- By Joe Fylan
- Last updated: January 26, 2020
Contact Form 7 is a regularly recommended and widely used free plugin for adding contact forms to WordPress websites.
However, as Contact Form 7 has been available since 2007, its positive reputation and status have been earned over a long period of time, rather than just in the last few years. Due to this, it’s worth taking an up-to-date look at Contact Form 7 to see if it’s still the best free contact form plugin for WordPress.
Reevaluating Contact Form 7 is especially worthwhile as a number of strong options for adding online forms to WordPress websites have emerged over the last few years, some with very positive user ratings and impressive numbers of active installations.
So to help you decide if Contact Form 7 is the right plugin for your website, this review highlights its best and worst aspects, while also looking at how it compares to some of the other free contact form plugins that are now available for WordPress.
About Contact Form 7
As mentioned, Contact Form 7 is a very widely used plugin for adding online forms to WordPress websites, with over 5 million active installations at the time of writing.
Now though, a few freely available online form plugins that were released after Contact Form 7, such as Ninja Forms and WPForms, are getting close to this level of usage, with over 1 million and 3 million active installations respectively.
Furthermore, the free versions of those plugins now have higher user ratings than Contact Form 7, whose own rating has slipped from 4.5 stars out of 5 to 4.1 in the last few years. All of this suggests that Contact Form 7 may no longer be the best free contact form plugin for WordPress.
So, should you use Contact Form 7 to add an online form to your WordPress website? Or if you’re already using Contact Form 7 on your site, is it time to start thinking about switching to another plugin?
This Contact Form 7 review will help you answer those
This article was written by Joe Fylan and originally published on WinningWP.