Message composition involves importing and editing content. Click Email > Create Email to open the email editor.
The editing panel features the text box displaying your content and the WYSIWYG editor menu buttons. When you're working inside the editing panel, the area will be highlighted by a yellow border. The editing panel is framed by two tabs:
This is the default panel for composing emails. You can see all the design elements of your message, copy and paste text into this panel, as well as upload and insert images.
Using the WYSIWYG toolbar, you can edit the text, add images, and use personalisation to build your email.
You can direct your contacts to external links using hyperlinking on images and text.
In the event that some subscribers can't receive HTML content (such as email with many images and rich design), you can enable a plain text version that the system will send to them.
You can add attachments to your message if this feature is enabled on your account. Click Add Attachment to find and upload the file from your computer.
You'll be able to view your attachments in the Add Attachment modal. Here you can view the size of the attachment, or delete it by clicking the red dustbin.
If you've pre-selected a template and customised the design, you can start editing the content using the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. The editor displays the icons you'll use to format your mail, copy/paste text, and upload images. Hover your cursor over each icon to view the hover-text description.
You can use the WYSIWYG editor to format and style the text in the body of your email. The styling buttons work the same as they do in any other text editor (such as MS Word). Some functions are:
|Paste||Pastes any copied text into the editing panel, retaining the formatting in the text.|
|Paste as plain text||Removes all formatting and pastes plain text into the editing panel.|
|Paste from Word||Pasts a 'clean' version of any text copied from a Microsoft .Word document|
|Formatting styles||Apply predefined styles to your text as required. Highlight the text you need to edit and click on the drop-down of this icon for the style options to display.|
|Insert/Remove Numbered List||Arrange your content in a numbered list. Highlight the text paragraphs and click on this icon to apply or remove a numbered list. Each paragraph is a treated as a separate list item.|
|Insert/Remove Bulleted list||Arrange your content in a bullet list. Highlight the text paragraphs and click on this icon to apply or remove bullet formatting.|
You can use the editor to insert or remove links to external webpages or to locations within the email itself. External links can be used to create a 'Read More' link at the bottom of an article summary, which directs your contact to an external page. Anchor links are useful when creating an index at the beginning of a newsletter with many sections.
|Link||Insert links to webpages, email addresses and anchors. Highlight your text and click on this icon. Select the link type from the drop down and fill in the fields.|
|Unlink||Remove an existing link from text. If you're changing an existing link, use this to remove it completely before recreating the link.|
|Anchor||Insert anchor tags into the body of your message. Anchors are used to create easy navigation within the email by linking text to text within your mail. When contacts click on that piece of linked text, it will take them to the anchor in the body of your mail.|
Follow these steps to insert an anchor:
Upload and insert images into your mail using the image icon. Images can’t be copied and pasted into your mail, because subscribers won’t be able to view them this way. You have to upload your images so that your subscriber's email client can access them from your server and display them in the email. Follow these steps when uploading images:
Once the image has been inserted, you can right-click on it to access the image properties.
You can insert a table into your message by following these steps:
You can right-click the table to access the table properties.
You can also upload a ZIP file or import from a URL. These options are ideally used when you've selected a blank template to work from and want to import your own newsletter layout and design.
You have the following options for importing content in the HTML editor:
Note: If you’re going to schedule the mail to go out at 10:00 am the next day, the design will be imported from the URL at the time when the message is scheduled to be sent.