Top 5 WordPress Contact Form Plugins

There are over 1,500 WordPress contact form plugins available today and although this topic has been drummed to death we still get asked the same question. What contact form plugin should I use?

Let’s take a quick look at the top 5 WordPress contact form plugins available in 2018. We will be reviewing each plugin on this list individually in due course.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form is probably one of the oldest and most downloaded contact form plugins around. It has over 5 million+ active installs and continues to grow. If you are looking for a simple free solution then this little gem is it.

Cost: Free

Pros

  • It’s free
  • Good community support
  • Well documented
  • Well maintained

Cons

  • Support is limited
  • Beginners may find it difficult to understand settings
  • Requires a little HTML knowledge
  • No integrations
  • Form entries are not stored
  • Very few add-ons

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Pirate Forms

Pirate Forms is a freemium WordPress contact form plugin built by the team at Themeisle. It comes with an easy interface that’s good for creating simple contact forms. The Pro version’s extended features include custom fields, multiple forms and MailChimp integration.

Cost: Free / $35

Pros

  • It’s free
  • Built-in reCaptcha addon
  • Built SMTP addon

Cons

  • No advanced features
  • Lack of addons

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WPForms

Cost: Free / $49 / $99 / $199 / $499

WPForms is relatively new but has already cemented itself as one of the leading contact form plugins in the market – and is the most expensive out of the lot. It has a beautifully designed interface and uses a drag & drop builder, making it very easy to knock out forms. There are several packages to select from, each unlocking premium features such as  payment forms, post submissions, Mailchimp integration etc. You also have a lite (free) version, which is a stripped down version without the premium features. If you are looking for a simple contact form with a handful of fields to work with then the Lite version is for you.

Pros

  • Free version available
  • No coding required
  • Pre-built form templates
  • Multi-purpose functionality
  • Well documented
  • Good support

Cons

  • Lite version has limited functions
  • Expensive
  • Different pricing tiers

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Gravity Forms

Cost: $59 / $159 / $259

Gravity Forms is the most popular premium WordPress form plugin of the all. Unfortunately, there is no free version and like WPForms, it also has several pricing tiers that unlock advanced features. Gravity Forms has a much broader range of add-ons than WPForms and it also has more options for customising forms and fields, which gives you greater control over how and what is displayed.

Pros

  • Extensive selection of fields with the basic package
  • Stores entries
  • Multi-purpose functionality
  • Brilliant for developers
  • Well documented

Cons

  • Dated design
  • Different pricing tiers
  • No free version

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Ninja Forms

Cost: Free / $99 / $199 / $499 – $29 to $129 for add-ons

Ninja Forms like WPForms is a freemium WordPress plugin. It has a similar fancy interface to that of WPForms and it is very easy to use. Ninja Forms offers three different pricing tiers, all unlocking additional features. Unlike WPForms and Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms gives you the option to separately purchase add-ons aswell as offering them as part of their package bundles, making it the cheapest option out of all the premium plugins on offers.

Pros

  • Free version available
  • Multi-purpose functionality

Cons

  • Free version has limited functions

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To summarise, if you are looking for a no thrills approach and all you want is a simple contact form then we vouch for Contact Form 7 or WPForms lite – if you are not comfortable with HTML or advanced settings. If you want an easy ride, without any coding involved then WPForms or Ninja forms is what you are looking for. Just be wary that although WPForms has an extensive collection of add-ons they are not all available on the basic or plus versions. If you are wanting to build payment forms, user registrations and post submissions then the pro version is the one you want. If you are wanting to create advanced complex forms with advanced calculations then Gravity forms wins hands down.