Occasionally you may come across some issue with OptinMonster. The most likely scenario is that there is a conflict with your theme or plugin, and the solution is a relatively easy one to fix. We have answered thousands of tickets, and these are the most common bug scenarios we have found and fixed. Please review the following items below before submitting a support ticket as the solution to your issue may already exist!
First things first. When debugging OptinMonster, I would highly recommend using Google Chrome. They have a very helpful debugging tool that lets you know exactly where errors are occurring and the nature of them. When in Google Chrome, do the following:
- Visit the webpage where the error is occurring.
- Right click on the page and select the “Inspect Element” option from the screen popup.
- Once the debugging window has appeared, click on the “Console” tab to the right.
Possible Issues and Fixes
- Optin Not Loading
- Optin Not Loading on Specified Time Delay
- Optin Not Loading on Specified Display Rules
- MailChimp ‘FNAME must be provided’ Error
- Optin Image Displaying Too Large
- WordPress-Specific Issues
Optin Not Loading
The following are the most common reasons an optin fails to load as expected:
- Optin Not Embedded: The optin embed code has not yet been added to the site (non-WordPress), or the Output Settings haven’t been configured (WordPress). See our documentation for instructions on adding OptinMonster to your specific site’s platform: Connecting OptinMonster to Your Site’s Platform
- Invalid or Incorrect Display Rules: The Display Rules for the optin are invalid or preventing the optin from loading on the specific page. Double-check the Display Rules set for your optin according to our documentation: How to do Page Level Targeting with OptinMonster
- Incorrect Domain: The domain set for the optin to load on may contain a typo, or not match the front-end domain for your website. Some websites will use one domain for the admin of their site and a different domain for the front-end. If your site is configured in this way be sure you’ve added both domains for your optin to load on.
- Sidebar Optin: if you’ve added a Sidebar optin to your WordPress site, the most common reason it fails to load is if you’ve not yet added the OptinMonster Widget to the widgetized section of your site where you want the optin to appear. This can be done by navigating to the WordPress Admin > Appearance > Widgets screen. See our documentation for a walk-through: How to Create a Sidebar Widget Optin in WordPress
- jQuery Library Issue: In some instances a website will load multiple copies of the jQuery library, this can become an issue if the site also loads different versions of the jQuery library. OptinMonster will check for and load version 1.12.2 of the jQuery library if your site isn’t already loading it; unless you specifically need a different version of jQuery loading on your site you should load only a single instance of version 1.12.2.
<script> var om_load_jquery = false; </script>
Optin Not Loading on Specified Time Delay
The time delay field is in milliseconds, check that the value input corresponds with the time delay in milliseconds you want your optin to appear. For example, to show your optin after 30 seconds you would need to set the time delay value to 30000.
Optin Not Loading on Specified Display Rules
It’s possible there is an error in the configuration of your Display Rules, preventing the optin from loading as you expect across your site. Be sure to review our page targeting documentation: How to do Page Level Targeting with OptinMonster for a full walk-through of the process.
If you’re still having difficulties, submit a support ticket and we’d be happy to assist you!
MailChimp ‘FNAME must be provided’ Error
If you’re using MailChimp and receiving the following error, there are two possible causes/resolutions:
Oops! It looks like there was an error: There was an error with your submission: There was an error saving the data to MailChimp. FNAME must be provided – Please enter a value
This error occurs when:
- Your MailChimp’s List settings require the First Name input field, but you’re not displaying the First Name field in your optin;
- or, the First Name input field has a name other than FNAME in your MailChimp account’s settings.
To correct this issue, login to your MailChimp account and navigate to Lists > Your List and from the Settings dropdown select the List fields and *|MERGE|* tags link.
Locate your First Name field and either a) disable the required option if you aren’t displaying the First Name field, or b) change the MERGE tag name to FNAME.
Be sure to Save Changes and your form should be ready to submit!
Optin Image Displaying Too Large
OptinMonster does not crop or resize your image(s) on upload, and the original image size is added to the optin. In some browsers, if the image is larger than the intended space it can result in the optin’s content becoming distorted to accommodate the image.
We recommend you resize the image using your favorite image editor and re-upload it to correct this issue. Not only does this resolve the appearance, it will improve the optin’s pagespeed performance for your visitors.
See How to Optimize Your Optin Images for a quick list of all template image sizes for easy reference.
I have downloaded the OptinMonster WordPress plugin .zip file but it’s appearing as a folder in my Downloads. What do I do?
All you need to do is re-zip the folder so that you can then follow the installation instructions for installing OptinMonster. Your browser is probably set to unzip a file upon download. You can re-compress the optinmonster file yourself (so it is zipped) and upload it to WordPress, install OptinMonster from your Plugins > Add New screen, or you can manually upload it using FTP.
- How to Install the OptinMonster API WordPress Plugin
- How to Compress (ZIP) Files / Folders
- How to Upload WordPress Plugins
How do I get updates for the OptinMonster WordPress plugin?
Go to Dashboard > Updates. Any updates will be listed here.
If you do not see any updates for OptinMonster but have been informed that there are some, you may need to refresh the page a time or two to see the update that is available.
My optins aren’t showing in the WordPress admin.
If you’ve created at least one optin, but the OptinMonster plugin isn’t showing it available, be sure to check that your optin is set to load on your site’s domain.
Only optins set to load on your site will appear in the WordPress > OptinMonster > Optins tab.
I’ve enabled my optin, but it’s not loading on the front-end.
There are a couple of reasons your optin may not be properly appearing on the front-end, including:
- The Site URL your optin is set to appear on is incorrectly formatted. Be sure the domain you entered does not contain a trailing slash, or if it does add a new site with the correctly formatted domain, delete the incorrect one and update your optins to reflect this change.
- Page Level Targeting hasn’t been set, or has been improperly set. When using WordPress you don’t need to Page Target using the optin Builder so that section can be left blank. Instead, you control the appearance of the optin on your site through the OptinMonster Plugin settings. Please review our documentation on Page Level Targeting, scrolling down to the section addressing WordPress, before submitting a support ticket.
If you’re using Autoptimize just add api.js to the “Exclude scripts from Autoptimize” field and save.