How to add a MailChimp form to WordPress

how to add mailchimp form to wordpressThis will show you how to add a MailChimp form to WordPress quickly and easily.

You can add the form to your sidebar with a widget or in your pages using a simple shortcode.

An excellent place to add your newsletter sign-up form is your about page.

Haven’t got MailChimp setup yet? Follow this simple guide.

How to add MailChimp form to WordPress

This guide assumes you already have a MailChimp account and have setup a list specifically for your WordPress blog.

1. Install the MailChimp List Subscribe Form plugin.

Login to your WordPress site and navigate to Plugins >> Add New.

Enter “MailChimp List Subscribe Form” into the search field and install the plugin.

After activating the plugin navigate to Settings >> MailChimp Setup.

2. Authorize the plugin to access your list.

Click the Connect button and login to your Mailchimp account. Authorize the plugin to access your acount.

Choose the list you want to use from the drop-down and click the Update List button.

Mailchimp List Select

3. Configure the plugin.

Now you can customize the header, sub-header and submit button text.

Mailchimp Plugin Content Options

Scroll down to the Merge Variables Included area and untick all the additional fields such as First Name, Last Name etc.

Merge Variables Included - Mailchimp Plugin Setup

NOTE: The fewer fields on your form the better your conversions. I go for just email address.

The rest on this page can be left as-is.

4. Place your form on your site.

The more places (within reason) your visitors can subscribe on your site the better.

Sidebar Widget

Navigate to Appearance >> Widgets and drag the MailChimp Widget to your sidebar.

MailChimp Widget Sidebar
Your sign-up form in pole position

Inside Posts and Pages

To place your MailChimp sign-up form into any posts or pages just paste this shortcode where you want it to appear:

So pasting in:

Mailchimps Form Shortcode

Will create this:

See more details of the setup for this plugin here.

Now that you have your MailChimp sign-up form on your sidebar and on your pages, you can start building your list.

Questions? Let us know in the comments.

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