Wow what a nice plugin
Last Update: Jun 24, 2014
One of my clients decided that she needed to accept online sign-ups to her classes.
Not only that but she needed to send out automatic e-mails to confirm and provide additional information to them before the first class.
Oh, and she didn't want to pay a monthly fee to do this.
Sooooo, what to do. Most of what I wanted to do is available from Mailchimp with their auto-responder system. Problem is, there is a fee for the auto-responder.
After looking deeper, it seems that MailChimp has another service called Mandrilla. This integrates directly into the Mailchimp feature set and provides the auto-responder I needed but after 3 hours of research, I still didn't have a clue how to make it work right.
Finally, I had a lighbulb moment. Contact form 7 is a free plugin that solves my problem.
I was able to customize the form and it was relatively easy to create. I did spend a lot of time customizing the html on the form to make it look better but if all you need is a basic form this is a good solution.
The form mails directly to my client and stores the information in the website database in case she doesn't get an email or looses it somehow (don't laugh, she is notorious for doing this). It has an automatic reply to the customer and even allows for file transfers and if necessary can redirect them to another webpage when the form is submitted.
All in all, a pretty nice free plugin. Oh, and it is the industry standard so no worries about the plugin being hacked or having unwanted code in it.
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