How to Build Spam-Free WordPress Contact Forms Easily – 4 Easy Steps

Wondering how to Build Spam-Free WordPress Contact Forms?

Then you are in the right place.

In this post, we will see how to build a secure WordPress contact form which is spam-free.

How to Build Spam-Free WordPress Contact Forms Easily In 2020

How to Build Spam-Free WordPress Contact Forms
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How to Build Spam-Free WordPress Contact Forms

Spam form submissions are problems for a blogger.

There are huge spam submissions done by automated spambots. However, using WPForms you can build spam-free forms that lower the risk of fake submissions or order.

WPForms is one of the powerful contact form builders that helps you prevent spam submissions.

It can work with or without the captcha services.

In this post, you will see how to add reCAPTCHA services to your WordPress forms using WPForms.

Before proceeding, let us see the importance of reCAPTCHA and how it works.

reCAPTCHA is a service similar to Captcha that helps you protect sites from spam.

It is one of the free services from Google.

It uses advanced techniques to differentiate between humans and bots.

Importance of using the service are:

  • It blocks all automated spambots.
  • Make the forms more secure
  • Reduces form abandonment.

Google has been working to improve this service and recently introduced reCAPTCHA v3.

With this improved version, the user has to just click on a checkbox instead of entering text.

reCAPTCHA
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reCAPTCHA

Now, let us see how to add this reCAPTCHA checkbox to build spam-free WordPress forms using WPForms.

There are 4 easy steps involved in it.

Create a New Contact Form in WordPress

First, you need to install and activate the WPForms plugin on your website.

Then create a contact form using these steps:

  1. From the WordPress dashboard, click on WPForms.
  2. Click Setting and Add New.
  3. Click on the “Simple Contact Form” option.

You will get the form as shown in the image below.

Contact form created using WPForms
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Simple Contact Form

Drag and drop the required fields to your form and click on the Save option at the top right side.

Configure reCAPTCHA Settings

After creating a form, you need to configure reCAPTCHA settings on it.

Follow the steps to configure reCAPTCHA settings:

  • Click on WPForms from the WordPress dashboard.
  • Click on the Settings tab.
  • Then click on the reCAPTCHA tab.
  • Select reCAPTCHA v2 checkbox to add an interactive reCAPTCHA box to your contact form.

Now you need to enter the site key and secret key.

You can get this information by registering your domain on the Google reCAPTCHA setup page.

You need to log in with your Google account.

Register your website (in case if you haven’t done already).

Enter the name of your website for Label.

Choose the select the type of reCAPTCHA.

Under domain name, enter the complete site name. (For example onlinedecoded.com)

Adding domain to reCAPTCHA settings
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Adding a domain to reCAPTCHA settings

Accept the terms field and click on submit.

Once you click on the submit button, you can view the site key and the secret key for your website.

Copy that information and paste it on the WPForms >> Settings page.

Adding site key and secrey key to reCAPTCHA settings
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Adding site key and secret key to reCAPTCHA settings

After pasting the keys, click on Save Settings.

Adding reCAPTCHA to Your Contact Form

After configuring the reCAPTCHA settings, it is time to add that reCAPTCHA to the contact form.

From the Settings tab, click on the General tab in the form editor.

Enabling Google checkbox
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Enabling Google checkbox

Check the box “Enable Google Checkbox v2 reCAPTCHA” and click on Save.

Add and Publish Contact Form with reCAPTCHA on the site

After configuring and updating the settings, it is time to publish the form.

You can add the form to a new page or existing page on your site.

Follow the steps to publish the form:

If you using the Gutenberg editor, click Add Block (+) icon and type WPForms in the search bar and select it. 

If you are using the Classic editor, click on Add forms and Select contact form and click on save/publish.

Here is the sample contact form with reCAPTCHA for your reference.

contact form with reCaptcha
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contact form with reCaptcha

Final Words

That’s all about how to build spam-free WordPress forms using WPForms.

I hope you are now clear about creating spam-free forms.

Get WPForms now to protect your site from spam submissions.

Learn How to build spam free contact forms easily today.
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