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Customizing Emails

We need to be able to modify our emails the same way we can modify our websites. The templates are a good start, but we should be able to add or remove sections (columns) and include dividers. I don't like being confined to a template... my newsletters have a lot of content and I don't want it to read like a long email. I want it to look like a constant contact email. This might be a deal-breaker as our emails are one of the most important elements of our organization.

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  • PL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just designed an email in Word including a table to align link buttons with text and there was no way for me to create a WA template which worked or email it directly through WA. I had to email manually through Outlook.

  • Trisha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I always dread composing email blasts because how limited the customization is. Even with coding knowledge, WC limits the customization so much that I feel like our emails are unprofessional. Would love even the ability to import google fonts.

  • Randall Rensch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's been almost a year since I composed our last newsletter, because by the time I gathered all the images, optimized them, tweaked and tested the layout, added all the events and news, and tested it half a dozen times, it took all day. Having stepped down from our leadership committee, I no longer have that responsibility, and NObody else is qualified to do it. I admit, I really tried to overachieve -- there's no reason a "newsletter" can't be in a simple letter format. But even that has to be formatted, which means it will vary from author to author and year to year. It also limits the number of people qualified to compose it, and even a simple multiple-element letter is quite a chore to someone who isn't being paid to do it, and who does it regularly.

    What's needed is the option of a preformatted template in a true Content Management System -- the author simply fills in a form and the system resized the images, optimizes them, everything is run into the prescribed format, test and send. Only then would I consider it a simple matter to send a newsletter, on schedule, monthly.

    I suggest the same sort of CMS for Event Descriptions. Ideally, there should be an option to override and use the current system for events types and email situations that are not repetitive and must be published quickly.

  • Debborah Kerr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Definitely need this to make an email newsletter. There's no point having an email template that cannot cater for adding more content to the email.

  • Cindi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wish I could move existing blocks in a template or add blocks as needed. The templates would be more flexible that way and allow me to do more with them can I do now.

  • Clinton Bobb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like the ability to customize templates by being able to add section or content blocks with dividers.

    I would also like the ability to schedule and stop mailings.

  • Randall Rensch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Add <hr> (Horizontal rule) to the Email editing toolbar. There is currently no provision for creating a vertical separator between items, unless they are (otherwise) needlessly placed in a table and the table border modified, which creates its own complications. Also, please note that Outlook 2010 and Gmail (at least) do NOT respect CSS margin values, so text winds up butted against images regardless of image Margin Settings.

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