Use the Drag and Drop Editor to Create an Email
1. Create a new drag and drop email
Click the Messages folder
Click Create New Message
- Click Blank Drag and Drop Email to create an email from scratch
- Type in the Subject and Email Name for your email, and save your changes.
2. Edit the styles of the body
There are three main tabs on the right side of the drag and drop editor: Content, Structure, and Body. Click on the body tab to edit the overall style for the template.
- Click the Body tab
- Adjust the overall width of the template by clicking on the plus or minus icons next to content area width. By default this starts at 500px, so you may want to increase this up to 600px.
- Change the background color and/or content area background colors.
- You can also customize the default font used, and default link color
3. Add columns
- Click the Structure tab
- Select and drag in the number of columns you'd like in each section of the template
4. Add content
- Click the Content tab
- Drag in the type of content you'd like to add
- Dynamic Content
- Custom HTML code
5. Customize content
Click to highlight the content you'd like to edit. For example, if you highlight a piece of text content, you can click to highlight the text. Then the right column will show the properties of the text section, so you can edit the padding, font family, etc. for that section. If you click the text again, you can edit the text, change the font styles, and add links to the text.
6. Delete or copy content
When you click to highlight a piece of content or a structure, you'll see two icons appear. The trashcan allows you to delete that piece of content, and the other icon lets you duplicate that section.
How to Customize Borders
1. Add and adjust a border around any email structure.
With the drag and drop editor, borders can be added to any email structure. That means any structure in the structure menu can have a border added along the top, bottom, right, and/or left sides. (For example, a structure would be the one column or two column layout)
To add a border around these structures, simply select it, then make adjustments in the border menu on the right.
2. Adjust the width, color, and style of any border
The border menu will allow you to fine-tune the color, width, and style of a border. Select a structure in the email, then set the border color and change the width.
3. Add a border that goes around an entire email
What if we want just a border around the whole email? In the border menu, turn on more options using the slider in the upper right corner. Now, instead of adding a border just around an entire structure, we can select which sides will be bordered: either the top, bottom, right, and/or left sides.
To remove the divider between the first (header) structure and the second (body) structure, adjust the top and bottom borders of each one. For example, you could select the header structure and, in the border menu, decrease the bottom border to 0px. Second, select the body structure and decrease the top border to 0px. With the horizontal borders between each structure removed, the email should have a border around just the outside.
4. Add a border (or divider) between rows
Instead of a border around the outside of the email, what if we simply want a horizontal line between the header structure and body? We can achieve this look in one of two ways. First, we can do the inverse of what we just did. We remove the top, right, and left borders from the first structure, but we keep the bottom border only.
A second way of achieving this look is to remove all borders and simply drag in a divider from the content menu.
How to Customize Padding
Padding can be adjusted around any email structure or content element. This means you can increase or decrease the padding along the top, bottom, right, and/or left sides of any text block, image, or button, or even an entire row or column.
1. Adjust the padding around a structure such as a row or column of content
If you see content the body of the email crowd against the right and left borders without any space between them, simply select it, then make adjustments in the padding menu on the right.
2. Adjust the padding around a specific piece of content (like a button, image, or text block)
Padding can be adjusted at the content level, too. This means we can select almost anything in the email—like a logo, navigation text, header text, images, or button—and increase or decrease the padding around any of its sides.
Simply select the item you want to adjust. Once it’s highlighted, the same padding menu appears at the right. Turning on more options will allow you to add more padding to specific sides.
How to Customize Social Icons
1. Position your social media icons
Most brands place social media icons at the header or footer of an email where readers instinctively look for standard info found in menus, like contacts and social media links. Design-wise, and from a message-comprehension point of view, it makes sense to place social media buttons at the opening or close of your email where they aren’t interrupting the flow of your central message.
To add social media buttons to any email, simply go to the Content menu and drag and drop the Social content block into your email’s structure.
2. Add and remove social media icons
Now that the social media buttons are positioned in the email, click on them to activate the Content Properties menu to make changes. Click the trashcan icon on an icon to delete it. Then, select “Add new icon” and browse for the ones you'd like to add.
3. Customize the social media icons
Remember to link each social media icon to the appropriate account. Simply click “Edit” for each icon and add the appropriate URL.
Now that we have the buttons we need, we can format them in one easy step. The Select icon collection option is the first formatting choice in the Content Properties menu. From this menu, you can select the style of social media icons to use.
4. How to apply alignment, spacing, and padding
Back in the Content Properties menu, beneath the collection customization options, you have three more properties to configure: Align, Icon spacing, and Padding.
Note: If you do not see the drag and drop options on the create new message screen, please contact your account admin so that we can enable this feature for you.