How to do floating labels for CF7


Everybody knows why floating labels are great, right? But here's a refresher link from CSS Tricks just in case you don't:

What's the issue, tissue?

One day, I decided to try out this new shiny floating label thing on Contact Form 7. I went into inspect mode, and found out when the form renders, it wraps every input in a span element. Furthermore, with the class "wpcf7-form-control-wrap", regardless of what kind of input it is.

For example:

<div class="text-wrapper"><label for="first_name">First Name</label>
[text fname id:first_name]

renders as:

<div class="text-wrapper"><label for="first_name">First Name</label>
<span class="wpcf7-form-control-wrap fname">
<input type="text" name="fname" value="" size="40" 
class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-text" id="first_name" aria-invalid="false">

"So what? It's just an extra span element" I thought. I could still select it with:

.wpcf7 .text-wrapper input:focus

But, I soon found out it throws a wrench into using the adjacent sibling selector:

input:focus + label

because you can't combine parent selectors with sibling selectors.

jQuery to the rescue!

Using Google-Fu, I came up with an easy solution. Since in jQuery you can do a parent's sibling selection, all I did was apply the class "move" to the label if the input's value is greater than 0, and it updates on input focus.

jQuery(document).ready(function($) { //no conflict
    $("input, textarea").each(function() {
        if ($(this).val().length != 0) { //In case there is a preloaded value

        } else {
    $("input, textarea").focus(function() { //On focus move the label

    $("input, textarea").focusout(function() { 
//On focusout check if there is any value, else remove the move class.
        if ($(this).val().length == 0) {

Add a little bit of CSS and you're all set:

.wpcf7 .element-wrapper > label {
position: absolute;
top: 1rem;
left: 30px;
transition: all .1s ease-in-out;
z-index: 1;
.wpcf7 .element-wrapper > label.move {
opacity: .4;
font-size: 10px;
top: 10px;
left: 30px;

Now you'll have some great form UX that will be sure to please the eye!

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Photo by Nicole De Khors