WordPress is a web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. Now, we have combined the power of these two amazing products through a WordPress plugin, called BigMailChimp, to make them work seamlessly together.
Introducing BigMailChimp WordPress Plugin
The main purpose of BigMailChimp plugin is to enable the user to host their MailChimp capture forms on their own website without the need to write a single line of code. Moreover, you can display your capture forms as widgets or as standalone forms on individual posts. Simply create/modify your forms on MailChimp and the effects will take effect on your site instantly. Download BigMailChimp from WordPress Repository and let’s start.
- Generates capture forms based on MailChimp lists
- Easily host your capture forms on your site
- Display multiple forms
- Display forms in pages or posts
- Display forms as widgets site wide
- Easy to use interface
- Short code generator
- Upload unzipped bigmailchimp folder to /wp-content/plugins/
- Navigate to Plugins menu form in the admin panel and activate BigMailChmip
- Navigate to BigMailChimp page and add your lists
- Display your forms as widgets or use the BigMailChimp meta-box to generate the appropriate short codes
Add a New MailChimp Form
To add a new MailChimp list you will need to obtain an API key and the List Id of the specific list you want to display on your site. This setup enables you to host multiple MailChimp lists/forms even from multiple accounts.
- Navigate to Big MailChimp page
- Click Add New
- Enter your Api Key and MailChimp List id
- Click Save Changes
Publishing MailChimp Forms
BigMailchimp adds a new meta-box in post/page edit page alongside of your WYSIWIG editor for ease of access. Use the Screen Options on the top right corner of the page to enable/disable this box.
Simply select the list you want to display on a page/post and click Insert into page. This will produce the shortcode and place it on the visual editor. The full shortcode is…
... [bigmailchimp list_id="#"] ...
Make sure only one instance of a list/form is displayed on a page.
Navigate to the Appearance menu and select Widgets. Under Available Widgets drag and drop the BigMailChimp widget into a widget area (Sidebar/Footer Area). Select the list/form you want to display from the widget settings. Repeat these step to add other lists/forms. Make sure only one instance of a list/form is displayed on a page.
Obtain MC API Key
Visit MC API keys and Authorized Applications and add a new key if you do not already have one. Your API will appear in “Your API Keys” table.
Find a MC Mailing List Id
You can find the list id under Lists->Settings->List Settings and Unique ID after you log into mailchimp.com.
Questions? Need help with installation? Suggestions?
Should you have any technical questions, or found a possible bug, please post it to our WordPress Plugin Support forum so we can help you resolve the issue.
Experiencing a white screen of death after the installation
This might be for numerous reasons. Just Google for WordPress white screen of death and you will see different ways of dealing with this. However, here are actions that you can take now to bring your website back. Login with ftp, go to your plugins folder, delete the conflicting plugin. It will be in
[WordPress installation directory]/wp-content/plugins/bigmailchimp
Open the database and also delete “wp_big_mailchimp_lists” table note wp_ is the default prefix for database tables, else it is whatever you have chosen in your config file. You may also delete the record where option_name is “BigMailChimp_DB_version” from your wp_options table.