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Setting up The Newsletter

By now your theme should have the look and feel of the Socute Shop.

In this section, you will learn how to set up a FREE registration with MailChimp, then design your Newsletter.

REGISTER FOR MAIL CHIMP - First, please realize that although we recommend MailChimp, there are many other services and plugins you can use for your newsletter. If you prefer to use something else but you’re not sure if it will work with Socute Shop, feel free to Contact Us to discuss it.

NEXT, go to the MailChimp website - http://mailchimp.com - to register for FREE.

After you register, you will see this screen.
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Click the red “Activate Your Account” button and follow the prompts. When you have inserted the proper “captcha” numbers and letters, you will see this Sign-in form:
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When you sign in, you will be asked to complete some information, like your name, address and url. You can’t move forward until this is completed. Once completed, you can click “Let’s Go” to be taken to your MailChimp dashboard, like the one shown here. Click the green “Create A List” button.
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Name your list, complete all the required information, then click “Save.”

You will now be redirected to a page that says “Your List Was Created”. On the left of this page, find and click the Green Button (underneath the Red button) that says “Design Signup Forms”. Select the list you just created.
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Now you will be taken to a page that looks like this. It will have several fields.
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You should remove all fields except the “Email Address” field. To do this, click on a field and it will become highlighted in yellow. You will also see two buttons at the bottom of the field, one with a + (plus) and another with a (minus).
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Click on the minus ( - ) and you will see this confirmation window:
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Once you have deleted all other fields except the Email Address field, scroll up to the top right of your page and click “Save & Exit”. You should be re-directed to the Lists page. Click on the Red “View” button, then click “Stats Overview” in the drop-down.
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You will see a navigation menu (in red) on the top right of the page. Click “For Your Website” and then “Signup Form Embed Code” in the drop-down.
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When you are redirected to your new page, look on the left sidebar. You will notice that you can choose from three types of Newsletters: Super Slim, Classic and Naked. You can even go “Super Custom.” Since each choice produces a distinct code, you must first decide which type of form you want.
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Click your choice, then scroll to the very bottom of the page and you will see a Blue Button that says Create Embed Code. You should copy this code, then paste it into your site.
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Click the code and when it highlights in black, right-click on it, scroll down and click “Copy”. Then paste it into whatever type of word document (Microsoft or Notepad) that is on your computer desktop.

Find this line of code: form action="http://your-username.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=cf970914a3dc00778243ad149&id=236a018dc2"

Copy the value of the attribute action, this: http://your-username.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=cf970914a3dc00778243ad149&id=236a018dc2

Go back to your Wordpress dashboard and navigate to Socute>Theme Options>General >Newsletter. Paste the code in the very first field, which is called “Form Action”.
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Also type “Email” in the “Email Theme” field. Then click “Save Options”.

Now your newsletter is complete!