Oct 16, 2018 8:39:44 AM
Currently, in our Third Generation Editor we do not allow access to edit the HTML and have no immediate plans to do so. We want to provide our customers with the abilities to be able to use a user-friendly interface instead of having to rely on a code view to get their desired results. With all the feedback we have been collecting we are planning on making improvements to padding and adding some line spacing elements in the UI. I know this doesn’t solve all use cases, such as adding tables, but we will continue to make strides towards improving the editor.
I understand allowing HTML would increase the ability for more control of your content but it can also have a negative impact on your newsletter’s display in email clients. If we provide access to HTML for every block, changing some of the default styles or content could break display when sent to an email client. Also being able to manually adjust width could have a negative effect. We have a team of amazing engineers constantly testing our templates in all email clients, so you can be certain your email displays consistently across the board. With that in mind, we want to make sure we make it easy to provide the best look and feel not only on the desktop but on mobile. With a majority of opens now leaning towards mobile over desktop we take that as a priority.
Please continue to let us know your thoughts on HTML and what exactly you're trying to do so even if we don't have HTML access we will be able to give you the tools to get your desired outcome.
I see you guys are really resisting adding an HTML edit feature in the 3rd gen editor. The new editor is great, definitely easier to use and I'm sure it meets the needs of a vast majority of your user base. However editing HTML is definitely useful for power users. I can't see the downside although I'm sure you have your reasons.
Anyway just pitching in about a couple of things I would've already done in HTML in my first email using the new editor:
- Change column horizontal spacing/padding
- Make a block with a background image and text on top of it.
- Set general styles in CSS for the whole email so that I don't have to copy or restyle every single header/button/etc.
Thank you for reaching out to the Constant Contact Community. I hope you are having a good weekend.
I have added your request for access to HTML to our team, I also gave each of the reasons you mentioned. Thank you for providing this to us.
Please feel free to reach out if you need anything else!
Because you don't offer M dashes and you have to code that in. That's one reason. Sometimes you need to look at code to see why something's not working.
What would be the danger of offering us code?
I'm sorry the current lack of this feature is such a major concern, but I'll be happy to help you find some ways to get the look you're wanting. On a full-width keyboard you can hold the 'alt' key and then press 0151 on the keypad along the right of your keyboard. That generates an em dash ( — ) on most computers. Alternately, you should be able to find a place online or on your computer where you have that symbol, and be able to copy-paste it, you can even use the one I create above through the keyboard alt-keys. Please note that not all devices will display that character properly, so you may notice some discrepancies when viewing the actual sent email, depending on the device and program you're viewing it on. I'll definitely make sure this symbol is on the list of requests for our design team to add to the system for you!
I need the m-dash, the n-dash, and the right single quote, please and thank you! I'd also really like to have back the ability to do tables so that I can have a row of clickable, linked pictures (think sponsor logos).
Thank you for the feedback! We really appreciate all suggestions and requests to help us serve you better. We will be sure to submit this information to the appropriate teams for you. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.
I just started using the Third Generation Editor today and I miss having a way to quickly look at the HTML code. For example, I wanted to add in a social button that doesn't currently exist in the 3rd generation (but did in the 2nd gen). I was trying to figure out what size your other social buttons are, so that I could match mine to what currently exists. However, without being able to access the HTML, it comes down to guesswork. Second example, same email: I've got one text box that keeps defaulting to Constantia, even though the design tools should set all the font as Garamond. Each time I've opened the campaign to make adjustments it defaults back to Constantia (and it's only the one text box). Being able to view and edit the HTML would be so very helpful.
Thank you for reaching out to the Community with your feedback.
I apologize that the code view is no longer available on the new editor. This is something that we have received a lot of feedback about. I will pass along your feedback as another example of why our customers want this feature. In the meantime I do apologize for any inconvenience. Please let us know if you have additional questions.
I'm so unhappy that we've lost the ability to edit HTML in the third generation email templates. Please bring this feature back!
It is nearly impossible to explain to our internal clients what is going on with an email design when they have technical questions and we can't view or edit the HTML.
Please add me to your notification list when HTML is added to third gen templates... I hope it's soon!!!!