Contact Forms Plugin for Movable Type
The Contact Forms plugin was developed in partnership with iThemes, the creator of many excellent themes for Movable Type. The plugin is currently in active beta.
Contact forms are one of the most common and oldest ways in which sites have provided their visitors with a way to contact them. They are preferable to many because using a form obviates the need to disclose an email address. But where many solutions fall short is that the form itself only automates the sending of an email. They offer very little customization and are unable to store submitted form data for searching later.
The Contact Forms plugin for Movable Type provides a comprehensive solution for allowing site administrators to manage multiple ways for their site's visitor's to contact them and ask them questions them questions via a simple form submission. Contact form submissions are then stored in the database and tracked to ensure that every message is replied to, and to make all responses searchable.
Finally, site administrators are given a simple screen on which they can monitor incoming inquiries and respond to them in kind via email.
- Manage multiple contact forms and design the form elements you would like to appear in each.
- Drag-and-drop interface for managing the order of contact form field elements.
- Simple interface for managing, monitoring and replying to incoming inquiries.
- Ability to flag inquiries to receive special attention by others, or for later review.
- Quickly view the status of each inquiry through simple icons: unread, read and replied to.
- Embed contact forms in a template via a simple template tag, or retrieve from the plugin of the HTML yourself so that you drop it into a page, a post, or edit manually. Which ever is easier.
- View incoming inquiries and view a specific inquiry using a split pane view common to most email applications.
Users of Movable Type Pro will also have access to the following features:
- Assign a "Contact Form" custom field to pages and entries.
Designers can also make special use of this plugin by specifying in their themes the hooks and information necessary to render forms according their unique style and structure. This allows for theme developers to leverage this plugin to provide a seamless experience for their customers as well.
The Contact Form plugin comes with a standard set of form fields for rendering and displaying on the published blog for visitors to fill out. If developers would like to extend the types of form elements available, they can do so using a simple YAML based API.
To install this plugin follow the instructions found here:
For support, please visit Endevver's (where I work) dedicated support site.