Though the homepage might be the most important part of your whole website in terms of luring in visitors and selling them on your product or service, and though the rest of your content might play a vital role in convincing those visitors to part with their hard earned cash, few components of your website are as critical as your contact page.
Whether it’s to make a sales enquiry, ask for support, or to make that all important purchase, if customers like what they see on your website, there’s any number of reasons why they might want to get in touch with you.
When they do, it’s understandable that you want to make it as easy as possible for them to communicate with you, and there’s few better ways to do that than by adding a contact form to your website.
Need some help to do just that? Here’s three simple methods you can use today.
Jotform is one of those awesome tools that, when you use it, you’ll have a hard time understanding how it could possibly be free. Yet for small websites, the free version provides everything you need.
With Jotform, you can create completely customisable forms, adding as many different form fields, drop downs, checkboxes and radio buttons as you like, change the colours and fonts to blend in with your website, and more.
When you receive a response, you can have it sent direct to your email address, and even log on to your Jotform account to review all the responses you’ve ever had, perfect if you’ve deleted a crucial email from your inbox but still need to get your hands on the information.
With the free version, you can have up to 100 monthly submissions, receive 10 payments and 10 SSL secure submissions. You have 100MB of space and one sub-user account.
After that, plans range from $9.95 up to $49.95 for between 1,000 and 100,00 entries, and increased space and sub user allocations.
With all Jotform plans, you can have as many forms and custom reports as you please.
Website builder tools
If you’re using one of the many website building platforms to create your site, you should find that you can use the in-house tools provide to put together your own form. The flexibility and freedom you’ll have with your form is largely going to depend on the site creator you use, and you may find that in some cases, forms are only supported by premium versions.
That said, if you’re serious about your website, you may be using a paid-version of a website builder anyway, so that shouldn’t really be an issue.
Creating your site using a CMS like WordPress or Joomla instead? Again, you’re well supported. Head to your CMS’ plugin directory, and you’ll find plenty of tools that you can install and set to work on creating customisable forms that are a breeze to configure, and even easier for your website visitors to use in getting in touch with you.
From their impressive Analytics suite to adwords, Google provide a wealth of tools to help your business succeed online, and that extends to forms. More than merely setting up a way for your visitors to get in touch with you, you can use Google Forms to create surveys and opinion polls.
Not enough for you? Use Google’s tools for email newsletter sign ups, event registrations and much more, all with additional analytics and functions to help you manage an entire campaign from start to finish.