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WordPress Plugin: Contact Coldform

[ Image: Coldform Icon ] Welcome to the homepage for Contact Coldform, 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 comprehensive Settings Page makes 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. Now available at the WP Plugin Directory!


Contact Coldform had a good run (10 years!), but it’s time for something far better: Contact Form X. CFX is superior to Contact Coldform in every way. Contact Form X gives you all the same features of Contact Coldform, plus you also get a recent-email dashboard widget, GDPR options, inline docs, Google reCaptcha, and of course the contact form itself is all Ajax-powered and super awesome.

Contact Coldform = 2008–2018.
Contact Form X = 2018 & beyond..

I encourage all users of Contact Coldform to upgrade Contact Coldform to Contact Form X. You can learn more and download the plugin at the WP Plugin Directory. And yes, I use Contact Form X for my own contact form here at Perishable Press. </update>


  • Plug-&-play: display Coldform anywhere
  • Sweet emails: Coldform sends descriptive, well-formatted messages
  • Safe and secure: Coldform blocks spam and filters malicious content
  • Ultra-clean code: lightweight, standards-compliant, semantic, valid
  • Fully customizable: easy to configure and style via Coldform Settings


  • Slick, toggle settings panels make it easy to customize Coldform
  • Style Coldform using built-in coldskins or upload some custom CSS
  • Provides template tag to display Coldform anywhere in your theme
  • Provides shortcode to display Coldform on any post or page
  • Displays customizable confirmation message to the sender

Anti-spam & Security

  • Captcha: Coldform includes challenge question/answer
  • Bot trap: hidden input field further reduces automated spam
  • Secure form processing protects against bad bots and malicious input
  • User-friendly error messages help users complete all required fields

Customize Everything

  • Includes option to enable users to receive carbon copies
  • Coldform message includes IP, host, agent, and other user details
  • Customize form-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:

  • Squeaky-clean PHP: every line like a fine wine
  • Crispy-clean markup: valid, semantic source code with proper formatting
  • Shiny-clean emails: Coldform delivers descriptive, well-formatted content
  • Better performance: conditional loading of stylesheet only when needed

More Features

  • Works perfectly without JavaScript.
  • Option to load CSS only when Coldform is displayed
  • 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

Installation and Usage:

Typical plugin install: upload, activate, and customize in the WP Admin.

  1. Unzip and upload the entire directory to your “plugins” folder and activate
  2. Use the shortcode to display Coldform on any post or page, or:
  3. Use the template tag to display the Coldform anywhere in your theme.
  4. Visit the Coldform Settings to configure your options and more info.



Template tag

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

For more information, visit the Coldform Settings page and readme.txt file.

Coldform Screenshots


As explained at the beginning of this post, I am retiring Contact Coldform. The plugin will be updated through 2018 or so, and will encourage all Coldform users to upgrade to the far superior Contact Form X. Check it out and download via the Plugin Directory:

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160 responses to “WordPress Plugin: Contact Coldform”

  1. Jeff Starr 2011/03/08 9:37 am

    Okay found the issue. I recently updated the plugin and got it listed in the WordPress Plugin Directory as version 1.0. Please see the download section above and download the latest version of Contact Coldform from the WP Directory. I just double-checked and everything seems to be working great for WP 3.1. Let me know if otherwise. Thanks.

  2. Hi,
    love Coldform, but… need help with an error.
    I’m using ColdForm v1.0 and WordPress 3.1.

    After clicking SUBMIT on the Coldform…
    The success page displays the success message twice, messing up the page layout in the process.
    Is there a fix for this?

    Thank you.

  3. Jürgen Strauss 2011/04/04 5:08 pm

    Have been using Contact Coldform on above website, but found recently that it is no longer working. Have latest? version 1.0 installed. What happens is that clicking submit button takes me to this link (google search):

  4. Jürgen Strauss 2011/04/04 6:10 pm

    I have been successfully using Contact Coldform on the above website for some years, with the same template. Recently, the submit button opens a Google search page, and doesn’t do what it is supposed to. I’ve upgraded to WP3.1 What is the cause of this behaviour and how do I fix it?


  5. I cant seem to get your form to send me emails. I have tried both my google apps email and regulate google account. I have wp version 3.1.1. you can check my form at

    I really want it to work, because it seems to perfect. I’m new to wp and the next step would be to customize your form… i’m hoping i get to try my hand at that.

  6. Pierre Souchar 2011/04/09 10:44 am

    I am trying to install your plug-in into a wordpress blog without success. I can read on the page.
    Do you have any idea why? I install it a few minutes ago. Should I wait till something happen in the base? (Sorry for the basic language, I am not a real programer).
    Thanks a lot,

  7. Reaction for Pierre Souchar:
    # Insert “” (without quotes) to any page or post.
    This is what you did but probably not in the html part of your editor in WordPress

  8. Pierre Souchar 2011/04/10 11:52 am

    Thank you!
    You were right!
    Now it works…
    Thank you so much.
    Pierre from Brest

  9. Hi There

    on my contact form, the your email: field is out of line

    How do I move this down so its in line,

    Help is very much appreciated


  10. Jeff Starr 2011/04/12 7:57 am

    Hi Karl, just add a few CSS styles to get those fields in line! Check out my Coldskins for some plug-n-play styles to get you started.

  11. Hi,

    I want to use coldform on a regular website contact me page. It is not on wordpress. How can I do that?

    Thank you.

  12. Jeff Starr 2011/04/15 9:47 am

    It’s possible, but will require some modification to accomplish. If I had the time, I would do it, because it sounds like a great idea.

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