Mailchimp & Wordpress

Hi,

I was trying to add a custom MailChimp Sign Up form to a Wordpress page.

Name
Email
Phone Number


I have set up a list called 'Contacts'. I downloaded the 'MailChimp for Wordpress' plugin but that doesn't seem to allow me to do it.

I then created a custom form via the MailChimp dashboard and embedded the html into my Wordpress page, HOWEVER i can't seem to find a setting that will allow me to disable the need for my users to confirm their signup.

Is it possible to disable that. I don't want my users to have to confirm their signup by clicking on a link in an email, as i'd imagine a lot of users would ignore that email.

I was hoping some plugin would help with it, but can't seem to find anything yet.
oo7mlAsked:
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Leslie BloomCorporate & Product Marketing ManagerCommented:
HOWEVER i can't seem to find a setting that will allow me to disable the need for my users to confirm their signup. Is it possible to disable that. I don't want my users to have to confirm their signup by clicking on a link in an email, as i'd imagine a lot of users would ignore that email.

Yes this is possible, it requires you to set your list to be a single opt-in. Meaning they only need to fill out your form to begin receiving emails.
Single Opt-in: Users are only added to an email list if they actually fill out your registration form.
Double Opt-in: Users sign up for your email list and must click a link in your confirmation email to be added to your list.

The AutoChimp plugin for Wordpress lets you select to bypass the double opt-in feature:
https://connect.mailchimp.com/how-to/3
https://wordpress.org/plugins/autochimp/

Hopefully this answers your question about the confirmation process for adding people to your list.

Mailchimp also has a recently updated support article about forms on Wordpress as well, in case there are other minor things you needed to check up on: http://kb.mailchimp.com/lists/signup-forms/my-embedded-signup-form-isnt-working
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Hi, thanks for this. Can you tell me where i can disable the Double Opt-In in my MailChimp account for my list... OR do i have to use a plugin to disable it?
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Hi, any update on this? Thank you.
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Leslie BloomCorporate & Product Marketing ManagerCommented:
From what I've tried to do with my Mailchimp forms and sign-up process (to see what's possible), it looks like you will have to use the plugin to get around the double opt-in.

The Mailchimp signup forms require the double opt-in (it's their suggestion for industry best practices and to maintain a strong list). There is no way to turn off or otherwise disable the Opt-In Confirmation Email from within your Mailchimp account.

From one of their support articles: "If you'd like more control over your opt-in process, you can use a 3rd party integration."
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks. Can you recommend a plugin for this. The one you mentioned above doesn't seem to do this
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Leslie BloomCorporate & Product Marketing ManagerCommented:
Looks like "Easy Mailchimp Forms" does what you want and is regularly updated by it's authors - https://wordpress.org/plugins/yikes-inc-easy-mailchimp-extender/

I've used Mailchimp for years, and they used to allow you to disable the double opt-in.. it was just their way of helping you create a strong list (with minimal bounces and unsubscribes which greatly harm your delivery rates). In my research here, they have since removed that option for users.

I have had great success bypassing a double opt-in by using their Wufoo integration, if using an embedded form is of interest to you - http://www.wufoo.com/guides/create-single-and-double-opt-in-forms/
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Excellent, thanks.
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