With Cyberimpact’s new editor, create your newsletter template that you can reuse mailing after mailing has become really easy.
If you have not tried it yet, we challenge you to leave aside the expert mode and create a model using the new editor to compare. Here is a guide to help you get started.
In the main menu under “Templates”, select “New Model”. If you’re in a hurry, Cyberimpact offers different pre designed templates ready to fill. However, for the purpose of the exercise, select the regular mode.
Choose your layout
Then you will be taken to choose the layout of your content. Using the arrows, choose the layout that best suits your content. This step can be refined later.
Style your template
By clicking “Next”, you finally arrive in the regular editor. There are many options with which to experiment.
Our suggestion: start by placing your logo, contact information and other elements that make up the base of your emails without caring too much for colors and fonts.
From now on, save often. Any changes you made will be lost if you exit the application or if a problem occurs.
To replace an image with your own, click it, then click “Select an image”. In the window that opens, you can drag images from your computer or click “Submit” to open the file explorer. Once the image is uploaded, double-click it to use it in your template.
Note: it is a good idea to create folders to organize your images (in the left portion of the window). You’ll note that it is not possible to delete images. This is because the emails you send may reference it and if you delete an image used for a mailing, your readers will see a broken picture icon.
When you click an image, in addition to changing the displayed file, some options are available to you.
“Use these dimensions” will cause the image to take the exact space occupied by the default image block. The dimensions are shown just above. If your image appears distorted, it is because it has been stretched or compressed to fit. Uncheck the box to get a glimpse of its actual size. If you are comfortable with image editing software, you can alter your images so they comply with the measurements indicated and avoid being distorted.
“Alternative text” is the text that will be displayed if the image is not downloaded, which is the default in most email software. Try to always provide one.
“Link” is the URL (make sure that this is a valid url!) which the picture will point to if it is clicked.
Edit your text
When creating a template, the content may not be final or may change with each mailing. However, it is useful to use a real text to get a better representation of the overall look of your email.
As for the images, click in a text box to edit it. The toolbar allows you to format your text just like in Microsoft Word. You can also add links or even images. But beware: they will not be automatically resized and can cause design problems!
Try to resist the urge to copy and paste your text from Word. This software uses an impressive amount of invisible tags that will remain hidden in your email and may cause unexpected behavior such as changes in color, size or spacing and, in extreme cases, can even completely cut the display of your email! If you have to copy and paste, always use the button “Paste as unformatted text.”
Add / Remove / Reorder rows
When your mouse hovers a row of content, tabs appear on the left and right.
The tabs on the left can add or remove the spacing between the blocks.
Those on the right can, in order:
- Add a new row
- Reorder an existing row
- Duplicate a row
- Delete a row
For the header and footer, only one option is available. It allows you to change the layout of the row.
** When you delete a row or change the layout of the header or footer, the content is entirely replaced, so your original content it lost. **
Cyberimpact offers predefined color palettes that you can try at will. Clicking on “Reset” will reload the palette that was saved (defaults to blank for a new model or the previously saved color scheme if you made changes to an existing template).
You can also change each color one by one with the color pickers under “Define my color palette.”
Note: If you know anything about HTML, you probably recognize the hexadecimal color codes (# 000000) that appear in each field. You can change it directly rather than using the selectors.
If this option is checked, a bar will be added at the end of your e-mail with links to each of the services that you configured.
Test your template
Under your template’s preview, you have the option to test by sending to an email address of your choice or to preview your email in your browser.
The preview gives you an idea of the result, but only testing to different addresses (Outlook, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.) can make you sure that your email will be flawless everywhere.
One of Cyberimpact’s strengths is that newsletter created with the regular editor are usually very similar from one mailbox to another. We suggest you to test your mailing anyways before it is too late: once in your members’ inbox, it will not be possible to change it!
In addition to dramatically reduce incompatibilities between email softwares, the Cyberimpact editor generates emails that will automatically adjust to smartphones and other mobile platforms.
Your comments are welcome: we created this tool to make your life easier. We are proud of it and we hope it will meet your expectations!