I need to make a CONTACT FORM for my blog

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  • #1126851

    ja000
    Member

    My blog address is
    jackalbertwriter.wordpress.com
    and I’d like to add a CONTACT FORM to it. The form I am looking for should be a basic form which will give me the email address and the types of fiction the reader is interested in. In addition, the form should allow the reader to ask me questions they’re interested in. Finally, I’d like to be able to gather emails and wp aliases so I can make up a list of readers and their addresses if I need to make up some mailings to interested parties with news that may be of interest to them. I’d also like to be able to expand the form and add some fields if I need to. Pls answer this request at my e-mail address which is (email redacted) and thank you for your help.

    Best,
    Jack ALBERT
    (email redacted)

    The blog I need help with is jackalbertwriter.wordpress.com.

    #1126965

    auxclass
    Member
    #1126968

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Finally, I’d like to be able to gather emails and wp aliases so I can make up a list of readers and their addresses if I need to make up some mailings to interested parties with news that may be of interest to them.

    The wp.com contact form will not allow you to automatically collect a list of emails. If you require a reader to fill out an email address, then you would have to copy and paste that “by hand” into your own data base. And common courtesy would suggest that you ask folks who respond if they want to be part of such a list for future email notification.

    #1127030

    ja000
    Member

    Dear 1tess,

    What you write makes a lot of sense. I still need to find out how to add a CONTACT FORM which has to be authorized by WP, since the theme I have chosen for now (“Twenty Ten”) does not allow me to do it all by myself.

    Best,
    Jack ALBERT
    blogging at jackalbertwriter.wordpress.com

    #1127031

    auxclass
    Member

    I still need to find out how to add a CONTACT FORM

    read the link I posted for you above

    #1127070

    ja000
    Member

    Dear auxclass,
    According to the info in your msg, here is what I should get:

    “Add a new contact form
    You can add contact forms to both posts and pages. Simply click the “Add a custom form” button.”

    Whenever I try to add a form to either, the graphics shown in your reference never comes up. I either get “Add a New Page” or “Add a New Post,” but no “add a new Contact Form” as I’m supposed to. Obviously, there’s something I’m missing.

    Sorry to tax your patience, but could you pls tell me how to proceed. Also, according to the info, since I’m using theme “Twenty Ten,” I’m not supposed to be able to add a contact form and a number of other such useful items, for “security reasons.” I’m not clear on what these sec. reasons are, but that’s what the documentation says. Maybe it’s due to the fact that this theme is used by many novices such as myself, and WP does not want to grant them too many privileges at this stage?

    Tks for your help.

    Jack ALBERT
    blogging at http://jackalbertwriter.wordpress.com

    #1127071

    auxclass
    Member

    Don’t know what to say – my test blog is twenty ten and I just added a new contact form to it by just clicking on the Add Form that is to the far right of Add Media

    Try these: http://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/

    #1127072

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Here is a picture of the contact form button:
    http://en.support.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/contactform.png
    It is above the visual editor icons:

    #1127074

    ja000
    Member

    After spending time with your suggestion, the problem still persists.

    a. I tried to decrease the level of security on IE8 down to almost no security, but it didn’t help.

    b. It seems I am running IE8 on my WIN XP Professional machine and I’m running the 32bit version which could be a problem. I tried to upgrade my software to the 64bit version, but it may not be possible to do on my machine due to some hardware limitation.

    c. I could try to run one of the 2 preferred (by WP) browsers instead of IE*, one being Chrome. I’m not sure how much effort this will entail or if it will work, because I don’t want to upset my present IE8 computer setup, what with email, etc.

    I’d like to hear your and the other Forum members comments on the issue. Tks.

    Best,
    Jack ALBERT
    http://jackalbertwriter.wordpress.com

    #1127075

    auxclass
    Member

    Older browsers can be a problem IE 8 might be one of them – but sorry I can’t remember which browsers can have problems – I will flag this for the staff to help

    #1127104

    zandyring
    Staff

    Hi Jack,

    I strongly recommend that you upgrade to IE9.

    We don’t limit users’ dashboard experience based on what theme they choose. As Auxclass demonstrates, some of our extremely experienced users like themes like twenty ten (and twenty eleven and twenty twelve).

    Have you checked the images that Tess linked to? These should show you exactly how to find the “add contact form” button on your Add New Page page:
    https://jackalbertwriter.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page

    I hope that helps somewhat!

    #1127107

    ja000
    Member

    Dear Zandyring,

    I am still running WIN XP PRO on my 2 computers for which the newest version is IE8. It will not run IE9, which requires WIN7 or VISTA as OS.

    Jack ALBERT
    jackalbertwriter.wordpress.com

    #1127108

    raincoaster
    Member

    Are you using Compatibility mode? If so, disable it. If not, enable it. That can sometimes clear up these things.

    #1127113

    zandyring
    Staff

    Once you’re completed Raincoaster’s suggestion, could you check again the screenshot that Tess shared and see if you can see the “add form” icon next to the Add Media button?

    Cheers!

    #1127119

    dayseye1
    Member

    I’m having the same problem. I am using WordPress through a separate server. There is no icon for creating a form. There is an Add Media button and nothing next to it. I’m using Firefox with Windows XP.

    #1127120

    raincoaster
    Member

    Are you talking about this blog http://jerisouthern.wordpress.com/ or another?

    #1127123

    dayseye1
    Member

    No, haven’t touched that since almost the time I created it. Had even forgotten it was there.

    I’ve worked around the issue by finding a form to install as a plug-in. Not as easy as just clicking an icon, but it’s worked. http://www.vacationswiththekids.com/

    #1127124

    raincoaster
    Member

    You are in the wrong forum. That is not a WordPress.com blog at all. WordPress.org blogs like that one are using a totally different version of the software.

    #1127125

    dayseye1
    Member

    Oh! Sorry!

    #1127126

    ja000
    Member

    Dera Zandyring,

    Raincoaster’s suggestion :”Once you’re completed Raincoaster’s suggestion, could you check again the screenshot that Tess shared and see if you can see the “add form” icon next to the Add Media button?”

    I have tried to run the browser in Compatibility mode and without it. It made no difference. Apparently somebody else is having the same problem as I understand.

    Jack ALBERT

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