How to Setup iContact Sign Up Form for Your Website

If you’d like to have an iContact sign up form added to your website (for your enewsletter/epromo subscribers), there are several steps you need to follow:

  1. Create your email list (if not already created)
    Login to iContact.com and go to Contacts (tab at top) > Lists. Click on button at bottom “Create New List”. Follow instructions and Save.¬†
  2. Add Welcome Message and/or Contacts (if desired)
    At this point, you will be taken to the Lists page and prompted to add a Welcome Message or add your Contacts/Subscribers. My Lists screenshotThe Welcome Message will be sent automatically whenever you add a new contact manually or someone signs up via your website (fyi – you can turn on/off certain settings when creating/editing the message). welcome message settings
    We recommend setting up an email address at your domain to use for your account i.e. newsletter@yourdomain.com (that forwards to your normal email address) and adding a note like the one below to this Welcome Message.
    Please add our email address ‘newsletter@domainname.com’ to your address book or whitelist to ensure receipt of our enewsletter.

    When done, save your welcome message and add contacts if desired.

  3. Create form for website
    Go to Contacts > Sign-up Forms and click on Create HTML Form button below. You may also setup forms for Facebook if you want. Follow instructions: choose the list they will be subscribing to with this form, what fields you want displayed on form (usually just Name and Email address), and place a Success URL and Error URL for when people fill out the form correctly or incorrectly. Hit Save.

  4. Setup Confirmation Message for Double Opt-in (if desired)
    By default, forms are setup as single opt-in meaning they get added to your list automatically when submitting signup form. If you choose double opt-in then your subscribers must confirm their subscription via email before being signed up for the list and you will need to edit your Confirmation Message. Double opt-in is a double measure to ensure that your subscribers meant to signup for your communications but it can also get caught in their spam folder and they will never be subscribed. After someone confirms their subscription, the Welcome message will be sent (if you set one up). Just realize these are two separate emails with two different purposes.

    Under the Confirmation Message column, click on the Add Message link. If there is a confirmation message already setup, then click on it to edit.
    iContact sign-up form screenshot

    We recommend setting up an email address at your domain to use for your account i.e. newsletter@yourdomain.com (that forwards to your normal email address) and adding a note like the one below to this Confirmation Message.
    Please add our email address ‘newsletter@domainname.com’ to your address book or whitelist to ensure receipt of our enewsletter.
  5. Copy code into website page
    Click on the View HTML link (see screenshot above) and paste into page of your site (in code/text view). We recommend using Manual Sign-up Form code so you can¬†customize the look of the form and enable the double opt-in variable by changing its value to “1″. Preview on frontend and tweak styles if needed. Contact Evolv if you’d like help customizing the look of your form.
  6. You are done!
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