To save subscriber information that is entered on your website, you need to connect the Growtheme to Mailchimp. This involves typically three steps. First you need to get an API Key and save it into the
Growtheme Options. Second you need to specify a list to use. Third you need to decide between
Additionally, if you use a
Double Optin Process, you need to configure Mailchimp to use the custom Growtheme
Thank You Page.
- 1. Get your API Key
- 2. Select a List 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
Mailchimp Logo to show the Mailchimp Options.
Next you need to enter your personal Mailchimp API Key.
Click on the link below the Text field to get your
Mailchimp API Key.
A new tab will open where you have to login with your Mailchimp username and password if you are not already logged in.
After login you should be automatically redirected to your account API page
https://admin.mailchimp.com/account/api/. If not go to it via clicking on your
Account Name (1) »
Extras (3) »
API Keys (4) or click here.
You will see a listing of your active API Keys. If you haven’t created an
API Key yet, create one first by clicking on
Create A Key (1). Next copy the
API Key (2) from the text field.
Go back to the Growtheme Options Tab. Paste the copied
API Key into the
Mailchimp API Key text field.
Next click on
Save Changes to connect the Growtheme to Mailchimp.
If you have copied and pasted the
API Key correctly, you will see a success notice that the Growtheme is now connected to Mailchimp.
Mailchimp API Status Field should indicate that you are successfully connected with Mailchimp.
If you haven’t created a List in Mailchimp yet, do this now. You can do this inside your
Mailchimp Dashboard on the
Lists Page or by clicking on this link.
2. Select a List to use
If you have several lists inside your Mailchimp account, you need to choose one Mailchimp List. This is the list where your subscribers will be saved in. If you have just one list, it will already be selected.
Currently it’s not possible to choose more than one list of your Mailchimp Account at any given time.
3. Choose Single or Double Optin
With Mailchimp you have the option to choose between a
Single Optin or
Double Optin Process. If you decide to use
Double Optin, visitors will have to confirm their email address before being subscribed to your Mailchimp 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 this Mailchimp Blogpost or the Knowledge Base Article about the Double Optin Process.
You can easily enable or disable the double optin process inside the
Growtheme Options »
Email Provider »
Use Double Optin?
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 want or need to use the Double Optin Process you need to configure Mailchimp to use your own custom Thank You Page.
4. Setup the “Thank You” Page
This is only required if you use a Double Optin Process
We have to setup Mailchimp 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
Pages. Hover your mouse over the
Thank You Page and click on
Thank You Pages are automatically created upon theme installation. If you want to, you can switch the name, url and content of these pages later.
You will now see your custom “Thank You` page.
Click on the address bar of your browser window and copy the complete URL of this
Thank You page. This should be something similar to
Now go to Mailchimp. Inside the
Mailchimp Dashboard go to
Lists and choose the List you are using the Growtheme with and have selected in the second step.
Then click on
Signup Forms and select the
General Forms Option
On this page you normally can configure the look and feel of your Mailchimp 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 Mailchimp Page is the
Opt-in confirmation email and additionally the optional
Final "welcome" email.
opt-in confirmation email will be sended if you have
Double Optin enabled and asks the visitor to confirm their email before subscribing.
Final "welcome" email is optional, but can be sended once a visitor is subscribed to your email list.
From the Dropdown Menu choose
Signup "thank you" page.
Thank You Page URL you have copied into the text field and
This page will now show up once a subscriber clicks on the link inside the
opt-in confirmation email.
You are now successfully connected to Mailchimp. Everything is set up. You can now go ahead and customize the Growtheme Options to your needs.