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Dislike update

I would like to be able to choose from a few different styles of buttons. In one of your mobile-friendly newsletter templates (It has a blue and orange theme and a featured story/news with a picture, etc.) there is a square button at the bottom for "Contact Us"...which I cannot change the style of. Then if I add other buttons, they have rounded corners...also, adding another button forces a new block, why am I not able to add a button to an existing block? I cannot change the background color for the social share block, I don't see why a white background (or any color I choose) isn't available. Also, I would like to be able to create my own custom dividers, and other graphics. For example, in one of your other mobile templates, there is a divider that has two horizontal lines with a break in the middle for a small graphic (three squares or diamonds or something). I would like to make a custom single line divider with three little buckeyes or a buckeye leaf in the middle of it (since we are Ohio State). The padding for each section should be adjustable. I am trying to add a date and our URL at the top, right underneath the logo at the top, but the forced padding for both the logo and the "pre-header" tool that I am using for the date and URL are making things just look really awkward. One last point, I think that you should make all of the blocks available to any newsletter template, because we may be able to personally customize them for our own needs. There is a block in one of the templates that allows for three pictures and short descriptions underneath. That is not available in most of the templates (even the blank template?). I think it makes sense for the less tech savvy users to keep things as limited as possible, however you could divide the blocks that are "recommended" for the them, and then add "other blocks" in a separate section below or something so that people realize that unless they know how to edit them, that they are not within the intended design of the template. I do appreciate that you need to keep things as fool proof as possible when you are making these designs work and look good in a mobile environment as well, but I do think that it is important to be able to customize things a little bit more than what is currently available.

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Moderator

Hi @mchristo

Thanks for the reply! Internally we have several campaign types and the new platform we built unfortunately can't support the older types of campaigns. 

 

We'd be happy to have your input in future testing! It is really obvious that you have great ideas. If you sign up here we will reach out to you via email when we have future beta testing available. You can then choose to sign up based on the topic. 

 

Thanks again!

All Star

Ok, so no technical details then.  But how about this: We have a dozen or so deleted draft campaign emails in the Deleted folder that were created prior to 2013, although I can see they've all been given an erroneous Creation Date of October 31, 2013.  That fake date was probably assigned by you--I'm guessing--to keep them in our system after the pre-March 2013 purge.  I'm tempted (like a compulsive gambler), and am considering clicking "Restore" on one of them, just to see what I can do with it in design mode, and what happens in the system.  Is this a bad idea?  Will there be consequences?

 

Michael

Member
I really don't care for the new "improved" Constant Contact. It is graphically indistinct and not particularly handy. I do hope that there are improvements in the word processing for creating e-mails as the constant hitches and glitches are really time consuming. From a service that I used to love, I'm finding Constant Contact more and more annoying!
All Star
Where's the **bleep** header, dashboard, etc? It's much harder to navigate around CC, and I don't like it.
Visitor
i have used your service for YEARS and i hate how hard it is to make a newsletter now. so many "improvements" i think you have lost your way.
All Star

Double ditto on all the comments about the so-called "improvements."

Occasional Visitor
IF YOU CONTINUE TO CHANGE THE LOOKS AND POSITION OF THIS SITE .... I WILL GO SOMEWHERE ELSE !!!! THIS IS RIDICULOUS !!!! IT WAS NOT BROKE ... SO STOP TRYING TO "FIX IT !!!"
All Star

I agree. Have foudn the new layout to be alot worse than the old one, and the site is slow and unresponsive. Am looking at alternatives now.

All Star

I actually like the changes in layout and think it's great that the site evolves and implements users' ideas and suggestions. 

Occasional Visitor

I find the new changes fascinating, please keep up the good work. Without any updates and improvements, CC will just be just any other 'newsletter' company to choose from. We are paying for the best and the easiest to use! Waiting for the time a video can be inserted and go live like Facebook.

Visitor

This new format leave a lot to be desired to the point, time to leave CC. Last time they made changes it wasn't for the better but I stayed. Time to leave.

Member

I agree; we can not stand the new format...do we need to vote with our feet?

Member

It's not only the new format, it's the entire service. It wheezes and freezes and is getting harder to use each day.

Member
the new format is confusing and hard to navigate to the events that you are interested in. The old way was better.
Regular Visitor

I had to get some tips and that helped. I'm anxiously awaiting more options for font selection, colors. I miss some of the old things, but understand the need for more mobile friendly emails.

All Star

So instead of changing what we needed most - searchable campaign names/text - CC decides to change everything that was working really well.

 

It's your company and product.

 

But it's my time and dollars. Our renewal is coming up soon. I don't think we'll be renewing. 

Member

I'm with you. The new website is a disaster. Things I have been paying for have now disappeared. I had a nice archive page hosted on CC, perfect for my newsletter, and now they want me to host it on my website and put some awful script on there?

 

No thanks. I'm not paying for that. I can take my own **bleep** emails and put them on my website. The point was, you were hosting it and it was simple. Script is not the best way to go for these things. With so many browsers out there, and people turning off script as it can often be malicious, there's a high chance it won't work for all of my customers.

 

Besides, why would I pay for something I can do myself?

 

Honestly, at this point, I'm considering going back to using my PHP skills and database to send out my newsletters again.

All Star

The new format is very confusing and it's very difficult to find items.  We use to be able to view a list of schedule emails, now everything is listed under a campaign and very hard to see what is being sent and when.  With the new format I sent two emails one day and we typically only send one per day. I want the old format back!

All Star
I hate it right now.
Visitor
STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!