Friday, September 10, 2010

Create a Contact Form for your Blog/Site

A Website is always incomplete without a contact us/me section. Filling in the contact section with just your email address doesn’t leave a good impression and you have a very good chance of receiving a lot of spam mails if you do that. In order to keep your email address confidential and for ease of use contact forms are used on Websites.

PC Geek uses ‘Form stack’ for its contact form. It’s a great service that enables you to beautifully integrate a form into your website that looks professional and neat. The best part is that you just need to copy-paste a HTML code which will take care of the rest.

Here’s what you have to do to get started:

  • After getting yourself an account, log in and choose create a new form and answer the questions as asked in the next four steps.
  • You won’t be able to customize the template unless you pay for it. The free account gives access only to the basic form with the re-direction to their site after form submission.

Advantages of Form Stack:
Form stack definitely has an edge over its competitors, here’s why:
  • The UI is very simple and user friendly.
  • The contact form looks very professional.
  • Confirmation/Acknowledgement mails will be sent to the user after filling up the form (available only in premium).
  • It has options to secure your contact form against hackers (for premium users).
  • The data acquired through the contact form stays at Form Stack’s servers so that you can refer to them whenever you want. This feature is also included for free users.
  • There is an option to duplicate the form exactly like how you made in case you want another one for your second website.
There is however a disadvantage in the free version. You will be re-directed to FormStack's website and you can't stop it.

I have tried a lot of these ‘contact form’ services and sadly most of them are crappy and commercial. In the midst of them lies Form Stack that gets you what you want without charging a penny. I recommend you check it out.

Click here to try Formstack

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