How to Build a Signup Website for WordPress on Your Blog

You’ve decided to build a website. Congratulations! Whether you’re creating an online shop, a blog, or a forum, having your own website is something to be celebrated. However, before you run off to create the perfect website, you need to consider what it will actually look like. What features will it have? How will you get people to come back for more? What are your goals? To help you figure out the answers to these questions, we’re going to walk you through the process of creating a simple yet effective signup form for your WordPress blog.

Why WordPress?

WordPress is the go-to website building platform for bloggers and online shop owners. With its vast array of free themes and plugins, you can build an online shop, a blog, or a forum with just a few clicks of the mouse. Additionally, with WordPress’ robust affiliate program you can monetize your signup form and start making money right away.

What is a signup form?

A signup form is a collection of information that helps a person establish an account or connect to a site. Depending on the platform, the signup process can vary but usually consists of entering a username, a password, and a combination thereof (i.e. a ‘password’).

Why do you need a signup form?

The need for a signup form is tied to the nature of the product or service you are providing. If you are providing digital goods (i.e. downloads, music, e-books, etc.) then you will need a signup form so that people can become members and access the content you’re offering. If you’re a blog or a news website then you’ll want to have a signup form to allow people to join your site and access the content you’re publishing.

How To Build a Signup Form For WordPress

As we’ve established, WordPress is the perfect platform to build a signup form for your blog. Before we get started, it’s important to note that not all themes and plugins for WordPress are created equal. While all of them will let you build a functional website, not all of them are made equal when it comes to building effective signup forms. For the best results, you need to use a theme and plugin that supports forms and/or checkboxes for user input.

To that end, let’s get started by installing WordPress onto your computer. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the program, you’ll want to log in to your account and click on the Tools icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen. From there, select Appearance and click on the Theme Selection button. Finally, click on the Install button to install your selected theme.

Once the theme is installed, you’ll want to log back in to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Design tab. From there, you can choose between a No Header or a Header for your site’s layout. Since we’re going for a simple and minimalistic look, we’re going to go with the former. Just click on the Save button at the top of the page to continue to the next step.

Where do I start?

To start building your signup form, you’ll first need to select the area of your website that you want to use to collect the user’s information. Typically, the best place to start is with the Welcome page as it’s the first page visitors will see once they’ve arrived at your site. In our case, we’ll select Get Started to continue to the next step.

Once you’ve edited the Get Started page, click on the Update button to see the changes. At this point, you’ve basically finished the initial set up and can continue to the next step.

Where do I go from here?

With your site set up and designed, it’s time to start collecting the information needed to build your signup form. For our WordPress tutorial, we are going to use the free plugin Forms. Once you’ve downloaded and installed Forms, click on the Forms tab at the top of the dashboard. From there, you can select Create a form.

Once you’ve clicked on Create a form, you’ll see a screen similar to the one in the image below. From here, you can enter the information to be collected by the form. You’ll want to enter a username, a password, and optionally, an email address. Remember, you can always come back and edit any of the information you’ve inputted in the form. Just click on the Update button to see the changes.

Once you’ve finished entering the information needed to build your form, click on the Create button. You’ll see a success message as well as a shortcode with which you can insert the form on your site. Additionally, you’ll receive an email letting you know that you’ve created a new form.

To edit the form, simply click on the shortcode in the email you received after creating the form, copy the shortcode, and then click on the Edit button to make your changes. When you’re done making your changes, click on the Update button to save your changes.

What do I do now?

With your signup form created, it’s time to take a quick look at how people will use it. If you’re selling merchandise online, you’ll want to have a look at the checkout process and see how customers can and should interact with the form. For our case, we’ll use a free plugin called Contact Form 7 (not affiliated with WordPress in any way) to build a contact us form that will collect email addresses. Once you’ve downloaded and installed CF7, click on the Contact Form 7 tab at the top of the dashboard. From there, you can select Create a contact form, which you can then edit to fit your needs. To do this, you’ll first need to configure the form by entering the email addresses at which you’ll want to receive the feedback (i.e. answers to your questions). Additionally, you can choose whether you want to request users’ information (i.e. username, password, and email) or just have them leave their contact details in the event they want to get in touch (i.e. name, email).

When you’re done configuring your contact form, click on the Create button to continue to the next step.

What do I do next?

With your contact form created and configured, it’s time to have a look at the best way to present it to users. If you’re curious as to how visitors will view the form, take a look at the Get Started page that we started from earlier. As you can see, we’ve used a combination of colors for the background image and text to create a very simple and clean look. While the theme we’re using is free, it’s important to remember that the look and functionality of your website are closely related to what you pay for. In our case, we’ll use a premium theme that will make the experience smoother and easier to use.

To continue building your signup form, click on the Design tab at the top of the WordPress dashboard. From there, you can select Widgets, Hooks, or Filters to add additional code to your site. For our purposes, we’ll use the Hooks option so that when someone submits the contact form, an event will trigger and a custom thank you message will be displayed.

To use a hook, simply search for the keyword wpseo_submit in the Hooks section, as shown below: