January 15, 2018
If you’ve been wanting to set up a newsletter for your readers, MailChimp is one of the easiest programs to set up… one of my faves for our WordPress customers! If you are on a budget, the “Forever Free” plan will be perfect for you. This tutorial offers step-by-step instruction for setting up and configuring your MailChimp list with the Genesis eNews Extended plugin which is what our themes recommend and are used on our WordPress theme demos.
We love Genesis Enews Extended because it’s so simple (no fluff at all and it works!) to add the Enews widget to your widget area and then quickly and easily add mailing lists to a Genesis blog or website… and even if you switch mailing list services, you just re-paste the link.
Ready? Let’s get started!
After you have created your MailChimp account, you will need to create your List. Once you have it ready then follow these instructions.
Tip: Because MailChimp has enabled “auto highlight”, stop now. Open a new Page in your website. Click the Text tab. Leave it open.
One you have it all configured, go to the front of the website. Enter your information into the form and hit the submit button. If connected properly, it will display one of the MailChimp screens congratulating you on signing up or letting you know you need to verify your sign up by validating your email.
If it does not present one of the two options, but an error – visit this post again and make sure you have followed all of the steps properly.
To learn more about how to configure the other options for Genesis eNews Extended, visit their installation page.
It’s just me and my dog Bella. I am a freelance web developer at Cre8tiveDiva.com. I build websites using WordPress and the Genesis Framework, provide troubleshooting and support. I love chocolate, lots of coffee and my favorite movie is Gone With the Wind!