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Contact Form & SMTP Plugin for WordPress by PirateForms

This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Contact Form & SMTP Plugin for WordPress by PirateForms


Pirate Forms is no longer under active development. We recommend using WPForms because it is the most beginner-friendly WordPress contact form plugin in the market.

In Sep 2018, Pirate Forms was acquired by WPForms. We’re retiring Pirate Forms in favor of the modern form builder by WPForms, so users can have access to best user experience and more powerful WordPress form features.

Stay in touch with your visitors very easily. Pirate Contact Forms offers you a great and friendly contact form for your website.
This is an easy-to-use WordPress contact form with captcha plugin. To create a contact form you just need to use the [pirate_forms] shortcode or use the WordPress contact form widget.

Time-saving features available in the FULL WPForms version:

  • Unlimited Forms
  • Email Marketing Integrations (MailChimp, AWeber, Constant Contact, and more)
  • Payment Integrations (PayPal and Stripe)
  • Surveys & Polls Addon
  • Conditional Logic
  • User Registration, Geo-location, File Uploads, Multi-Page Forms, and a whole lot more.

Learn more about WPForms Pro

Why use our responsive WordPress Contact Form:

  • It’s easy to use

This Contact Form 7 or any form builder alternative is very easy to set up. You can quickly create an engaging contact form by using a shortcode and copying it where you want it to appear.

  • It’s fully customizable

This WordPress Contact Form plugin allows you to customize everything you want. You can change the field labels and decide what message to tell your visitors when an error shows up. You can also decide which fields are required and which are not.

  • Provides reCaptcha

Avoid spam messages and make sure the e-mails you receive are entirely addressed to you.

  • Comes with SMTP

Pirate Form comes with basic SMTP options, so you won’t miss any email from your visitors. The messages will be safely delivered from the source to your personal e-mail address.

However for a more reliable SMTP solution, we recommend using WP Mail SMTP by WPForms which is the most popular WordPress SMTP solution being used by over 1 million websites.

  • Stores contacts in special databases

You can keep all the contacts in an archive by saving their e-mail addresses. Pirate Contact Form allows you to do that by providing contact databases.

A simple to use contact form plugin for creating a clean contact form using the [pirate_forms] shortcode or the ‘Pirate Forms’ form widget.

  • Provides option to allow submitting the form using AJAX

Standard contact forms work just fine, but you can make them nicer by using AJAX to submit the form data in the background.

Pirate Forms allows you to take advantage of this great feature using the [pirate_forms ajax=”yes”] shortcode or the ‘Submit form using Ajax’ option in the Pirate Forms widget.

  • What PirateForms isn’t for now

This is not a form maker or drag & drop builder plugin nor “the best contact form plugin”. You cannot add new fields or create multiple forms (subscription forms, payment, order, feedback or quote) with Pirate Forms.

This is why we recommend using WPForms which is the most beginner friendly drag & drop WordPress form builder in the market.

Pirate Forms is no longer under active development

Pirate Forms is no longer under active development. We recommend using WPForms because it is the most beginner-friendly WordPress contact form plugin in the market.

In Sep 2018, Pirate Forms was acquired by WPForms. We’re retiring Pirate Forms in favor of the moden form builder by WPForms, so users can have access to best user experience and more powerful WordPress form features.

What’s Next

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Pirate Forms was acquired by WPForms and is no longer being actively maintained.

WPForms is absolutely, positively the most beginner friendly WordPress contact form plugin on the market. It is both easy and powerful.

We took the pain out of creating online forms and made it easy. Check out all WPForms features.

Also, I’m the founder of WPBeginner, the largest WordPress resource site for beginners. It was a huge priority for me to make a WordPress contact form plugin that beginners can use without any training.

I feel that we have done that here. I hope you enjoy using WPForms.

Thank you

Syed Balkhi


  • Screenshot 1. How to use contact form in posts/pages
  • Screenshot 2. How to customize contact form labels
  • Screenshot 3. How to use reCaptcha
  • Screenshot 4. Enabling SMTP


ಈ ಪ್ಲಗಿನ್ 1 ಬ್ಲಾಕ್ ಅನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

  • pirate-forms/form


Activating the Pirate Contact Form plugin is just like any other plugin. If you’ve uploaded the plugin package to your server already, skip to step 5 below:

  1. In your WordPress admin, go to Plugins > Add New
  2. In the Search field type “pirate forms”
  3. Under “Pirate Forms,” click the Install Now link
  4. Once the process is complete, click the Activate Plugin link
  5. Now, you’re able to add contact forms but, first, we could configure a few settings. These can be found at Settings > Pirate Forms
  6. Make the changes desired, then click the Save changes button at the bottom
  7. To add this form to any page or post, just copy/paste or type “[pirate_forms]” into the page or post content and save. The form should appear on that page


How I can get support for this contact form plugin?

We have retired Pirate Forms. We recommend switching to the free WPForms plugin for a more user friendly and powerful WordPress form plugin.

How long will Pirate Forms be maintained after the acquisition by WPForms?

In Sep 2018, Pirate Forms was acquired by WPForms. We’re retiring Pirate Forms in favor of the modern form builder by WPForms, so users can have access to best user experience and more powerful WordPress form features.

This means that there will be no new feature updates. We will continue to maintain the Pirate Forms plugin for any major security issues for the next 6 months.

Can I easily migrate my forms from Pirate Forms to WPForms?

Yes, we created a 2-step migration wizard to make it easy for all Pirate Form users to switch to WPForms.

You can see the step by step instructions in this guide.


ಜನವರಿ 6, 2020
About a month ago, contact form entries stopped coming in via email and I just checked the system and it displayed “Mail sending failed! (Could not instantiate mail function.)” in the Mail Status page on ‘edit.php?post_type=pf_contact’ I haven’t changed any settings and wasn’t sure of where I could get any support from so I can keep using it. Thanks, Luke
ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 29, 2018
Плагин был действительно крутым, простым, готовым решением как для новичков так и для профессионалов. Очень жаль что закрылся и так жидкое пустил в души подписчикам PRO версии, неприлично врать. Обещанной PRO версии от WPForms мы так и не получили. Поддержка тупо не отвечает.
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Contributors & Developers

“Contact Form & SMTP Plugin for WordPress by PirateForms” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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2.5.2 – 2019-07-26

  • Improved security of notfication emails.

2.5.1 – 2019-01-17

  • Remove third party library not needed, from composer (mailin-api).

2.5.0 – 2018-09-18

  • Pirate Forms was acquired by WPForms.
  • We’re retiring Pirate Forms in favor of the modern form builder by WPForms, so users can have access to best user experience and more powerful WordPress form features.
  • Added migration wizard to move forms to WPForms.

2.4.4 – 2018-07-13

  • Fixed compatibility with All in One SEO Pack plugin
  • Fixed problem with form not working with the ajax option
  • Option to save the attachments files
  • Improved recaptcha button layout on mobile devices

2.4.3 – 2018-06-25

  • New Gutenberg block for the default Pirate Forms form
  • Made the checkbox field to store in the database for GDPR compliance
  • New option to disable tracking of the IP for GDPR compliance
  • Replaced subscription form with Sendinblue form

2.4.2 – 2018-06-07

  • NEW support for submitting Ajax forms with [pirate_forms ajax=”yes”]
  • Added compatibility with WordPress 4.9.6 Export and Erase Personal Data options
  • Fixed issue with form caused by the reCaptcha
  • Fixed compatibility issues with the wpDataTables Lite plugin

2.4.1 – 2018-05-07

  • GDPR compliance

2.4.0 – 2018-04-02

  • Improves compatibility with various themes.
  • Adds support for two new custom fields.
  • Adds filter for custom classes into form fields.
  • Adds visual/text switch to form wyiwyg editor.

2.3.5 – 2018-03-05

  • Fix characters encoding issue in the subject field.
  • Fix issue with spam label with two forms on the page.
  • Allows zip files to be attached in forms.
  • Adds a filter to dynamically change the subject.
  • Adds options to send a copy of the email to the sender.

2.3.4 – 2018-02-15

  • Added missing Loader.gif file
  • Fixed undefined notice
  • Fix submit button leaving form when ReCaptcha is enabled

2.3.3 – 2018-01-06

  • Fix double reCAPTCHA box bug.
  • Fix custom spam trap alignement error.

2.3.2 – 2017-12-28

  • Fix for tooltip admin behavior.

2.3.1 – 2017-12-28

  • Improves layout and compatibility with various themes.
  • Improves form default email format.
  • Fix issues with various special characters in the magic tag fields.

2.3.0 – 2017-11-27

  • Adds email content wysiwyg editor.
  • Improves layout for custom spam trap.

2.2.5 – 2017-11-16

  • Adds compatibility with WordPress 4.9
  • Minor improvement for toggle the password in the admin form fields.

2.2.4 – 2017-11-13

  • Improved assets loading, loading them only they are necessary.
  • Remove hide/show effect for reCaptcha.
  • Add toggle for password field.
  • Add new docs, keeping them in sync with HelpScout .
  • Adds more integration with the pro version.

2.2.3 – 2017-10-24

  • Improves compatibility with Hestia theme.
  • Adds option to set form label classes.

2.2.2 – 2017-10-20

  • Hide email entries in frontend queries.
  • Adds filter for form attributes.
  • Fix issue with attachment fields not working when spam trap is active.
  • Adds support for more integrations in the pro version.

2.2.1 – 2017-10-10

  • Fix issue for multiple forms on the same page.
  • Fix issue with reCAPTCHA keys.
  • Capture failure reasons and corrected email status.

2.2.0 – 2017-09-27

  • Adds integration with Akismet for spam block.
  • Adds another spam tramp mechanism, independent from Google reCAPTCHA.
  • Adds filter for customizing the email body.
  • Improvements for compatibility with the pro version.

2.1.0 – 2017-08-26

  • Improved compatibility with the pro version.
  • Fixed broken form layout on certain themes.
  • Improved security.
  • Added test email functionality.

2.0.5 – 2017-08-16

  • Fixed compatibility with the pro version for multiple fields.
  • Fixed default consistency between forms.

2.0.4 – 2017-08-14

  • All fields are now optional.
  • Fixed redirect after form submission.
  • Added more flexibility for changing the layout via dynamic CSS classes.

2.0.3 – 2017-08-10

  • Fixed fatal errors on some environments because of anonymous functions usage.
  • Fixed thank you message when nonces are disabled.
  • Added compatibility with pro version.

2.0.2 – 2017-08-07

  • Fixed none option for thank you page.
  • Fixed various issues with form layout.
  • Added support for future pro version.

2.0.1 – 2017-08-01

  • Fixed backwards compatibility with Zerif themes

2.0.0 – 2017-08-01

  • Major code refactor ( Please TEST BEFORE updating).
  • Added multiple filters and hooks to be easily extended by developers.
  • Fixed some issues with attachment fields.
  • Added support for TLS.
  • Added support to change browser required messages.


  • Fixed security error when upload field was active.


  • Added integration with custom emails plugin
  • Fixed text domains errors


  • Escape form fields ( Thanks to Gabriel Avramescu gabriel.avramescu@ituniversity.ro )


  • Fixed php strict standards error
  • Update tags
  • Tested up to WordPress 4.6


  • Fixed IP issue when using web server behind a reverse proxy
  • Fixed W3C compatibility issues
  • Remove pcf=1#contact from url when theme is different then Zerif
  • Removed blacklist option and made it default set to true
  • Display site key and secret key fields only if recaptcha option is selected
  • New attachment option
  • New thank you URL option
  • New option to make the nonce optional


  • textarea field not saving


  • Update screenshots
  • Added a clearfix after the Pirate Forms widget to avoid messed layout
  • Update compatible WordPress version number


  • Fix issues with checkboxes not saving data
  • Redo the layout of the plugin’s admin area


  • Fix issues with multiple forms on same page
  • Update readme.txt


  • Update contributors names
  • Option to change recaptcha language


  • Fixed #55 Recaptcha too down


  • Fixed layout issues #52


  • Update readme.txt
  • Update translations files
  • #42, translation issues fixed