Gabriela Gavrailova

// Product Marketing Associate for Devs

Do you use WordPress? If so, we’ve got news. Big news. The best news.

Mailjet’s integration with WordPress is now even better. “How’s that possible?” you ask… Well, we’ve just added WordPress’ most popular plugin, Contact Form 7, to our own integration with WordPress! Want to know how you can use it and how to make contact list growing and email sending easier? Read on!

Why you should use WordPress

If you’re not using WordPress yet, but are curious as to why so many others do, here’s a small introduction.

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool. Many famous blogs, news outlets, music sites and celebrities use WordPress to create and manage their own sites. If you’re wondering what makes WordPress special, here are the four most important reasons for us.

WordPress is free

Yes, that’s right! WordPress is a free software. This means you are free to download, install, use, and modify it to match your needs.

However, while the WordPress software itself is free, you need a domain name and web hosting to install it… and unfortunately those aren’t free.

WordPress is easy to use

WordPress is not only for web designers or programmers. As a matter of fact, most people using WordPress don’t have any prior experience in creating websites.

For non-tech savvy folks, WordPress is the perfect solution because there are thousands of free website templates (themes) that you can choose from that will make designing your e-commerce page, news site or photography portfolio much easier.

WordPress is SEO friendly

Have you noticed that WordPress sites tend to rank higher than others in search engines?

This is because WordPress is written using standard compliance high-quality code and produces semantic markup. Translated into human language, this means that Google and other search engines love WordPress. To make it even better, you can use a number of SEO plugins for WordPress like Yoast, SEMrush, SeoQuake and others.

WordPress offers many plugins

Speaking of plugins, WordPress offers a lot! Just like themes, there are thousands of free and paid plugins available for you to use. For example, there are plugins that will allow you to create contact forms, increase your site’s security, manage users, improve the performance of your page and loads more.

And because plugins are what this article is all about, let’s dive deeper into two of them: the Mailjet and the Contact Form 7 plugin.

Integrating Mailjet with WordPress

Simple to install and set up, the free Mailjet for WordPress plugin will help you create, send and track beautiful newsletters in minutes. Mailjet is an all-in-one solution to send, track and deliver both marketing and transactional emails, which means can leverage all of Mailjet’s options through WordPress once you have installed our plugin.

Here are a few of the things you can do with the Mailjet x WordPress plugin:

  • Create amazing emails using our drag & drop email editor, Passport, directly from WordPress.
  • Send your emails to your contact list without leaving WordPress.
  • Sync your contacts and contact properties with your Mailjet account, so you can personalize the content of your emails.
  • Check your statistics from your WordPress.

 

Setting up the Mailjet x WordPress plugin

Can’t wait to try it? The latest Mailjet for WordPress v5.1 can be downloaded from the WordPress plugins directory.

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Setting it up is also really easy.

To configure the Mailjet plugin, first click on ‘Setup account’ from the Installed Plugins page.

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You will then be asked to enter your Mailjet API and Secret key here.

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Once that’s done, your Mailjet account will be connected to your WordPress and ready to use. See? We told you it was easy!

What is Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is a plugin that allows you to create, customize and integrate any kind of contact forms on your WordPress site. If you have a WordPress website, a contact form is a valuable addition to it. Instead of asking your readers to contact you via mail, you can provide a contact form page and ask your users to give feedback or send queries via the form.

Contact Form 7 is the most popular free WordPress plugin. It’s easy to use and supports multiple contact forms, AJAX submitting, file uploading, and CAPTCHA. Contact Form 7 has more than 5 million users – impressive, right?

The Contact Form 7 plugin’s most significant feature is that it is really simple and easy to use. Some other features that make it a winner are:

  • Complete customizability using simple mark-up
  • Simple interface and several options
  • Useful and detailed documentation
  • Submissions in the Contact Form 7 come directly to your mailbox

 

The Contact Form 7 plugin can be found in the same plugin directory in which we found the Mailjet one. Just search for it, install it, and activate it.

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To create a Contact Form, click on Contact > Contact Forms from the admin dashboard. There is a listing of the forms available which will be blank right now before you add one. Click on Add New and choose the language you need.

Then you will see the new contact form editor. The fields required for any contact form are already present in the form – Name, Email, Subject, Message and Submit button. There is a simple mark-up format to be followed, so you won’t miss any of those fields.

You can add more fields if needed, make them obligatory, or add reCAPTCHA. When you are done with your form click on the save button.

Adding Contact Form 7 to the Mailjet plugin

Great news! Because we know how useful Contact Form 7 is, we’ve now added a new integration with Contact Form 7 as part of the Mailjet plugin for WordPress. Now you can easily add a “Subscribe to our newsletter” checkbox to your Contact Form 7 forms. It will let you automatically add form submitters to a contact list in your Mailjet account.

As Mailjet is the first ESP to get GDPR certified, it is really important to us that all subscriptions be confirmed using double opt-in. So each visitor that checked the subscription box will receive a confirmation email.

To use the integration, simply enable it in the Mailjet plugin Settings → Integrations tab. Configuring the integration is as easy as 1-2-3.

  • Choose the list where form submitters will be added.
  • Make sure the email field tag and the name field tag (optional) match the tags in your Contact Form 7 form
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  • Copy the Mailjet checkbox code and paste it in your Contact Form 7 form. Once you have this code, you should go back to your contact form that you already created. Paste it inside the form and the integration is complete!
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Now it is easy to win subscribers when someone goes to your contact form to send you a message or request a quote. What could be better? That’s right – nothing. So, don’t wait – integrate Mailjet and Contact Form 7 with your WordPress page and make your site event better and your sending easier.

You can refer to our step by step guide for further instructions.

Summing Up

We saw how cool WordPress is and how the integration with Mailjet can make your sending easier. Create your site with WordPress and manage your contacts and sending with Mailjet. Now there is no need to leave your WordPress to send, track and manage emails and you can automate the synchronization of contacts with only a few clicks.

And what could be better than to be able to win customers when they are trying to contact you? This is why we introduced Contact Form 7 in our WordPress plugin, so you can add “Subscribe to our newsletter” at the bottom of any of your contact forms.

Grow your business faster than ever. Hurry up and download the plugin that can make your life easier. Discover all the amazing Mailjet features you can use directly through WordPress or our site.

You can find all of Mailjet’s integrations here and we promise there is a lot to discover. 😉

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