MailChimp is one of the most popular ways to build you mailing list and there are many options when it comes to integrating it with your WordPress site. MailChimp WD is one option that allows you to integrate your MailChimp lists with your site while creating multiple opt-in and opt-out forms. It makes it easy to start building those lists—as well as to manage them.
The first thing you will want to do is connect your MailChimp account with the plugin. Once you do that, you can connect to the list here if you choose. But you can also skip choosing a list because you have the option of selecting your list with each form you create.
Once you’ve done that, you are ready to start creating your first form. In this post, I will be talking about the free version of this MailChimp WordPress plugin, but I’ll also share the features you get when you go premium.
This is the full page to start creating your form. Let’s take it a piece at a time.
Form Title and Theme
Here you can name your form and also select the theme. You are able to use your existing themes styles or choose from 10 themes if you wish.
With the free version, you get one theme and you can edit it only using Custom CSS.
On the Preview, you will see that it’s been set in the previous screenshot as None for the Pagination Type. But you also have the option of a Step.
Or you can use a Percentage.
With the premium version, you get 10 themes. You will also get extended customizations for each form. For example, without going through each one, you can see what choices you would have with your Global Parameters here.
And the customizations for the buttons.
Select MailChimp List and Add List Fields
Here you can select the specific list from your MailChimp account for the form, as well as view the list fields. If you want more list fields, you will need to add them in MailChimp. Also, if a field is highlighted in blue, you can add it here.
Select Form Action
Here you will choose from your existing actions, which include Subscribe and Unsubscribe.
If you were to click on More MailChimp options, you would also get settings that let you define them for both actions.
You can also allow the user to choose either of the actions, Subscribe or Unsubscribe.
Or you can add the option for the user to choose which list they want to subscribe to.
If you would like to add Captcha to the form, you can do that here.
And Custom Fields can be added with the premium version.
Drag and Drop
You can easily enable a drag-and-drop, where you can move your fields around.
You also can drag them horizontally to create columns if you want.
If we click on the pencil icon to edit this form, we get these options. All the other features that can be added to your form (on the far left) come with the premium version.
Here are the options of where you can display the form. With the free version, your option is the Embedded display and they provide the shortcode. But with the premium version, you also get options for a Popup, Topbar and Scrollbox.
You have several form options. In addition to the MailChimp Options we previously shared, here are the others.
Some basic options here.
This may help you decide whether to go from free to premium, as there certainly advantages to being able to customize the email per form.
The free version lets you customize the messages users get when both subscribing and unsubscribing, as well as a few others.
Actions After Submission
There are several choices for where the user ends up after submitting the form.
With the premium version, you can add PayPal to your forms.
You can view all submissions at any time (although I don’t have any here) with some export/import options and some other specific data. You can also choose to block or unblock any IPs. There is another option to view all blocked IPs as well.
Inserting Your Form
Earlier, I showed you where you could find the shortcode for your embedded form. But you can also insert it via any post or page. By clicking the icon, you get a popup to choose the form from a dropdown list.
There is also a MailChimp WD widget that you can drop into any widget area on your site to insert a form.
And lastly, you can see your list details on the MailChimp WD page in your dashboard. This is a nice feature for viewing some stuff without having to go into your MailChimp account.
As you can see, this is a featured-filled plugin if you are using MailChimp to build your lists via your WordPress site. The free version comes with some pretty good options, and depending on your needs, it may serve you well. But if you are looking to really build up your forms with more control, you will want to check out their premium version. You can learn more about the MailChimp WP plugin here.