How to setup the MailChimp Newsletter widget?

First of all, we have to make sure that the MailChimp for WordPress plugin is installed and activated, for that please navigate to the Plugins section and check if the plugin is activated as shown below.

activate mailchimp newsletter plugin

Now navigate to the plugin’s page.

actvated mailchimp aki key

As you can see, the plugin is not connected to MailChimp yet. If you do not have a Mailchimp account yet, you can create one here.

Once you have created your MailChimp account, please click on Get your API key here in order to create an API key.

On the API keys page, please click on Create A Key as shown below.

create api key mailchimp

Your API key will be created immediately. Now simply copy the API key.

api key mailchimp

And paste it to the API key field in WordPress and hit the save changes button.

api key mailchimp

Now it should show up as connected.

actvated mailchimp aki key

Now add the following code to the form. This is required in order to use the same form fields and design as shown in the theme demo.

<h3>Be The First to Know</h3>
<p>
 <input type="text" name="FNAME" placeholder="Name" required />
</p>
<p>
 <input type="email" name="EMAIL" placeholder="Email address" required />
</p>

<p class="lastpmail">
 <input type="submit" value="Sign Me up" />
</p>

After adding the code above, it should look as shown below. Click save changed.

mailchimp forms

That’s it! You can now navigate to > Appearance > Widgets  and drag the MailChimp Sign-Up Form widget to the sidebar area where you want it to show up. Please see screenshot below.

MailChimp sign-up form

Last updated: July 14, 2016 at 13:07 pm

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