Support » Plugin: AutoChimp » Autochimp stopped working July 30, 2018

  • Aslan Roars


    Autochimp stopped working on my site. In settings for campaigns, it no longer shows any options for mailing lists, interest group, or template. I generated an new API in mailchimp and put that into autochimp but still not options. Without those no campaigns are set up to auto send. It’s important that we be able to send emails as soon as they are posted on our wordpress site.

    Is anyone out there still using mailchimp? Have you had any problems/solutions?

    If not, what alternative have you found?

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • jenspeter


    I have the same problem, my guess are that the plugin isn’t working anymore due to WordPress upgrades.
    I have not found a usefull alternative……

    Thread Starter Aslan Roars


    Thanks for replying. If you find anything, please let me know. I’ll do the same.

    MailOptin is a great alternative to AutoChimp. It’s capable of sending new post notification to your mailing list on MailChimp. See

    And there is a free version available here in WordPress plugin repository though you can’t sent email campaigns to your list hosted in an email marketing software. That’s a paid feature..

    Also MailOptin has multiple category/tags to mailchimp
    list mapping and you can send instant alerts or schedule for a later date.

    Here’s the free version



    Same issue here with Autochimp. Looks like it’s an issue with the API key connectivity. This is what I see on the Campaigns Tab in the plugin:

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /mnt/diskstation-projects/xxxx/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/autochimp/autochimp-settings.php on line 333

    will keep looking into this to see if there’s a viable solution.

    @collins Agbonghama – I took a look at the Mailoptin-lite plugin and went to install it, then received this error when I tried to activate it:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘[‘ in /mnt/diskstation-projects/xxxx/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/mailoptin/vendor/guzzlehttp/psr7/src/functions.php on line 78.




    Just made a try with MailOptin, but just like @chinook65 I wasn’t able to activate the plugin.

    So for now we are sende Mailchimp news letter by using the email beamer from Mailchimp.

    The error text when activating MailOptin:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘[‘ in /home/www/ on line 78
    Fatal Error (hide details) (remove)
    The site encountered a problem that it cannot recover from. Please use the following information to try to resolve the problem.

    Error Message
    Fatal Error: syntax error, unexpected ‘[‘ in /home/www/ on line 78
    The MailOptin – Lite plugin code created an error that caused PHP execution to fail.

    This type error is called a “syntax error.” A syntax error means that the format of the code is invalid. Examples of syntax errors: a missing semicolon after a line of code, having mismatched parentheses, forgetting to put a dollar sign ($) in front of a variable’s name, and forgetting an operator — such as a plus sign (+) — between two variables. There are many other possible causes of syntax errors, the preceding are just a few examples.

    Invalid code modifications can cause this problem. If you have made any modifications to the plugin, remove them and try to load the site again.
    It is possible that this plugin’s code is out of date and that an upgrade is available. Check with the plugin’s author to see if an upgrade is available.
    There may be a conflict with another plugin running on the site. Try upgrading the other plugins on the site. A plugin conflict can be ruled out by deactivating all the other active plugins on the site and checking to see if the error still occurs.
    The MailOptin – Lite plugin may not have been fully uploaded. Uploading the plugin again could fix the issue. Important: If you do this, you will lose any modifications made to the plugin.
    Error Source Details
    Type Plugin
    Name MailOptin – Lite
    Author MailOptin Team
    Path /home/www/
    File vendor/guzzlehttp/psr7/src/functions.php
    Other Software Details
    WordPress Version 4.9.8
    PHP Version 5.3.29
    Full Error Details
    Type Parse Error (E_PARSE)
    Message syntax error, unexpected ‘[‘
    File /home/www/
    Line 78
    Type Description This type of error indicates that the PHP code is invalid and is typically referred to as a syntax error. It basically means that the code was written incorrectly and is preventing PHP from being able to read the code properly.

    Note that this message is generated by products when an error is encountered on the site. While an iThemes product is generating this message, it is not necessarily the cause of the problem.

    Hi. This is probably issue with your site being hosted on an older PHO version.

    We recommend PHP 5.4 and higher.

    What version of PHP is your hosting on?



    @chinook65 MailOptin only works with PHP version 5.4 and higher.
    I have kust upgraded to PHP 5.6 and was able to activate the MailOptin plugin.

    I may have found a solution which, unfortunately, involves patching the plugin’s code.

    You need to find all instances of:

    $api = new MCAPI_13( $apiKey );

    and change it to

    $api = new MCAPI_13( $apiKey, true );

    Adding “true” seems to establish a secure connection (maybe MailChimp doesn’t accept unsecure connections anymore?)

    These are the instances I found:
    autochimp-settings.php: lines 95 and 294
    autochinp.php: lines 559 and 924

    Hope this helps

    @matteogreco Worked for us, thanks for sharing.

    Thread Starter Aslan Roars


    matteogreco, I can’t thank you enough for this solution! 4 tiny words and vuala we are back in business. This plugin does exactly what I need so your solution was a true blessing! This is why I love the wordpress community!!

    Thank you for the good work @matteogreco

    Autochmip are up and running again.

    @matteogreco – Thank you SO much for figuring this out and posting the solution, I had been blind to our email copies not making their way out through MailChimp for all this time and was so grateful to find this fix… You Sir, are awesome!…

    Absolutely stellar. Thank you. Back up and working.
    I am very grateful for the code.

    Very cool!
    Thank you so much for digging this up!

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