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    MailChimp is basically a web-based email marketing service. It helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. Mailchimp module in Drupal, provides APIs to interact with Mailchimp core functionality to manage subscriptions and email templates.

    MailChimp Module: Introduction

    Note: more documentation for the Drupal 7 version of the MailChimp module is also available in the README files of the submodules.

    About

    The MailChimp module integrates with MailChimp, the popular email delivery service.

    Features

    • Embed subscription forms for any MailChimp list with custom meta data and a block for each list.
    • Enables end users to manage their subscriptions from their account page.
    • Allows end users to subscribe to lists during registration.
    • Lets you map user tokens to MailChimp merge fields.
    • Allows you to make lists required for certain user roles, and optionally allow anonymous users to subscribe by presenting a signup form with all MailChimp merge fields displayed.
    • Allows subscriptions to be maintained via a batch process during cron or in real time.
    • Allows the option of also enabling list "interest group" subscriptions, for more fine grained mailing list control.

    Install

    (Versions 7.x-3.x and higher)

    The 3.x release uses a new version of the MailChimp API library (2.0). If you are upgrading from 7.x-2.x, make sure to get the new version of the library.

    1. Download and install the Mailchimp module.
    2. Download the MailChimp API library v2 and extract it to the libraries folder.
    3. Rename the extracted folder to "mailchimp" so that the API library can be found within sites/all/libraries/mailchimp. If you haven't already created the libraries folder, you have to install the Libraries API module and create the libraries directory.

    (Versions 7.x-2.x and higher)

    The 2.x release uses the old version of the MailChimp API library. Make sure you have the correct v1 library with the Mailchimp module linked below.

    1. Download and install the Mailchimp module.
    2. Download the MailChimp API library v1 and extract it to the libraries folder.
    3. Rename the extracted folder to "mailchimp" so that the API library can be found within sites/all/libraries/mailchimp. If you haven't already created the libraries folder, you have to install the Libraries API module and create the libraries directory.

    Configure

    1. Configure the module at Administration > Configuration > Web services > MailChimp (http://example.com/admin/config/services/mailchimp)
    2. Enter a MailChimp API key 2. You will need to put in your Mailchimp API key for your MailChimp account (select "API keys and Authorized Apps" from the Account dropdown menu)

    Versions

    The MailChimp module is supported in both Drupal 7 and Drupal 6.

    Drupal 7

    Prior to 7.x-2.x, the module is a simple port from Drupal 6. 7.x-2.x was a complete rewrite of the module, sponsored by MailChimp with several major improvements. You can read more about it on the MailChimp blog.

    In Drupal 7, MailChimp module:

    • You can also turn all of your Drupal emails into transaction emails via the MailChimp STS API. (7.x-2.x only)
    • You can create an unlimited number of mailing lists, linking them to your MailChimp lists based on a user's role.
    • To create blocks to allow people to subscribe be sure to use the Free form style of subscription list, or set the "Allow Anonymous" option on version 7.x-2.11 or later.
    • You can enable list activity display, allowing any entity with an email address to display a history of Mailchimp activity for that email address. (7.x-2.8 or later)

    Their STS service lets Drupal send and save all its emails (both transactional email and your bulk email) right through MailChimp. There's also the kind of delivery reporting that you'd normally only get with an e-newsletter, so you can check which of your emails are being read, deleted, etc.

    Drupal 6

    The Drupal 6 version does not include the MailChimp Lists, MailChimp STS, or MailChimp Activity modules, and therefore does not allow you to:

    • Turn your Drupal emails into transaction emails.
    • Automatically subscribe users by role to specific lists.
    • Display a history of activity for a given email address in Drupal.

    Importing newsletters as nodes

    There is also an unofficial contributed module called "MailChimp import" which you can download here. This module helps you to automatically import your newsletters into your site when they're sent out so you can have copies available directly on your site. (This module is really old now, but if someone would like to adopt and update/maintain, please do!)

    Enabling signups to "Interest Groups"

    In MailChimp, within each list, there's the option to also set up "Interest Groups", which are subsets of each list. To add these options to the signup and register forms:

    1. Once you've set up the Interest Groups in MailChimp, return to your MailChimp admin page in your Drupal 6 site (Administer > Site configuration > MailChimp or http://example.com/admin/settings/mailchimp).
    2. Under "User settings", check the "Show Interest Groups on Registration and Account Forms" box.
    3. Scroll down and click "Save configuration".
    4. Log out and visit the subscription (http://example.com/mailchimp/subscribe) or registration form (if enabled there) to see the options displayed.

    Tips

    • On 7.x-2.x, the requirement in the .info file for libraries >= 2.0 is not properly enforced, so you need to manually check/upgrade your version of libraries.
    • As of 7.x-2.8, the MCAPI library is no longer included with the module, and must be installed separately. The included .make.example file shows how to include this library in your drush make, or you can install it manually.
    • Don't use test@example.com when testing MailChimp; it's an invalid address and MailChimp is good at validation so the tests will fail.
    • MailChimp has a TON of additional resources and documentation on their site at http://mailchimp.com/resources

    Technical details

    Drupal 7

    Default module: No.
    Dependencies: libraries >= 2.0 (For versions 7.x-3.x and greater)
    Dependencies: MCAPI library (For versions 7.x-2.8 and greater)
    Related modules: None.
    Sub-modules: MailChimp Lists, MailChimp STS (NB:depreciated).
    Permissions: Administer MailChimp.
    API Documentation: None.
    Database tables: cache_mailchimp_user.

    Drupal 6

    Default module: No.
    Dependencies: None.
    Related modules: None.
    Permissions: Administer MailChimp.
    API Documentation: None.
    Database tables: mailchimp_user.

    More information

    For support, questions, feature requests et ceterea use the MailChimp issue queue

    https://www.drupal.org/documentation/modules/mailchimp

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