This tutorial is kindly provided by the plugin developer. You can access the full plugin's documentation on this URL:

Installing the free plugin is easy

Like other free WordPress plugins, installing the MailChimp for WordPress plugin is quite easy-going. All you need is a MailChimp account and a WordPress site.

  1. In your WordPress admin panel, go to Plugins > New Plugin, search for MailChimp for WordPress and click "Install now"
  2. Alternatively, download the plugin from manually and upload the contents of to your plugins directory.
  3. Activate the plugin
  4. Set your MailChimp API key in the plugin settings.

If you see the green square that says Connected, that means your website can communicate with your MailChimp account.

You are now ready to start collecting MailChimp subscribers through your WordPress site.

Requirement: set up a list 

If you haven't already, please make sure to go to your MailChimp Dashboard and set up a new list. When doing so, think about the different fields your list will need.

MailChimp offers the possibility of using different field types. Simply put, these types tell MailChimp and our plugin what sort of data to expect. That way we can check if the input your potential subscriber is trying to pass along corresponds with the data you would like to receive. Using correct field types will decrease the chance of errors, so it's good to give it some thought!

If you have set up a new list after installing the MailChimp for WordPress plugin, you will need to refresh the plugin's saved data (or cache) for changes to show up in your website.

Create your first form

Once you have your list ready, it's time to set up your first form! This part should be a breeze; you've already done the hard bit.

Within your website, please go here:

MailChimp for WP > Forms

Lite users: You should be taken to the 'Edit form' page straight away.

Pro users: you will need to make a new form by clicking the 'Create New Form' button atop the Sign-up Forms list.

Edit your form

You will see the Edit form page with it's editor; a basic form has already been made for you, based on the default input fields MailChimp creates when you starting a new list. It is now up to you to edit that form to your liking.
add a new field in MailCHimp for WordPress
The easiest way to do this is by using our field generator. It does exactly as the name implies; it generates fields for you, based on the list that you have created.

Using this generator will ensure that the names and ID's of your fields are correct, allowing for little error.

Running into trouble and don't know why? Try our Troubleshooting section!

Getting your form live

We provide a shortcode that makes it super easy for you to put the form you have just created anywhere you'd like. For Lite users, it will look something like this:


Pro users have the ability to create multiple forms and therefor need to add in the ID of the particular form. Like so:

[mc4wp_form id="123"]

We also have a built-in widget that you can use to get your form onto your website. No coding skills needed!

If you do have some coding skills and would rather implement (or hard code) the shortcode through PHP, you can do so by adding in the following line:

<?php echo do_shortcode('[mc4wp_form]'); ?>