Every week, I get contacted via the ‘Contact Hugh’ button on my blog’s menu bar. If I didn’t have a way for visitors to my blog to contact me securely, I could have missed many opportunities.
Many of those who contact me usually ask me questions about blogging.
However, I also get people contacting me with guest posts invitations, information about my books, and even business opportunities to advertise on my blog.
Suppose somebody can not find a secure way of contacting you. In that case, they may well pass on any opportunities they wanted to offer you to somebody else.
Don’t miss out. Have a secure way for visitors to contact you rather than leave an unsecured comment on one of your blog posts.
How To Create a ‘Contact Me’ form.
- On the navigation bar of your WordPress blog, click on Pages and then on Add New.
- On the lefthand side menu of the page that opens, click on ‘Contact.’
- There are four templates to choose from. However, most of them require you to add personal information such as your email address, home/business address and contact phone number.
- Unless you’re a business blogger, never share any personal information on your ‘Contact Me’ form or anywhere on your blog. Keep those details safe and away from spammers and spambots. These details include your personal email address, address, phone number and date of birth.
- Instead, open a blank template by clicking on the ‘Blank Page‘ button located at the top of the menu.
- Give your new page that has opened a title such as ‘Contact Me‘ (I use ‘Contact Hugh’), and click the ‘add block‘ button.
- In the search bar, add ‘contact‘ and select the ‘Contact Form‘ block.
- Save and preview the form before publishing it on your blog.
- I have also added a line above my contact form informing visitors how to contact me securely. Here’s what it looks like.
- I also recommend adding some tags and an excerpt to your page/contact form before publishing it. Also, decide whether or not you want visitors to the page to leave any comments. Note – not all WordPress themes allow you to add tags to pages documents.
Now we’ve created a ‘Contact Me’ form; it’s time to add it to your blog’s menubar.
- On the navigation bar of your WordPress blog, click on ‘Appearance and Menus.’
- Choose either an existing menu or create a new one.
- As I already have a primary menu on my blog, I’m going to add a button for my ‘Contact Hugh’ page to it.
- Click on the ‘Add Items‘ button and scroll down the list of your pages and find the ‘Contact me‘ form you’ve created. Click on the ‘+‘ symbol next to it.
- Save your changes by clicking on the ‘Save Changes‘ button at the top of the page.
- Your ‘Contact Me‘ button now appears on the menubar of your blog. Here’s an image of where it appears on the menubar of my blog.
- Click on the ‘Reorder‘ button to change the order of the buttons on your menubar.
- Don’t forget to click on the button you’ve just created to make sure it’s working.
Let’s wrap it up
- It’s important to have a secure way for visitors to your blog to contact you. Many will not like leaving unsecured messages containing personal information and/or opportunities in the comments section of a blog post.
- Creating and publishing a ‘Contact Me’ form on your blog is the perfect way for visitors to leave you secure messages.
- Creating a ‘Contact Me’ form is easy to do.
- Adding a ‘Contact Me’ button to a menu on a blog is easy to do.
- Make sure your ‘Contact Me’ form is easy to find. The best place to put it is on the menubar of your blog.
- Any messages sent to you via your ‘Contact Me’ form will be emailed to you by WordPress.
- Messages can also be viewed by clicking on ‘Feedback’ (just under ‘Comments’ on the dashboard of your blog).
- Make sure you respond to messages sent via your ‘Contact Me’ form as quickly as possible.
- Don’t publish personal information anywhere on your blog. This includes, your personal email address, home address, phone number and date of birth. Don’t give scammers a chance of obtaining your personal information.
Does that help? Do you have any questions? Feel free to leave me a comment or contact me via the ‘Contact Hugh’ button.
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This is an updated version of a post originally published on Hugh’s Views And News in 2020.
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64 thoughts on “How To Create And Add A ‘Contact Me’ Form To Your WordPress Blog”
I love the tip about adding an excerpt. I am doing some revamping and will keep this in mind.
Great. I’m glad it has helped. Happy revamping of your site.
Thank you for this – it was just what I was looking for.
I did the page, followed the instructions, sent a test message to myself – three days ago – but haven’t rec’d the message.
Is there a way I can check to see where the message page has the details of the email address?
Any messages will go to the email address you have linked to your WordPress account. You can check the details of the email address you have on your blog under ‘Account Settings.’ Also, check that the message has not been marked as ‘spam’ by your email account. It’s worth checking your email’s spam folder to see if it’s in there. Messages also appear in the ‘feedback’ folder, which you can find on your blog’s dashboard.
Let me know how you get on.
It’s very strange. The original test I sent is nowhere to be found.
The second test I sent this morning is nowhere to be found.
The third attempt turned up in the email.
Nothing in the spam folder (I check it every day).
I’m just going off to try to find the feedback folder …
Thank you for your time and assistance – sometimes, I feel like a Luddite.
Teething problems, maybe? But at least it now seems to be working. It may be worth doing a test every once in a while until you’re confident it’s working. If the problem does reoccur, I’d recommend you report it to WordPress.
I agree; a regular test schedule. Thank you for your instruction, help, and perseverance.
I found the feedback folder, which has only the message that turned up in my email!
Very strange indeed, but at least now I have a contact page and for that I thank you very much.
I need to do this!
I hope my post helps.
Hello Hugh, this was another excellent reminder of how we should check our blogs periodically. I had a ‘contact me’ page but it was buried under another menu, so I have followed your tips and made it a page on its own with its very own menu! I feel this makes it much easier to find how to contact me, as you point out. The only thing I can’t do is add categories or tags to the page, maybe it’s my theme. Thanks again for all your clear and helpful advice.
How strange that you could not add tags to your ‘Contact me’ page, Debbie. I’m guessing you have the same problem with all your other page documents? It may be worth asking one of the WordPress Happiness Engineers why you can’t do it the next time you need to speak to them. I don’t believe you can categorise any pages, only posts.
I’m glad this post persuaded you to make your ‘Contact Me’ form more visible to readers and visitors.
Yes now that I come to think of it, I think that’s the case, I can’t use tags on my pages – I wonder why?? I might just look into it now that you mention it.
I just double-checked all my pages (only 7), and I can add tags and excerpts to all of them.
So, I have just asked the Happiness Engineers and it seems only a small number of themes allow tags on pages, Dara being one of them. I can include excerpts, just not tags! Always worth checking these things out 🙂
It is, Debbie. And thank you for letting us know. Such a shame that only a few themes allow tags on pages.
Always a greatly informative read. I am just working through my About Page and have sorted a Testimonials over Tea Page too, just to keep it fresh.
It’s great news to hear you’re updating your ‘about me’ page. Far too many bloggers and blog site owners forget to update it, resulting in out-of-date information making the site/blog look poorly maintained.
Hugh, Your step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and good tips, too. I created my Contact form when I started my blog on WordPress a while ago. A few people have used my Contact form to reach me. It’s a great option for readers to contact the blogger when they don’t want to post in the Comments section. Have a great week! #senisal
I’m glad you’re getting contacted via your ‘contact’ form, Natalie. I believe it to be one of the ‘must-haves’ on a blog or website.
Thank you for the feedback on the step by step instructions.
Your instructions are always so easy to follow. Thank you!
Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback, Diana.
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Here is a very helpful post from Hugh’s Views and News blog. Stop over and check out his blog for more gems like this one.
Thanks for the very helpful post, Hugh. I’ll have to try this. I must share it with my followers.
Don, don’t hesitate to come back to me with any questions or if you encounter any problems creating and publishing a ‘Contact Me’ form. Thanks, too, for the reblog.
I will, Hugh. Thanks for the offer. It was a great post. Too good not to share.
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As always well laid out with easy to follow instructions, Hugh…Happy New Year 🙂
Thank you for the great feedback, Carol. I’m glad it helps. Happy New Year.
A great how-to post for this, Hugh. I believe I looked at templates at one point, then gave up and kept it basic. Like you, I get messages for guest posts and links, etc, to which I reply “no thanks,” for now. A note of caution, disable comments on the about me page. I got so much spam from one Spanish speaking bot, I almost notified WordPress. Once I disabled those comments, they went away. I know I have relied on the contact page to message bloggers. A great feature worthy of a how-to!
Those pesky spam comments can be a real problem, can’t they? As the ‘About Hugh” page is the homepage of my blog, I’ve kept comments open so that new visitors can leave a ‘hello’ or a ‘hi’. I do get spam comments for it, but I delete them in bulk. However, if it got too much, I’d create a new ‘About Hugh’ page and republish it. It would mean losing all the comments that have been left, but I don’t mind that against the problem of the page being spammed all the time. I’ve done the same with some of my blog posts that kept getting hit by spambots. I’d update the post and republish it as a new post. It seems to work…until the next spambot comes along (groan 😞).
WordPress should do something about this, Hugh. But I love your workarounds!
I guess they think Akismet is doing a good job at catching all the spam, Terri. The problem is that genuine comments also end up in there, so you do have to check. If a Gravatar does not have an image, I’ll consider it spam, so I tend to look quickly down the list and bulk delete any comments where the Gravatar has no image. I recently started getting those comments from genuine WordPress users who leave uninvited links to their blog in a comment asking me to look, follow, and leave comments on their posts. I mark them as spam as well. I’ve seen the same comments appear on posts on some blogs. I may sound harsh, but I consider leaving uninvited links in comments as spamming. I also delete uninvited links in comments that I do publish before they appear on my blog posts.
Some good ideas, Hugh. What a lot of work!
Thank you for all of the tips, Hugh and Terri. I wonder what you think or make of my contact form.
By the way, Happy New Year to both of you! May you find 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, thinking and blogging!
Happy New Year to you.
I spent a couple of minutes on your site but could not find your ‘Contact me’ form. I checked the menubar too, but could not see it there. Where on your blog, is it?
As mentioned, you can find my contact form at
Please be informed that you might need to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.
In addition, since my blog contains advanced styling and multimedia components plus animations, it is highly recommended to read my posts and pages directly in my blog so that you will be able to see and experience all of the refined and glorious details. Hence, it is prudent to refrain from viewing my blog in the WordPress Reader, which tends to ignore or strip away some styling and formatting components, and also fails to display animations, all of which are aplenty in my posts and pages, which will look very different and even improper or amiss in the WordPress Reader.
I think that’s the problem. I could not find your ‘Contact Me’ form easily. If I can’t find it, then other visitors will probably have the same problem. I recommend you add it as one of the main buttons on the menubar of your blog.
Thank you for the information on how to best read your blog posts. If I decide to follow, I will take note of what you have said.
There is a “Contact SoundEagle🦅” button in the very first widget in the righthand column of my blog. And below that is the “👨💻User Guide📋” button followed by the “Content Listing” button.
I have devised a number of useful resources for writing, critical thinking, blogging, preparing manuscripts and so on.
Personally, I think most people would look for a ‘Contract Me’form in the menubar of a blog. However, it’s your blog, and if you’re happy with where you’ve placed it, and you’re confident that people can find it easily, then that is all that matters.
The “Contact SoundEagle🦅” button is also available in the menu bar, where it is called “Comments”, which leads people to a contact form that allows them to contact me, to leave any comment, and optionally to rate my blog on its Design, Functionality, Contents as well as Language & Grammar.
In fact, clicking the name “SoundEagle🦅” wherever it appears in the content of any post or page (or even in my comments) will also bring the reader to the contact form.
Thanks for this Hugh. I’m going to give this a try.
Don’t hesitate to come back to me with any questions, Michelle.
I did it! I already had the page created so it was super easy. Now, I need to figure out how to display a Thank You message after they click submit. That’s a task for another day. Thanks Hugh!
In the previous format, I had an ‘About Me’ page and I included my writing email address (not personal) along with my Bio. On the recommendation of someone, I now can’t remember, I removed that page and put my Bio on my ‘Welcome or Home’ page. Could I just add the contact form to my current ‘Home’ page? What would be the advantage of having a separate ‘Contact’ page?
You can certainly add contact details to your bio, but be very careful what information you give. Scammers and spammers rely on us to freely give out information which they can use to their advantage. If you display an email address, you can fool the spambots by disguising it. Let’s say your email address is myname@UK.com, by displaying it as myname(at)UK(dot)com will fool the spambots.
I recommend that every blogger have their ‘about me’ page as the homepage of their blog because most first time visitors like to know a little about the person behind the blog before deciding to follow or not. As for a ‘contact me’ form, I’d recommend adding it as a button on the menu bar of your blog. You can always leave details of how to contact you securely at the bottom of your blog posts. That way, visitors will know where to look if they want to contact you directly rather than leave an unsecured comment on one of your blog posts.
Wow Hugh – you are really the most generous blogger I’ve ever run across! Agree entirely about giving out personal information.
I enjoy sharing these blogging tips with you all. It’s my way of thanking you all for your support.
Another useful post for the newbies, and the sometimes not so newbies, too!
I hope so. Thanks, Ritu.
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Another useful tutorial from Hugh 😃
I suppose I speak for several to say how I appreciate all you do in these matters. Thank you
You’re very welcome. I’m glad these posts help many of you.