Spam protection is mission-critical for web forms. The Contact Form 7 plugin provides several types of spam protection modules to effectively block submission by spammers.
Just like other parts of Contact Form 7, its spam-filtering feature is designed to be highly customizable. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to implement a custom spam filter with simple coding examples.
Contact Form 7 5.2 is now available. This is the first major update in 20 months and includes a lot of improvements and bug fixes. I recommend that you upgrade immediately.
Notice that Contact Form 7 5.2 requires WordPress 5.3 or greater to work. Since WordPress 5.3 requires PHP 5.6.20+ (WordPress recommends PHP 7.4+), Contact Form 7 5.2 cannot work in the PHP 5.2 to 5.5 environments.
With Contact Form 7’s reCAPTCHA (v3) integration ability, you can protect your contact forms from spambots. Since a spambot targets everything—not only contact forms—you may also want to protect other components on your website (such as comment forms) using reCAPTCHA technology.
Fortunately, Contact Form 7’s reCAPTCHA integration is designed to be open and accessible to other components. In this recipe, I’ll tell you how you can retrieve reCAPTCHA API keys and tokens from Contact Form 7 and reuse the data within your own reCAPTCHA plugin.
I’m excited to present Contact Form 7’s official logo!
This elegant, minimalistic logo was designed by Cheung Vong, an artist, designer, developer, and long-time user of Contact Form 7. For more than ten years since its beginning, Contact Form 7 has had no official logo. Now I can say proudly, “This is our logo!” Thank you for your great work, Cheung!
What’s the mountain?
The mountain seen in the icon is Mount Fuji. Because I have used Hokusai’s old print art as a temporary logo for many years, and users are familiar with the image, I asked the designer to continue using Mount Fuji as a motif in the new logo.
While it is not a vulnerability of WordPress, or its plugins, because there must be so many users of our products who are at risk of these vulnerabilities, and the damage from it could be huge, I think I should write an article here to alert you of the issue.
A mail-tag has a corresponding form-tag; when an email is composed, a mail-tag in the email template is replaced with the user input value that comes through the input field represented by the corresponding form-tag.
From my long experience in helping Contact Form 7 users on the support forum I can say that the most common reason behind troubles is interference from other plugins, or with the theme which the user uses.