How to Add MailChimp to WordPress using the MailChimp for WordPress Plugin

– For this video, I'm going to be showing you how to connect your MailChimp account to your WordPress website If that sounds like something you're interested in, stay tuned; it's coming up next

(glitch, static) Now for the last week or so, I've been putting together a whole bunch of, or a series of MailChimp videos for you How to's, how to do WooCommerce, how to do a whole bunch of different things with MailChimp, pop-up forms, that type of thing A lot of you have asked, how do I get a signup form on my WordPress website? Well, with this plugin by Ibericode, it does just that So I'm going to show you how to install the plugin, how to set up all the settings, and how to actually put up a signup form All right, so let's get started

So, the first thing we got to do is install the plugin So we go to plugins, add new, we search for MailChimp for WordPress

And this is it right here, it's by Ibericode One million plus active installations Updated three weeks ago, and five stars You can't beat that, my friends Click install, click activate, and let's get started on setting up this plugin

So it's right down here, MailChimp for WP Go down to MailChimp and right away, it'll say, "Hey! You're not connected!" So just like in the previous videos I did on connecting plugins to MailChimp, it asks for the API keys We're going to go grab that, and that's under account, extras, API key We're going to grab ours, copy, go over to our plugin Paste it in, save changes

All right, MailChimp says, "Ah! I see! Yes, we are now connected!" So it'll do a quick refresh and it'll load all the lists that you have in your MailChimp account So you don't have to do anything right here We're just going to click on save changes, just in case it missed anything, okay? The next step, we're going to go down to form Here it's going to ask, "What is the name of this form?" This is an internal thing, it doesn't matter what you call it You can call it Default, you can call it Sign Up, Home Page, you know, whatever you want to call it

Maybe Sidebar, something like that Select the list that you want this form attached to So we'll do the free ebook signup Click on "add new form" Aha, success! Form successfully saved

That's good news, right? And it'll say, heads up, your form is missing list fields that are required in MailChimp Well why are they saying what's required? Well, your list settings are tied to this plugin now, because we made that connection, right? So anything you do in MailChimp, you'll list settings Not list settings, it's list settings, and then list fields and merge tags That's where you'll have your actual list fields If you were to remove first name, or add first name, or make it required, or all that, then things would change over here under form fields

It'll give you more options because you've changed things on MailChimp I hope that makes sense So they're connected So I have my first name as required in my form field over in MailChimp, so it's saying, hey, you have it required If you don't want it required, go over to MailChimp and fix it

So I'm just going to add the field "first name" Now, a couple of things to point out So we're in the HTML, this is behind the scenes of the form If I were to click my cursor right here, I'll put first name there So it'll be first name, and placeholder text is whatever you want, I'll just do First Name, and I will click "add to form

" Now see how "first name" came below "email address?" If you're not familiar with HTML, don't worry about it, don't freak out about it, this is a very simple thing to take a look at Basically the P's are paragraph tags, and we have a label for the form field, and then we have the form field itself So it's very basic HTML, don't freak out about it But just so you know, that's what it's doing So if you wanted to have "first name," you could certainly undo it, take it off, and because I have it required, it's going to pop up again

So if I put my cursor at the top here, if I put it right up here in front here, and click on "first name," and add to form, it'll pop up above email address form You could certainly copy and paste them however you'd like to have them in there Let's just go over some of the other options here I could add in last name if I wanted to, I could add in other interests Now that's something that I've set up on my MailChimp account, my list settings, and I'm not going to go over that in this video, but maybe in a future video

Some of the other form fields on here is the submit button, and since I already have a submit button, I don't have to click on that If I click on that, it'll pop up and say, "Do you want to add to form?" And I'm not going to do that And we have list choice, so we could actually put in a check box for any of your subscribers to click on any of your lists If they want to subscribe to all of them, none of them, and they could single out which ones they want to subscribe to, which is pretty neat Form action gives the ability for people to unsubscribe or subscribe, so you could have it, by default, you could have it selected on "Subscribe

" So it's just more transparency for people to, let's say I'm already subscribed to your list, how do I unsubscribe? They just click on that It'll show up as a radio button They can select which one they want, or you could have a drop-down button I'm just going to leave that as is because we want people to subscribe by default without having it listed there Once we're all happy with our form, we're going to click on "save changes

" At the top, it says we can preview that form If we preview that form, it's going to create a page and draft on WordPress to preview that form So we can do that now And this is what it looks like What it's taking in is the default font style and default button color for the theme that I have on here, which is the 2017 theme

So let's go back The other thing that this plugin does is it offers you the ability to put this form anywhere you want You could put it in a footer, you could put it in a widget, you could put it in a page or post So we can just grab that shortcode, go to pages, click on "add new," and make sure you're on the text side And just say, "Sign up for our newsletter

" Then paste in that shortcode Go to visual, save it as a draft Let's do Sign Up here for the title, and preview There you go So there it is

Sign up for our newsletter, first name, last name Sorry, first name, email address Let's go back to form There are tabs at the top here that we're going to go through next We have our basic form now

Now we have the ability to go in and set what messages people will see once they subscribe So we'll click on "messages" You can change these any way you want You can say "Thank you, your signup request was successful Please check your email inbox to confirm

" So it'll show up right below the signup box in green text And the same thing with invalid email address, so it'll verify that it actually is an email address, or if things are missing, or if you've already subscribed, or if something went wrong, et cetera, et cetera All right, then let's go to the next tab This is form settings, so this is specific settings to MailChimp, so you want to make sure you're selecting on the right list If you want to have a double opt-in, or you don't want to have a double opt-in, I'll say no

So it's up to you whether you want double opt-in or not, it depends on your audience I know there was a question the other day, someone posted in the comments of the video, "Do I put in double opt-in, do I not?" That's all up to you and your audience If they want to feel more secure about it and they want to go through the process of the extra step of actually double opting in, if you want to do that, or if your audience is aware enough to do that, then by all means, do double opt-in But if not, just keep it turned off Next one down is updating existing subscribers

So when a person does subscribe and maybe they have a different name but the same email address, or maybe some other field that you've added in, like a company or something like that, and they've clicked subscribe, even though it'll tell them that they've already subscribed, you want the information that they put in, to see if it's different, do you want to update the existing subscribers And I usually keep that as no, but you could say yes The other option here is, do you want to hide the form after a successful signup? And I always say no It's just something that I just keep on the sidebar at all times, whether you're signed up or not And the last one down here is actually putting in a redirect URL

This is something that I would highly recommend because in Google analytics, then you can track that as a goal So I would put in a thank you page here, and in the thank you page, you would put in, "Thanks so much for joining our list, here's all the benefits you get from joining our list, and stay tuned" Just give them a heads-up on what's coming next What can you expect, all that type of stuff When you're done with all this, make sure you click on "save changes

" The next one down is appearance Now I showed you on the, let's see, where is it There it is On the draft that we have of our form, I've informed you that it is actually taking in the blog theme, colors, and font, and sure enough, here it is in the form settings, the form appearance So you could change that to light, dark, red, green, or blue

And I sometimes go with light or blue, because they're kind of neutral colors Depends on your theme, obviously, if you want dark, red, or green Just try them out, see which one goes with your theme Now let's go down to the next two things on the plugin We have integrations

With integrations, you can integrate with other plugins or other WordPress features For instance, I have an available integration with the comment form and the registration So it'll subscribe anybody that comments on my WordPress website, and it'll subscribe anybody that uses a registration form on my website And you can take a look here, the other ones are all grayed out because I don't have those plugins installed The last one down here in the MailChimp for WP plugin is "other

" You can do user usage tracking, and you can also do logging So you can do errors and warnings only, or everything Then click on "save changes" You'll also have a debug log right down here, so if anything does go wrong, and you have errors and warnings switched on, you'll see it down here, what's going on Let's go ahead and test out our form

I'll put in my name, and my email address, and click "sign up" And there it is There's the message, it's actually not in green, it's in a black, but here it is right here Thank you, your signup request was successful Please check your email inbox to confirm

So that's how you add a MailChimp signup form to your WordPress website, with this plugin called MailChimp for WordPress, by Ibericode Now you can get a little bit more fancy here, you could create a landing page, or a more extensive opt-in page, like I have over on Security Marketing Solutions I have a free e-book that you can go over there and check out if you want Free e-book for protection professionals I have a picture of it, it's very simple layout

It's a little landing page, opt-in page This is what you can create, and so you can make it a little bit more extensive than just, "Hey, sign up for our newsletter" You could give a lot more reasons for people to sign up, do a gift card, do something that'll entice people to click the signup So there you go I hope this has answered those questions that you were asking about in the comments

And do please leave comments below this video, I really appreciate it And for more about me, go to LarrySnowme, and I'll see you in the next video (rock music)

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