Carson Gibbons

Cosmic JS Co-Founder

Build a MailChimp-Integrated Email Capture Landing Page in 4 Steps

If your business is online, it better be converting. Businesses that rely on their digital presence as an alternative to a brick and mortar location know the importance of search engine rankings, social media followers and the obvious CONVERSION. A “conversion” can be classified as a product sale, financial transaction, submission of a cell phone number, a free app download, and the list goes on. One of the highest priority conversions sought after in 2017 is customer information / data.

Today I will be showing you to how to build a simple email capture landing page. The email capture landing page that I will be using is a content-ready web application from Cosmic JS. It’s a simple landing page for lead email capture to MailChimp. It features beautiful full page rotating background images. Get your landing page set up and capturing leads in just a few minutes.

I’ll be using Cosmic JS for this example app. Cosmic JS is an API-first CMS that makes managing and building websites and applications faster and more intuitive. By decoupling content from code, Cosmic JS empowers developer flexibility while ensuring content editors can plan and deploy content as it best suits them. We’ll be using Cosmic JS to install our example app, deploy and make content updates moving forward from the cloud-based Content Management Platform.

If you haven’t already, get started by Signing Up for Cosmic JS. Helpful resources are provided below to streamline your development operations.

Email Capture App Page
Email Capture App Demo
Email Capture App Codebase on GitHub

1. Create a New Bucket

Your bucket’s name is the name of your website, project, client or web application that you are building. I named mine “MailChimp Email Capture” to remain concise for our example blog.

2. Install the Email Capture Landing Page Application

Once you’ve signed up and named your bucket, you’ll be prompted to start from scratch or “see some apps”. For this blog I simply clicked the right button to “see some apps” so that I could begin the installation process for the Cosmic JS Email Capture App.

App Installation Options

Cosmic JS gives you the ability to filter between programming languages such as Node.js, PHP, React, AngularJS and more.

Simply click “Install” underneath the Email Capture icon to get started, or visit the Cosmic JS Apps Page.

3. Deploy to Web

I clicked “Deploy to Web”. I can then edit Objects while my web application is deploying. You will receive an email confirming the deployment of your web application. If you encounter any issues during deployment, you may be routed to the Cosmic JS Troubleshooting Page.

Confirm Deploy Location and Branch

Deploy Branch Confirmation Modal

I’m drawing from a repo, my branch is clarified and I have a deployed location that matches my slug / bucket name that I made in Step 1.

Deploy, Deploy Away

A little reassurance that you’ll soon be live and capturing leads!

4. Edit Global Objects

Now you can edit Global Objects, Files, Users, Media and more. To edit the Email Capture app’s content and email triggers, click into “Pages” and scroll down to “Metafields” to edit social links, MailChimp List URL, Call-To-Action button text and more. Editing is a dream come true in the Cosmic JS Dashboard. To read more about how Cosmic JS was built with editing content in mind, read Building With the Content Editor in Mind.

App Deployment Confirmation

It’s as easy as signing up, creating a new bucket, installing the web application(s), edit objects and deploy! I get my confirmation email to access my web application and also see my options for bucket upgrades like custom domains, one-click SSL, webhooks and localization.

Cosmic JS is an API-first cloud-based content management platform that makes it easy to manage applications and content. If you have questions about the Cosmic JS API, please reach out to the founders on Twitter or Slack.

Carson Gibbons is the Co-Founder & CMO of Cosmic JS, an API-first Cloud-based Content Management Platform that decouples content from code, allowing devs to build slick apps and websites in any programming language they want.

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