When building a WordPress multisite network it can be challenging to find plugins that will be compatible across the network. Even functionality as simple as a contact form can have you hunting for hours for a plugin that will work properly with multisite. Since a contact form is one of the most common requirements for any website, we’ve put together a list of some of the most trusted plugins for use with multisite networks.
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Contact forms 7 has been around for ages and is regularly updated. This plugin has been downloaded nearly 9 million times and is a favorite of our Facebook fans. The ContactForm7.com website has a ton of tutorials and documentation for using its many features.
Formidable is a free plugin with optional premium features and support. Its unique features include a simple drag-and-drop interface and in-place editing. The plugin is multisite compatible and if you purchase an unlimited Pro licence, you’ll have support for multisite and any other single site installations. You never have to worry about your network getting overrun with spam, because Formidable Forms integrates with reCAPTCHA and Akismet for spam control.
Gravity Forms is a longtime favorite plugin of many in the WordPress community. It is one of the most successful commercial WordPress plugins on the market and that’s because it does virtually everything you could ever imagine for forms to do. Gravity Forms includes an advanced form builder with settings for limiting entries, scheduling forms, adding pricing fields and much more. The developer license has support for WordPress Multisite and offers unlimited forms, entries and a host of other features.
The Jetpack plugin collection offers a built-in contact form that you can launch from the post editor. These contact forms are very similar to those you find on WordPress.com. Network activate Jetpack in order to make it available to all sites on your network.
The WPMU DEV Contact Widget plugin was made for WordPress multisite. Compared to other form plugins this one is ridiculously simple to use. It comes with built-in spam protection and options to choose the admin email, customize the success message and add custom CSS – right from the widget controls. You’ll never have to worry about compatibility issues because this plugin was designed for use with multisite and is easy to include in your new site templates to make sure that every blog owner has their own contact form.
This is one of those workhorse plugins that has been around for ages, quietly getting the job done. Fast Secure Contact Form has been downloaded more than 3 million times and is a favorite of many multisite super admins. It doesn’t have a super fancy interface, but forms are easy to edit. The plugin allows you to create multiple forms, set confirmation emails, optionally redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent and includes many more features – all with no templates to mess with. Fast Secure Contact Form also includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block spammers.
This plugin is not as widely used as some of the others but it can certainly be used in a multisite environment. Custom Contact Forms have quite a lot of nice features for styling your form and customizing it to meet your needs. Features include required fields, captchas, tooltip popovers, unlimited fields/forms/form styles, file upload fields, the ability to use a custom thank you page or built-in popover with a custom success message set for each form. The plugin is well-maintained and new features are regularly added.
Are we missing any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments.