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I'm looking for a WordPress plugin which lets me build custom (contact) forms. I also need that form to create a post in WordPress upon submission.

Currently I'm using TDO Mini Forms plugin, but the plugin has a pretty severe security hole & has been abandoned by the author.

Plugin should:

  • Allow me to build custom forms
  • Inherit current WordPress theme
  • Allow me to set certain fields as required, also allow for minimum, max character limits
  • Allow me to save the entered form as a post with desired category, tags & support for custom fields
  • Send emails of submissions to WordPress blog admins (preferably) or to a specific set of users
  • Be free

I think Gravity Forms & Form Ninja allow me to do most of these, but are paid, and I'm looking at a free alternative. Also TDO Mini Forms, but for reasons mentioned about I can't use that.

Is there a free plugin which does what I want?

  • I only have experience with Contact Form 7, which does not save as a post, but this post does a good job of recommending some low or no-cost alternatives to Gravity Forms. – Ben Miller Feb 7 '14 at 15:50
  • Have you looked at Jetpack? It includes a contact form function (which is arguably better than Contact Form 7). It doesn't save as a post, but does send you an email AND also saves it in the admin under a new section that it adds called "Feedback". Jetpack also comes with several features previously only available to Wordpress.com blogs. – Julia McGuigan May 3 '14 at 3:51
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I really doubt you'll find a software with those characteristics. Any of the cited products, Gravity Forms, Form Ninja, Contact Form 7, Jetpack, should offer an entry point for you to add this piece of functionality:

Allow me to save the entered form as a post with desired category, tags & support for custom fields

You will be looking for do_action calls inside the plugins' code. But normally this info is on the plugins' FAQ.

The first 3 requirements are pretty much default in all plugins. Sending emails too, but maybe needing settings adjustments or custom functionality.

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