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 too built my entire email and then realized that there was no html editing option. Please make this available soon! Currently I'm wanting to edit my "mail to" button to include a subject and copy in the email - an easy update in html. Now I'm going to rebuild the entire email in a custom format.
Hello @MandyS4. Luckily, you do not have to access the HTML to make this happen in our third-generation editor! Here is a link to our Help Center that will show you how to include a subject and body content when someone clicks on your mailto button. I will also submit your feedback over the appropriate team about being able to insert this text without having to include this code.
Thank you for providing the features that you would like for the new editor. I have passed the feedback along to the appropriate teams! We do not have an estimated date at this time, but if it is implemented we will make sure that you are notified. Please let us know if you have any additional questions!
How do I get back to the 2nd generation editor where I have the ability to edit the html. It is not acceptable to have that functionality removed.
Thank you for reaching out about having the ability to access the HTML in your email campaigns. We apologize for any frustrations and have returned your account to our older editor. In addition, we are collecting feedback on the reasons why this would be necessary. Knowing more specifics would greatly assist our product teams in creating the best possible user experience. Just let us know so we can forward your feedback as well. Thanks!
Thanks for the response - I need to be able to look at the html sometimes -- for example where the lines spaces are not how I want them to be. With the 3rd gen editor the flexibility of the app is diminished in my opinion. I am not suggesting that everyone needs to see the html but it is good to have the option, especially where the text does not render how the user wants it to.
Thanks so much for letting us know your main concern with accessing the HTML is to adjust the line spacing. We definitely understand how important this is, and your feedback has been submitted!
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!