A tabular comparison of 6 WordPress contact form plugins:

  1. Contact Form 7
  2. Custom Contact Forms
  3. Fast Secure Contact Form
  4. Jetpack (Grunion Contact Form)
  5. Gravity Forms
  6. and finally oik

Requirements

  • One of my customers wants a contact form that will send a copy of the email to the person who filled in the form,
  • another wants people to be able to write to the author of the post,
  • and another wants a contact form for each of multiple recipients.
  • We don’t want any spam

When I first wrote this blog post I’d used at least 5 different contact form plugins, but not seen a table which summarises their capabilities.

So, I wrote a contact form that would satisfy my customer’s requirements, and then produced (as best I could) the comparison table.

Feature Contact Form 7 Custom Contact Forms Fast Secure Contact Form Jetpack – Grunion Contact Form Gravity forms oik
Name, Email, Subject, Message, Submit y y y y y y
Other fields y y y y – contact-field shortcode y n – but see oik-fields
shortcode contact-form-7 customcontact si-contact-form contact-form gravityform [bw_contact_form]
multiple user ? ? ? y ? Yes
AJAX popup / slidein  ? soon ? n  ? coming soon
email copy to form filler n n n n y y
Thanks message / Redirect / thank you page message below form message / page ALL ? ALL message
Field validation & sanitization *=required,5=HTML 5 validation,y=backend validation sanitization *,,y *,?,y *,,y *,,? *,5,y
Auto responder n n y ? ? n
captcha / Akismet checking captcha (using really-simple-captcha), Akismet captcha, is human cb captcha, Akismet Akismet ? Akismet
Logged in database n y y Feedbacks – including SPAM! n – but see oik-fields
Multiple languages y n y ? ? coming soon
Badly behaved code? – always generates CSS, jQuery, PHP notify messages ? n ? ? ? n

Notes: oik and oik-user

  • The oik contact form is part of the oik base plugin.
  • The oik-user plugin adds the support for recording and displaying the OIK Information Kit information for the registered users of the site, in addition to the business/company information that oik currently caters for.

Compare them for yourself

For more information about the plugins which available from WordPress.org see:

Plugin name and description Plugin links Version, total downloads, last update, tested
Contact Form 7
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
contact-form-7
home
4.4.2
38514780
2016-04-30 6:15pm GMT
4.5.2
Custom Contact Forms
Build beautiful custom forms and manage submissions the WordPress way. View live previews of your forms while you build them. Create powerful and exst
custom-contact-forms
home
7.8.2
1147636
2016-05-14 10:07am GMT
4.6
Fast Secure Contact Form
An easy and powerful form builder that lets your visitors send you email. Blocks all automated spammers. No templates to mess with.
si-contact-form
home
4.0.41
6336243
2016-02-13 4:25pm GMT
4.4.3
Jetpack by WordPress.com
Increase your traffic, view your stats, speed up your site, and protect yourself from hackers with Jetpack.
jetpack
home
4.0.3
24811130
2016-05-26 10:14pm GMT
4.5.2
oik
lazy smart shortcodes for your WordPress website
oik 3.0.0

2016-04-12 17:26:05
4.5

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