Top 5 Plugins to Build Contact Form for WordPress

Each site needs a contact form, or a form to communicate with site owner and the user of site. Being WordPress developer, I’ve been like an ostrich while using contact forms for the client’s projects. In early days of my career, I always used CformsII, and then I started using Contact Form 7. Now, it has been shifted to Gravity Forms (Premium). Its own preferences and each of them have their own pros and cons. Here are list of top 5 contact form plugins to use.

CformsII

CformsIICFormsII is a contact form that has an incredible amount of features and is very customizable. CFromsII offers lots of features. And some of the unique and notable features are “tell a friend” functionality, database tracking of submitted data, backup & restore, submission limitations (for registration etc) and widget support.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

Fast Secure Contact Form

Fast Secure Contact Form lets site visitors send a quick E-mail message. It claims to blocks all common spammer tactics. Includes a CAPTCHA and Akismet support. Additionally, the plugin has a multi-form feature, optional extra fields, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. Very much customizable.

Contact Me

The quickest and easiest way to put a contact form on your WordPress blog. Use the ContactMe button and contact form to turn visitors into customers. Visitors click eye-catching ContactMe button. The button opens a contact form in popup.

Tiny Contact Form

Tiny Contact Form is minimalist form that allows site visitors to contact you by email.

Did I missed any best ones? Please share which ones are your bests.

MyStream: WordPress theme with massive social media and lifestreaming

MyStream is a flexible and extremely customizable personal blog theme with massive social media & lifestreaming influences. Change the background to your visual identity, move the many available widgets around and VOILA: you have YourStream.

Features:-

- A social profiles widgetized zone with custom widgets to display your Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr, etc, profiles in the sidebar.

- Flexible 3 column layout with a variety of different widgetized spaces & layouts.
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Postcard: A beautiful travel-blogging wordpress theme

Postcard is a beautiful travel-blogging theme with neat Google Maps integration allowing you to geo-tag posts with locations and display your recent travels on widgetized maps. Its packed full of all the functionality a traveller needs to publish news and photos for friends and family back home.

Features:-

- A custom home page featured scroller to highlight specifically tagged posts and present them uniquely – looking like the front and back of a postcard.

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Amazing WordPress Plugins for Flickr

Flickr, is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.

Like WordPress, twitter and YouTube seems to be everywhere nowadays, Flickr is also the another for sharing of photos.

WP Plugins for Flickr made it easy to integrate the photos from Flickr directly into our wordpress-blog. Here are some of those you can integrate into your blog.

1. WordPress Flickr Manager

This plugin handles uploading, modifying images on Flickr, and insertion into posts. Inserting images into posts could never have been easier. Simply click on an image from the added ‘Flickr Manager’ panel on the edit page and it will automatically be inserted into your post.

URL: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-flickr-manager/

2. Flickr Photo Album

This Flickr plugin for WordPress will allow you to pull in your Flickr photosets and display them as albums on your WordPress site. There is a pretty simple template provided, but you can customize the templates 100% to match the look and feel of your own site. And if you want, you could also hook it up with Lightbox or any other number of display libraries. This plugin will also add a new Flickr icon to your WordPress edit screen which will allow you to easily insert your Flickr photos into your blog posts with just a couple clicks.

URL: http://tantannoodles.com/toolkit/photo-album/

3. Flickr Manager

WordPress Flickr Manager is an easy to use plugin that seamlessly integrates your Flickr account with your WordPress backend. It replaces the browse panel from previous versions, but legacy mode can be enabled through the options menu. You also have the choice between Highslide and Lightbox.

URL:  http://tgardner.net/wordpress-flickr-manager/

4. Flickr Tag Plugin

This plugin downloads all of your Flickr images onto your own server and allows them to appear on your own gallery.

URL: http://www.webopticon.com/archives/148

5. SimpleFlickr

This is a plugin for WordPress that allows you to embed a flickr integrated simpleviewer into your WordPress site. In addition, you are able to specify a path to a standard SimpleViewer XML configuration file to display images from a local gallery.

URL: http://wordpress.org/simpleflickr/

6. Slickr Gallery

Slickr Gallery is a very fast, bandwidth-friendly photo gallery plugin for WordPress. It allows you to pull your Flickr-hosted photos into a gallery section of your blog, as well as easily add Flickr-hosted images to your posts and pages. It is especially useful for people with many Flickr albums/photos.Slickr Gallery needs a Lightbox plugin to work properly.

URL: http://stimuli.ca/slickr/

7. FlickrRSS

This plugin for WordPress allows you to display Flickr photos on your weblog. It supports user, set, favorite, group and community photostreams, and is relatively easy to setup and configure via a settings panel. The plugin also has cache support, allowing you to save thumbnails on your own server.

URL: http://eightface.com/wordpress/flickrrss/

8. WP Decoratr

WP Decoratr automatically finds images relevant to your post content from Flickr to spice up your posts. WP Decoratr is very easy to use and doesn’t need any configuration. It will add a panel on the “Write Post” page. Compose your post as usual and click “Get Images” when you’re done. WP Decoratr will analyse your post content and suggest several matching images. Just click on an image to insert it in your post.

URL: http://wordpresssupplies.com/wordpress-plugins/wp-decoratr/

9. Flickr Tag Cloud Widget

This is plugin for the Widget Sidebar in WordPress. It will display your flickr tags as a tag cloud in your blog’s sidebar.

URL: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flickr-tag-cloud-widget/

Try these and make your blog more attractive & interactive.

How to Integrate WordPress with Twitter?

By integrating, I mean to say about posting your blog topics and links to twitter status. In other words, it’s about publishing your wordpress articles as tweets in twitter.

I don’t mean the entire article content coz twitter only allows 140 chars max :) I just mean publishing your article title and link to twitter.

Here is an awesome wordpress plugin which lets you post your wordpress article to your twitter status automatically. It’s called WP to Twitter.

It has very good options to be selected. You can tweet whenever your post is published. Or, even when your post is being edited. You can also tweet whenever your wp pages are published or edited.

The prominent feature I like about this plugin is that it lets you post your wordpress article’s content as tweet by setting character limit. Moreover, it publishes your wp article tags as hashtags in twitter.

The URL Shortener is always there. You can do with Cli.gs, Bit.ly or use wordpress as url shortener.

This plugin is very beneficial and is a must if you are a twitter user or a twitter fan lik e me :)

Keep blogging and keep tweeting…

Cheers,

Why WordPress?

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WordPress is an open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL which can also be used for basic content management. It has many features including a user-friendly workflow, a rich plugin architecture, and an advanced templating system. It was first released in May 2003 by Matt Mullenweg. It is being used by more than 200 million websites worldwide. WordPress is undoubtedly a semantic publishing platform that emphasizes greatly on usability and intuitive web standards. It helps in building a website that can bring success at your finger tips.

Reasons to use WordPress:

-WordPress is free of Cost and rich in plugins & themes.

- WordPress enables you to alter the format of your website by browsing through the core PHP files and modifying the relevant codes.

- This publishing platform undergoes upgrades from time to time and the only thing you’re required to do is upgrade the version when there is a potential threat of any security breach.

- The platform is quite flexible and it’s too easy to jump from one theme to another.

- You can also enhance the functionality of your website using its plug-ins and integrate custom programming into the same.

- It’s an impactful content management system that helps you build great web pages and you can manage considerable audio, video, text etc.

“Why would anybody do 10 clicks when with WordPress you can do it with 2?”

- It’s also quite easy to create article directories, e-commerce sites, portfolio sites etc. using WordPress.

- You can easily optimize the content of your website using SEO plug-ins of your WordPress, which would fetch your website higher search engine rankings.

- The platform entails base source code that interlinks PHP with MySql and hence, quite easy to install. It creates your website in minutes and it’s live & running.

- WordPress is styled by CSS and hence all its installations compley with the set web standards.

- It takes a very less amount of time to deploy any installation process and integrate themes, plug-ins etc. hence, it becomes easy to complete your project on or well before time. Also, it offers cost-effective web solution to individuals and SMEs around the globe, which set up small-scale sites.

Top 5 Content Management System for Web

Time and again while working on many web projects I’m sometime in dilemma to choose platform for the development. There’re many open source CMS tools that can be used to deploy the site. I can’t say which one is best one because each one has their own sets of features/functionalities. Here are my picks.

1. WordPress
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WordPress is now the most popular open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL which can also be used for basic content management. It has many features including a user-friendly workflow, a rich plugin architecture, and an advanced templating system.
It is being used by more than 202 million websites worldwide.

Quick Info about WP

  • Developer(s):Matt Mullenweg, Ryan Boren, Donncha O Caoimh
  • Latest version:2.9.1
  • Operating system:Cross-platform
  • Platform:PHP
  • Type: Weblog software/CMS
  • Size:zip file — 2.2 MB
  • Official Website:wordpress.org

Click here to download.

2. Drupal
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Drupal is another very popular free and open source Content Management System (CMS) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. Drupal allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.

Quick Info about Drupal

  • Developer(s):Dries Buytaert
  • Latest version:Drupal 6.15
  • Platform:PHP
  • Operating system:Cross-platform
  • Size:1 MB
  • Type:CMS software
  • Website:drupal.org

Click here to download

3. Joomla
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Joomla is one of the most popular open source content management system (CMS), which enables us to build Web sites and powerful online applications. It is written in PHP, stores data in MySQL and includes features such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for language internationalization.

Quick Info about Joomla

  • Developer(s):The Joomla Core Team
  • Latest version:Joomla! 1.5.x
  • Platform:PHP
  • Operating system:Cross-platform
  • Size:6.4 MB
  • Type:CMS software
  • Website:www.joomla.org/

Click here to download

4. MODx
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MODx is another popular free, open source content management system and web application framework for publishing content on the world wide web and intranets. MODx is licensed under the GPL. MODx is written in the PHP programming language and uses the MySQL database.

Quick Info about MODx

  • Developer(s):MODx team
  • Latest version:Evolution 1.0.2
  • Platform:PHP
  • Operating system:Cross-platform
  • Type: Content Management System
  • Size:modx-1.0.2.zip – 3.6 MB
  • Website:modxcms.com

Click here to download

5. DotNetNuke

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DotNetNuke is leading web content management system (CMS) and application development framework for Microsoft .NET.It is written in VB.NET and distributed under both a Community Edition BSD-style license and a Professional Edition commercial license

Quick Info about DotNetNuke

  • Developer(s):DotNetNuke Corporation
  • Latest version:DotNetNuke Community Edition
  • Platform:ASP.NET / Microsoft Windows / SQL Server
  • Type: Content Management System
  • Website:DotNetNuke.com

Click here to download

[Disclosure: My Favorite pick is WordPress.]