Visual customizer for Contact Form 7

If you use the plugin Contact Form 7 like 80% of WordPress users, surely the only thing that you do not like it, it's how intuitive it is to personalize it, because any style adjustment inevitably happens by applying CSS manually, or maybe not?

It's curious the success of this contact forms plugin, even if it has an interface Spartan is the most popular by far, and part of its triumph is due to the number of plugins that improve its functionality .

 The intimidating interface of CF7

The intimidating interface of CF7

There is everything, but nothing like what we are going to see today, we begin with a video?

Yes, indeed, if you have ever dreamed of power modify the design of your forms created with CF7 and you can is to do it, and nothing less than from the WordPress Visual Personalizer with the changes live. All thanks to CF7 Customizer .

You do not have to do anything special, you simply create your form as you usually do and add it to the page or entry of your choice in which, once published, ] you can personalize it live from your web live, with the WordPress Personalizer .

You can personalize:

  • Colors of the texts
  • Background color of the form
  • Margins between elements
  • Element borders
  • Element sizes
  • Text styles and data entry boxes
  • Styles of buttons and button text

And all this visually, at the click of a mouse.

] I know, you love it and you're going to install it, you do not know how to live without this plugin, am I wrong?

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