Want to make the best autoresponders for WordPress sites? You need a WordPress autoresponder plugin! Here are the best ones.
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Looking for a WordPress email autoresponder plugin? There really are a lot of options. If you go to the WordPress.org plugin directory, you'll find many different types of plugins:
- Form building plugins
- Landing page / Coming soon / Maintenance plugins
- Pop-up and lead generation plugins
Which category contains the best WordPress autoresponder plugins? It really depends on your goals. Truth be told, some of the plugins on this list can really do it all. Others can solve very specific problems.
To help you choose the WordPress email notification plugin that's best for you, we'll review a few of the top choices in each category. But first, a word on email marketing services and other things to consider when choosing your autoresponder plugin.
What to look for in the best autoresponder for WordPress
There are a few things you'll want to think about when choosing a WordPress autoresponder plugin. First, check to see if the plugin can integrate with email platforms like MailChimp, Constant Contact, and AWeber.
Using these services, you'll be able to check stats like open rate and click-through rate on your autoresponder emails. There are some dedicated WordPress email services (like MailPoet, which is free up to 2000 subscribers), but those typically don't integrate with the plugins on this list.
For these plugins to work best, they should connect to your email subscribers wherever they are. If that can't be done, the plugin won't work! If you aren't sure, you can always download a free plugin, check the settings page and the free options first.
Sometimes the free version of a plugin can be very powerful. In fact, the first option on this list lets you send unlimited free autoresponders!
The best email autoresponder WordPress plugins
Form building plugins
If you consider all the best free WordPress form plugins, there really are a lot of choices. Let's take a look at the top three when it comes to autoresponders.
Formidable Forms tops our list of the best autoresponders for WordPress. And yes - it's our plugin. But that also means we know how hard we've worked on autoresponders for our customers!
With Formidable, there are actually two ways to send autoresponders to your audience:
- As a form notification
- As a trigger action (triggering your connected email service)
With the free version of Formidable, it's possible to send unlimited autoresponders on your forms. Create signup forms, subscription forms, and contact forms - and have autoresponders on each of them!
And if you already have your autoresponder emails in your email service, just connect them to your Formidable forms, and you can trigger them whenever you want. Creating forms in Formidable is easy with the help of our drag and drop form builder.
And by the way, you can even do both! Send your customer emails from your MailChimp account, and send your team notifications via Formidable. With Formidable you get autoresponders and one of the best WordPress forms plugins on the market.
There's also a lot more going on with Formidable than autoresponders. Place forms with our easy-to-use shortcode or in our custom widget. Choose from 100+ form templates. Upgrade your online store with our WooCommerce form builder. The fun never ends!
Learn more: How to create a form in WordPress
WPForms is another drag and drop builder like Formidable. It's not quite as advanced as Formidable, but it could work very well for you. Fair warning, the free version is somewhat limited.
Having said that, if you only need to send an autoresponder to the email address of a form submitter, WPForms can do that very well. It can also connect with third-party email services, just like Formidable.
If you want easy and powerful autoresponders, WPForms could be great for you. Give it a try!
Read More: Formidable vs WPForms
3. Ninja Forms
Ninja Forms calls itself the most user-friendly form builder out there. We call that debatable! But - it will still do a fine job of sending autoresponders on your WordPress site.
Same deal as the other form builders on this list: create forms and empower those forms with email notifications that trigger when somebody fills out the form.
When choosing a form builder to handle your autoresponders, there are a lot of factors to consider. But since every website needs online forms, you can't go wrong choosing one of these.
Read More: Ninja Forms vs Formidable
Landing page / Coming soon / Maintenance plugins
A landing page plugin is primarily a tool that lets you build a landing page from your WordPress admin. But since a landing page is often trying to convert users, it's typical that they include basic forms and autoresponders as well.
Sometimes these types of plugins connect to email services, just like the above options. And some of them even connect to your form builders!
SeedProd is a plugin that allows you to create a coming soon page, maintenance mode page, any kind of landing page, or Custom 404 pages. There are a lot of potential uses for these features, but one of them is to collect email signups.
Simply connect your premium integration (MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, etc.) and you can trigger autoresponders from all your opt-in points with ease!
Under Construction is another great landing page / coming soon plugin for WordPress. It does similar things as SeedProd, but it has a different style of page builder that some users really love.
As for autoresponders, you can trigger basic ones from the plugin itself, or connect to your email service of choice. The free version is highly regarded on the WordPress.org directory, but to get the most power, you'll probably need to look at their paid plans.
Pop-up and lead generation plugins
The last category of autoresponder-ready plugins we'll look at today is pop-up and lead generation plugins. These plugins are all about collecting email addresses, so naturally, they almost always come with some autoresponder features built-in.
They are great tools to build your mailing list, so if you need to do that, consider these plugins. Let's take a look!
OptinMonster is... well... a monster popup plugin! It integrates tons of email platforms (MailChimp, AWeber, etc.), CRMs, and advanced marketing automation services. The concept is simple. Use OptinMonster to collect email addresses with your opt-in forms and send them your autoresponder emails.
The neat thing about OptinMonster is that it has conditional logic built-in too. So you could collect a lead, send it to your CRM, and trigger an autoresponder from your email platform all at once. How's that for convenience!
Learn more: How to create a pop-up form in WordPress
7. Popup Maker
Popup Maker is a surprisingly powerful WordPress plugin with loads of features all designed to get you more subscribers. And they know that a hot lead needs to receive an email to let them know they are being taken care of.
The Popup Maker email autoresponder feature helps you send emails to your subscribers as soon as they subscribe to your different lists. Make real-time conversions not losing any single moment and target the subscribers from the very first moment they subscribe.
Popup Builder is a responsive WordPress popup, subscription, and newsletter plugin. Just like the other plugins above, the name of the game is conversions. And of course, that means email addresses.
Although this feature is not free, the autoresponder tool allows you to send targeted emails right after a visitor subscribes to you. You can even send coupon codes or download links along with your autoresponders.
Truth be told, there are even more choices out there when it comes to autoresponders for WordPress sites. Some WordPress themes even come with them built-in too. Nevertheless, the ones on this list represent the best and brightest.
We hope you've found today's roundup useful. Keep it locked to the Formidable blog for all things WordPress. Bye for now!