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Mad Mimi Plugin for WordPress

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Mad Mimi email marketing has the simplest, most elegant email designer I have ever seen. It’s so easy, you’ll freak — I know I did….So I created the Mad Mimi plugin for WordPress. The plugin makes it simple to add a signup list to your content or sidebar using a sidebar widget or the integrated [madmimi] shortcode.

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Plugin Features:

  • Select which forms users subscribe to
  • Unlimited signup forms for any number of email lists
  • Choose to include a number of fields in the form, including:
    • Email
    • Name
    • Phone
    • Company
    • Title
    • Address
    • City
    • State
    • ZIP
    • Country
  • Integrates with the Mad Mimi API
  • Choose a custom redirect page on successful form submission

The Mad Mimi for WordPress Plugin requires a Mad Mimi account

What’s coming next?

  • Customize the form’s design
  • Ajax form submission & validation

Leave feedback, feature requests, or bugs below!

By Zack Katz

Zack Katz is the founder of GravityKit and TrustedLogin. He lives in Leverett, Massachusetts with his wife Juniper.

132 replies on “Mad Mimi Plugin for WordPress”

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hey i am having this error when i tried to activate mad mimi

Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.

can you help me on this? there is no line specififed to what error it was

I have installed this 3-4 times now and every time it says it can’t activate it because it triggers a fatal error.  I’m running the newest version of WordPress.  Any ideas?

I was using version 1.10 and the following error occured
Stock Shastra: the Art & Science of Stock InvestingActiveRecord::RecordInvalid: Validation failed: Name can’t be blan.  I had activated only the Name and Email field for subscription.
Later i upgraded to version 1.12 only to find that the widget does not appear in the Available Widgets or Inactive Widgets.  Any solution.
I am using wordpress 2.9.2

Try deleting and re-installing 1.2 – there were a few minutes there where the wrong file was uploaded in the package.  Let me know if that works.

I have added your plug-in to my WordPress site, created my mad-mini account but cannot fathom how to select/edit a form and how to activate it on my blog.
If i click on “Configuring your forms” it just takes me to the widget page – but there is nothing new on it for the forms!

Great plugin, but there is no widget when clicking  the “Configuring your forms” link. I did try to use the shortcode in the sidebar “sometimes works” but was not able to get it working.
This is for WP 2.9.2

@Steven and @Richard – My apologies for the problems with the plugin; they should be fixed now with Version 1.2.1. It was caused by having renamed a plugin file.

It’s fixed and working beautifully now 🙂

Hi there,
Does this plugin have the option to add a new user to madmimi list whenever a new user register to the blog (register as a wordpress user)? If not, is it in your plans? If not, would you be open to add this to the plugin if I develop?

Hi Christina, 
I have updated the plugin. If you update and are still receiving this error, it’s likely because your server doesn’t have curl enabled. Check out my reply to Gert below for info.

I installed the plug-in, but when I activate it and go to settings, I get this error:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function curl_init() in C:wampwwwwp-contentpluginsmad-mimimad-mimi.php on line 278
As you can see I’m testing it locally on my machine, so I’m not sure if this causes the error.

This is likely because your local server doesn’t have curl enabled. I have added a check to the plugin to make sure that curl_init is available; the plugin won’t work without it.

Most web hosts do have it enabled by default.

Has anyone had success modifying the mad mimi plugin for wpmu 2.9.2?
Default installation initial setting of parameters (i.e. Username & API Key) fails.  The HTML code in mad-mimi.php directs the form to options.php.  That file does not exist.
Telling it to use options-general.php and options-general.php?pag=mad-mimi doesn’t work either.
Does any one else have thoughts on how to get it working?

…nevermind.  Post revealed the following changes to mad-mimi.php:
<                                       <?php wp_nonce_field(‘update-options’); ?>

>                                       <?php settings_fields(‘mad_mimi_page’); ?>
>                                       <?php // wp_nonce_field(‘update-options’); ?>
> function mad_mimi_whitelist($options) {
>       $added = array(‘mad_mimi_page’ => array( ‘mad_mimi_username’,
>                                               ‘mad_mimi_api’)
>               );
>       $options = add_option_whitelist( $added, $options );
>       return $options;
> }
> add_filter(‘whitelist_options’, ‘mad_mimi_whitelist’);
…allegedly these should be compatible with the latest version of wordpress too.

Hi Zack

Instead of using a Subscribe form, I want visitors to become registered “members” of my site. I then want these users to be added to a “website members” email list in Mad Mimi.

Is this possible with your plugin?


@Turgs: It’s planned in a future release to have a checkbox added to the WP Register form, as well as the comment form. Until that release, it’ll have to be custom-coded, but possible.

Any idea when this feature will be implemented? I’d be happy to attempt custom coding it, but I consider myself only a medium php user and haven’t any idea where to start.

Hi Zack,
I just got email from Mad Mimi about this plugin and downloaded it to try it out.  When it tries to activate I get this message.
Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.
I’m running WordPress 2.9.2.
Any ideas on how to fix this?
Paula Kawal

@Paula Kawal: The plugin requires your server has PHP 5. Please contact your hosting provider and see if you are running PHP 5.

If that doesn’t work, it could be a plugin conflict. If that’s the case, please let me know what plugins you are running.

@Paula Kawal: Ask your hosting provider to upgrade your account to PHP 5. Generally, hosts are able to do that easily and at no charge. Otherwise, I’d recommend switching hosts, because if they don’t offer PHP 5, imagine what else you’re not getting!

Thanks, excellent plugin.  Is there a way today, to allow a file to get downloaded when a user hits “submit”
We offer a 30 day trial of our software and would like to kickstart the auto downloaded if possible.

@Manish: You can add this to check to your functions.php file to check whether the form has been submitted:

function check_madmimi_submit() {
	if(isset($_POST['signup']['email'])) {
		// The form has been submitted
		if(isset($_POST['signuperror'])) {
			// There is an error with the form
			return false;
		// No error, so we're good.
		// You can do the download call here.
		return true;
// The madmimi_process_submissions() is set to run first,
// so we'll run this second to make sure the $_POST has a chance to
// be set.
add_action('init', 'check_madmimi_submit',2);

Then you’d have to initiate the download where the code says do the download call here.

I may add an action upon successful submission in a future version. Thanks for asking!


thanks so much. I was able to figure out a solution.  I entered in a complete URL for the optional subscription page.

Then on that page I added the following:

<META HTTP-EQUIV=”Refresh” CONTENT=”1;URL=http://full_name_of_progam.exe”>

and it works like a charm.  Great plugin.

Is there a way to translate the plugin and after that  still be able to update?

I added the plugin and configured the form. you will see in the right sidebar two boxes. One for Constant Constant Contact (top) which looks nice and clean and the one below is for MadMimi which is not so great.
I would like to add the text you see in the CC box to the MM box and I’d like to center the blank lines. Right now everything is very left justified.
I would like to change the color of the box…if that is possible as well.
Thank you!
Janine Gregor
Virtual Assistant

@Janine Gregor: You will need to achieve this using CSS; the form on your site has an id of #mad_mimi_form3, so you can center text by using #mad_mimi_form3 { text-align:center;}, for example. Further styling options are coming in a future version.

Hiya Zack,
I just installed the plugin (v 1.3) on WordPres 2.9.2. Unfortunately I’m getting the following error:  “Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.”
Any ideas how to fix this? 🙁

Hey Guys,

I’m having a plugin issue. So I downloaded it, activated it, dragged it into the sidebar of my site. (FYI I have a custom theme purchased from Themeforest)

And the field boxes don’t show. For example, I have Name, Email, and City, however there’s no field box where people can type that in. Any ideas what may be going on?

I’m in WP3, PHP5, everything most up-to-date.

After installing the plugin my website became so slow people were writing to complain that they could not access it. I went one by one deactivating plugins and this one was the culprit. Don’t know why and I would love for it to work for me… but it doesn’t. Let me know if there’s a solution to this.

This is strange; there’s no reason why it should slow down the site at all.

Could you re-activate it and let me know when you do so I can see what might be going on?

Hi Kevin,
Thanks to your feedback, I was able to identify the issue.

I am releasing version 1.3.1 right now, and it should be available in under an hour on or through your site’s plugins page.


It’s all because of your stylesheet. An example : #maincol-inside .content form label span makes the required asterisk (*) 180px wide. Other things like display:block and margins make the whole thing fall apart 🙂

Look a great plugin! Im wondering, i see throughout the comments and in the description that the ability to style is coming soon. Are you referring to styling through the admin panel? I mean, i could make it look however i choose by using CSS, right? Thanks for any info.

I would love to use this as I love the AJAX message but I need to add a custom drop down option. I need the option for Name, Last Name and then my custom field….

Madmimi created the form for me, but I would love it to use your setup.

I like how yours adds the contact right away with the opt in.

Anything possible to make this work with your plugin?

So i embedded the madmimi widget into my wordpress site but when i try to test signing up on the madmimi form on, it appears to go thru to madmimi but the info doesn’t come over to my ‘audience’ and my website returns the message ‘unable to authenticate’ ??

I just read through the comments on this post and didn’t find an answer to my issue.


WP 3.0 hosted by Go Daddy (PHP5)
MM Plugin 1.4.1
Newly created MM acct w/ a audience list configured in WP and widget installed in my side bar.

I sent 2 test subscriptions and received no fatal errors but never had the subscriptions show up on the Mad Mimi site on my list.

Have you seen this before?

I installed the plug-in and activated it but unable to enter my settings. There is a error message saying “Your Mad Mimi account settings are not configured properly but there is no editable fields for me to enter my username and API???

Hey Zach,

Would love to download this plugin, but I’m wondering about security. Is there any coding available to add CAPTCHA to the plugin?

I was hoping to get my WP registered users to transfer to MM. It looks like it will only work with NEW members being added after your plugin was installed. Correct? If so, do you have any plans of upgrading the plugin so I can PUSH existing users to my Mimi list? Thanks

Hi, great file. One question I put all your options and work perfect when I use the contact form (great). Automatic add the mail and extra data as name to my MAD MIMI account. The option that not work is when I try to “Sync Users”. I try add a new wordpress suscriber and obviusly I select my list. But MAD MIMI not add the wordpress suscriber. What I can do it? thanks…

Hi … loved the Mad Mimi widget, but it doesn’t seem to add subscriptions to my MM lists. Any ideas? Thank you very much.

Hi Zach,

I’ve been using MadMimi for quite sometime, so I was thrilled to find
your plugin. But I haven’t installed it yet as spammers love my site.

Any chance you will integrate the Gravity forms to the plugin, anytime soon?

I’ll be the first to use it.

Thanks, Jennifer

Hi Zach

Same here as for a few earlier commenters:
Plugin installed seamlessly, likes my API key, but doesn’t add subscribers to the required MadMimi list (or send them a double-opt-in confirmation email, which I would prefer…)

Any new info on this one?


Zack – trying to install this in a ProPhoto template – get a fatal error on trying to activate. 
“Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.”
any suggestions?  running WordPress 3.1.3

blog is – thanks!

The error is being caused (at least in my case) by a short open tag <? on line 147 of the mad-mimi.php file. I do not have short open tags allowed in my PHP server setup. According to the WordPress coding standards all opening PHP tags should be <?php and thus would not have caused this problem.

Hey Zack, I was thrilled to find this plug-in, unfortunately it does not add subscribers to the mailing list. Any info on this (WordPress 3.2.1.)?
I just saw this has been asked months ago with no reply, guess I’l use another plug in then and hope to get it configured right.

I’ve installed the plugin with no problems, but like others in the comments, new registed users aren’t being added to my chosen MadMimi list. Any help would be very much appreciated.

Incidentally I ticked the “Debug Mad Mimi:” box, but don’t see how to check the logs of the data. Any pointers as how to do that would be great too.

Thank you so much for any help/advice you can give. This plugin is just what I need, so would love to get it all working properly.

Best wishes


I added it, but I’m not sure how to make sure they go to the right list in MadMimi.

Or how to have WordPress send to that list on each post.

That is my intended goal.

The widget is installed and working perfectly, but I’d like to modify the “required” fields for the form submission.  Currently only EMAIL is required, and I’d like to add the NAME as required.  Also, is it possible to add a questions/comments field?

Hi – thanks for the link. Already using Mad Mimi, just started new site on WordPress. Is there anyway that you know of to link your latest newsletter to a page on your WordPress site? Sort of a latest news page update? Thanks!

Nope, no way right now other than to use your blog’s RSS feed to create emails in Mad Mimi.
Thank you,

Zack Katz
Katz Web Services, Inc.
Office: 970.882.1477
Cell: 970.676.8050

Everything’s set up fine but the widget does not add subscribers to the mailing list. Kind of makes me wonder just what the point is.

i installed the plugin successfully, but when i test it , i don’t think its working .
i tried to add myself but there was no sign of it neither on my madmimi account nor my mail box. any advise ?
what should l send you so you can check what is not working ?
Thanks in advanced

Hi, I installed this and set it up without problem but notice that the “Submit” button is directly under the E-mail text box with no space between them so it needs to have a line separating it so it looks more appealing. (I’m only using 2 text fields, the name and e-mail). I see this on several browses so I know that’s not the problem. Can you shed some light on it by chance? The version I’m using is Version 1.4.5 | By Katz Web Services, Inc.

I would love to see this integrated into the WordPress commenting system via a checkbox so commenters can check a box to subscribe. Do you think this is a possible future feature? Thank you!!!

Just installed the plugin. Added the email address I use at madmimi and the api key and it’s saying my settings are not configured properly. I don’t know what else to do. The email and api key are correct.

Downloaded and installed v1.4.5 into WordPress v3.5 and get error “unable to activate” – error in line #152 of mad-mini.php

Any ideas?

When I try to activate the plugin (v1.4.6) into WordPress (v3.5) I get the following error on both my sites: “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in wp-contentpluginsmad-mimimad-mimi.php on line 511”

Not sure where to go from here.

Thank you for making this available! Is there a way to make the NAME field a required field just like the EMAIL filed?

I have this installed on one site and it works great, thanks so much. Just installed on another and am seeing an error about the configuration. I tried regenerating the Mad Mimi API, to no avail. Is there something else you could suggest? Thanks for your help.

I have embedded my webform onto my site. However, my options to sign up for a daily or weekly newsletter do not show up. When I go into my admin/widget area of WordPress and check out the signup form, it is showing there. They are both check-marked. What am I doing wrong?

I’ve been using the Mad Mimi plugin for a while, but the e-mail addresses aren’t moving over to my designated Mad Mimi contact list. When I test it, it works fine. When other customers make a purchase, it doesn’t seem to work (consistently). I just looked at the 10 most recent customers and only 4 of them are in my contact list now.

I’m having the same problem here with WooCommerce. Any plans to support this, Zack?

What does it mean by “Automatically add registered users to a mailing list of your choice”? Does this mean that users who sign up with the plugin’s widget form can be added to my madmimi list, or does this mean that someone who registers for my wordpress site will be automatically added to my madmimi list?

we have the plugin installed on our website though when our clients fill in the page and clicks subscribe the next page that loads comes up with text about [Form Submission Data] => Array. Can you help please?

Our site is throwing an error if someone leaves a comment and checks the “Notify me of new posts by email” checkbox on the comment form. The error is:

Fatal error: Class ‘Jetpack_Subscriptions’ not found in /path/to/site/wp-content/plugins/mad-mimi/mad-mimi.php on line 552

Does the Mad Mimi plugin require that we have the Jetpack plugin active?



Works nice this plugin for filling up mad mimi lists from your website!
Only thing, how can I translate the form labels, like Name should be Naam (Dutch), how can this be achieved?

Thanks in advance for your reply!


Hi, I’ve been using this plugin for years, and suddenly, the place where I can choose which list I want the names to go to has disappeared! It’s gone on every form on all the websites I have it on… help!

I tried installing latest version on 3.7.1 on localhost and get this error.

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in C:wampwwwcrushingwp-contentpluginsmad-mimimad-mimi.php on line 619

Any ideas what that’s about?

I can not get this to work 🙁 Spent hours on chat with someone at yesterday and still couldn’t make it work. I am using a ProPhoto WordPress site, not sure if that has anything to do with it. When you use the Plugin and enter your E-mail and API and set up the form on your site do you then get an E-mail that someone has signed up or does it go straight to your Audience on your Mad Mimi account? Nothing happens for me…says that it has been add but I don’t see the info anywhere.

Hello! I recently downloaded the MadMimi plugin for WP and would like to know if there are step-by-step instructions available? I am bright and generally competent, but no techno-wizard. Instructions would be great. Thanks!

HI! I just launched my new blog with your plugin and all the settlngs look right and I know folks are subscribing to my site, but none of the contact info is being transferred to my Mad Mimi account. This is a HUGE problem! Can you please help quick? I need to recover this data and don’t want to lose readers. Thanks so very much!

I don’t see a radio button for the Sync Users portion, is this automatic now? Perhaps an issue with the plugin? Thanks!

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