How to Customize Contact Form 7 Forms in WordPress

Do you want to customize your Contact Form 7 forms on your WordPress website? Contact Form 7 is a form-building plugin that can create forms to use on your website. It’s free to use and is one of the most popular WordPress plugins. Forms can be used throughout your website and can even be presented in a pop-up.

To get the most out of this plugin, it’s best to learn how to customize your forms. Forms can be edited in many ways, the easiest is the use of custom CSS code. Therefore, editing the CSS makes the customization possibilities almost endless.

Today, I’ll demonstrate how to customize your forms in WordPress using the Contact Form 7 plugin.

Why Customize Your Website’s Forms

Design choices are one of the most important decisions a web developer can make. Many visitors will judge a website by its appearance, which can be bad for websites that don’t take design seriously.

Design choices range from the theme you install to the font you use. Forms are just as important to customize because visitors interact with them directly.

Forms are used to collect information from your visitors. And these could include things like account creation, email subscriptions, job applications, services, opinion polls, and much more. To clarify, they’re essential in helping you learn more about your community and linking your visitors to your website.

How to Customize Contact Form 7 in WordPress

There are a lot of design choices available for Contact Form 7 forms. Changes can be made using custom CSS in WordPress, but that’s not the only way.

You can also use a second plugin called Contact Form 7 Style, an add-on plugin for Contact Form 7. It has form templates that make it easy to customize a form without writing any code.

Step 1: Install Contact Form 7

If you are not interested in using the CSS method, you should also take the time to download the Contact Form 7 Style plugin. Since it is an add-on plugin, you will need to download both.

Let’s start by clicking on Plugins and selecting the Add New option on the left-hand admin panel.

Search for Contact Form 7 in the available search box. This will pull up additional plugins that you may find helpful.

Scroll down until you find the Contact Form 7 plugin and click the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin for use.

Step 2: Create a Form

Before you can use custom CSS to customize your form, obviously you need to create a form. The plugin allows you to create a form and then use a shortcode to display the form on pages and posts on your website.

In the left-hand admin panel, click on Contact and select the Contact Forms option. As a result, this will pull up the main settings page.

Feel free to make a new form that meets your needs, but I will be using the default form as an example. Copy the shortcode for the form you would like to use.

Paste the shortcode where you would like to display it. Now that your form is created and in position, it is time to customize it.

Step 3: Custom CSS Method

Adding custom CSS is easy in WordPress. Even if you don’t know CSS, you can find plenty of examples of different form designs all over the internet that can be copied to your website.

Above all, make sure to keep an eye out for any syntax errors. These can cause errors and have unexpected results on your pages. If you are not familiar with CSS, a good thing way to check is to use a subdomain as a testing environment.

In fact, this is recommended for any major change made to your website. It’s a really good technique to utilize.

In the left-hand admin panel, click on Appearance and select the Customize option.


Click the Additional CSS option on the left side. Here you can add custom CSS to your website. Here is an example, copy and paste the following code into the Additional CSS box: 

div.wpcf7 {
background-color: #fbefde;
border: 1px solid #f28f27;
padding:20px;
}
.wpcf7 input[type=”text”],
.wpcf7 input[type=”email”],
.wpcf7 textarea {
background:#725f4c;
color:#FFF;
font-family:lora, sans-serif;
font-style:italic;
}
.wpcf7 input[type=”submit”],
.wpcf7 input[type=”button”] {
background-color:#725f4c;
width:100%;
text-align:center;
text-transform:uppercase;
}

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