Support » Plugin: MailChimp List Subscribe Form » [Plugin: MailChimp List Subscribe Form] Remove automatic placeholder

  • Resolved neverdietagainuk


    I have a ‘placeholder’ in my database for first name, so when I send out newsletters, the FNAME mail merge has something to say. But I don’t want it to appear on the sign-up form. I have embedded a form in a WP site ( and I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get rid of the placeholder in the text input field.

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  • Plugin Author mc_nate


    Hey there!

    This is actually the intended behavior for the plugin, but there’s definitely a workaround to get your desired end result. Because the plugin doesn’t reflect the “live” settings of the list, there’s a way we can “trick” the plugin into hiding that text.

    In your MailChimp list, you’ll want to temporarily remove the predefined value for that merge field in your list. After you save it with no value, in your WordPress dashboard, go to “Settings” -> “MailChimp Setup” -> “Update List”.

    This will update the plugin so that it sees no information for that predefined merge field.

    Then, in your MailChimp list, you can re-add that value and the plugin won’t pull it over until the list is “updated” again.

    Let me know if that doesn’t make sense, I’ll be happy to clarify!




    Thanks so much mc_nate. Works a treat 🙂

    Plugin Author mc_nate



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