Written by: Geoffrey Callaghan

How To Create A Contact Form With Netlfy

How To Create A Contact Form With Netlfy

Creating a contact form with Netlify involves a few steps, including setting up the HTML form, configuring form handling with Netlify, and optionally adding custom styling or functionality. Here’s a detailed guide to help you get started:

1. Set Up the HTML Form

First, create an HTML file for your contact form. Here’s a basic example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>Contact Form</title>
    <h1>Contact Us</h1>
    <form name="contact" method="POST" data-netlify="true">
        <input type="hidden" name="form-name" value="contact">
            <label>Name: <input type="text" name="name" required></label>
            <label>Email: <input type="email" name="email" required></label>
            <label>Message: <textarea name="message" required></textarea></label>
            <button type="submit">Send</button>

2. Configure Netlify Form Handling

To enable Netlify to process your form submissions, make sure you include the data-netlify="true" attribute in your form tag. Additionally, add a hidden input with the name form-name and value matching the form’s name attribute.

3. Deploy the Form to Netlify

  1. Push your project to GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket: Ensure your HTML file is part of a repository on one of these platforms.

  2. Connect your repository to Netlify:

    • Go to Netlify.
    • Log in or sign up if you haven’t already.
    • Click on “New site from Git” and connect your repository.
  3. Deploy the site:

    • Follow the prompts to deploy your site.
    • Once deployed, Netlify will automatically detect and process any form submissions.

4. Test Your Form

After deploying your site, navigate to the URL provided by Netlify and test your form by submitting a message. You can check the form submissions in your Netlify dashboard under the “Forms” section.

5. Optional: Customize Your Form

  • Styling: Add CSS to style your form. You can include styles directly in the HTML file or link to an external stylesheet.
  • JavaScript: Enhance the form’s functionality with JavaScript, such as form validation or AJAX submissions.

Here’s an example of adding basic CSS styling:

    body {
        font-family: Arial, sans-serif;
        margin: 50px;
    form {
        max-width: 500px;
        margin: 0 auto;
    p {
        margin-bottom: 20px;
    label {
        display: block;
        margin-bottom: 5px;
    input, textarea {
        width: 100%;
        padding: 8px;
        box-sizing: border-box;
    button {
        padding: 10px 20px;
        background-color: #007BFF;
        color: white;
        border: none;
        cursor: pointer;
    button:hover {
        background-color: #0056b3;

6. Optional: Handle Form Submission with JavaScript

If you want to handle the form submission using JavaScript (e.g., to avoid a full page reload), you can do something like this:

    document.querySelector("form").addEventListener("submit", function(event) {

        const formData = new FormData(this);
        fetch("/", {
            method: "POST",
            headers: { "Content-Type": "application/x-www-form-urlencoded" },
            body: new URLSearchParams(formData).toString()
        }).then(() => {
            alert("Form successfully submitted");
        }).catch((error) => {
            alert("Error submitting form");

With these steps, you’ll have a fully functional contact form deployed on Netlify, capable of handling submissions effectively.