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How TO - Contact Form

Learn how to create a contact form with CSS.


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How To Create a Contact Form

Step 1) Add HTML

Use a <form> element to process the input. You can learn more about this in our PHP tutorial. Then add inputs (with a matching label) for each field:


<div class="container">
  <form action="action_page.php">

    <label for="fname">First Name</label>
    <input type="text" id="fname" name="firstname" placeholder="Your name..">

    <label for="lname">Last Name</label>
    <input type="text" id="lname" name="lastname" placeholder="Your last name..">

    <label for="country">Country</label>
    <select id="country" name="country">
      <option value="australia">Australia</option>
      <option value="canada">Canada</option>
      <option value="usa">USA</option>

    <label for="subject">Subject</label>
    <textarea id="subject" name="subject" placeholder="Write something.." style="height:200px"></textarea>

    <input type="submit" value="Submit">


Step 2) Add CSS:


/* Style inputs with type="text", select elements and textareas */
input[type=text], select, textarea {
    width: 100%; /* Full width */
    padding: 12px; /* Some padding */ 
    border: 1px solid #ccc; /* Gray border */
    border-radius: 4px; /* Rounded borders */
    box-sizing: border-box; /* Make sure that padding and width stays in place */
    margin-top: 6px; /* Add a top margin */
    margin-bottom: 16px; /* Bottom margin */
    resize: vertical /* Allow the user to vertically resize the textarea (not horizontally) */

/* Style the submit button with a specific background color etc */
input[type=submit] {
    background-color: #4CAF50;
    color: white;
    padding: 12px 20px;
    border: none;
    border-radius: 4px;
    cursor: pointer;

/* When moving the mouse over the submit button, add a darker green color */
input[type=submit]:hover {
    background-color: #45a049;

/* Add a background color and some padding around the form */
.container {
    border-radius: 5px;
    background-color: #f2f2f2;
    padding: 20px;
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Tip: Go to our HTML Form Tutorial to learn more about HTML Forms.

Tip: Go to our CSS Form Tutorial to learn more about how to style form elements.