What is MailChimp?
MailChimp is a platform for marketing automation which provides email advertising service. Using MailChimp, 12,000 emails can be sent in a month and up to 2,000 contacts can be saved in a month for free. Not only that, if more is required, the level of user can be upgraded by paying a certain amount per month (usually £10). Some extra features are also available, but at the beginning, the free version is more than enough.
Why MailChimp for the Contact Form 7?
While building a successful sales channel, it is very important to capture the user’s data and building email lists. An easy and effective way to add visitors to your mailing list is the Contact Form 7 MailChimp integration. When anyone fills and submits a form, they are automatically added to MailChimp. All contact forms can be set to go to the same list in MailChimp or to a separate list for each contact form.
Basic features of this plugins:
- It is relatively easy to use
- Latest MailChimp API V3 (much improved and advanced)
- Regularly updated
- A different mailing list for per contact form can be arranged.
- It supports both single and double opt-in configuration
- Opt-in checkbox for adding any of the opt-in or opt-out.
- There are supports for custom fields as per the requirement of the user.
- It provides support to several mailing lists and API keys.
- Form submission is done automatically to pre-determined lists in MailChimp.
Requirements for MailChimp:
- A MailChimp account
- Contact Form 7 as an extension form
- Self-hosted wordPress.org installation.
- MailChimp API Key
How to set MailChimp (basic setup):
The following instructions are followed to set up Contact form 7 MailChimp:
First: Enable the Debug Logger including the MailChimp Extension tab, and click SAVE. It will help you to record some of the issues experienced with this specific form.
Second: Based on your present form settings, know your available mail-tags. These mail-tags may be different depending on how you named your form fields earlier.
Third: After knowing the mail-tags, place them in the right fields. The basic setup has 2 fields available for that purpose.
Fourth: Input your MailChimp API Key and your MailChimp List ID in the correct fields. Then, Click SAVE.
Fifth: At this stage, all your basic settings are ready for you to test the form. Now go to the front-end and test your form.
Finally, when you send your form, you should see the classic OK response from contact from 7 like this: “Your message was sent successfully, thanks”.
Now the debugged logs have to check and after that, the reply from the MailChimp.com about your settings can be seen on the display.
If contact form 7 is not installed previously then the basic steps include- At first sign up to MailChimp account< Create a list from list option< then follow the general steps according to loading page< Go to WordPress website< download contact form 7< install < then install Contact form 7 MailChimp as an extension.
So, it’s very easy and simple to use and anyone can use it without any hassle.