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Add A Contact Form To Your Blog

tin-can-telephoneYou definitely need a ‘Contact’ page on your blog not only because it makes sense but also because Google will know if you have one (or not) and Google likes the fact that you are ‘contactable‘.

BUT you don’t want to simply type your email address as a clickable link on a page of your blog as it will eventually be found by an evil Spam Bot and, next thing you know, your getting tons of Spammy emails to your Inbox – Aaaagh! So let’s use a Contact Form plugin instead – but a good one!

I’ve used many different Contact Form plugins over the last couple of years but many have either broken my blog on newer versions of  WordPress or have no flexibility in how to embed the forms into a blog. So I currently like this one from Dagon Design ( not least because it will allow me to have multiple Feedback Forms on different pages and posts on my blog if I so choose)…



I’ve included this plugin in my Zipped folder of ‘recommended Plugins’ ( over there on the right) but you can also download this highly configurable Contact Form from the Dagon Design site here
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If you’re interested in my doing a video tutorial, in the future, on how to create multiple feedback forms on various pages/posts of your site (with different info boxes that you want a visitor to fill in before pressing the ‘send’ button), let me know via the comments below…
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Clive

Clive

Managing Director at Big Buzz Projects
Clive McGonigal is a full time Web Developer, Marketer, WordPress Evangelist and all round Decent Chap. He lives between London and France ( on a tiny rowing boat with an internet connection) and spends his offline time wining, dining and conversing with his dogs. He loves WordPress ( themes, plugins and tweaks) and blogs about them whenever he can.
Clive
Clive

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  1. Nikki Warrington says:

    Hi Clive,

    I have sorted the contact form out (I say I…I mean my techy friend!) and the problem was that in the DDFM1 contact form wasn’t set up with the name and an email address for the “contact email” to be inside my domain.

    I have NO idea what this means! My friend is sat next to me dictating this as I type!!

    Anyway its sorted. Thanks

    Nikki

    • Clive says:

      Glad you got it fixed – it’s nice to have a techie friend! I note that it was in the EMail Registration section of the DDFM1 set up where you put your email – my form works fine without my making those changes! Anyway as I’m certainly not techie-minded I just like things to work :-)

  2. Nikki Warrington says:

    Thanks Clive,

    I’ve emailed the hosting company so we will soon see.
    Will try the other form in the meantime.

    Thanks!!

  3. Nikki Warrington says:

    I have followed the instructions to the letter adding this contact form and I keep getting an error message saying Error this message hasn’t been sent. Not quite sure what I am doing wrong. But it’s driving me loopy!!

    Nikki

    • Clive says:

      Ni Nikki,
      Having looked at your Blog I can see (the good news) is that you have indeed set everything up correctly but (the bad news) is that it’s an issue you need to take to the Support staff of your hosting company as it would appear that they have disabled the server (where your blog sits) from using the PHP mail function that this plugin requires. I’m no techie though so it might be something else but they’ll be able to at least know what the problem is and fix it, or not depending on their policy

      While waiting to hear from them you might consider deactivating the DD Contact form plugin and try another such as this one: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/si-contact-form/

      Not all Contact Form plugins work the same way so, if it’s something other than the PHP mail function, another plugin, such as this, may work for you.

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