When you’re running a website or blog, it’s always a good idea to let your visitors contact you. You can do so via a Contact Form or by displaying your Email Address.
Setting Up a Contact Form
An easy way is to use a Contact Form, which you can see on my Contact page. In my case, I decided to use the Contact Form option that came with WordPress’s Jetpack Plugin (it should come pre-installed with WordPress, otherwise you can install it from the Plugin section).
Once you install and enable the plugin, you’ll need to sign up for a WordPress.com account if you do not currently have one (it’s free and worth the trouble as Jetpack is full of goodies), and be sure to enable the contact form option in Jetpack settings.
Thereafter, on the page you want to add the form, click Add Contact Form
After you do that, you’re notice some ‘code’ being inserted in square brackets. [ ] This basically tells WordPress to put what you need for your contact form.
Go ahead and publish the page.
And what you see here, is my contact form working properly in the front end.
I’ve also embedded the same form here (try it! email me):
This is a really simple way to add a contact form to your website so others can reach you.
Letting Others Email You Directly
Sometimes, visitors do not want to go through the hassle of filling up a form (it always seem a bit impersonal).
If you offer them your email address, it may make you appear more approachable and garner more emails. However, there are lots of spam bots (code lurking to spam email addresses) looking out for email addresses on the internet that they can send spam emails to.
To address this issue, you can use a plugin called Email Address Encoder. Once you install and activate the plugin, you won’t notice anything but it works already on all pages and posts. What it does is scramble any email address (by looking for the @ sign) to make them indecipherable to bots but readable to humans.
To allow click through email addresses, simple create a link, and type mailto: followed by the email address. Example: