How To Configure Contact Form 7

I have been utilizing Contact Form 7 for an extended period of time and I can confidently say that it is an excellent plugin for incorporating customized contact forms into your WordPress site. In this piece, I will guide you through the steps to configure Contact Form 7 and also share some of my personal suggestions and techniques.

Getting Started with Contact Form 7

Before we dive into the configuration, let’s make sure you have the plugin installed and activated on your WordPress website. You can search for “Contact Form 7” in the plugin repository and install it directly from there. Once activated, you’ll see a new menu item labeled “Contact” in your WordPress dashboard.

Clicking on the “Contact” menu item will take you to the Contact Form 7 dashboard, where you can manage all your contact forms. By default, Contact Form 7 comes with a sample form called “Contact form 1,” but we’ll create a new form from scratch to customize it according to our needs.

Creating a New Contact Form

To create a new form, click on the “Add New” button next to the “Contact Forms” heading. Give your form a name that reflects its purpose, and you’re ready to start configuring it.

Configuring Form Fields

When you create a new form, you’ll be presented with a default form template. You can start customizing it by adding and removing form fields. To add a new field, simply click on the corresponding button in the form builder UI. Each field can be customized with various options like field type, label, placeholder text, and validation rules.

For example, if you want to add a text field for the user’s name, click on the “Text” button in the form builder, and a new field will be added to the form. You can then customize the label to say “Name” and add a placeholder like “Enter your name here.” You can also set validation rules to ensure the user enters a valid name.

Similarly, you can add fields for email, subject, message, and any other information you want to collect from your users. The form builder UI is intuitive and easy to use, allowing you to arrange the fields in any order you prefer.

Configuring Form Settings

Once you’ve added and customized all the necessary form fields, it’s time to configure the form settings. Click on the “Mail” tab in the form settings to set up the email notifications. You can specify the recipient email address, subject line, and the content of the email that will be sent when a user submits the form.

Additionally, you can set up multiple email notifications, customize the confirmation message shown to the user after form submission, and configure other advanced settings like file attachments and spam filtering.

Adding the Form to Your Website

After you’ve finished configuring the form, it’s time to add it to your website. Contact Form 7 provides you with a shortcode that you can copy and paste into any post, page, or widget where you want the form to appear. Simply edit the content where you want the form to be displayed and paste the shortcode in there.

Once you’ve saved the changes, the form will be live on your website, and users will be able to submit their information through it. Contact Form 7 also provides detailed documentation and support in case you encounter any issues or need advanced customization.


Configuring Contact Form 7 might seem a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it to be a powerful tool for creating custom contact forms. With its intuitive interface and extensive customization options, you can create forms tailored to your specific needs. So go ahead, give it a try, and enhance the communication on your WordPress website!