10 Free Contact Form 7 Extensions You Didn’t Know You Need

Posted on November 18, 2016 by in Resources | 35 comments

10 Free Contact Form 7 Extensions You Didn’t Know You Need

With an active user base exceeding one million, Contact Form 7 is the King of the free contact form plugins. However, if you want it to compete with the top premium options, it needs a little bit of help.

Fortunately, Contact Form 7 is fully extendable. That means you can unlock more advanced functionalities by installing extensions and add-ons. In today’s post, we’re taking a look at 10 of the very best of them – the 10 Contact Form 7 extensions you didn’t know you need. Each extension is available completely free of charge from the official WordPress plugin directory.

These extensions are stackable, too. That means you’re not limited to just the one, and by mixing and matching these extensions, you can have contact forms capable of anything you ask of them. Now Contact Form 7 can give those premium contact forms a run for their money!

Let’s dive straight in. These are, in no particular order, the 10 top Contact Form 7 extensions.

(*Note: you will need to have Contact Form 7 installed and activated to use these extensions!)

1. Contact Form 7 Multi-Step Forms

contact-form-7-multi-step-forms

By default, Contact Form 7 only supports single-step forms. This is one of its biggest limitations compared to premium contact form plugins such as Gravity Forms.

Some forms just need lots of fields, though, but this can be off-putting for time-short visitors. By breaking the form into multiple pages – multi-step forms – a visitor only has to fill in a small number of fields on any given screen. This simple exploit can significantly boost form completion rates.

No points for guessing what the Contact Form 7 Multi-Step Forms extension does then. However, and as we’ve just discussed, this is invaluable functionality that can have a positive impact on your bottom line.

The plugin adds a Multistep button to the contact form editing screen.

contact-form-7-multistep-button

Clicking this opens up the multistep pop-up. From here, you can configure the total number of steps and the number of the current step. Each step is published on a unique URL, so you’ll also have to redirect the visitor to the next form.

contact-form-7-multistep-configuration-screen

2. Conditional Fields for Contact Form 7

conditional-fields-for-contact-form-7

The Conditional Fields for Contact Form 7 extension introduces conditional logic to your forms. In my opinion, this plugin complements the previous one nicely – if you have longer, multistep forms, there is a good chance that some fields will be redundant based on earlier answers.

With the plugin installed, when you access the contact form edit screen, you’ll be able to see a new tag: Conditional Fields Group.

contact-form-7-conditional-fields-group

Use this to generate the conditional field tag. Any fields between these shortcodes will only be displayed if certain conditions are met. See the screenshot below for an example.

contact-form-7-conditional-group-shortcode

Next, head to the Conditional fields tab. Here, you can choose the trigger for the conditional fields – whether or not a particular field equals/does not equal a specific value.

contact-form-7-conditional-logic-rule

Now when a visitor accesses your contact form, some fields are initially hidden.

contact-form-7-conditional-field-not-triggered

However, when the conditional logic criteria are satisfied, the extra fields are activated.

contact-form-7-conditional-field-triggered

3. Contact Form 7 Submissions

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Many webmasters choose to direct their contact form submissions to a dedicated email address. The problem with this is that if you don’t receive many submissions, you might not check the emails regularly enough – you could miss an important message.

Contact Form 7 Submissions is an excellent solution to this problem. The add-on stores every form submission in the WordPress database. The main perk of this is that the messages can then be accessed directly from the WordPress dashboard – simply navigate to Contact > Submissions.

contact-form-7-submissions-screenshot

The add-on is plug-and-play, too – zero configuration required. Because it’s so convenient, this one is a must, for me.

4. Contact Form 7 PayPal Add-on

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Many premium plugins allow you to integrate payment gateways with your contact forms. Out-the-box Contact Form 7 does not support this functionality, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.

Introducing the Contact Form 7 PayPal Add-on. As the name implies, this plugin lets you integrate PayPal with your Contact Form 7 forms.

This add-on negates the need for an eCommerce plugin to sell products – the plugin uses contact forms in place of a full checkout. If you’re running a full-size eCommerce store, however, this plugin alone will not be powerful enough to meet your store’s needs. So who is it for?

Well, first we need to look at what Contact Form 7 PayPal Add-on can and can’t do. For a start, individual contact forms can only be used to purchase a single product – you can’t buy multiple products as there is no shopping cart supported. This instantly rules out many stores.

However, if you’re selling a small number of products or services, the extension is a viable option. A good example would be a blogger selling an eBook, or a developer adding a buy button to their services pages.

If your business fits the bill, Contact Form 7 PayPal Add-on is surprisingly easy to setup and use. First, you’ll need to add your PayPal merchant ID to the PayPal Settings screen, as well as confirming your currency.

contact-form-7-paypal-configuration-screen

Next, you need to open up the Contact Form edit screen. You don’t necessarily need to add many fields to your form, just name/address/email where relevant. You should also swap the submit button text with something like “Buy” to make it clear to visitors what’s happening. However, you won’t need to add any PayPal fields, as the extension takes care of this on your behalf.

When you’re done, move to the PayPal tab. On this screen, you need to activate PayPal, then provide an item description, price, and SKU number. Finish by hitting Save.

contact-form-7-paypal-price

Now whenever a visitor completes your form and hits submit, they will be redirected to the PayPal checkout screen. From here, they can complete their purchase.

contact-form-7-paypal-checkout-screen

5. Contact Form 7 Lead Info with Country

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If you’re using Contact Form 7 to collect leads, perhaps you’d like to know which locations those leads are coming from.

To add this feature to your forms, you need a team of two plugins: Contact Form 7 Lead Info with Country and GeoIP Detection. Both are freely available from the official plugin repository.

How does this work? Well, the first plugin, Contact Form 7 Lead Info with Country, simply attaches a user’s IP address to submitted forms. GeoIP Detection uses this IP address to decipher the user’s location.

All you need to do is install and activate both plugins, then update the GeoIP Detection database – no more configuration necessary. However, you will need to add the following shortcode to the message body:

[tracking-info]

Now whenever someone submits a message using your contact forms, the two plugins will team together to provide the location info you need, as so:

contact-form-7-ip-location

Despite the name, Contact Form 7 Lead Info with Country can also recognize the user’s city as well as country, as seen in the screenshot above.

6. CF7 Customizer

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The WordPress Customizer is a tool that lets you preview changes to your site’s design in real-time. Changes can include your WordPress theme, the website’s color scheme, and, more recently, widgets.

The CF7 Customizer plugin brings Contact Form 7 styling to the WordPress Customizer. After installing the plugin and publishing your contact form, simply access the Customizer on the relevant page, then find the CF7 Customizer panel.

contact-form-7-cf7-customizer-screenshot

(*Note: during installation you will be asked to connect your website with a Freemius.com account. This is NOT required to enjoy the plugin’s functionality.)

From here, you’ll be able to customize the following elements on your form:

  • Font size
  • Background color/custom image
  • Full-width
  • Padding
  • Border styling
  • Button color and styling
  • Custom CSS

contact-form-7-customizer

The one limitation is that you can’t add or edit contact form fields from the Customizer – you’ll still have to use the Contact Form 7 interface for this. However, for all of your form-styling needs, CF7 Customizer is a solid option.

7. Contact Form 7 Skins

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Want to add a contact form to your website but don’t want the hassle of editing the fields and styling it? Then Contact Form 7 Skins could be the add-on you’re looking for.

When editing your form, simply navigate to the Additional Settings tab. At the bottom of this screen, you’ll see a Skins section, which lets you choose a template and style for your form.

There are nine templates to choose from, covering purposes ranging from event registration to surveys. Each is configured with the relevant fields in place, although these fields can be customized.

Each template supports 18 styles, too. These are relatively simple but look clean and stylish.

contact-form-7-skins-templates

After making your selections, the plugin will generate the code you need in the Additional Settings tab. Then, it’s your job to transfer this code into the Form tab, overwriting your current contact form. In total, the process took no more than a few clicks, but the result is certainly impressive:

contact-form-7-custom-skin

8. MailChimp for WordPress

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Okay, so this one isn’t a straight up Contact Form 7 extension. However, it does let you integrate some very important functionality into Contact Form 7, so I’m going to let that slide.

MailChimp for WordPress is one of the best free opt-in plugins for MailChimp users. Yes, it might lack the bells and whistles of, say, Bloom, but it’s a good, streamlined plugin for anyone working to a tight budget – and 600,000 active users are testament to that.

Now, MailChimp for WordPress integrates with Contact Form 7 in two ways.

First, you can use the following shortcode to add a “sign-up to mailing list” checkbox to your contact form:

[mc4wp_checkbox “Label text”]

Your contact form will give users the opportunity to sign up to your mailing list and will look something like this:

contact-form-with-subscribe-to-mailing-list-option

The second option is to use some HTML code to add a hidden field to your contact forms.

<input type="hidden" name="mc4wp-subscribe" value="1" />

In this scenario, visitors won’t see any additional fields. However, behind the scenes, the extra line of code will automatically subscribe users to your mailing list.

9. Contact Form 7 Success Page Redirects

contact-form-7-success-page-redirects

Anyone who takes the time and effort to submit a message has expressed at least some interest in what you do, right? The Contact Form 7 Success Page Redirects plugin lets you target the interested party by redirecting them to a page of your choosing – perhaps one you’ve specifically set up.

For example, if a visitor has submitted a lead generation contact form, maybe you could further demonstrate how great your services are and attempt to cross- or up-sell them. If you’re a blogger, you might prefer to send users to an overview page that lists your top content, or possibly even a sales page for a product you’re selling.

The plugin adds a Redirect Settings tab to the edit contact form screen. From this tab, simply select your preferred redirect page from a drop-down list – note: you can only select pages, not posts. You can also configure a different redirect page for each individual contact form.

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10. Contact Form 7 Signature Addon

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In a recent post, I discussed several of the best eSignature solutions – tools for legally-binding online signatures. You can introduce this functionality with the Contact Form 7 Signature Addon.

Why might you need this? Well, it could be that you’re looking for a more secure way to get users to agree to your terms and conditions. Or, if you’re a freelancer, maybe you want protection that a client will pay you after hiring you.

The plugin introduces a signature tag to the edit contact form screen.

contact-form-7-signature-tag

After clicking it, you’ll have to configure the signature field – including whether it’s a required field, dimensions, and color. The field doesn’t have a border, so it is well worth making it a slightly different color so that users know where to sign. You should also add a label so that visitors know what to do.

contact-form-7-signature-configuration

When you’re done, visitors will see a contact form like this:

contact-form-7-blank-signature-field

They can then use the signature field to mouse-draw a legally binding signature, as so:

contact-form-7-completed-signature-screenshot

Final Thoughts

And that concludes our rundown of 10 of the best free Contact Form 7 extensions. By installing these extensions on your website – as well as Contact Form 7, of course! – you can have awesome-looking contact forms capable of subscribing users to mailing lists, collecting PayPal payments, and deciphering the user’s physical location, among other cool things.

Of course, that’s not all you can do with Contact Form 7 extensions. If your favorite extension is missing from this list, let us know in the comments below!

Article thumbnail image by Fleur Paper Co / shutterstock.com.

35 Comments

  1. Nice topic for more articles. Other top plugins with their extensions would be cool to see too.

  2. Thank you much… didn’t know of the existence of these useful extensions!

  3. Another CF7 add-on plugin I use is Contact Form 7 Honey Pot which allows you to add hidden “honey pot” fields to your form to fight spam without annoying captchas!

  4. Very helpful list of extensions for CF7, thanks!

  5. Nice article, I think this is really useful.
    I use Flamingo to manage the contact list and messages submitted via contact form 7 (export to csv is important for me). Works really well with Contact Form 7.

  6. I cannot stress how amazing this post is. I’ve been doing conditional logic and multi page setups manually and never thought extensions were an option till this post. Thanks Shaun!

  7. All the image links are broken for some reason.

    • Same for me.

    • Same here!

  8. I also recommend:

    SWEET ALERT ADD-ON FOR CONTACT FORM 7
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/sweet-alert-add-on-for-contact-form-7/
    Add Sweet Alert script into Contact Form 7 submission process.

    CF7 Notie
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/cf7-notie/
    Display Contact Form 7 response messages as an alternative the standard alert dialog.

    Contact Form DB
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7-to-database-extension/
    Saves submitted form data to the database. Export the data to a file or use shortcodes to display it.

  9. Hi, this is very usefull, thank you a lot Shaun

  10. I was looking up an extension that works with Contact Form 7 just yesterday, but it wasn’t included it on your list. It *seems* more robust than Contact Form Submissions. Has anyone used Contact Form DB with good results?

    • Yes, works great for being able to not only export the submitted form data to a cvs file (i.e., a list of registrations), but to also display that list as a table on a page for clients to review or download. This is handy for creating private pages for clients without giving them access to the admin panel like some other extensions. You can define which fields to display.

  11. Thanks for the post. This makes me want to experiment with the Contact Form 7 plugin! I’ve been considering switching to a different contact form plugin.

  12. Great list, thanks!

    The hidden fields with the MailChimp plugin is a nice feature.

    I hope hidden fields are somewhere on the roadmap for bloom. That would be an excellent addition and it would help me eliminate multiple other plugins I use!

  13. Great article. Do you know of any extensions that allow for multiple file uploads? Currently, you can only upload one file per submission.

  14. For me, all of the images are missing. I checked in multiple browsers in case it was one of my browsers acting flaky but….

  15. Very useful post. Thanks for all the great information!

  16. Yup, no post images. All broken.

  17. Thanks Shaun!

    Anybody have opinions on Contact Form 7 vs Caldera?

    Relatively new to WP, but happy to learn anything without a ridiculous learning curve…

    • I recently tried Caldera and am very impressed.
      Most, if not all, the above mentioned addons for CF7 are already included min Caldera.
      The main reason for me to switch from CF7 on this particular project was the ease with which I can create responsive columns.
      Learning curve is minimal in my opinion.

      • Thank you Hurri, really appreciate your insights!

  18. Hi,
    Please be so kind and compair Contact form 7 and Fast secured contact form.
    FS Contact form is more logical to use, setup etc…
    Thank you!

  19. All Images there! And very cool post!

  20. Flamingo does the same function that CF7 Subimission does plus it gives you extra info like browser used, IP address (country ip addon is not necessary either with this plugin), time, date, and I think the page where it was submitted too

  21. A complete new list for me. Among all of them I only know about Contact form 7. Rest of all are new for me. Thanks for the share.

  22. Great list, thank you. I didn’t know about these extensions. I especially find the Contact Form 7 Submissions extension really helpful. With it you do not miss even a single message from your contact form.

  23. WOW, this was totally new to me. I have been using contact form 7 from last 5 years but these extensions I never knew.

  24. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been using Ninja forms. It looks like with these free add-ons i might switch to Contact Form 7.

  25. I’m using CF7 from few years but I didn’t know about these plugins.
    Very usefull post, thanks for the share.

  26. I’m using CF7 with Contact Form DB. Plugin saves submitted form data to the database. Export the data to a file is very usefull.

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