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How to get the newsletter form working

Philip
posted this on June 20, 2013 09:16

This is a guide to configure the newsletter form. 

We are using MailChimp to configure our newsletter form, but there are a lot of services and plugins you can use. If you have a doubt if your service/plugin  can work or not, feel free to ask us.

 

  1. Open your browser and go to http://mailchimp.com
  2. Register to the website if you do not already have an account, and log in  it.
  3. In your dashboard in mailchimp website, you will see three big buttons. Click on Create a List.
  4. Fill in all nedded fields and click on Save at the bottom of the page.
  5. You will be redirected to a page saying that your list was created successfully. On the left of this page, you can find the button Design Signup Forms. Click on it and select the list just created.
  6. Be sure that the form only has the field Email Address and remove all other fields.
  7. When it is ready, click on Save & Exit on the top right side of the page.
  8. You will be redirect the lists page. Click on View > Stats Overview
  9. You will see a menu on the top of the page. Click on For your website > Signup Form Embed Code
  10. Below, you will see the section copy/paste into your site. Copy the code in that text area. It should be something like this:mailchimp.jpg
  11. Paste that code on the notepad.
  12. Now go to Appearance > Maintenance Mode > Newsletter. Open the notepad, where you copied the form code.
  13. Find this line of code: <form action=”http://your-username.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=cf970914a...
  14. Copy the value of the attribute action, this: http://your-username.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=cf970914a3dc00778243ad149&amp;id=236a018dc2
  15. Paste it in the field Action URL of the form configuration page.
  16. In the field Email field “name” write EMAIL.
  17. Save the options and enjoy your newsletter form.
 

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lisamv

Great, but how do you get it to show up on a page in your website??????????????  You left out the most important part, this is NOT helpful.

June 26, 2013 02:44
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ramate99

After follow you instruction nothing happen? Check list name in mailchimp no have email that i subscript

July 02, 2013 15:52
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colchonesdensueno

I have followed the instructions and when I have introduced a new e-mail in the form on the maintenace page and I send, then Mailchimp page appears and asks me to re-enter all fields. Where I'm lost in your instructions?

July 02, 2013 19:52
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nbe3000

Let's take it easy on Nicola guys. There's documentation all over this site.

If you're having trouble getting the form to display on your site, watch the video in this tutorial and then simply use the shortcode: [newsletter_form] where you want your form on your site.

July 07, 2013 23:05
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bstormy

Any onfo on how to configure the newsletter int he POPUP? the first line has "newsletter url" what URL is it referring to?

July 09, 2013 11:21
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Philip

@colchonesdensueno

you probably added the wrong Email name field.

 

> Great, but how do you get it to show up on a page in your website??????????????  You left out the most important part, this is NOT helpful.

 

If you are simply using the Maintenance Mode plugin there's no way to do that. If you are using one of our themes you can use the shortcode [newsletter_form] or a widget if there's one

July 09, 2013 19:22
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Philip

> Any onfo on how to configure the newsletter int he POPUP? the first line has "newsletter url" what URL is it referring to?

 

It refers to the form action, the step 14. But this is not for the Maintenance mode plugin. Please open a ticket in the proper area if you need help on this!

July 09, 2013 19:22
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bstormy

"Please open a ticket in the proper area if you need help on this!"

 

I did. PLease see my multiple replies, threads and responses.

July 09, 2013 23:43
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bentraynham

How would I set up the newsletter form with a Constant Contact account?

July 23, 2013 18:12
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Philip

Hi,

i found this tutorial about how to create the form with Constant Contact: http://support2.constantcontact.com/articles/FAQ/4682?q=form&l=en_US&fs=Search&pnx=1

 

You can create the form, then when you get the code, you will be able to follow our tutorial, the code is at most the same.

August 02, 2013 17:09
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bejadan

Hello ! i think the mailchimp sit changed their design so it's not corresponding... anyway i managed to make it work, not so difficult. Just the "Email" field name (in the maintenance 'newsletter' setting tab must be set to 'EMAIL' uppercase, if not it doesn't work...  !  hope this help.. :)

August 05, 2013 22:55
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Philip

HI guys, here are the screenshots for the latest version of mailchimp

 

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August 08, 2013 16:57
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ebizreview

Any insight on using aweber in this newsletter form. Or would I be better off just creating my own sign up form there and using that?

August 18, 2013 04:46
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ricky7106

Hi there - i have followed to the letter the signup from the here and from the documentation that came with the theme (brilliant documentation btw so far). When i try the newsletter out in the site it simply brings me to a mailchimp page that says blank email fields help! 

 

August 22, 2013 17:47
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afrovoodoo

Hi I have tried mailchimp but found it not to my liking and decided to go with a plugin called wysija which can be found here http://www.wysija.com/ and http://wordpress.org/plugins/wysija-newsletters/

It comes with its own widget and can be embedded into lightbox and pages using either iframe,php,shortcode or html. The problem is that with lightbox there isnt a way to use cookies to remember to close the pop up. I would like to integrate it with the newsletter page that came with the theme, so I can use its pop up, is there a way for me to do that?  I can post what the plugin looks like in any of its mention forms if that would help.

September 02, 2013 13:51
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elsappy

@ricky7106 : did you write "EMAIL" in capital letters in the Email field name ? I had the same problem and I resolved it like that !

September 03, 2013 12:25
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hollysnails

The CAPITAL   EMAIL fields is what fixed it for me too, its not stated this way in the documentation - thanks

October 03, 2013 19:01
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Alfamesteren

Hi

I get the "Blank email error" message when i try to subscribe to my newsletter, im running out of ideas of what can cause it..

October 11, 2013 22:54
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jelongino

I've been searching for a couple of hours on how to get MailChimp to work with this popup. Thanks for the instructions Nicola - worked perfectly!

November 14, 2013 19:17
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zebragroup

I'm having a similar problem to ricky7106 and colchonesdensueno 

While testing that Ive got it all working properly I add an email address into the newsletter opt in field on my home page then when I click enter it redirects me to a mailchimp page but the problem is

I have to re-enter my email address. Is there anyway I can link this so my customers dont have to add their emails address twice?

December 04, 2013 22:06
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Jordan Brace

I'm having the same problem as zebragroup.

 

On submitting my e-mail on the newsletter form, it goes to an external mail chimp newsletter sign up page. This is what I really don't want. I want my website to be as sleek and direct as possible. I don't want my customers having to enter their e-mail twice and be redirected from my website on to one they have most likely won't know of or trust. (unless they run their own business/website of course)...

 

Is there anyway to change this? Thanks in advance for your help and a happy new year too!

January 05, 2014 20:35
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TKelsh

Hi guys,

 

My newsletter form is not working either. It goes to an external MailChimp sign up form. I tried to use capital "EMAIL" as described above but that did not work for me. Is there any other solution?

Help greatly appreciated,

Thank you

January 08, 2014 11:44
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webcheck11

Hi

 

Im having the same problem with external mailchimp form! Any updates?

 

Thanks

January 09, 2014 22:14
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zebragroup

Ok, under Appearance - Maintenance Mode - Newsletter - Email Field name I have the word EMAIL and just now added quotation marks "EMAIL" and this has fixed the problem of having to input your email address twice. It still links me to a mailchimp page but you can brand this page so not too bad.

January 09, 2014 23:21
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zubird

Will the maintenance mode plugin work with Gravity forms? If so, does anyone know how to extract that action URL from the Gravity Form? Gravity Forms will provide form data right within WordPress, preventing me from having to go outside of WordPress to set up a MailChimp account.

January 30, 2014 05:12
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zubird

Themefuse maintenance mode plugin does otherwise collect email addresses without using mailchimp, but I don't want to be forced to display a Twitter profile. Maybe that will work for some other folks.

January 30, 2014 05:16
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theconsul

i think i did all that was mentioned here but i get this error: Warning: array_map(): Argument #2 should be an array in .....wp-content/themes/sistina/theme/yit/Contact_Form.php on line 303

 

what is going wrong

 

Roger

February 07, 2014 12:14
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vicksm

I have followed all the suggestions on here and am not having any response from my newsletter form - it doesn't even click through to a Mailchimp form. Has anyone managed to get to the bottom of this?

February 17, 2014 15:15
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Jordan Brace

Hi all,

After my last post in this support thread, I've discovered solutions to many of mine and other peoples problems. First of all, I have my newsletter now working in tandem with my pre-launch plug in and I've tested it out on my Celestino theme on the back-end of my Wordpress and both are working successfully. You can see my website at http://www.frofresh.com/... 

Most of the technical problems have already been addressed above, so for the likes of "vicksm" and Roger you may wish to contact me, and I can try to help you the best I can... Feel free to do so at exclusivo[at]live[dot]co[dot]uk... 

For those of you who wish to eradicate the annoyance of MailChimps double opt-in system, then can I suggest the following service: http://www.yourmailinglistprovider.com?a=2H0UHK

Switching from Mail Chimp (which was working fine bar the annoying double opt-in) to YMLP has given me a huge increase of subscribers noticeable on the first day of the switch over. I had Mail Chimp working since my launch which was the 15/01/14, two and a half weeks later I switched over. Before with Mail Chimp I was averaging 0.7 people a day subscribing (about 3 people a week). Afterwards, YMLP has increased my newsletter to 27 (a difference of 24 new subscribers in less time and an average of 1.7 a day - 12 people a week)... So in two weeks, I've seen a huge increase. Obviously, I'm not boasting about my newsletter figures but I'm very impressed with what the single opt-in has done for me. Also, it's important to note my visitor numbers have been slowly decreasing since it's launch. On launch day I had 24 people visit the site. Yesterday (16/02/14) I had 11 people visit, 3 of those people signed up according to my YMLP account. You can see how successful it's been for me.

YMLP offers a trial account, and then a free account you switch over to  after you've tested about 30 emails I believe. The free account is adequate for any website starting up. I've had my account for just under two weeks now and setting it up has been a breeze in comparison to Mail Chimp, all of your newsletters are completely customisable, and I've been playing around with each setting a number of times trying to configure a great way to engage my newsletter subscribers. With all the trial and errors I've had between friends, I'm definitely going to write an article on my newsletter experience when my website launches lol. It's actually been quite fun - surprisingly.

To those that actually want the double opt-in, that's still available at YMLP, it's actually more customisable than Mail Chimp. You can make it direct to one of your web pages instead of Mail Chimps, and the user won't actually have to leave your website at all, unlike Mail Chimps. My friend, who I had test out my original Mail Chimp newsletter said he didn't like the fact it went to a website he hadn't heard of, and if it was for another website he said he would not have subscribed to my newsletter. When he told me that I instantly looked for a new newsletter solution. YMLP was one but I've heard Aweber are a good solution too. Though you have to pay for that right off the bat, and in comparison to YMLPs paid plans, it's very expensive. 

Anyway, just to re-iterate points made by other people before me: make sure your action URLs are correct, and make sure that all of the field names correspond with that of the newsletter service provider. For example, with YMLP, my email field name is something random like "YM20" I believe... Again, if anyone wishes for me to help them, I'd be happy to, and will try my best to solve your problems. Feel free to e-mail me.

I hope I've helped any of you who have read this, and just to be clear I'm willing to help anyone who asks. Make sure to e-mail me with the subject of "YITHEME NEWSLETTER" so I know what it's addressing! Again, I highly recommend YMLP (http://www.yourmailinglistprovider.com?a=2H0UHK) to all of you. Just to be clear as well, I don't like to deceive people so please know that my link is an affiliate link. Therefore, if you go for the pro account, I believe I do get a commission which will be very nice for me, and thank you if you do go through my link. You don't have to go through my link of course, and I still fully recommend YMLP. You can join them as an affiliate too, but I would urge you to give them a go before you do. I've been working on my newsletter night and day for the past two weeks since signing up and I love their set up, it's very quick and easy. 

Really hope I've helped,

Jordan

February 17, 2014 16:22
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vicksm

Hi Jordan

Many thanks for taking the time to put this post together.  It's great to have an alternative to the double opt-in of Mailchimp and really interesting to see your stats.I'll drop you a line, as I've tried YMLP as well, and it's still not working for me. 

Best wishes

Vicky

 

February 17, 2014 16:43
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Jordan Brace

It's my pleasure Vicky.

After switching from my trial account to the free account, I soon realised that I can only have the single opt-in on a paid account. So I'm going to be investing in a paid plan in the next couple of weeks, once I get some more work done for my website. 

I can't wait to see the difference in conversions over the next couple of weeks. I'll make sure to report back here with my findings, see if the Mail Chimp statistics were one-offs. 

Regards,

Jordan

February 26, 2014 00:33
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darrinstern

I need some help, I have read this thread over 1,000 time and I just can not get this to work.  Can someone give me some advise.  I have been getting Mailchip to work and I keep getting an error.  I hope someone can help me out.

 

Darrin

March 25, 2014 21:02
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zubird
Darrin, I think you need to remove the quotes from your theme install. Just EMAIL (all caps, no quotes).
March 26, 2014 04:45
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TKelsh

Hi guys,

I was given a link to a new video about integration of MailChimp signup form with Yith themes. It worked for me. 

http://pdl.vimeocdn.com/13035/081/219793642.mp4?aksessionid=a4a7afb...

Hope it will work for you too.

March 26, 2014 17:11
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TKelsh

Sorry guys,

the link above does not work. This one should work http://player.vimeo.com/external/84314165.hd.mp4?s=27f585f141d32901d5218077db733742

let me know if it does not.

March 26, 2014 17:14
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digiguru

I have followed the video above and still it does not work for me. Does anyone else have any suggestions. I spent a fair amount of time convincing my client to use Mail Chimp, so changing to another mail program is not an option. I have to get this working ASAP. Thanks in adavance.

May 14, 2014 18:58
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layarden

Hi, 

First of all, the all thing work very well.

But, there is one problem.

On my site, let say a user write his email and press the "add" button - there are no checkfields that check the if the email is correct, if he even filled an email or if the system already have this email in the database.

So, how can I do all the "tests" on the email in my sistina theme?

thanks!

July 08, 2014 14:33
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vicksm

This clearly just doesn't work, and I'm frustrated as my client really wants to use MailChimp (thank you Jordan for the alternative suggestion), and yet when the form is set up, it brings up an error on the Mailchimp page and the visitor has to reenter all their details again - it's just not a viable solution.  I have had to turn off the newsletter field which was one of the selling points of the theme for us, and have had to install a different plug in (Mailchimp for WP Lite) which works like a dream.  I have had to include it in the footer widget as I don't know how I'd include it within the default newsletter layout (which is where I'd like it).  Is it possible to include this functionality and keep the layout?  You can see it in action here: http://www.carpetbags.co.uk/dev/

Many thanks

Vicky

 

August 06, 2014 14:35
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September 30, 2014 07:49
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wrlowell

I don't have the Newsletter option under my General Theme Options... Any other ideas? I can't seem to get the two linked? I'm fine with that if that's how it must be, but I can't find a list of emails within my dashboard to upload into MailChimp when the newsletter is on the custom or Mailchimp option.

November 23, 2014 16:37