Installing and Using the MailChimp Extension


This article covers installing and using the MailChimp extension for Contact Form Ready.


Once you’ve purchased the MailChimp Extension for Contact Form Ready and downloaded the plugin, you are ready to install the extension.  Go to WordPress Dashboard → Plugins → Add New.  Click on the Upload Plugin button.



Click the Choose File button and navigate to where you’ve stored the MailChimp Extension zip file. Select the file and click the Open button.



Click the Install Now button.



Once the plugin has installed successfully click the Activate Plugin button.


Setting Up MailChimp Integration Plugin-wide

Important: In order for the submitter’s email address to be communicated correctly to MailChimp, the text field on the form collecting the email address must be named email.


Go to WordPress Dashboard → Contact Forms → Settings → MailChimp Integration. Now you need your MailChimp API key. Log in to your MailChimp account. Click on the drop-down arrow next to your account icon in the top-right corner of the page and then click on Account.




On the Account page click on Extras and then on API Keys.



If you don’t already have an API key you will need to create one. Click the Create a Key button.



Once you have an API key it will appear in the list titled Your API keys. Copy the API key and paste it to the text box on the Settings page for Contact Forms Ready. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Save settings button.



Setting Up MailChimp Integration with a Form

Next you need to select a list for each contact form you want to use to collect emails for MailChimp. Go to WordPress Dashboard → Contact Forms → All Contact Forms and select a form.



On the Edit Contact Form page click the Mailchimp Integration tab. Then select the desired mailing list from the Link to Mailchimp list drop-down. Don’t forget to click the Update button to save your changes.



Now, your form will display an option for the submitter to add themselves to your mailing list.





This article covered documentation for Contact Form Ready. If you need further assistance or are having other issues with the plugins, feel free to visit our Support Forum (on or use our Contact Form.