Upgrading to Version 6 – Performing the Upgrade

Article Last Updated: November 5, 2015

Version 6 of Easy Forms for Mailchimp is a major update. We completely re-built the plugin from the ground up to iron out some reoccurring bugs and make the plugin better than ever.

Some users may experience some bumps along the upgrade road — here is a guide to performing the upgrade and troubleshooting issues.

Performing the Upgrade

First, as with any upgrade, we recommend backing up your database just to be safe.

After you hit the update button

After updating you will see this migration notice. The data structure has changed so you will need to hit Perform Migration.

After you hit Perform Migration the plugin will run through the migration process.

After the migration process is complete, you will be redirected to the new Manage Forms page and you’ll be ready to edit and create forms.

After Updating


The shortcode format has changed for version 6:

Old shortcode:

[yks-mailchimp-list id="14ef98de42"]

New shortcode:


You will need to update the shortcodes for all of the forms on your website. It is easy to do and should only take a few seconds.

View our articles, Adding Forms to Pages and Posts and Using Shortcodes for step-by-step instructions.


The widgets have been redone as well. You’ll need to re-add your Mailchimp widgets. Go to Adding Forms to Sidebars and other Widgetized Areas for step-by-step instructions.

New Interface

The look and feel of the plugin admin got a complete makeover, which may be confusing at first if you are used to the old one, but it is much cleaner and easier to use.

If you need guidance using the new admin, please refer to our Knowledge Base. In it we have step-by-step instructions for everything.


Some setting may be lost after the upgrade. Head over to Easy Forms > Settings to easily reset them. If you need help with Settings, go to our Knowledge Base where we have step-by-step instructions on adjusting all the settings.