Customizing Contact Forms

by grey38
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So I plan on putting a contact form on my home page to get some lead generation going. But it looks too ugly. How can I make it more "beautiful" looking?

I don't think regular CSS is enough to make it look good, and google isn't helping me much here. Please advise, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Originally Posted by grey38 View Post

    So I plan on putting a contact form on my home page to get some lead generation going. But it looks too ugly. How can I make it more "beautiful" looking?

    I don't think regular CSS is enough to make it look good, and google isn't helping me much here. Please advise, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author grey38
    That's basically like Contact form 7 but with more settings. I'm just looking for a way to make forms more good looking. I know all those settings can be changed, but is there something that can use an importer or, where I can import images or something. I don't see CSS modifications being my best option here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Barr
    "Regular" CSS? I'm not sure what you mean by that, but CSS controls the appearance of EVERYTHING on your website...

    If you want something that you don't have to code the CSS for yourself, I'd go to Codecanyon and search on "Contact form" to see if there's one that will meet your needs and style.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vimal Gobin
      Originally Posted by Karen Barr View Post

      "Regular" CSS? I'm not sure what you mean by that, but CSS controls the appearance of EVERYTHING on your website...
      That "regular css" part really pricked the web designer part of you, didn't it?

      @grey38: Contact form for lead generation? You could do that, but if you use an opt-in form from the usual providers (AWeber, GetResponse, etc...), you will be given the (easy) option to pick a design of your choice

      Else you'll need a coder.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    there are a lot of free html contact forms code out there ... but you need to have some basic skills in order to make them suitable for your website like changing fonts and letter sizes, background, text boxes sizes, the email to receive it and so on and so on ... or use a wordpress which has a built-in contact us and you are done
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    • Profile picture of the author danej
      CSS is going to be your only option to make the form look good. All the custom builders are just going to do the CSS behind the scenes for you.

      It may be overkill for 1 form, but check out twitter bootstrap. All of their forms always look nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I wouldn't worry about the "beauty" of a contact form. Make sure it's easy to understand, make sure it works, and make sure you have a good "thank you" page to assure the prospect that you have received their message.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    You can try Fiverr and outsource your webform design. Many providers there can do the part.
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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    What CMS are using ? Wordpress ?
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  • Profile picture of the author grey38
    A lot of great answers here guys. I checked codecanyon (totally forgot they existed) and they had some cool forms. I knew CSS was the way to change it, but I was referring to just the color or height of the bars being what I didn't want.

    Fiverr actually sounds like a great place to get something cool done. This isn't just one form, I'd be using it for all of my clients websites, where lead gen is needed on the homepage.

    Thanks for the guiding thoughts guys. Sometimes I find myself looking for the wrong answers before I ask the right questions...
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    i had one made for my authority site with cool graphics, kind of like a question/quiz form. It cost $100 to develop, I had a warrior make it for me.

    Its really cool. The answers lead into my ads and it keeps my visitors on my site longer resulting in a lower bounce rate.
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  • Profile picture of the author umrbd
    I don't agree if you are actually saying that CSS can't help you. Here are some tips to improve the look and feel of contact form input fields.

    Here I am supposing that your contact form is in the div with class contact form like <div class="contact_form"><!--Contact Form HTML--></div>


    .contact_form input[type="text"]{
    border: 1px #ccc solid;
    padding: 8px 5px 5px;
    font-size: 12px;
    }

    .contact_form input[type="text"]:focus{
    border-color: rgba(82, 168, 236, 0.8);
    outline: 0;
    outline: thin dotted \9;
    /* IE6-9 */

    -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.075), 0 0 8px rgba(82, 168, 236, 0.6);
    -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.075), 0 0 8px rgba(82, 168, 236, 0.6);
    box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.075), 0 0 8px rgba(82, 168, 236, 0.6);
    }


    This will definitely give a cool style and look to your input fields, if you want to change whole look of your contact form than you must provide HTML
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryPabelate
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    If you are using Wordpress, then I would say that you don't have any problem in using contact form, just type contact form in Wordpress dashword plugin search and you would find many.
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  • Profile picture of the author alan01
    On internet you may find free codes of html contact….
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  • Profile picture of the author copilu0
    You can use aweber to create a contact form and then used it on your website.Also you can use Contact Form 7 and Yes,you can control everything through CSS.
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