Creating the Contact Page
The Contact page is one of the most important pages on your website. In the end, you invest time, energy, and money to build a digital reputation because you want to engage with people and promote your work. That’s why creating such a page is an important task that you should consider. In this article, we walk you through the steps you need to follow to create a consistent Contact page.
Step 1 — Install a contact form plugin
On the contact page from the demo, we’re using the Contact Form 7 plugin—it’s one of the best form builders we’ve tested so far. You can install this plugin by going into Plugins → Add New → search for “Contact Form 7.” Once you find it, click on Install and then on Activate.
Step 2 — Create a Contact Form
You can create a simple form by following the plugin’s starting guide. Alternatively, set it up just like on our demo by copy-pasting the code below:
<p>[text* your-name placeholder "Your name"]</p> <p>[email* your-email placeholder "Email"]</p> <p>[text your-phone placeholder "Phone"]</p> <p>[textarea* textarea-241 x3 placeholder "Message"]</p> [submit "Send"]
To add the code above, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on Contact → open the default contact form created by the plugin (usually named “Contact form 1”) → paste the code in the Form area → hit Save, and you’re done here. This is the place from where you can also change the form title.
Step 3 — Add the form to the Contact page
- From your site WordPress dashboard, add a new page, name it “Contact” or similar, and assign its page template if there are any (e.g., Contact Page, Map Header, Google Map Hero);
- Go to Contact → Contact forms and copy and paste the shortcode found next to the previously created form (see print screen);
- Paste the shortcode on your new page. Alternatively, if you want to start with the setup from our official demo, copy and paste the code below:
[row cols_nr="2"] [col size="4"] Insert content here. [/col] [col size="8"] <h3>Want to work with me?</h3> [contact-form-7 id="4" title="The contact form"] [/col] [/row]
Note: Replace id=“4” with your own contact form ID. You can find the ID in the shortcode area from Contact → Contact forms (see print screen).
Step 4 — Add a Map on the Contact page
For a while now, Google has made it a little harder for people to use custom Google Maps on their websites by requiring an API key for each website. So first, you need to get yourself such a key. You can learn how to do that by reading this article.
Now that you have the key, follow these steps to save it on your site:
- Log in into your WordPress Dashboard;
- Go to Appearance → Customize → Theme Options → General, and copy & paste it in the Google Maps API Key field;
- Click on Publish and move to the next phase.
You can add a Google Maps URL and enable or disable the custom styling for it from Appearance → Customizer → Theme options → General.