On many sites there are one of two contact forms used, one is called Form Manager (generally very old sites) and the other is called FS Contact Form. Neither of these form handlers are available now through the WordPress repository. Neither of them are supported any more by their authors. It is very much in your interests to replace them.
I am recommending the removal of the existing contact forms on all websites and replacement with Contact Form 7 and another plugin called Contact Form Redirection.
Both of these are supported contact forms and have current versions compatible with WordPress version 4.9.5.
By using these two plugins it will be possible to achieve the following:
- Contact Form similar in appearance to your current form
- Ability to upload an attachment
- Supports Google Recaptcha version 2.00 (to reduce spam).
- On screen message to sender to confirm message has been sent
- Redirection to a Thank You page
- Ability to format the message that is returned to your organisation
- Send a copy of the submitted message to the author to confirm submission
It can probably do many more things, but these are a superset of what we are currently supporting on the most advanced sites.
The downside is Contact Form 7 is not that intuitive to use if you are a novice user compared to the former versions. However it is one of the most popular plugins for managing user forms.
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Following the media news about Facebook and the ability of “bad actors” to search Facebook based on a telephone number or email address and locate people, Cambridge Analytica and other news where personal data is being used in manner that most people might object to, the system API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) are being reviewed and modified or retired to help to tighten up on security.
If you are using one of two Facebook plugins in your WordPress site, you may find it is no longer working. That is because Facebook have modified the interface. There will be ways around this I expect, but I am going to leave it a few weeks and let the dust settle.
If you find your facebook feed page is corrupted, or at best not looking great because it has a warning message in there, disconnect it from the menu for now.
I understand that there are workarounds, that require admin access to the Facebook Group page and knowledge of a special key and secret. I have not used those when setting up your page. As I find out more I will update this page.
You can read about the changes here if you want to have a go yourself: https://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/2018/04/04/facebook-api-platform-product-changes/
I have just finished working my way around 100+ websites and backing them all up. I also check them to make sure the infrastructure is up to day. There are a couple of interesting observations that are worth noting, particularly if you are new to editing, or struggling with updating your website, or don’t like updating it for some other reason.
All of the points raised and guidance are included in a downloadable document at the end of this article.
1). Google Searches.
Before I start checking a site I perform a google search on the entity name (not the domain name) to make sure it comes very close to the top, if not at the top of the first page on Google. I have never had any problems getting people to the top of searches without paying a penny. But there are things you need to do to stay there, and stay fresh.
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2). A picture paints a thousand words
Well in web terms it doesn’t unfortunately. I have seen lots of examples of people placing images, such as posters on their home pages. Posters are generally a graphic stored as a PDF, JPG or PNG file. It is an image file. Humans can read and interpret images. Google and computers generally cannot.
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