MailChimp For WordPress: How To Add Email Subscription To WordPress
What is mail chimp?
MailChimp For WordPress is an email marketing and marketing automation software that lets you stay in touch with groups of people via email.
Lets Make a MailChimp Account
To begin, to go to mail chimp you need to write www.mailchimp.com on your browser. Now you’re on the mail chimp page, go over on the top right and click on the sign up button. Enter all your details to sign up on the necessary fields. Once you’ve done this process, click on the button ‘get started’. Mail chimp will send a verification code to your email to verify your email address. Go to your email and click on the link to verify the email. You will need to verify that you’re a human by completing the captcha.
Enter your name and last name in the field and press continue. If you have a business name and a website of your own, you can also fill in the empty field and enter the link of your site, if you do not have a website click the button no and continue. Next step is to enter the address. Once you have entered your address in the necessary fields, click the button continue, a message from MailChimp will appear asking ‘Do you have a list of email subscribers?’.
If you don’t, a list of subscribers can be imported with CSV into MailChimp. If you don’t have the CSV, click on the no button and continue. MailChimp also gives you the option to connect to social media, but you can skip this process for later and click on the continue button. MailChimp will ask you to complete a 60 second survey, you can also skip this process if you want and click on the continue button.
Install The WordPress MailChimp Plugin
Now you will need to go over on to the WordPress back end to install MailChimp plugins. Go into the section on the left where it says plugins, click on the plugin and on the top, click the add new button. Go to the search bar on the top right and type in MailChimp. MailChimp for WordPress will appear on the top by the author name ‘ibericode’.
Click on the button to install and press activate to activate the plugins. Now you will need to go to the dashboard and see if MailChimp was successfully installed. This can be found on the left. You can relocate MailChimp by clicking on MailChimp to open it and mail chimp will ask you for MailChimp API key code, which we can get easily by visiting MailChimp dashboard.
Get The MailChimp API Key Code
To get the API key, you will need to go to your profile area on the top right, click on the button ‘profile’ and click the button ‘extra’. A drop down menu will appear where it says API, click on it, scroll down and select the button ‘create API key’. The key will be created under the API key.
Copy this code and place it on the MailChimp plugin on WordPress and click save changes.
When you click on renew MailChimp list, you will notice a list will appear. Now hover over the plugins name on the left ‘Mailchimp for WP’ and press form. Choose which list you would like the form to use to collect emails data and click add new form.
Fixing Our Sign Up Form
MailChimp will provide you with a simple default code for the form, however this form doesn’t look good and doesn’t fit very well in sections on WordPress, so for this reason I have created a better looking form that you can use by copying the code below:
Once the code is pasted, the appearance of the form will look better and will fit better. Now press save changes to save the form. If you are still unhappy with the look of the form, you can go into the appearance tab and choose a different theme from the drop down and see if you like the changes. Once you are happy with the changes, click save.
Adding The Form To Our Footer
The next step would be to add the form to your WordPress site. The easiest way to do this is to add the form to the footer of your website. This is a great place to add it as the form will be displayed on all of your pages, so you will hopefully have more signups! To add the form you will need to go to the appearance tab on the left and click on widgets. Click on the ‘Mailchimp Sign-up Form’ widget button then a dropdown will appear where you can select which footer column you would like to add the widget to.
Change The Details Of The Widget
Go ahead and change the title of the widget to something like ‘Sign Up’ or leave this empty if you do not wish to have any title for a cleaner look, the press save. Now you can refresh your page to see if the form is showing on the footer area correctly.
Check If The Form Works!
If the form was successfully installed, we then need to check if the form is function. To check if the form is working, insert your email and press sign up. If you see a confirmation that the form has been successfully submitted then this means the form works.
Go to your email and click on the button ‘subscribe me to this list’ then click ‘i am not a robot’ and click the subscribe button. Great! Now if we go over to our audience on Mailchimp we will see that we have a new user.
If you don’t like the fact that user have to confirm their email to join your newsletter, you can change this setting by going to the MailChimp form where it says ‘use double option’ and select the no button. We would recommend you to select yes as this can prevent spammers joining your list.
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