The plugin can display all hotspots as regular links. In Image maps -> Image map settings make sure that "Fallback links for areas" is turned on. And in the link shown by Samatva, the links are accessible right below the image itself.
Crystal Moselle’s water-cooler documentary spotlights six snappily-dressed brothers who have only rarely left their Lower East Side apartment – and whose contact with the world is almost wholly through movies Continue reading...
For the second one--there's no notion of a "default" category when you are placing ads on the admin dashboard. We do it as a convenience for the user up front, but mostly because they need more help than an admin placing the ads.
It's hard to make contact form 7 very compact. most websites like yours would have a Contact item in the top menu. That would make more sense than putting a link in your sidebar since your sidebar is often not visible.