MailChimp Integration

Simply integrate MailChimp with your Multisite (or regular old single user WP) site – automatically add new users to your email lists and import all your existing users

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Setting up and integrating your MailChimp account with your site
Add a MailChimp optin widget to your site.
Setting up a new list in MailChimp to use with your site
Example of a newsletter created using MailChimp
Creating professional looking newsletters using MailChimps easy HTML email creator

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Email marketing is *hard* – it’s such a specialty that while we offer simple WordPress Multisite mailing list functionality here at WPMU DEV Premium – at the end of the day – if you want to do emails seriously, you’re going to want to use a professional third party service… and our favorite 3rd party mailing service is MailChimp.

 

This plugin slots into a WordPress Multisite or single user WordPress blog and allows you to simply login and then select which MailChimp list you want to:

  • Add new users to
  • And/or import existing users to

You can also decide whether you want to auto opt in users or opt them in automatically (use with care!) for both the new users and import features.

Even better, it’ll handle importing thousands of users with ease! We know, we use it ourselves :)

Check out how easy it is to use below – and start sending beautiful email newsletters, getting great reports and managing your email lists in some serious style.

Refer to the installation page for detailed instructions on how to install and use.

It’s as simple as:

  1. Set up an account with MailChimp and create a new list of users e.g. Edublogs.org users
  2. Upload the plugin to your WP install
  3. Once the plugin is activated go to Network Admin -> Settings -> MailChimp (or Settings -> MailChimp in regular WP)
  4. Add your MailChimp API Key and choose your desired MailChimp configuration
1. Allow sub-sites to use the widget. 2. Your MailChimp API key. 3. Select whether users should be opted in automatically. 4. Ignore duplicate email accounts. 5. Select your mailing list.

1. Allow sub-sites to use the widget.
2. Your MailChimp API key.
3. Select whether users should be opted in automatically.
4. Ignore duplicate email accounts.
5. Select your mailing list.

Presto!  Your users are imported into your account MailChimp.

Now you can send emails to all your users using MailChimp’s easy mail creation tools:

Create beautiful newsletters with MailChimp's easy tools.

Create beautiful newsletters with MailChimp’s easy tools.

to achieve professional looking newsletters……

Example of a MailChimp newsletter

Neato! Heh?

And best of all, when users or blogs are deleted/spammed in Multisite or BuddyPress, they get removed from your MailChimp list, saving you money!

 

 

 

Usage

For help with installing plugins please refer to our Plugin installation guide.

Once installed, login to your admin panel for WordPress or Multisite and activate the plugin:

  • On regular WordPress installs – visit Plugins and Activate the plugin. The plugin options will appear in your Settings menu.

    Plugin options in single site installs of WordPress.

    Plugin options in single site installs of WordPress.

  • For WordPress Multisite installs – Visit Network Admin -> Plugins and Network Activate the plugin. The plugin options will appear in your Network Settings menu.

    Plugin options on multisite installs of WordPress.

    Plugin options on multisite installs of WordPress.

To use:

First, set up an account with MailChimp (unless you already have one of course). Then you can either create a new MailChimp list for your users, e.g. Edublogs.org users, or use an existing one.

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Login into your WordPress dashboard, and go to the MailChimp settings. Once you enter your MailChimp API key and click Save Changes, additional settings will become available.

1. Allow sub-sites to use the widget. 2. Your MailChimp API key. 3. Select whether users should be opted in automatically. 4. Ignore duplicate email accounts. 5. Select your mailing list.

1. Allow sub-sites to use the widget.
2. Your MailChimp API key.
3. Select whether users should be opted in automatically.
4. Ignore duplicate email accounts.
5. Select your mailing list.

1. The Allow widget in all subsites checkbox is only available when network-activated. Checking it will allow sub-site admins to place the MailChimp signup widget on their sites too.

2. MailChimp API Key is, well, your key. :)

3. If you set Auto Opt-in to “Yes”, your users will not receive an email confirmation. Be careful with this: some locales have anti-spam regulations that require the double-optin.

4. You can set Ignore email addresses including + signs to “Yes” if some of your subscribers have duplicate accounts using the “+” sign. Don’t want to annoy them with duplicate emails.

5. Mailing List is where you select the MailChimp list you want to sync.

You can also sync all your existing WordPress users to your MailChimp list.

1. Select your MailChimp mailing list. 2. Select whether users should be opted in automatically.

1. Select your MailChimp mailing list.
2. Select whether users should be opted in automatically.

1. Select your Mailing List.

2. Select whether to Auto Opt-in your users or not.

3. Click Import to synchronize your WordPress users to your MailChimp list.

The bottom section of your MailChimp settings page is a very handy excerpt of the error log. It will display the most recent 100 lines right in your admin to help you with troubleshooting. It even tells you if email addresses have been banned.

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Finally, if you want your users to be able to subscribe directly to your MailChimp list, you can customize how the widget form should appear under Appearance > Widgets.

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