7 Useful Plugins for Adding Features to Contact Form 7

7 Useful Plugins for Adding Features to Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is a fantastic free plugin for adding contact forms to a WordPress site. But despite its ease of use and reliability, it’s missing a lot of features out-of-the-box.

I recently showed how you can style Contact Form 7 with the help of plugins. In this post, I’ll show you how to extend Contact Form 7 even further to do the following:

  1. Add conditional logic to your form
  2. Add dynamic values to your form fields
  3. Save contact form submissions to the WordPress database
  4. Send out a PDF generated from your form
  5. Protect your form from spammers
  6. Sell simple products without an eCommerce solution

All the plugins mentioned throughout this post are free to download from WordPress.org.

Let’s get started.

Tip: if you’re a WPMU DEV member, you can use our very own Forminator plugin as an alternative to Contact Form 7.

7 Useful Plugins for Adding Features to Contact Form 7

  1. Contact Form 7 Conditional Fields
  2. HubSpot
  3. Redirection for Contact Form 7
  4. Contact Form Submissions
  5. Send PDF for Contact Form 7
  6. Contact Form 7 Honeypot
  7. Contact Form 7 – PayPal Add-on

1. Contact Form 7 Conditional Fields

Contact Form 7 Conditional Fields brings conditional logic to your contact form. Form fields can be set to appear only when the user has given a particular response.

For this example, I created a question for a company contact form that collects some useful marketing information by asking the user how they heard about the company.

There are 5 options for that question:

  • Word of mouth
  • Search engine
  • Email
  • Social media
  • Other

These options are added as radio buttons. My radio button group was named where.

When the “Other” option is chosen, it should show a text field for the visitor to add the other method that they discovered us. I named this text field where-other.

But this field should only show if the Other option is selected, so it’s wrapped in a conditional field group which uses the shortcode [group other][/group]. My conditional field group is called other-input.

To set the display condition go to Conditional fields and create a rule.

A conditional rule: If where equals Other then show other-input

Here is the final contact form code for the radio button group and text field:

The form will now only show the option to add an additional response when Other is selected.

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This article was written by James Farmer and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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