WPForms – Most Beginner Friendly WordPress Contact Form Plugin

Not a single day goes by where someone doesn’t ask us about what is the best WordPress contact form plugin? With so much demand and the recent WPBeginner survey responses, it became clear that we needed to build a WordPress forms plugin. So we did.… Read More »

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Not a single day goes by where someone doesn’t ask us about what is the best WordPress contact form plugin? With so much demand and the recent WPBeginner survey responses, it became clear that we needed to build a WordPress forms plugin. So we did.

WPForms Header Image

Today, we are extremely proud to announce the launch of WPForms, a drag & drop WordPress form builder that is hands-down the most beginner friendly WordPress contact form plugin in the market.

Now with just a few clicks, you can easily create a beautiful contact form, email subscription form, payment form, and other type of online forms without writing a single line of code.

Since a lot of our audience is churches, non-profits, and startups who don’t necessarily have a budget to afford a premium plugin, WPForms Lite is 100% free and has all the basic features that you will need.

For those who want all the features that WPForms has to offer such as multi-page forms, payment integrations, marketing integrations, conditional logic, and more, then you should check out our premium version.

See the video overview of WPForms below:

WPForms Features

Unlike other contact form plugins, WPForms is not built from a feature-first mindset rather it’s built from a user-experience first mindset.

What that means is that you can actually use all the features that WPForms comes with without having to hire a developer or learning how to code.

We literally took the pain out of creating online forms and made it easy. Below are some of the features why smart business owners, bloggers, designers, and even developers love WPForms, and you will too.

Drag & Drop Online Form Builder

WPForms Online Form Builder

We built WPForms with WPBeginner users in mind, so our goal was to make everything extremely easy to use.

Our drag & drop online form builder allows you to create WordPress forms in minutes. You can easily add custom form fields, rearrange them, and basically create a complete form in 5 minutes or less (no coding required).

Pre-Built Form Templates

Form Templates

We believe in creating smart workflows that make complex tasks easy.

Most other contact form plugins require you to build your form from scratch, but the truth is that it’s often not necessary unless you absolutely want to.

WPForms comes with pre-built form templates to help you save time. You can add, remove, or re-arrange fields as necessary.

Whether you’re looking to create a simple contact form, request a quote form, donation form, payment order form, or a subscription form, we have a form template for you.

Mobile Ready, SEO Friendly, and Optimized for Speed

WPForms is 100% responsive and mobile-friendly.

Since speed is crucial for user experience and SEO, we optimized every query on the front-end and the back-end to ensure maximum speed.

You can embed your forms on any page with optimized title and description giving you all the flexibility you want from a contact form plugin.

All the Fields & Features that You Need

WPForms Features

WPForms has all the fields and features that you are looking for.

From radio buttons to file uploads to multi-page forms, it can do everything you need it to do.

You can easily integrate your forms with an email marketing service like MailChimp or AWeber. You can collect payments for bookings and orders with PayPal (Our Stripe integration is coming soon).

The best part is that you can do all of this without hiring a developer.

See the full list of WPForms features along with videos of each.

Why did we build WPForms? (History)

Our founder and CEO, Syed Balkhi, has a great behind the scenes of WPForms blog post that goes into details on why we built WPForms.

To keep the story short, the most popular WordPress contact form plugin, Contact Form 7, has over 4 million active installs.

This is their version of “simple and flexible”:

Contact Form 7 UI

So why is it so popular? Because a lot of users can’t afford to purchase a premium option, and Contact Form 7 is free.

Now you have a much better alternative that’s actually easy to use and free: WPForms Lite.

Our mission for WPForms is to build a WordPress forms plugin that’s EASY for beginners, marketers, and business owners who are not tech savvy.

A quote from Syed Balkhi’s blog post explains it all:

We made simple tasks EASY rather than letting the complex tasks define how hard simple will be.

Limited Time Special

If you’re interested in the premium version of WPForms, then you’d be crazy to miss out on this deal.

Like any other premium plugin, WPForms licenses require annual renewal for updates and support.

However for limited time only, we’re offering an ULTIMATE lifetime license for our early supporters.

What that means is that you get grandfathered in, so you don’t ever have to pay for annual updates and support while still enjoying every new feature that we will ever release.

Get WPForms NOW!

Use this WPForms coupon code: WPB10 to get an additional 10% off your purchase.

This is a limited time launch special, and it will expire so take advantage of it while it lasts.

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How to Show Your MailChimp Subscriber Count in WordPress

Do you want to display your MailChimp subscriber count? Recently one of our users asked us how they can show their MailChimp subscriber count in WordPress. Displaying social proof encourages other users to join your newsletter. In this article, we will show you how to… Read More »

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Do you want to display your MailChimp subscriber count? Recently one of our users asked us how they can show their MailChimp subscriber count in WordPress. Displaying social proof encourages other users to join your newsletter. In this article, we will show you how to show your MailChimp subscriber count in WordPress.

MailChimp is one of the most beginner friendly email marketing service provider. If you are not already using MailChimp, then check out our guide on using MailChimp with WordPress.

We will be showing two different methods to display MailChimp subscribers count. The first method is easier and requires you to install a WordPress plugin. The second method is more advanced where you will need to create a plugin based on different source files. If you are not comfortable with editing code snippets, then we will recommend you to use the first method instead.

Method 1: Using MailChimp Subscriber Chiclet Plugin

First thing you need to do is install and activate the MailChimp Subscriber Chiclet plugin. Upon activation, visit Settings » MailChimp Subscriber Chiclet to configure the plugin.

MailChimp Subscriber Chiclet Settings

First you will need to enter your MailChimp API key. If you haven’t created one, then you can login to your MailChimp account dashboard and get one.

Getting API Keys for your MailChimp account

After entering your API key click on the Save Changes button. The plugin will then load your email list from your MailChimp account. Select your email list and configure the plugin settings.

Once you are done, simply copy the shortcode from the bottom of the plugin and add it to any post, page, or text widget where you want to show your subscriber count.

Preview of Mailchimp subscriber chiclet plugin

Method 2: Getting Subscriber Count Using MailChimp API

As you would notice that using the plugin method you get your subscriber count with a powered by MailChimp logo. Many users would just want to get the number so that they can use it with their own email signup forms.

In this method we will be creating a plugin. This plugin will use MailChimp’s API to get subscriber count. You will be able to display the subscriber count anywhere you want using a shortcode.

Step 1: First thing you need to do is to create a folder on your desktop and name it mc-subscriber-count.

Step 2 Inside the folder create a new file and name it mc-subscriber-count.php and paste this code inside it.

Important: Don’t forget to replace Your_MailChimp_API_Key with your actual MailChimp API Key.

<?php
/*
Plugin Name: MailChimp Subscriber Count
Plugin URI:  http://www.wpbeginner.com
Description: Retrieves MailChimp subscriber count and displays it as a text
Version:     1.0
Author:      WPBeginner
Author URI:  http://www.wpbeginner.com
 */
 
function wpb_mc_sub_count() {  
include "Mailchimp.php";
$lastRunLog = 'logs/lastrun.log';
$subfile = 'logs/subcount.log';
$lastRun = file_get_contents($lastRunLog);

if (time() - $lastRun >= 86400) {

$MailChimp = new MailChimp('Your_MailChimp_API_Key');
$mc = $MailChimp->call('lists/list');
$subscriber_count .= $mc[data][0][stats][member_count];
file_put_contents($lastRunLog, time());
file_put_contents($subfile, $subscriber_count);

} else {

$subscriber_count .= file_get_contents($subfile);

}

return number_format($subscriber_count);

 } 

add_shortcode('mc-subscribers', 'wpb_mc_sub_count');
add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode'); 

 ?>

Step 3: Inside mc-subscriber-count folder create another folder and name it logs. Inside the logs folder create two blank files using a plain text editor like Notepad. Name one file lastrun.log and the other subcount.log.

Creating log files

Step 4: Download the MailChimp PHP Wrapper source code from MailChimp repository. Download link is located at the bottom in the right hand column.

After downloading, you need to extract the zip file. Inside the extracted folder, you will see a folder src containing Mailchimp.php file and Mailchimp folder.

MailChimp API Files

Step 5: Copy and paste Mailchimp.php file and Mailchimp folder to your plugin folder.

Final plugin file structure

Step 6: Upload mc-subscriber-count folder to /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your website using an FTP client.

Step 7: Visit the Plugins page on your WordPress admin area and activate MailChimp Subscriber Count plugin.

Step 8: Use shortcode [mc-subscribers] to display MailChimp subscriber count in any post, page, or text widget in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you show MailChimp subscriber count as text on your WordPress site.

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