To save subscriber information that is entered on your website, you need to connect the Growtheme to ConvertKit. This involves typically two required steps and two optional steps. First you need to get your API Key and save it into the
Growtheme Options. Second you need to specify a default form to use.
Then you can decide inside ConvertKit for each of your forms if you want to use a double or single opt-in process.
Additionally, if you use a double opt-in process you can set up convertkit to use the growtheme thank you page.
- 1. Get your API Key
- 2. Select a default Form to use
- 3. Choose Single or Double Optin
- 4. Setup the Thank You Page
1. Get your API Key
Growtheme Options Panel »
Email Provider click on the
Convertkit Logo to show the convertkit Options.
Next you need to enter your personal convertkit API Key.
Click on the link below the Text field to get your
convertkit API Key.
A new tab will open where you have to login with your convertkit username and password if you are not already logged in.
After login you should be automatically redirected to your Account Settings page
https://app.convertkit.com/account/edit. If not go to it via clicking on your
Account in the blue top navigation or just click here.
You will see a text field named “API Key” that contains your API Key. Copy it from the field.
Go back to the Growtheme Options Tab. Paste the copied
API Key into the
convertkit API Key text field.
Next click on
Save Changes to connect the Growtheme to ConvertKit.
If you have copied and pasted the
API Key correctly, you will see a success notice that the Growtheme is now connected to ConvertKit.
convertkit API Status Field should indicate that you are successfully connected with convertkit.
If you haven’t created a Form inside ConvertKit yet, do this now. You can do this inside your
Convertkit Dashboard on the
Forms Page or by clicking on this link.
2. Select a default Form to use
With Convertkit you can create an unlimited number of optin forms. This is great to differentiate between different optin forms and see which one works best. For example: You could use one convertkit form for the featurebox, one for the sidebar and one for a inside post optin box on a specific post.
But before you go ahead and create different forms for different optin boxes, you need to choose a default convertkit form. This is the form where your subscribers will be saved in by default. If you have just one form, it will already be selected.
You can choose this individually for every optin form later.
The Growtheme caches all requests to the Convertkit API. This speeds up your Growtheme Settings Panel and prevents that you have to wait every time you change something until the Convertkit Server responds. If you have made any changes inside your Convertkit Account that haven’t showed up within the Growtheme Settings Panel yet, you can use the
Refresh Connection Button to delete all cached files and reset the connection.
3. Choose Single or Double Optin
With ConvertKit you have the option to choose between a
Single Optin or
Double Optin Process for each of your individual convertkit forms. If you decide to use
Double Optin, visitors will have to confirm their email address before being subscribed to your ConvertKit list.
For some countries like Germany this is not an optional option, but required by law. Please review the specific laws of your own country regarding email marketing.
Using Double Optin usually results in a higher open rate, less spam reports and a general higher quality list. If you want to know more about this check out there Knowledge Base Article about the Double Optin Process.
You can easily enable or disable the double optin process inside ConvertKit for each individual form.
To disable double optin, go to your
ConvertKit Dashboard »
Forms (1) and choose a form you already created. Than choose the
Settings (2) Tab and go to the
Incentive Email (3) Section. Scroll down and select the checkbox
Autoconfirm new subscribers (4).
If you decide to use a Single Optin Process, you are ready to go. The Growtheme will automatically redirect users to your custom Thank You Page after signing up. The Confirmation Page won’t be used in this case.
If you disable single optin on specific forms, the Growtheme will automatically notice and redirect subscribers to your confirmation page instead. If you are not using a downloadable incentive inside your convertkit form, you can redirect subscribers to your thank you page after clicking on the confirmation link (called
Signup incentive or thank you page inside Convertkit).
4. Setup the Thank You Page
This is only required if you use a Double Optin Process for a specific Form and haven’t uploaded a Optin Incentive to ConvertKit
We have to setup ConvertKit to use our own custom
Thank You Page. This Page will show up once a subscriber clicks on the confirmation link inside the confirmation email.
To do this, we first need the URL of our custom Thank You Page. Inside your
WordPress Dashboard go to
Wordpress Customizer go to the
Thank You Page Section.
Next select and copy the
Permalink of your Thank You Page.
You can switch the permalink of your Thank You page to anything you like, as long as it is a valid URL. Just remember that when you change the URL of your Thank You Page, you will have to update the Thank You Page URL within Convertkit as well.
Now go to ConvertKit. Inside the
ConvertKit Dashboard go to
Forms (1) and choose the Form you want to use the Growtheme Thank You Page with.
Then click on
Settings (2) and select the
Incentive Email (3) Section.
On this page you normally can configure as well the look and feel of your convertkit Signup Forms. As we are using the Growtheme to show our Signup Forms, you don’t need to change anything in particular on these signup form settings as these changes won’t take effect.
One thing you can and should configurate on this particular convertkit Page is the text of your
Incentive email will be sended if you have
Double Optin enabled as explained above and asks the visitor to confirm their email before they are subscribed to your list.
Thank You Page URL you have copied into the
Signup incentive or thank you page (4) field and
This page will now show up once a subscriber clicks on the link inside the
You are now successfully connected to convertkit. Everything is set up. You can now go ahead and customize the Growtheme Options to your needs.