Do you want to learn how to create a MailChimp subscribe form in WordPress? Adding a MailChimp signup form to your website is a great way to grow your email marketing list and build a bigger following.
In this article, we’ll show you how to create a MailChimp subscribe form in WordPress.
Step 1: Create a MailChimp Subscribe Form in WordPress
Next, go to WPForms » Addons and find the MailChimp Addon.
Install and activate the MailChimp Addon.
Once your WPForms MailChimp addon is active, go to WPForms » Add New to create a new form.
On the setup screen, name your form and select the Newsletter Signup Form template.
WPForms will create a simple newsletter signup form.
Here, you can add additional fields by dragging them from the left hand panel to the right hand panel.
Then, click on the field to make any changes. You can also click on a form field and drag it to rearrange the order on your MailChimp subscribe form.
One of the most important form fields to consider adding to your MailChimp signup form is the GDPR Agreement field.
This form field helps you create GDPR compliant forms by giving your site visitors an explicit way to agree to you storing their personal information and sending them email marketing materials.
Keep in mind, all you have to do is click on the form field to make changes to the default language the GDPR form field has.
In order to use the GDPR form field, you’ll need to go to WPForms » Settings and click on the GDPR Enhancements checkbox.
By doing this, you’ll enable the GDPR enhancement features WPForms has available for you to make complying with GDPR that much easier.
In fact, you’ll be able to:
- Disable user cookies
- Disable user details, which includes IP addresses and User Agent data
- Access the GDPR form field for your WordPress forms
Once you’re done customizing your form, click Save.
Now, we’ll take a look at how to configure the MailChimp settings so you can connect your signup form to your newsletter service.
Step 2: Connect Your Form to MailChimp
To connect your newsletter signup form to MailChimp, go to Marketing » MailChimp.
Next, click Add New Connection.
A box will pop up asking you to name this connection.
Enter any name, since this is for your reference only, and click OK.
On the next screen, you’ll need to add your MailChimp API Key. You can get this by signing in to your MailChimp account.
Then, go to Your Profile » Extras » API Keys.
Copy and paste your MailChimp API Key into WPForms. Then confirm by clicking Add New Connection.
After you enter your API key, do the following:
- Select your MailChimp account
- Pick the email list you want people to be added to when they subscribe
- Click on the Email Address dropdown, and any other form fields you want added to your MailChimp account when someone subscribes
- Enable conditional logic if it applies to your form
- Enable the double opt-in option if you want
If you’re interested in letting your site visitors pick the mailing list they want to join, check out our helpful guide on how to let users pick a MailChimp list.
After configuring these settings, click Save.
Step 3: Configure Your Subscribe Form Notifications
Notifications are a great way to send an email whenever your subscribe form is submitted on your website.
You can send an email to yourself, which WPForms does automatically unless you disable form notifications.
You can also send a notification to a member of your team by adding their email to the Send to Email Address field.
In addition, if you use smart tags, you can even send a form notification to your site visitor to let them know their form has been received.
For help with this step, check out our documentation on how to set up form notifications in WordPress.
Step 4: Configure Your Subscribe Form Confirmations
Confirmations are a great way to let your site visitors know immediately that their form has been submitted.
WPForms lets you choose from three types of confirmations:
- Message. This confirmation type will display a simple message once a site visitor submits their form letting them know their form has been processed.
- Show Page. This confirmation type will take site visitors to a specific web page on your web page. For help with this step, check out our tutorial on redirecting site visitors to a thank you page, as well as our guide to creating effective Thank You pages.
- Go to URL (Redirect). This last confirmation type will send site visitors to a different website.
For step by step instructions, check out this documentation on setting up form confirmations.
Step 5: Add Your MailChimp Subscribe Form to Your Site
After you’ve created your MailChimp subscribe form, you need to add it to your site.
WPForms allows you to add your forms in several locations including your blog posts, pages, and even as a sidebar widget.
Let’s take a look at the post / page embed option. Start by creating a new post or page in WordPress and then click on the Add Form button.
Next, select your subscribe form from the dropdown meny and click Add Form.
Lastly, publish you post or page so your MailChimp subscribe form will appear on your website.
And there you have it! You now know how to create a MailChimp subscribe form in WordPress to help build yourself a bigger email list and grow your business.
If you want a way to boost form conversions, and encourage more site visitors to subscribe to your MailChimp mailing list, consider delivering a content upgrade to subscribers in exchange for their email address.
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