After you have installed MailChimp for WordPress (free) and MailChimp for WordPress Premium, it is time to set up your first form. Don't worry, creating your first sign-up form should be relatively easy.
Requirement: set up a list
If you haven't already, please make sure to go to your MailChimp Dashboard and set up a new MailChimp list. When doing so, think about the different fields your list will need.
MailChimp offers the possibility of using different field types. Simply put, these types tell MailChimp and our plugin what sort of data to expect. That way we can check if the input your potential subscriber is trying to pass along corresponds with the data you would like to receive. Using correct field types will decrease the chance of errors, so it's good to give it some thought!
If you have set up a new list after installing the MailChimp for WordPress plugin, you will need to refresh the plugin's saved data (or cache) for changes to show up in your website.
Create your first form
Once you have your list ready, it's time to set up your first form! This part should be a breeze; you've already done the hard bit.
Within your website, please go here:
MailChimp for WP > Forms
Premium users: you will need to make a new form by clicking the 'Create New Form' button atop the Sign-up Forms list.
Edit your form
You will see the Edit form page with it's editor; a basic form has already been made for you, based on the default input fields MailChimp creates when you starting a new list. It is now up to you to edit that form to your liking.
The easiest way to do this is by using our field generator. It does exactly as the name implies; it generates fields for you, based on the list that you have created.
Using this generator will ensure that the names and ID's of your fields are correct, allowing for little error.
Getting your form live
We provide a shortcode that makes it super easy for you to put the form you have just created anywhere you'd like. For Lite users, it will look something like this:
Pro users have the ability to create multiple forms and therefor need to add in the ID of the particular form. Like so:
We also have a built-in widget that you can use to get your form onto your website. No coding skills needed!
If you do have some coding skills and would rather implement (or hard code) the shortcode through PHP, you can do so by adding in the following line:
<?php echo do_shortcode('[mc4wp_form]'); ?>
Need to know more?
There are a lot of things you will be able to do with this plugin, so make sure to have a browse around the Documentation.
We think you might do well to check out these particular pages:
- Styling and customizing your forms
- Send email campaign with every new post
- What to do when you get an 'Oops something went wrong' error
- Track signups through Google Analytics
And don't forget: if you are one of our Pro users, we're here to offer you support when you run into any issues!