Every small business website needs a contact form. It’s important to give potential customers a way to contact you if they have questions. You could just list your email address right on your website, but if you don’t want to start getting a lot of spam, that’s not a good idea. Shady spammers use robots to search the internet for the email addresses of unsuspecting victims, and scrape them up for their email spam lists. I certainly wouldn’t want to do anything to invite spam into my inbox! Using a contact form gives visitors a way to contact you without putting your email address (and your sanity) at risk.
With WordPress it’s really easy to add a contact form with one of the many free plugins available out there. The one I’ve been using for a while now is ContactBuddy from PluginBuddy.com. I like it because it’s clean and simple, and gets the job done. You can set it up to send the message to any email address you specify, and you can choose your own default subject line. This will be used if the visitor doesn’t specify an email subject.
ContactBuddy automatically uses the styles of whatever theme you have installed on your website. This can be great, because it matches your site and you don’t have to do any additional styling. But, if your theme has minimal styles for forms, it can be a bit lackluster. Thankfully, PluginBuddy just released an update of ContactBuddy with six new pre-packaged styles to choose from. I just used the “Light” style to upgrade my contact form, and I thought it would be a good time to share this plugin with everyone. Try it out and let me know what you think!