Once you’ve designed your webpage, you can create an HTML contact form to collect input from your website’s visitors. Here you’ll find a quick tutorial on how to generate the code for a contact form and some HTML code examples you can use.

Create contact forms in HTML: step by step

An optimized contact form is an excellent tool to capture leads and receive messages from your visitors. Writing the HTML code from scratch can be quite time-consuming, but that’s why you can count on this tutorial and the examples we’ve added.

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In this step-by-step, you’ll be using HTML markups and CSS and sometimes JavaScript to make sure the form’s appearance is top-notch. Making sure that the data is submitted and properly stored, then delivering a notification are backend processes.

1. Design your HTML contact form

Before you start coding your contact form, it’s best to decide what you want the end result to look like. Try drawing it out or using a storyboard so you have a visual example to guide you.

Protip: To create a responsive contact form, draw a mockup representation of what you want your form to look like both on desktop and on mobile. This way your contact page will adhere to the mobile-first indexing of most search engines.

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Be sure to outline as much as possible. How many fields do you want to include in your form? Are you creating a traditional form or a conversational form? Do you want to add a success message after the submission? You need to answer all these questions before you start coding.

2. Create the HTML markup & CSS

Collect user input with a simple contact form with a ‘Name’, ‘Email’ and ‘Message’ fields. You can later add more fields, with specific coding like a Single Choice field and Dropdown field.

contact us form template

So under the <header> element of your page, add the HTML markup for the form’s header. Then create a CSS file with the coding for your form’s style, such as the background color, font family, font size, and so on.

 3. Add the Text Input Fields to the HTML code

Finally, you’ll be adding the input fields. It’s important to include what type of data the field should receive since it also helps the browser identify how it can help the user submit the form.

For example, using <input type=”email”>  on your code and depending on the browser support, the email submitted can be automatically validated. You can also add some styling to the Input fields using CSS.

Examples of Contact Forms in HTML

So now that you know how to create a simple contact form in HTML, here are some pretty creative examples to inspire your design. Don’t forget that there are also incredible code-free form templates that you can easily customize with the form builder.

Contact Form Template
Popup Contact Form
Elegant Contact Form - by Mark Murray
Clean Contact Form
Minimalistic contact form with infield, floating labels - by Michal Niewitala
HTML5 Contact Form by ssbalakumar

Build powerful contact forms with MightyForms

Now let’s say you want to protect your form from bots and add more automation, like a reCaptcha, and a personalized success message, or an automatic email notification. That requires the more complex backend coding we’d mentioned before, which is why using a no-code form builder, like MightyForms, can be such a satisfying time-saver.

Once you sign up to MightyForms form builder, you can create multiple online forms that are responsive by default and have built-in functionalities and integrations that will help you capture more leads and optimize your workflow.

Check out all the time-saving features our form builder offers and the step-by-step guide to create your first online form.