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How to Add a Contact Form to Your Blog?

If you have subscribed to comments yesterday, you might have seen Bonoriau’s comment:
Can you teach me how to add a contact form to blogs?

So, here is the answer.

Many bloggers have already used several sites for contact form building and they have posted in-depth tutorials for this. You will be able to find quite a few of them yourself. Here is my addition.

A contact form is indeed essential for a professional blog. A sign that the blog is professional. There are a number of services, which allow you to paste a customized contact form to your own blog. Here are some of them.

Part I: Free Contact Forms

There are a number of free online contact form builders, which have pretty much built in templates for contact forms. In this first part, we will see some of them.

1. EmailMeForm

This is my choice for professional contact forms. You can do pretty much great customization with this application. Go to emailmeform.com and sign up. You can start a new contact form after signing up and you can add fields to it the way you like.

You can have this form hosted on your Blogger blog itself by publishing the form HTML code provided by them as an individual post or host it in their server itself as I have done. Make sure you disable comments and trackbacks on this post. You can choose a Thank You page and it may be redirected to your blog as I have done here.

2. Kontactr

Kontactr has been one of the most popular contact form providers for blogs for pretty much some time. I don’t know why, but now the site gives me a 403 forbidden error.

3. Contactify

Just as the others, Contactify helps you build very professional contact forms, which can be added to your blog.

4. MyContactForm.com

MyContactForm.com is another professional contact form builder with quite a number of features including field validation, templates, autoresponders, etc. However, the premium features are available at a payment here.

Part II: Build Your Own Personal Professional Contact Form With ZOHO

ZOHO is a tight competitor for Google Docs and one of the best. Here are the steps to building a contact form using ZOHO Creator.

1. Start New Application

Go to ZOHO Creator and sign in using your Google account. Now, click, Start New Application link, and you will be directed to the page like this:

ZOHO contact form application starting


Choose the form name. You can choose form templates, which will give you professional designs. Make sure you make the application public as in the screenshot, for all people to access the form.

2. Add Fields

In the next step, you can add pretty much any sort of fields to the contact form as you wish. Add name, email, subject, message fields, and any other fields as you choose.

If you know scripting, you can have cool effects on these fields.

ZOHO contact form fields


You can edit the field properties with the edit link available by hovering over the respective field. Check this screenshot:

ZOHO contact form field editing


3. Captcha for Spammers

You may want to enable Captcha (image of numbers and letters) in your form to fight the spammers. There are people who use automated ways to contact you if you have a popular blog. So, to avoid these spams, use a captcha. In order to use Captcha, click Form Properties from More Actions menu. Check the box, Need Verification Code. Also you can set the ‘Thank You’ message here.

4. Email Notification Settings

This is the most important step. You have to set email notification to the form so that every time someone submits it, you get the message to your inbox. From the More Actions menu, click Email Notification.

By default, the window that opens is like this:
ZOHO contact form Email Notification


In the screenshot, see the marked regions. For the From field, using the Write Expression button, choose the field name for the user’s email address. This way, you can get the email as being sent directly from the user’s email address and you can reply him directly with the reply button.

In the To field, type your own email address (if ZOHO doesn't allow this, use the admin user ID field there). Also, you may want to choose the subject field with the name you have given to the subject field on your form, which is also shown on the Write Expression window (marked). Don’t also forget to check the Include User Submitted Data check box. Otherwise, you will not get the user’s actual communication. In the message box, you can enter anything, which will be sent along with the user communication.

You can alternatively set up the email notification using the scripting menu (for advanced users).

5. Set Up the Contact Form on Your Site

Once you are finished with editing the fields, design and email notification settings, you need to make the form available to your readers. Click on the Access This Application link.

Check the appropriate contact form application and click More Actions menu. You can find Embed in Your Website link. Alternatively, you can use the permalink to host the form within ZOHO itself. Give the link to your contact form in your website and enjoy.

If you have any more doubts, please feel free to contact me.

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008

Comments

  1. Thank you for this guide. Being a rotten coder helpful tools like these are great to know of. Will definately try one or two of the form-tools today.

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  2. i am interesting about zoho and maybe i want to sign up later.thank you for sharing this info

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  3. Thanks! The Zoho form worked great.

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  4. Emailmeform works for me. thanks for this useful post. i just digg it.

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  5. Good day. I'm the creator of myContactForm.com and would like to thank you for the mention in your blog. We have a complete tutorial for adding myContactForm.com forms to Blogger which can be found here:

    http://www.email-forms.com/blogs/blogger/

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  6. Have you tried this contact form?
    http://aliveprojects.com/apps/contactemailer/how-to-install-contact-form-in-your-blog

    I bet, you will love it

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  7. You can also use the new site http://formsly.com

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  8. thanks dear for this helpful tutorial. I like the way you explain this article. keep it up.

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  9. I am trying to set up google contact form and maybe I missing something entirely here...but when I test it I am not getting emails. It plugs it into the spreadsheet at the google forms page. Maybe it doesn't send emails? Is there a better contact form now that will actually notify you by email of the comment? It maybe simple for some but I am stuck right now.

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  10. i want to add contact form on my blog www.govtjobsguide.in bt still i am not be able to add contact form on my blog

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