The MailChimp plugin allows you to quickly and easily add a signup form for your MailChimp list.
The design for the admin interface resembles the Mailchimp own interface, which may be inadequate in some circumstances.
In the front-end, on the other hand, it is quite vanilla which is a big plus in my opinion. Other plugins i've tried I had to overwrite a lot of style definitions.
One thing prevents me from giving 5 stars. The authentication method doesn't allow to authenticate while in local development.
It integrates perfectly and simply. I was literally done setting it up in under 5 minutes.
However, it's ugly out of the box. They give you a CSS cheat sheet so you know how to style it. I haven't yet gotten around to that.
It would be great if they could add custom merge variables.
The most highly rated MailChimp form widget requires a $35 PRO subscription to enable group selection - and that's too high for my non-profit volunteer-powered wordpress site. That feature works in this plugin with out the big bucks
The embed code provided by MC that I tried in a text widget doesn't display success or validation messages due to an issue with jquerey 1.6 described here: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/mailchimp-embed-not-showing-success-response This is simply too confusing to the end user to be viable.
In spite of its low rating this plugin worked perfectly for me out of the box.
You can enable by logging into your MC account instead of having to search for your API code.
You can adjust the colors of form from the control panel
They supply a css styling 'cheat sheet'
You can fully customize which fields are displayed.
Optional "unsubscribe" link
Would prefer that it didn't load CSS automatically - option to disable this would be nice.
Would be nice to offer an Update preferences link in addition to unsubscribe.
I didn't experience the crashing issues described in the one star ratings. Would be nice to know which themes/plugins those folks are using
It is a simple plugin, but it does what I need
Brief issue after one of the updates but otherwise an okay plugin.
if mailchimp have integration with other plugin like FS Contact Form or Contact form 7 will be the best.
Clean and simple to set up, integrates into a widget with a shortcode. Signup responds with an instant confirmation message on the same page.
No complaints on functionality, but it could use a few more features:
Option to remove Email Format Options (used css to do this on my site)
Option to add additional form input fields based on newsletter options. I would have liked to have a "Source" option hidden on the form so I know when I look at the list what website someone subscribed from.
Easy integration with mailchimp, but expect to use a little CSS to tweak up the presentation.
I found the plug-in to be fairly straightforward. Up and running within a short period of time.
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