September 21, 2012 Leave a comment
If you have a small business website or a blog, it’s generally ill-advised to publish your email address because that tends to be a spam-magnet. But you still want to give your customers or prospects a way to contact you.
What’s called for is a “Contact Us” form. It doesn’t reveal your email address. It also lets you control what type of information people give, which in turn, allows you to qualify customers and respond more effectively.
Sure, creating a form is not too difficult a task for web developers, if they have access to a mail server and a way to handle spam, but sometimes we’re just looking for a fast, effective and free service to do our bidding. Well fortunately there are a few out there that let you create a quick form and give you the code to easily insert into your site.
Key things to look for with these services are spam-blocking tools, CAPTCHA support, and auto-responder capabilities.
Here are some of the best ones to check out:
Flite Widgetbox – This site gives you a full range of widgets you can use on your website, slideshows, polls, countdown clocks, etc., but we’re interested in the forms widget. The basic (free) version gives you 5 fields and is ad-supported. There’s not a contact-us form template, so you have to select and add fields yourself. It will insert your form in several social media and blog sites and does support flash.
FoxyForm – This is a site where you can create a contact form very quickly. It includes spam protection and gives you HTML code to insert in your website. It’s very easy, but with limited customization.
Don’t expose your email address on your website. Using one of these services, especially if you’re not a web developer, can save you time and money.
If you’ve used any of these sites or know of other alternatives, please leave a comment below.