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No matter what type of website you have, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll need a contact form somewhere on the site. When it comes to contact form plugins for WordPress, there are a pile of options out there to choose from. So which contact form plugin is the best? Since everyone’s needs are different, there’s no single best choice. So here are the ones I’ve used and trust.

Here they are, in order of worst to best (but they’re all good).

#3: Contact Form by WPForms

Type: Freemium

With it’s intuitive drag & drop interface, there’s no wonder why this plugin has over 2 million installations. It’s a hard form builder to beat and perfect for folks who don’t like messing with code.

Many page builders & theme templates that include contact forms in them use Contact Form by WPForms as the vehicle for those forms.

There’s also a premium version that allows you to store all contact entries right in your database so you can keep them neatly filed away.

Pick up the free version in the WordPress repository, or head on over to WPForms.com to get the premium one. A word to the wise though, if you decide you want to pay for a forms plugin, you might be better off buying something like Elementor Pro as the pricing isn’t much different and it does so much more than just forms.

#2: Contact Form 7

Type: Free

I’m not actually a big fan of this contact form plugin, but maybe I’m the oddball – it has over 5 million installs making it the most popular form plugin out there.

Contact Form 7 isn’t quite as drag & drop as other form makers (see the video below), but it’s one of the fastest loading form elements available. You won’t have to worry about your site load speed being slowed down just because the page happens to have a contact form on it.

Using Contact Form 7 will require some skill manipulating basic html tags such as <br> and <p>. For complex forms, this could result in a time-consuming form building process.

Aside from the lack of drag & drop features, Contact Form 7 is a solid contact form plugin that works reliably. Download it from the WordPress repository here.

#1: Elementor Pro

Type: Paid

Elementor Pro earns the #1 spot because the forms are completely and totally customizable. Everything from backgrounds to fonts can be modified with just a few mouse clicks.

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While I’d probably never recommend purchasing an Elementor Pro license simply because it can be used to create forms, it’s versatility in doing so many other things for your WordPress site makes it worth consideration.

There are plenty of better reasons to buy the pro version, but the forms you can build with Elementor Pro are unmatched in customization options. I’ve recently switched a bunch of my sites from WPForms to forms built with Elementor Pro and there has been absolutely zero disappointment.

As it’s a premium plugin, Elementor Pro comes with all the bells and whistles for any kind of form you’d want to build. Unfortunately, if you only have the free version, forms aren’t available. And if you want to save form entries to your database, Elementor Pro currently doesn’t do that although there are some free third party plugins that do the job just fine.

Head on over to Elementor.com to buy it now if you’re ready to throw down for the best forms and a bunch of other great features.

Final Thoughts

While there are plenty of free ways to embed contact forms on your WordPress website, as usual the paid options provide much more. If you find yourself needing a free plugin, then Contact Forms by WPForms is a great option. But if you want to step it up a notch, Elementor Pro is an excellent choice.

Sharif Jameel is a business owner, IT professional, runner, & musician. His professional certifications include CASP, Sec+, Net+, MCSA, & ITIL and others. He’s also the guitar player for the Baltimore-based cover band, Liquifaction.


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Sharif Jameel

Sharif Jameel is a business owner, IT professional, runner, & musician. His professional certifications include CASP, Sec+, Net+, MCSA, & ITIL and others. He’s also the guitar player for the Baltimore-based cover band, Liquifaction.