Mailchimp newsletter subscription in Laravel

As you may have noticed I have a newsletter you can sign up for on my website. If not, sign up here: ppsadk newsletter. Newsletters are great for notifying your readers, and here I'll explain how to implement a simple Mailchimp newsletter in Laravel.

Spatie's Laravel and Mailchimp newsletter

Spatie is a Belgian software company that makes a lot of cool Laravel packages. Check out their collection here: Spatie's Laravel Packages. One of them is Mailchimp integration, which enables you to do various tasks, such as subscriping an e-mail, directly from Laravel.

You install the newsletter package by running following commands in your Laravel directory: Installing Spatie's Laravel newsletter package from the commandline.

The first command will install the package. The second command will publish the file newsletter.php into your config directory. The config-file simply refers to the environment variables MAILCHIMP_APIKEY and MAILCHIMP_LIST_ID.
The API key can be found on your Mailchimp account under Extras, and then API keys. The list ID can be found by clicking on your Mailchimp list, then Settings, and then List name and defaults. The list ID can then be found on the right.

Using the Newsletter package in your Laravel code

With the package installed what we want to do now, is to create a sign up form and the code that handles it. This requires two lines of code in the routes file, like so: The two routes for implementing e-mail subscription.

This of course requires a controller, so let's make it. Creating a new controller for the newsletter.

For the SubscribeShow-function, what we'll do is just to return a view. A simple version of that view could look something like this: A simple form for newsletter subscription.

The Session object will be used to write a “Thank you for subscribing”-message, if it succeeds, and the errors will write if there were any errors with the form.

A form also requires a request handler, so we create one like this: Creating a request handler in Laravel.

The request will be quite simple as anybody should be able to fill it out, and it only requires an e-mail. A simple request handler in Laravel.

Finally, the form needs to be handled in our NewsletterController. The Mailchimp integration is easily added with a use Newsletter; in the top of the controller, and can be used relatively easy as shown here. The NewsletterController that shows the views and subscribes the e-mail.

So a user visits the newsletter page and gets the view with the form. The form is filled out with an e-mail, and the SubscribeDo-function subscribes the e-mail to the newsletter. The user is then returned to the view with a nice thank you message. Simple as that.

But wait, there's more

This was just a simple walkthrough of how you do simple e-mail subscription to your Mailchimp newsletter. If you are into more advanced stuff, the Spatie package actually enables you to get an instance of the underlying Mailchimp API, which is quite powerful. You can do it like this: Getting an instance of the Mailchimp API.

To learn more about this function please go to the Github here: spatie/laravel-newsletter Github.

I hope you enjoyed this brief guide. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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