I wanted a simple “Contact Us” form for a couple of websites and found just want I wanted here.
Go to your Google Docs account and create the form. When you are finished with the form, click on “More Actions” and edit the confirmation to add a link back to the website. Also under “More Actions” grab the embed code.
Follow the instructions from the linked website to set up email notification, paste the embed code into the web page, and you are ready to go.
The form will spit out information to your Google Docs spreadsheet and you’ll receive an email when it is updated.
I think it’s a nifty way to add a contact form to a website.
WordPress is primarily a blogging platform. However, it can be used for a more basic website too. I’ve just moved my pastorscott.com website to WordPress. In my case, I have access as an administrator to a server so I did the full installation myself. If you are on hosted web space most web hosts offer WordPress to their users. Once installed, it’s easy to set up. I’m using the out-of-the-box Twenty-Ten theme with a custom photo at the top. I’ve also done some minor tweaking to the style.css file to make links look the way I want. However, instead of blogging, I just sat up some static pages and some blogroll links. More work than setting up WordPress was making my many pages of devotional archives match the new “look” of the website. I ended up copying the style.css file to the devotionals directory and working from there. If you look at it, you’ll see that the pages look a bit different but feel as though they’re very much part of the website. Anyway, if you have the responsibility of maintaining your church website and want a fairly easy yet professional looking site, you might want to consider using WordPress as your platform.