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Adjustable Padding For Images and Text Blocks

Everything seems to have a different left/right padding to it. I would like the option to remove padding from all items (ideally ability to adjust l,t,r,b padding on all objects). Especially in the new editor this is tedious and an image can span the entire 600px width, but a text box cannot.

Status changed to: Open Questions

Thanks for posting this @NicoleM504! Do you imagine this would be on the left panel as an overall control for the entire email? How would you handle a situation where you wanted different padding in different blocks?




I would prefer to be able to control the padding for each individual item, similar to how Robly handles their layout design. It gives me more control over how images line up with the text around them and avoids awkward empty space.

Even doing increments of 5 would be fine. Robly would go from minimum 0 padding to maximum of 30, and I could control how much the top, bottom, left and right sides of an image or text block were padded.


Regular Participant

I'd just like to add a specific request for adjustable padding on Read More blocks. As you can see in the attached screen shot below, it is impossible for us to achieve uniform margins because the padding on Read More content (indicated by the red line) and the padding on Text block content (indicated by the green line) is different and cannot be changed. padding.png


Status changed to: Voting Open

Just go to Advanced Editor and change the padding code yourself! You have total control of it that way. Simple!

Your inline forms do not allow for much CSS style. We cannot control the padding around the form nor the font. Very sad. We don't use HELVETICA, which kills the UX of our site and too much padding. You should consider using the INHERIT property for type faces - so designers have a bit more specificity. Or, is there something we are missing (know-how)?
Regular Participant

The built-in padding above and below text boxes is frustrating. It looks awkward to have these large line breaks between title & body text. Images have an easy-to-use checkbox that lets you turn the padding on and off. The same functionality for text would be extremely helpful. Based on my research, it sounds like this option used to exist in an older version of the editor. Please add it back in!


Not happy with new interface. Can't add padding to image and can't have an image embedded in a text email without it cowering in the corner. Cross.


This subject was raised last year and closed. The only response was to add padding around images. Actually I would like the ability to remove or adjust the size of the padding. I miss this feature from the earlier html editor. 

Super Participant

I would like to see this feature added as well. Since there is no way to add text below an image in the same block, thereby necessitating it be added as a separate text block, we need the way to adjust the positioning of that text to look "right" with the image. And it needs to be separated *at least* top/bottom and left/right. (You might want different padding on the left and right sides than at the top in this situation.)


Adjustable padding on all blocks should be a basic. Defaults, okay. But the Constant Contact templates are awful from a design standpoint. You need to give some control for designers to create something polished and professional. We can't even do something as simple as aligning elements. We're slaves to whatever CC decided should be a default. Maybe take a look at MailChimp or SquareSpace to see the stark difference.

Super Participant

And further, it's not only that an image can span the full width but it does, always, as far as I can see. Things that are intended as small icons, in the mobile version span the full width of the phone screen. Need a way to specify the maximum width of an image in mobile.

Health Practitioners & Centers

After over 10 years with CC, I have been using old templates because they are easy, format well and, most importantly, they WORK!  However, anytime I had a question or issue, I'd call and the first words I heard were "Oh, ohhhh, you're using the OLD template/editor..."  So, finally (I'm slow), I upped my game to use the new templates/editor. Big mistake!  One would think that something as easy as placing a caption underneath an image would be doable...right?  WRONG!  Or, how about this...I wanted to have two, count 'em, TWO images along the same line within a text block...tech rep just told me "nope, can only do one image"  Improvement?  I think not...oh, and what about padding?  Novel idea, eh?  Use the old templates/editor folks, this is a step BACKWARDS not forwards!

Status changed to: Open Questions

Hey @EnergyPlus, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us! I understand the frustration of not being able to add a caption to an image and that's definitely something we are looking into and I've added your feedback to that ticket that we are using to track the progress with that feature request. Our older editor definitely had a bit more customization options and features that worked very well on desktop email clients, however as of today there are more mobile users opening emails on their phones than a desktop. Because of this, we build an editor that made it seamless and easy for you to create an email campaign that looked great on a mobile device. We know it's not perfect and we're actively working on making improvements to this editor, so your feedback is key in this. If you do see a missing feature or have difficulty doing something on the editor, please feel free to reach out and let us know. 



Frequent Participant

I don't think you get it Constant Contact Development Team! 


You are not hearing you customer base.  Yes, maybe switching to a new editor is challenging and time consuming.  And no one wishes to take more time doing what they do, especially when we are all very busy and doing more and more every day with not enough time. The real issue is that in your effort to make things easier and efficient, you totally missed it. If you make changes that improve the look, function, and usability, people don't mind as much. Instead of doing that, we spend all of our time and effort for something that does not look as nice and does not allow for creativity and flexibility like the old system.


The lack of ability to make the changes you wish for the look you want has been lost. The older editor was absolutely wonderful and when switching from our old provider we felt like we was moving from Pontiac to a Cadillac.  Then all of the sudden, moving from the trial to the purchased system, we went backwards!  We now not only have to spend way to much time trying to figure out how to create the great looking emails but we waste time because the options which used to be available are no longer there!  They can't be found. (i.e. adding spaces to a box to make it bigger!  REALLY?)


The new program does not allow for the same flexibility and creativity you had in easy to locate spots.  Why? Is development team not able to figure out how to keep the great features you used to offer?  Why would you ever move backwards in capabilities not forward?  If you plan to bring back some of these features, why release the product before you do?  In searching comments, it seems as though you have many customers who are not happy?  What are you going to do about it?  You had a absolutely great, great product.  Now... it is just like the others out there. 


We are beginning to question why we made the decision to upgrade to what we felt was the better product and spend the fairly significantly more $$$ to just have it nearly back to what we had (and for a significantly lower price)?  Maybe we need to rethink our purchase.

Regular Participant

Why can't I get the BOLD format option to go off? If I have a bold line & want the next line to not be bold more often that not I can't turn it off.



Please add the functionality to change the padding/height of a text block.

Occasional Participant

Please add the functionality to ADD AND ADJUST the padding around image.

Also, captions!!!!!!!!!


I am very frustrated with the new format that we will be forced to use as of October 1. It is so restrictive and totally limits my ability to create the layout and look that I want. While the old Legacy had a few issues, I had more flexibility in controlling margins, spacing between text blocks, the width of text boxes, etc. There are many other issues that make this very frustrating....we may look at other software.
Occasional Participant

The new editor is far from "seamless and easy." I guess CC is more interested in its retail clients who are all content to have identical newsletters and unconcerned with gigantic odd spaces between titles and bodytext. I'm no fan of either, but at least they aren't quite so controlling and still let you edit code when you wish.


And what if my recipients are all on a desktop? Can I have the far more flexible legacy editor back?




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