader interested long enough to fill out your lengthier forms? There’s a psychological trick you can play to your advantage, with utmost ease and enormous benefit.
The trick lies in splitting your drawn-out forms into multiple parts, which is exactly what this multi-step form extension does. You can even add a “previous” button to each step to add to navigation. It is easy to integrate with Contact Form 7, you should create long but engaging forms in no time.
Contact Form 7 Skins
On its own, Contact Form 7 lacks in the looks department. But couple it with the Contact Form 7 Skins extension and you have an absolute winner. Whether you know code is of no importance; you can build beautiful forms easily using a wide range of templates and styles.
This extension packs quite a punch in terms of usability. Plugin helps you to create a wide array of simple and complex forms using a collection of pre-built templates that you can customize to your heart’s content. This extension comes with an extra list of add-ons that you can use to add more features to your forms.
Contact Form 7 Skins Pro offers even more features and access to premium customer support.
Contact Form DB
The most obvious benefits of storing form submissions in your WordPress database include having centralized data storage, and never having to check a dozen emails to pinpoint leads and whatnot. Contact Form DB makes it incredibly easy to store form data in your WordPress database, and display the same either inside the WordPress admin or on your site using shortcodes.
If you have multiple forms all over your site, worry not, this extension has a filter that targets each form independently. On top of that, you can export your submissions via a couple of methods including CSV, Excel, HTML and Google Sheets.
It is highly customizable, this, and plays well with other contact form plugins such as Caldera, Ninja Forms, Gravity Forms and Jetpack among others.
Contact Form 7 – Success Page Redirects
Contact Form 7 lets you create a simple message that’s displayed whenever the user submits a form. While this is good, you can achieve much more with dedicated full pages that contribute directly to your bottom line.
Perhaps you could redirect the visitor to a “Thank you” page that’s directed towards affirming brand awareness. Perhaps you could send the user to a sale page, a top-selling product or a popular piece of content. You can redirect your readers to any page you desire, that’s up to you.
You need, however, this Success Page extension to manage your redirects. The plugin is easy to install and use.
JQuery Validation for Contact Form 7
jQuery Validation for Contact Form 7 add-on helps you to add validation rules that allow you to check credit card numbers, required fields, URLs, International Bank Account Number (IBAN), date, email and US phone number among others.
An error message appears for each form field with invalid info, while additional field highlights and interactivity boost engagement. This Contact Form 7 extension is easy to install and works with multiple forms.
Contact Form 7 is beloved by many WordPress users. It offers you a simple yet effective WordPress contact form solution that is a cut above the average. With the added extensions, it is evident you can achieve much more with little effort. What do you think?
Which is your favorite WordPress contact form plugin? If you’re all about Contact Form 7, which are you favorite extensions? Wow us in the comment section. Cheers!