Contact Coldform


Contact Coldform is a secure, lightweight, flexible contact form with plenty of options and squeaky clean markup. Coldform blocks spam while making it easy for your visitors to contact you from your WordPress-powered website.

The plugin settings make it easy to take full control with plenty of options and several built-in themes for styling the form. Coldform delivers everything you need and nothing you don’t — no frills, no gimmicks, just pure contact-form satisfaction.

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  • Use shortcode or template tag to display Coldform anywhere
  • Coldform sends descriptive, well-formatted plain-text email
  • Safe and secure: Coldform blocks spam and malicious content
  • Lightweight, standards-compliant, semantic, valid HTML markup
  • Easy to configure and style from the Coldform Settings page


  • Slick toggle-panel Settings Page makes it easy to customize
  • Style Coldform using built-in «coldskins» or use custom CSS
  • Use template tag to display Coldform anywhere in your theme
  • Use shortcode to display Coldform on any WP Post or Page
  • Displays customizable confirmation message to the sender

Anti-spam & Security

  • Anti-spam: Coldform includes optional challenge question
  • Bot trap: hidden input field further reduces automated spam
  • Solid security: protects against bad bots and malicious input
  • User-friendly error messages to help users complete the form

Customize Everything

  • Includes option to enable users to receive carbon copies
  • Coldform message includes IP, host, agent, and other details
  • Customize field captions, error messages, and success message
  • Includes three built-in themes «coldskins» to style, or
  • Style the Coldform with your own custom CSS
  • Option to add a custom prefix to the subject line
  • Option to disable the captcha for registered users

Clean Codes

Coldform brings delicious code on every front:

  • Standards-based code, built with the WordPress API
  • Valid, semantic source code with proper formatting
  • Coldform emails include descriptive, well-formatted content
  • Better performance: CSS loaded only when form is displayed

More Features

  • Works perfectly without JavaScript
  • Option to reset default settings
  • Options to customize many aspects of the form
  • Options to customize success, error, and spam messages
  • Option to enable and disable CSS styles
  • Works perfectly with or without Gutenberg Block Editor

Like Contact Coldform? Please give a 5-star rating, thank you!


Contact Coldform enables visitors to send a message via contact form. Any information that the user enters into the form will be sent directly to the recipient(s) according to plugin settings. Each email message optionally includes the sender’s IP address, user agent, and other data (visit the plugin setting «Disable Data» to disable sending of IP address and other user data). This plugin does not collect or store any user data. It does not set any cookies, and it does not connect to any third-party location(s).

Contact Coldform is developed and maintained by Jeff Starr, 15-year WordPress developer and book author.

Support development

I develop and maintain this free plugin with love for the WordPress community. To show support, you can make a donation or purchase one of my books:

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  • Contact Coldform: Contact form displayed via Twenty Sixteen theme
  • Contact Coldform: Settings page showing default options (each panel toggles open/closed)



  1. Install and activate via the Plugins screen
  2. Visit the plugin settings to configure options

More info on installing WP plugins


To display Coldform on any Post or Page, add the Shortcode:


To display Coldform anywhere in your theme, add the Template Tag:

<?php if (function_exists('contact_coldform_public')) contact_coldform_public(); ?>


To customize Coldform, visit the plugin settings. For advanced customization, check out CSS hooks for Contact Coldform. For more information, visit the Coldform Homepage.

Like the plugin?

If you like Contact Coldform, please take a moment to give a 5-star rating. It helps to keep development and support going strong. Thank you!


Where does the shortcode go? What about the template tag?

The shortcode may be used on any Post or Page. For example, if you log in to the Admin Area and view a Page named «Contact», you can add the shortcode anywhere in the Page content to display the form. To use the template tag, add it to the desired location in your theme template. For example, if you have a custom page template named page-contact.php, you could add the template tag directly after <?php the_content(); ?> to display the form.

Where does the CSS go? How do I change the form styles?

Visit the «Appearance and Styles» panel in the plugin settings. There you may configure appearance and add custom CSS for the form.

Can I add multiple Coldforms to my site?

Yes, you can add multiple instances of the shortcode and/or template tag.

What is the plugin setting for the «From Address»?

That setting enables you to customize the address used as the «From» header for email messages. By default, Coldform uses the same address that is used by WordPress to send alert messages. So if WP is installed on, the default value is something like «». That address is proven to work great for most setups. But the option is there if you know what you are doing and want to change it to something else. If in doubt for the «From Address» setting, just use the default value, «» (replace «» with your actual domain name).

Questions & Comments

I try to keep an eye on the WordPress forums, but it’s best to contact me directly with questions or concerns. Thanks.


septiembre 14, 2019
If you want simple and straight forward contact form, this is good. A few nice features are template tag beside shortcode, antispam challenge customization, and success/error messages customization. However I need a couple more form fields of my own but am stuck with jus the basic fields. No custom fields available which is essential. Hope that the author adds custom fields in the future and wins me back.
mayo 16, 2017 3 replies
This is a wonderful contact plugin, except that when one fills out the form the text does not get centered vertically in the box so you cannot read what you type. Is this something that can be fixed in the next update?
octubre 20, 2016 1 reply
I am no longer confidant in this contact form. recently I’ve had many people email me because they said I never contacted them after the filled out the contact form. Not good for business! I’m looking for a better one.
septiembre 3, 2016
Thanks for Contact Coldform. It’s easy to use, offers all modern requirements for a contact form and is light weight. regards theo
septiembre 3, 2016
Exactly what I was looking for… simple, clean, and straight forward. Thank you! Much appreciated!
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FYI: For a much better contact-form plugin, check out Contact Form X. CFX is lighter, faster, and better than Contact Coldform in every way. Same great developer, waaayy better code 🙂

Version 20240617

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