Hack: The Simplest Contact Form Plugin

I don’t understand why there isn’t a built-in way to have a contact form on your WordPress site. There are plenty of plugins to do it, and you can easily hack it too. Here’s a very simple plugin that does it with a minimal number of lines of code.

It really is a bar minimum. It doesn’t check your email address, ask for a name, or do any kind of filtering or a captcha or anything. But I think it is important to have these simple alternatives. Maybe you can build from it. Or maybe you just don’t need anything more. If you already have a swiss-army-knife plugin of your own, you can add this code to it instead of using it as its own plugin. Heck, you could even just add the code to functions.php.

Plugin Name: WP Tips and Hacks Simplest Contact Form
Plugin URI: https://wptipsandhacks.com
Description: A very simple way to put a contact form on a page
Version: 1.0
Author: WP Tips and Hacks
Author URI: https://wptipsandhacks.com


function sc_simplestcontact($attributes,$content="") {
	if (!isset($_POST['contacttext'])) { ?>
		<form action="" method="post" id="contactform" name="contactform">
		<b>Your Email Address</b> (Required)<br>
		<input type="text" class="formitem" title="Your Email Address" name="contactemail"/><br><br>
		<textarea class="formitem" rows="10" name="contacttext"></textarea><br><br>
		<input type="submit" class="formitem" value="SEND INQUIRY"/></form>
	} else {
		wp_mail(get_option('admin_email'), 'WordPress Contact', $_POST['contacttext'], "reply-to:".$_POST['contactemail']);	
		echo("Inquiry sent.");
	return ob_get_clean();

Once you have the code added to your plugin, functions.php, or as its own plugin, you get to use the shortcode [simplestcontact] where you want the form to appear. It could just be on a page with nothing else.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *