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The impressive size of the WordPress plugin repository can make it overwhelming to choose the one that suits your needs. Some of the most popular plugins didn’t make the cut, so let’s address them first.

Why we didn’t include Formidable Forms and Contact Form 7

While Formidable Forms is a great WordPress extension, it’s targeted at more advanced users and developers. We wouldn’t recommend it as the best choice for small business owners and editors.

Contact Form 7 has over 5 million active installations. It’s free, has free add-ons and offers the basic functionality that would suit most users but is difficult to set up and has an unfriendly user interface.

Knowing websites are a crucial asset for businesses, we only picked the plugins that will streamline your workflow and add more value to your site.

Gravity Forms

The logo of Gravity Forms contact form plugin for WordPress

Gravity Forms is our number one choice for contact forms on the websites we build. The plugin’s intuitive interface is paired with almost any functionality you could think of.

Do you need conditional logic, user-generated WordPress posts, file uploads, spam filter, responsiveness or the ability for visitors to resume filling a form they have started before? You name it and Gravity Forms has it.

Integrations are the icing on the cake. From MailChimp to PayPal Payments, Gravity Forms allows you to easily integrate with hundreds of third-party applications.

Image with logos of some of the Gravity Forms integrations.
A sneak peek at Gravity Forms integrations.

There is no real downside to the plugin. While it’s a premium plugin without a free version, but you absolutely get your money’s worth – and they offer a refund for up to 30 days after your purchase.

Get Gravity Forms.

Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms logo banner.

Ninja Forms has the appeal of both Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms. It’s a freemium plugin so you don’t have to pay for it while offering a sleek drag-and-drop interface like Gravity Forms.

The free version allows you to create fairly complex forms, however, Ninja Forms provides most of the advanced functionalities of Gravity Forms in their add-ons.

The flexibility of Ninja Forms will be an advantage to many users but you have to carefully evaluate your requirements.

While starting out with the free version might seem like a perfect solution at first, if your requirements change with time, you might actually end up spending significantly more than you would for Gravity Forms.

Try Ninja Forms for free.


WPForms plugin banner.

WPForms was created by the WPBeginner team with impeccable user experience in mind. The free version of the plugin might not be the most powerful one but it’s incredibly user-friendly and perfect for the most common requirements.

Purchasing a subscription unlocks plenty of advanced features while remaining as intuitive as possible.

WPForms connects with popular mailing and payment services and the apparent lack of integrations is misleading. You can connect WPForms with Zapier and integrate it with over 500 apps.

Download WPForms Lite.

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Closing words

Including contact forms on your website not only makes it easier to get in touch with you but also automates a number of tasks for your business.

Plugin integrations allow you to save conversations in CRM systems, customer service tools and many other applications.

We can’t stress the importance of contact forms enough. When used right, they fuel some of the best lead generation techniques.

We hope our selection of plugins will make your choice easier and you’ll be able to reap the benefits of professionally-looking contact forms that took only a few minutes to set up.

If you have any tips for our readers or need help with setting up the plugins, let me know in the comments.

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Originally published Apr 11, 2019 10:17:13 AM, updated May 8 2024.

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