WordPress Plugins – ThemeLab http://www.themelab.com We build High Quality, Good Looking Premium WordPress Themes that are Easy to Use and ready for just about anything. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:16:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 How to Add a Contact Form to Your WordPress Website http://www.themelab.com/add-contact-form-wordpress-website/ http://www.themelab.com/add-contact-form-wordpress-website/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=135870 If you’re setting up your website for the first time, then you’re probably wondering how to add a contact form to your WordPress website. Adding a contact form is an easy way for your readers to get in touch with you. In this article I’ll show you how to add a contact form to your WordPress website

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If you’re setting up your website for the first time, then you’re probably wondering how to add a contact form to your WordPress website. Adding a contact form is an easy way for your readers to get in touch with you. In this article I’ll show you how to add a contact form to your WordPress website quickly.

Now if you’re like me, you probably researched for the best contact form plugin and then saw hundreds of different options.

Well after trying out several dozen contact form plugins in the market, I believe that WPForms is best WordPress contact form for beginners or anyone looking to quickly and easily add a form to their site.

For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll be using the WPForms Lite plugin.

To add a simple contact form in WordPress just follow these steps:

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins » Add New.
  2. In the Search bar, we want to search for WPForms 
  3. Once we find the right one, click Install. After it’s installed click activate.

how to add contact form to your wordpress website

Now we’re ready to create our first form

From the left menu go to WPForms » Add New.

On the next screen, name the form something easy to remember.

You can use a form template from the list or start with a blank one. If you’re using a Pro version, then you have several form templates to choose from.

select a form template

I’ll choose the Simple Contact Form template which is available in the free Lite version.

From here, WPForms automatically adds all the typical fields you’d need for a contact form.  Save your settings and you’re done.

editing contact form template

Now that we have the form created, we need to add it to our site. You can add the form to a post, page, widget area, or pretty much anywhere you want on your site.

I already have a Contact Us page created so I’ll go to Pages and edit my Contact Us page.

You’ll see a new “Add Form” button next to the Add Media at the top of the editor. Click on the button and select the form we created from the drop down menu. You can also choose to add the form title and the form description to the page.

add contact form

Click Add Form. This will add the WordPress contact form shortcode to your page. Now that I’m finished adding the form, I’ll click Update.

And now we can see the form in action on our site.

new contact form on wordpress page

Customize Your WordPress Form

If you want to customize your form, the process is simple and easy to do. Click on WPForms from the left. Click Edit on the form you need to change.

From here, you can rearrange the fields by dragging them up or down. Choose a field from the left to add it to your form. You can also change the field name as well as the text on the button.

Save all your changes and your new form is set and ready to go.

How to Add WordPress Contact Form Widget

If you want to add a form to your sidebar, you can do that quickly and easily. After you create the form, go to Appearance–>Widgets and you’ll see a WPForms widget. Drag it over to your widget area.adding contact form as widget

From the dropdown, select the form you want to use. Then choose whether you want to show the form title or description and save your changes.

You now have a form in the widget area as well.

We hope this article helped you add a contact form to your WordPress website.

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WordPress Contact Form Plugin: Top 5 Plugins Compared http://www.themelab.com/wordpress-contact-form-plugin-top-5-plugins-compared/ http://www.themelab.com/wordpress-contact-form-plugin-top-5-plugins-compared/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:00:37 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123132 If you’re looking for a way to add a WordPress contact form to your website, this article will help you accomplish that while we compare the top 5 WordPress Contact form Plugins on the market today. You’ve setup your business website and need a way for your visitors to get in touch with you. Creating a Contact Us page

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If you’re looking for a way to add a WordPress contact form to your website, this article will help you accomplish that while we compare the top 5 WordPress Contact form Plugins on the market today.

You’ve setup your business website and need a way for your visitors to get in touch with you. Creating a Contact Us page is a great way to do that.

The easiest way to add the contact form to your site is by using a Contact Form plugin specifically designed to email you with the user entered details.

Here are our top 5 contact form plugins:

1. Gravity Forms

gravity forms

Gravity Forms is what we use on our theme demos like our Accountancy theme. We love it for it’s versatility. You can use it as a contact form for your site, but you can also extend the functionality easily using the plugin. With Gravity Forms, you can create surveys, order forms, intake forms for new clients, and more.

They have a beginner friendly drag and drop functionality so you can design the form to look exactly how you want it. When you’re ready to add more features to your site, you can choose from the many addons to allow features like payment processing, coupons, or anything else you can think of for your site.

Gravity Forms is a premium plugin, meaning you have to pay to use it, but it also comes with Premium support so you have access to help when you need it.

2. Ninja Forms

ninja forms

Ninja forms is another premium plugin that you can use to add a contact form to your website. The base plugin is free to use so that might be a good alternative for you. Use the free basic while you get your site off the ground and then when you’re ready to add features to your site, then you can can purchase the addons separately.

Like Gravity forms, you can add things like surveys and order forms to your site with the addons.

There is also a great deal of documentation and a community support forum to help set it up on your site. If you upgrade to the premium addons, you’ll also have premium support if you run into any problems.

3. Contact Form 7

contact form 7

Contact form 7 is probably the oldest and most popular contact form. This is a no frills plugin and handles the contact form on your site. If you are only looking to get a contact form up and running quickly, this plugin will handle that for you.

Just note that any of the extended functionality we’ve talked about does not come with this plugin. There are third party plugins that act as addons, but trying to maintain multiple plugins for a contact form can get a little clunky .

The other thing to keep in mind is that Contact Form 7 isn’t as user friendly for true WordPress beginners so just be patient and read the documentation on hot to set it up.

4. Formidable Pro

formidable pro

Formidable Pro is another free basic plugin with paid premium features. It’s easy to set up and lets you get a contact form on your site quickly. When you’re ready for more features on your site you can just buy the addons you need.

Formidable Pro is a newer plugin on the scene and has fewer addons available than Gravity Forms or Ninja Forms, so if you’re looking to do a lot with your site, you might want to consider using those instead.

5. Fast Secure Contact Form

Fast Secure Contact Form

Fast Secure Contact Form is another completely free contact form to use on your site.  It allows you to quickly setup an easy contact form. Like Contact Form 7, extending it’s functionality beyond a simple contact form is difficult so consider only using as a contact form.

Which WordPress Contact Form Plugin Should You Use?

It really depends on your goals. If you are just starting out and only want a simple contact form, then use the Contact Form 7 or Fast Secure Contact Form.

But if you know you’ll need to add other functionality down the road, then investing in something like Gravity Forms would be your best bet since it can do so much and is about the same price as when you buy the addon features for Ninja Forms.

Hopefully this article helps you decide which WordPress contact form plugin to go with.

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Social Proof Marketing: 6 Examples You Can Use On Your Site http://www.themelab.com/social-proof-marketing/ http://www.themelab.com/social-proof-marketing/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:06:13 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=65732 Word of mouth and customer referrals have always been a big part of business growth and with 88% of customers trusting online reviews as much as they do a personal recommendation, it’s important to add different elements of social proof to your website. These elements are trust factors that help new visitors see that you’ve

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Word of mouth and customer referrals have always been a big part of business growth and with 88% of customers trusting online reviews as much as they do a personal recommendation, it’s important to add different elements of social proof to your website.

These elements are trust factors that help new visitors see that you’ve dealt with other customers before and they like your work.

In addition to adding social profiles to your page with social counts on your site, there are types of social proof you can add to your site in the form of customer testimonials and how your clients know, like, and trust you.

Below are the 5 top social proof items you can add on your site to show visitors what your customers think of you.

1. Testimonials

testimonials

If you’re doing a great job for your customers, you’re likely getting responses from them on how much they liked your work. When they email you or call you with their praises, ask if you can use it as a testimonial on your site.

Then make sure you put that testimonial in an easy to find place on your site. All our WordPress themes have a built in testimonial section so you can show off your best work to your visitors.

2. Better Business Bureau

better business bureau

Before website and the internet, this entity handled most company reputation and handled company disputes by customers. Today, if you run an offline, service based business, it’s still a good idea to make sure your company reputation is solid with them.

You can add a BBB image with a link back to your company profile on their website where visitors can see any past disputes or your overall company rating on the site.

2. Houzz

houzz reviews

If you run a landscaping company or any business where you provide professional services for homeowners, then you want to sign up for Houzz and add your Houzz badge to your website.

This service can showcase all your previous jobs or project ideas that you can do for homeowners.

3. Yelp Widget Pro

yelp

Yelp is one of the oldest local business directories that lets customers leave reviews for your business. If you have several reviews left by happy customers, you’ll want to use the WordPress plugin to add the reviews on your site.

4. Google Places Reviews

Google Places

For local search, you really want to work on getting your Google Places reviews on and get higher up in the local search results. These are the results Google shares when you look for Dentist, New York City. If you work on your local search, then your business can be one of the top results on the page.

And if you have a lot of reviews on your Google Places then you can use a plugin like Google Places Reviews to shows the reviews on your site.

5. Angie’s List

Angie's List

Angie’s List is very similar to Houzz and was really one of the first customer review services for homeowners. They have since expanded their reviews into other services like lawyers and other professionals outside of the home arena.

Angie’s List is free for professionals to sign up as they charge the homeowner a fee to see their list. When you are finished signing up, you can add a badge to your site that will link to your Angie’s List page.

Conclusion

As a local professional, having these tangible social proof items on your site gives visitors confidence in your business and makes choosing you easier for them since they see that others are happy with your work.

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5 Best WordPress Appointment Plugins for Your Site http://www.themelab.com/6-best-wordpress-appointment-plugins-for-your-site/ http://www.themelab.com/6-best-wordpress-appointment-plugins-for-your-site/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:33:10 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=25456 If you have a service based business, then scheduling appointments is a big part of your sales process. It can also be time consuming to have someone call or email and go back and forth on availability. When you set up your website for your business, you want to create systems to take the time

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If you have a service based business, then scheduling appointments is a big part of your sales process. It can also be time consuming to have someone call or email and go back and forth on availability.

When you set up your website for your business, you want to create systems to take the time burden off of you.

One way to do this is to let your website work for you and streamline your booking process by installing an appointment plugin.

This allows customers and prospective clients schedule an appointment with your company without you needing to be present.

How Do Online Appointment Plugins Work

Let’s take a look at some examples of how you could use an online appointment plugin on your site.

If you run a salon and you have a WordPress salon site, you can add an appointment plugin so your customers can book their hair appointments on the go. You can also use it when you book their follow up appointment. No need to have two different systems.

For a lawn maintenance company you can set up an appointment type for doing quotes.

Many home contractors come out and give a quote before the homeowner can use your services. With an appointment plugin, setup slotted times for the homeowner to schedule you to come out and quote a price for your services.

Having an online appointment calendar saves you a ton of time from setting up quotes and lets you complete more yard maintenance jobs.

Most scheduling plugins let you define a few rules for your business, shares your calendar for free and busy, and then it runs on autopilot, freeing you up to handle your customers.

Some even handle the payment process for you.

Below are 5 plugins you can use on your site for appointments.

1. Acuity Plugin

Acuity Scheduling Software

Acuity is a scheduling service that also has a WordPress plugin so you can add the calendar to your WordPress website.

With Acuity you can have client and class booking, email and text reminders, 2 way sync with your Google calendar, multiple location and staff management, custom intake forms, payment acceptance, and more.

2. WP Simple Booking Calendar

WP Simple Booking Calendar

This plugin is very straight forward and lets you create a calendar quickly. When you’re finished creating the calendar, you can add it to your site on either a post or a page using a shortcode.

The calendar is color codes for free, busy, and change over. This plugin handles full days only so it would work best for full day booking needs like a hotel or bed and breakfast.

3. Appointment Calendar

appointment calendar

Appointment Calendar is a great plugin for setting up your available time on your site and letting visitors pick the slots that works best for them. You can tweak it to show the the calendar first day, what the booking text will say, booking time slot duration, if you want to associate a time cost with it and more.

This plugin also has email notification for you and the client.

4. Booking Calendar

booking calendar

As one of the oldest booking plugins, the Booking Calendar plugin has tremendous amount of documentation on how to set it up. You can create time slots for your clients to choose from.

The plugin is sleek and customizable with an intuitive interface for you to schedule times that work best for your business.

Like many of the other plugins, there is a free version and extended functionality with pro version which includes support and updates for the plugin.

5. BirchPress

BirchPress

BirchPress is a premium plugin that lets you completely take the whole appointment setting process online and automate it with time slots, taking payments from clients and syncing with your Google calendar.

You also get email notifications for sign ups and the clients will get email reminders to reduce no call, no show appointments.

Conclusion

Adding appointment plugins to your site is just one of many ways using WordPress for your business website can add functionality and help you run your business easier and smoother.

 

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How to Add Facebook’s New Page Plugin to Your Site http://www.themelab.com/how-to-add-facebooks-new-page-plugin-to-your-site/ http://www.themelab.com/how-to-add-facebooks-new-page-plugin-to-your-site/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:24:39 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=19463 Putting your social profiles on your website is a must these days and having a Facebook like page will help your website visitors engage with you on your Facebook page as well. What is the Facebook Page Plugin? The Facebook Page Plugin is an easy way for visitors to interact with your Facebook page from your

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Putting your social profiles on your website is a must these days and having a Facebook like page will help your website visitors engage with you on your Facebook page as well.

What is the Facebook Page Plugin?

The Facebook Page Plugin is an easy way for visitors to interact with your Facebook page from your website. The Facebook developers have created it to increase engagement for your Facebook page.

Adding your Facebook page plugin on your site is creates trust with your readers.

Your Facebook Page plugin has two main benefits for your website:

  1. It shows visitors that you have an active Facebook community.
  2. You’ll get more likes to your Facebook page from your website.

How to Add Facebook Page Plugin to Your Site

To get the Facebook page plugin on your site, visit Facebook’s Page Plugin site and fill out the information for your Facebook page.

Facebook like page

Add your facebook URL, the desired width and height. You can also choose whether you want to show your fans face and a few other settings.

When you have the settings how you want them to look, click Get Code button and you’ll see two snippets of code.

Facebook page plugin code

Copy and paste the first snippet in your theme’s header.php file after the opening <body>  tag. Save your changes to the file, then copy the second snippet of code from the page and go to your Appearance–>Widget area on your site.

Add a text widget where you want this to show on your site and paste the second snippet of code in the text widget and click Save.

Depending on the size of your sidebar area, you’ll want to play with the page width to make sure it looks good on your site.

Conclusion

Now you have social proof area on your site and can work on increasing your Facebook likes for your page.

Note: If you have the old Facebook Like Box installed on your site, Facebook will automatically update it so there is nothing more you need to do to it.

 

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How to Set Your WordPress Site to Read Only State http://www.themelab.com/set-wordpress-site-read-state/ http://www.themelab.com/set-wordpress-site-read-state/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:58:45 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5326 During maintenance of a multi-author WordPress site, it can be difficult to make sure that all users are aware of the maintenance. Some of your authors may have been informed and simply forgot or got the date wrong. Luckily there is a way to stop everyone from making any changes to your site by setting

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During maintenance of a multi-author WordPress site, it can be difficult to make sure that all users are aware of the maintenance. Some of your authors may have been informed and simply forgot or got the date wrong. Luckily there is a way to stop everyone from making any changes to your site by setting up a read only state.

You start by installing the Code Freeze plugin. As soon as you activate this plugin it will set your WordPress site into a read only state where no changes can be made. On every page inside the admin area there is a warning notice to let your users know site is on a lock down.

Set to Read Only

This plugin works out of the box so there are no settings to change. Once it is activated, there is only one thing you (or another user with administrator privileges) can do, which is to the Code Freeze plugin. This is a very easy to add and very powerful plugin for making sure that no changes can be made by any user.

I hope this article helped you keep your site under control during maintenance.

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How to Get Web Host System Information in WordPress http://www.themelab.com/get-web-host-system-information-wordpress/ http://www.themelab.com/get-web-host-system-information-wordpress/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:00:20 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5868 When working with WordPress, sometimes you may come across a problem that needs information about your WordPress hosting environment for a solution. Finding this information is not difficult, and you can even ask your web hosting provider for specific information. Like what version of PHP, Apache, and MySQL they are using. In this article, I

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When working with WordPress, sometimes you may come across a problem that needs information about your WordPress hosting environment for a solution. Finding this information is not difficult, and you can even ask your web hosting provider for specific information. Like what version of PHP, Apache, and MySQL they are using. In this article, I will show a quicker way to get web host system information in WordPress.

First you need to install and activate the System Snapshot Report plugin. After that simply go to Tools » Snapshot page to view your web hosting environment and system information.

Getting web server system snapshot in WordPress

The plugin will show your server information, PHP configuration, and WordPress configuration. You can use this information to troubleshoot problems specific to a particular configuration setting.

Apart from that, it will also show you information about your WordPress installation. For example, what theme you are using, which plugins you have installed, what permalink structure you are using. etc. This information is particularly useful if you want to get help from someone without giving them access to your website.

You can simply copy and paste this information anywhere, or you can click on Save Snapshot File button to download this information in a text file.

Getting Detailed PHP info or MySQL Configuration in WordPress

If the information you were looking for is not available in the system snapshot report, then you can try installing and activating the WP-ServerInfo plugin.

Upon activation, simply go to Dashboard » WP-ServerInfo and there you will find your WordPress system information.

Getting PHP info and MySQL configuration in WordPress

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How to Show Recent Videos From a YouTube Channel in WordPress http://www.themelab.com/show-recent-videos-youtube-channel-wordpress/ http://www.themelab.com/show-recent-videos-youtube-channel-wordpress/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:00:09 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5275 YouTube is the largest video hosting site in the world. Video content is highly engaging and a YouTube Channel is the best way to build your audience. In this article, I will show you how to show the latest videos from a YouTube Channel on your WordPress site. First you need to Install and activate

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YouTube is the largest video hosting site in the world. Video content is highly engaging and a YouTube Channel is the best way to build your audience. In this article, I will show you how to show the latest videos from a YouTube Channel on your WordPress site.

First you need to Install and activate the YouTube Channel Gallery plugin. To see the main addition of the plugin go to Appearance » Widgets and there will be a new widget called “YouTube Channel Gallery” to add to your sidebar.

YouTube Channel Gallery Widget

This plugin has a great deal of properties you can change, the main ones to look at are under the feed tab. From here you can choose to show videos uploaded by a user or a particular playlist. The “player” and “thumbnails” tabs allow you to change the appearance of your player and the thumbnails shown should you want to edit those.

YouTube Channel Gallery Page Widget

If you would like to display your video channel on a WordPress post or page, then you can use the shortcode like this:

[Youtube_Channel_Gallery user=”list25″]

Change the user to your YouTube username. To show a playlist instead of a channel you will need to change user to feed and instead of giving a user you add the playlist id as shown below:

[Youtube_Channel_Gallery feed=”playlist” user=”PL3Ikn3SKdJHjIKJXoGeKXAu7LHKcrrSQV”]

These are only a few examples of how the shortcode can be modified, to show how many ways you can edit it the plugin author shows an example in the following code:

[Youtube_Channel_Gallery feed=”user” user=”MaxonC4D” feedorder=”desc” videowidth=”500″ ratio=”16×9″ theme=”light” color=”white” quality=”small” autoplay=”1″ rel=”1″ showinfo=”1″ maxitems=”9″ thumbwidth=”90″ thumbratio=”16×9″ thumbcolumns=”3″ title=”1″ description=”1″ thumbnail_alignment=”left” descriptionwordsnumber=”10″ link_window=”0″]

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How to Monitor User Activity in WordPress http://www.themelab.com/monitor-user-activity-wordpress/ http://www.themelab.com/monitor-user-activity-wordpress/#respond Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:00:03 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5372 If you manage a blog with multiple authors you may be looking for a way to monitor user activity. The main goal of this being if something breaks you can look back and see what went wrong, who did it, and when it happened. I will show you how to gain this ability with the

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If you manage a blog with multiple authors you may be looking for a way to monitor user activity. The main goal of this being if something breaks you can look back and see what went wrong, who did it, and when it happened. I will show you how to gain this ability with the power of a plugin called Simple History.

I will start by installing and activating the Simple History plugin. To be able to use this plugin properly I will go to Settings » Simple History and configure a few settings.

Simple History Settings Page

From here you can choose where to show the history or even use a secret RSS Feed to monitor the history should you want to hide it from other user roles. The plugin will innately show a few predefined actions such as logging in/out, wrong passwords, site changes, user profile changes, etc. If you have development experience and want to add a custom event the plugin allows this as shown on the plugin page:here.

Simple History Page

To save on space, the plugin will clear any history older than 60 days from the database or you can delete something by clicking Clear it now in the settings.

I hope this plugin helps you understand some of the actions that are going on in your site.

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How to Allow Users to Report Comments in WordPress http://www.themelab.com/allow-users-report-comments-wordpress/ http://www.themelab.com/allow-users-report-comments-wordpress/#respond Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:00:48 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5074 In the wonderful world of the web there can be incredible people out in your comments and there can be those who are harmful to people’s experience on your site. As a single person it can become difficult with a growing site to ensure all of the bad comments are dealt with in a timely

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In the wonderful world of the web there can be incredible people out in your comments and there can be those who are harmful to people’s experience on your site. As a single person it can become difficult with a growing site to ensure all of the bad comments are dealt with in a timely fashion without help. Your users can help you find and remove these types of comments if you add the ability. In this article, I will show you how to allow users to report comments on your WordPress site.

Start with installing Safe Report Comments plugin. After activating it you will go to Settings » Discussion and ensure the box next to “Allow comment flagging” is checked. Below that you can decide how many reports you think should be needed to send a post to moderation.

Allow users to report comments

A link called “Report comment” will now appear below each comment on your site that users can click on to report it. When a comment is reported more times than it’s threshold it will be put in for moderation. From there the site administrator can edit, approve, or delete the comment.

Edit Reported Post
I hope this article helped you moderate your comments.

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