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Add a Newsletter Signup Form to your SmugMug site

Intro

A great way to gain followers on your SmugMug site is to offer a free newsletter. A newsletter is a great way to keep your customers informed of promotions, deals or even your latest image post.

EXAMPLE FORM

This tutorial is divided into three sections – the first section is about creating an account on a great newsletter service – MailChimp. The second and last section is about embedding your signup form on your SmugMug site.

Mailchimp

For the first part of the tutorial we will need to start with MailChimp – this is one of my favourite services that provides a very easy way to create beautiful looking newsletters without using any code { drag and drop editor }. You will need an account on MailChimp to store all the email addresses of your subscribers. They offer a free subscription as well {Send 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free. No contracts, and no credit card required. It’s free forever}.

OPEN  A FREE MAILCHIMP ACCOUNT

Great! Now your MailChimp account is active – you have to create your first mailing list { this is a list where all the email addresses of your subscribers will be saved }. To create a new mailing list →  please login to MailChimp →  click LISTS →  CREATE LIST { button located on the top right side of the page }.

Mailchimp - Create a New List

Once your form is created, you will need to generate a HTML code that is supported on SmugMug, which will allow you to embed the signup form on your SmugMug account.

At the end of the list creation process you will see a screen like this one:

Mailchimp Embed Code

Click the SIGNUP FORMS link.

Mailchimp will give you few options to create your form, but for now choose the second option:

Mailchimp Embedded forms

At the top of the page you will see few types of forms that you can generate – please choose the SUPER SLIM tab:

Copying HTML Code

Now copy the HTML code, which appears at the bottom of the page { make sure you are copying the whole code}.

Embedding Mailchimp form on a SmugMug page

Open a page on your SmugMug site, where you would like to embed the newsletter signup form.

Creating Page on SmugMug

I have written a short tutorial on how to create a page on SmugMug – check it out.

Now add a HTML content block to your page and paste the HTML code that you have created on Mailchimp.  Mine looked like this:

And that is it! Your newly created signup form is up and running!

Signup Form

There are a few ways on how to customise the form – but I will leave that for another tutorial.

Updated on December 27, 2016

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    1. Hey There. I have not played with the form customization yet, but from what I remember – you should be able to change the transparency of the form on MailChimp. I would have to test this.

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