Need a WordPress contact form widget in your sidebar? Make it easy for people to contact you on your WordPress site with a form maker plugin!
Looking to add a contact form widget to your WordPress sidebar? With the right WordPress forms plugin, it's easy!
And why would you need a WordPress sidebar contact form? If you want people to contact you, you've got to make it easy. But you knew that already, didn't you?
So, how do you add a contact form to a WordPress sidebar? You don't need to know how to code. You just need one form builder plugin: Formidable Forms.
Formidable is the best sidebar contact form WordPress plugin. Best of all, it's completely free when it comes to contact forms. All you need to do is create a contact form and put it in your widget area.
Just to be clear, there's no need for a dedicated contact form sidebar widget for WordPress! Formidable Forms can handle this and much more. If you're ready, let's get to it!
Step 1 – Create a WordPress contact form
The first thing we need to do is create a brand new contact form. This can all be done from the WordPress dashboard.
If you haven't created a form in Formidable before, simply go to your WordPress admin panel and click on Formidable → Forms → Add New. From there you can build your own from scratch or use our handy Contact Us form template to save some time.
For more information about how to create a new contact form, you can take a look at our post on it below.
Once you’ve got your simple contact form created, you can then customize it however you want. If our template doesn't have all the fields you need, just add in whatever you want!
For most contact forms, you would want to include an email address, a subject (text field), and a message area (paragraph field).
By the way, you can create as many different contact forms as you want. Maybe the one in your sidebar is more streamlined than the one on your contact page? You decide.
Step 2 – Add a contact form as a WordPress sidebar widget
The next step is to click on Appearance in your WordPress panel. You’ll then get a list of options including Widgets. Click on that and from there you can manage all your Widgets, both sidebar and the ones for WordPress footers as well.
You should see a list of all the available widgets you can use. Find Formidable in the list and click on it. This should pull up the option to add a widget to either the sidebar or the footer. Choose sidebar and this will automatically add it to your sidebar list.
On your right, you should see a Blog Sidebar option with a list of all the widgets you have enabled there.
If you click on the Formidable widget, it’ll expand and give you more options. This is where you choose the contact form you wish to use in a dropdown. You can also add a title like ‘Contact us today for more information’.
This will add the contact form widget to your sidebar. Drag and drop it where you like and you're done!
Step 3 – Include a mailing list checkbox (optional)
If you’re looking for an easy way to boost your email signup numbers, your contact form is a great place to do this.
You can add a simple newsletter signup checkbox to the bottom of your contact form. This way, when people input their contact details, they’ve got an option to hear more from you in the future.
This makes it effortless for them to signup, where they might not have even thought of it before. This is particularly useful for website visitors who really enjoy your blog posts and want a way to keep up to date with them.
You can find out exactly how to do this by following our handy step by step guide on how to add a simple newsletter signup checkbox.
Step 4 – Publish your contact form
Once you've created your contact form widget and are happy with it, it's time to publish it. If you've placed your form into your widget area as we described, you should be good to go!
You can also place your form anywhere you want using your form shortcode. Just copy the shortcode into any post or page.
In the end, you should have a sidebar that looks a little like this:
It really is as simple as that. All it does is take a few minutes out of your day to set up. It's an easy way to save all your users' plenty of time when they want to contact you.
We hope this has helped you do more with your sidebar to increase conversions. This is a non-intrusive, simple way to encourage users to get in contact with you in a way that doesn't harm the user experience in any way.
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