Do You Need a Contact Page?
It depends. I mean, the way you define the purpose of a contact page. Your blog or website is not just a page on web space. It represents you or your business. You may have comment forms, a way to review products or services, or support page implemented to increase interaction with users and to get feedback. Oh, you may have given enough opportunity to contact you via social networks too. Yeah, they help you to get feedback from people. But do you think it's enough? It may be enough for you now. Let's say you are managing a business blog or website. You may offer products, services and information on your site. Just ask yourself,
● What if an user wants to know more information about your product or service?
● What if someone fail to find information on your blog or website, they are seeking for?
● What if users need to convey their ideas related to your products or services?
● What if someone has problem viewing your site and need to report the problem?
● What if your customer experiencing a problem with your product or service and wanna discuss it privately?
● What if someone needs to join hands with your business?
Do you think your social profiles and other feedback gaining methodologies can relate to all of them? Or do you feel like you're missing opportunity? It doesn't matter, your blog or website is in personal or business category. As long as you interact with people online, contact page could help you build relationships, find new opportunities, increase sales, increase user satisfaction and brings you more advantages towards you or your business. Still thinking of implementing a contact page on your blog or website?
Contact Information vs Privacy
So you need to have a contact page on your blog or website. You can simply create a new page on your site and list all available contact information such as phone numbers, email addresses for your visitors. That makes sense? For businesses, it could be alright to show their contact information publicly. What if you're a personal blogger? Would you like to give away your personal email address? To trusted contacts, YEAH! Still it's alright and else how do they contact you?
But do you know there are spammers and email marketing junkies always looking out for personal email addresses to send their promotions and newsletters or to spam with your email? Some of them will sell your email addresses to companies. Afterwards you will start to see new promotions, advertisements, newsletters in your inbox but you don't remember signing up for such services. Sounds familiar?
Use a Contact Form
A contact form is really helpful if you are much aware of your privacy. I mean, if you don't wanna expose your email to public. It helps to get information from people and you can get valid information without letting it to be a bulky message. But if you are not familiar with PHP or such server side programming languages, building contact form from scratch is impossible. It doesn't mean you have to give up on it. If you can't build, outsource or buy it.
Anyway now there are plugins and contact management tools available where you can easily create your own contact form to embed on our blog or website and even free. ContactMe is such a useful service where you can easily build and customize a contact form of your choice. Customization is vital 'cause the formation of contact form may different from site to site.
If you are using ContactMe to create contact form and to manage contacts, you can have following features along with the service.
● Live preview of your form while building it.
● Customize contact form anytime and one time implementation. (You don't need to add contact form code each time you update your form)
● Display confirmation message after the user submission.
● Integrated form validation techniques to prevent users from entering false information.
● Enhanced Captcha spam protection to prevent further spam activities.
● Reports to view user engagement of your contact form.
● View all contact submissions in one place including the location of the contacted person.
● View all contacts of people who have contacted via your contact form.
● Respond to submissions directly from your email, by replying to contact notification email.
Ready to Contact?
So what do you think? If you use general contact form, you have to manage it all individually at your inbox and have to build separate list to manage your new contacts. Absolutely, you can't expect reports for engagement from general contact form. Further you have to be careful of form validation techniques and spam activities of users. So here you will get it all without additional charge or effort. All you need to do is build as your choice and add to our site. However with ContactMe free plan, you can create only one contact form. If you need to create more forms and wanna experience additional features, check out paid plans.
Now it's time for you. Ready to welcome new opportunities and improve user satisfaction of your blog or website? Let's implement a contact form on your site easily with ContactMe and start to manage your contacts. Oops... I almost forgot to provide you a really useful resource. I have found very interesting post which helps you to know what matters in building a better contact form for your website. I'd like to invite you to read Build A Better Website: 8 Tips For A Contact Page That Converts written by +Carol Lynn Rivera, before step into contact form implementation. Her tips would help you to build your contact form more effectively for your blog or website. Afterwards, step into steps below.
You need to sign up for a new account at ContactMe website before you proceed.
2. Navigate to Account Settings page and fill out appropriate information.
5. You will navigate to Contact Form Customization page. Customize your contact form using available options. You can,
7. Now you will direct back to Forms page and there you will able to see your contact form listed. Check out Actions field corresponding to your created contact form and click Get Code link.
8. On next page, you will be able to see embed code snippet for your contact form under Embed The Form heading. Copy your contact form code and add copied Contact Form Code to the contact page on your blog or website.
* You can manage your contact form at Forms page and changes will reflect on your form automatically. No need to place contact form code again.
* You can view all contact submissions on Submissions page arranged by date.
* You can view your contacts of the people who have contacted via contact form at Contacts page.
* You can view contact form engagement of users via Reports page.