MailChimp

The  MailChimp add-on for Restrict Content Pro (RCP) will integrate your site with MailChimp, a powerful email marketing service that makes it very easy for you to communicate with and retain your customers. The add-on allows your customers to subscribe to your MailChimp email lists when they register for a membership on your RCP-powered website.

This add-on requires  Restrict Content Pro and a MailChimp account. You can get started with MailChimp for free.

Installing the MailChimp add-on

Download and install the plugin from the product's page  here. If you need help installing the plugin, refer to the WordPress plugin installation documentation.

Configuring the MailChimp add-on

After installing and activating the plugin, you need to configure it so it can connect with your MailChimp account. There are three settings you need to configure. They are:

  • MailChimp API Key - the secret key required to communicate with your MailChimp account
  • Newsletter List - the list you want members to be subscribed to
  • Form Label - the label on the registration form where people subscribe

To configure these, go to Restrict > MailChimp in your WordPress dashboard.

The settings page for the MailChimp for Restrict Content Pro add-on

In the MailChimp API Key field, enter the API key found in your MailChimp account. You can find that under your account profile in your MailChimp account. If you do not have an API key already, you can create one.

After entering your API key, click the Save Options button. The page will reload. Now you can select the Newsletter List you want people to subscribe to when registering for a membership.

Finally, enter the Form Label you want on the registration form, and click Save Options again.

That's it! Now members can subscribe to your mailing lists when they register. Here's a screenshot of the mailing list checkbox on the registration page.

Note: This add-on will subscribe members to your list, but it does not do a continuous sync. For example, if a user's membership expires, they are not automatically removed from your MailChimp list.

There's also a Pro version of the MailChimp add-on available from Dan Griffiths at Section214. It lets you define the mailing list on each subscription level, skip the double opt-in process, hide the checkbox and automatically subscribe members, e-commerce tracking, and more.