1. Start
  2. General
  3. How to Start
  4. HTML Structure
  5. The Template Builder 2
  6. My Template Builder
  7. File Structure
  8. PSD/PNG Files
  9. Preheaders
  10. How Tos
  11. How to add a custom color
  12. Sources and Credits

One Email Newsletter

a Newsletter with Template Builder


Thank you for purchasing my theme. If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please feel free to start a discussion at my support forum.Thanks so much!

General


The Template includes several ready-made HTML files. But to use its whole potential you may use the Template Builder

How to Start


in your zip file you can found next to the 'documentation.zip', the 'png_psd.zip' and the 'jpeg.zip' these folders:

Host it on your own websapce

  1. Upload these folders to your webspace (make sure all required images stay available until your recipients will read the newsletter)
  2. You can use the Template Builder to generate your Template easily by going to the '_templatebuilder' folder via your browser (http://yourdomain.tld/_templatebuilder)
  3. Or you can manually choose one of the prebuild template files (.html) and edit them with an texteditor

Use "My Template Builder" online

If you don't have an own webspace or you have troubles get the Template Builder running you can use "My Template Builder". Go to this section to get started

HTML Structure


This theme is a fixed layout with one columns. The HTML code has been tested for all major mail applications. I’ve tested this extensively and it meets every major standard for email templates out there. The HTML templates have been tested on Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, GMX, AOL Mail, Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2010 and Thunderbird as well. The general template structure is the same throughout the template.

Here is the general structure:

<!-- 1/2 Column start -->
<table width="600" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<tr><td valign="bottom" colspan="3"><img src="img/t.gif" width="600" height="20" border="0" alt="" title=""></td></tr>
<tr bgcolor="#333333">
    <td width="20">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="560" valign="top">
<!-- CONTENT start -->
        <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
        <tr>
            <td width="270" valign="top" align="left">
                <div class="h">
                    <img src="img/h2_4.gif" alt="" title="" height="30" border="0">
                </div>
                <div class="b">
                    <img src="" alt="" title="" width="270" height="167" border="0" style="max-width:270px;max-height:167px">
                </div>
                <div>
                     ...
                </div>
                <div class="more">
                    <a href="#" target="_blank"><img src="img/more.gif" width="67" height="34" alt="read more" title="read more" border="0"></a>
                </div>
            </td>
            <td width="20">&nbsp;</td>
            <td width="270" valign="top" align="left">
                <div class="h">
                    <img src="img/h2_4.gif" alt="" title="" height="30" border="0">
                </div>
                <div class="b">
                    <img src="" alt="" title="" width="270" height="167" border="0" style="max-width:270px;max-height:167px">
                </div>
                <div>
                     ...
                </div>
                <div class="more">
                    <a href="#" target="_blank"><img src="img/more.gif" width="67" height="34" alt="read more" title="read more" border="0"></a>
                </div>
            </td>
        </tr>
        </table>
<!-- CONTENT end -->
    </td>
    <td width="20">&nbsp;</td>
</tr>
<tr><td valign="top" colspan="3"><img src="img/b.gif" width="600" height="20" border="0" alt=""></td></tr>
<tr><td colspan="3" valign="top" align="center"><img src="img/shadow.gif" width="600" height="15" alt="" border="0"></td></tr>
</table>
<!-- 1/2 Column end -->

 

Which represents this:

As you can see each block has its content.

<!-- CONTENT start -->
<!-- CONTENT end -->

These comments are wraps for the content

This is the content without the outer tables

 

The Template Builder 2


With this template you get the Template Builder. Make sure you upload all the files to your server first or check out "My Template Builder".

Check out the Tour for the Template Builder

It's easy to work with the Template Builder:

1. Build your Layout

First you have to build your layout. You can click on of the prebuilds or drag 'n drop modules into the dropzone on the right.

You can reorder the layout and save it.

2. Precise the Template

Specify more options in step 2. Choose one version you would like to use.

If you would like to use a service like Mailchimp or Campaignmonitor you have to enter an API key.

Define your preheader to display a custom text in the preview area of the email clients

If you need just the HTML you can deside to get an inline CSS version or the embedded version

Choose absolute URLs if you need absolute pathes for the images

3. Get the HTML

If you have uploaded all the files correctly your HTML is shown in the textfield. You can edit, preview or download the HTML.

If you use a service you can directly upload it to it's dashboard

 

My Template Builder


With "My Template Builder" you can access the Template Builder without uploading the files to your webspace.

You don't even need a webspace!

1. Go to the "My Template Builder" website and enter your purchase code and hit the submit button

After you've submitted your valid code you can see all templates where you have entered a purchase code

 

You can now start using the Template Builder by pressing the "Template Builder" button of your desired template

Try it know:

mytemplatebuilder.revaxarts-themes.com

File Structure


Each version comes with this file structure:

All images are in the img folder. For each layout you get 4 different html files:

Mailchimp and Campaign Monitor will inline your CSS before you send a campaign, so no need to have it here

PSD/PNG Files


I've included several psds and pngs with this theme (png_psd.zip). All pngs are fully editable fireworks png

For each version you get:

  1. screendesign.psd
  2. screendesign.png
  3. sandbox.psd
  4. sandbox.png

The screendesign.psd and screendesign.png are layered designs of the template.
The sandbox.psd and sandbox.png are made for easy exporting images via slices

The sandbox

The Sandbox is made for exporting image elements with a few clicks

When you open a sandbox you get something like this:

You can change the graphics that they match your needs. But don't change the size of the slices or the layout will maybe get messed up

To change a color use the boxes on the right an apply the style in the "properties"

 

Exporting Graphics

Export the slices into a folder and also check the html for hex color codes (#123456)

Preheaders


Preheaders are small phrases (up to 80 letters) which should help increasing your clickthrough rate. Many email clients display the first letters of an email in their preview area.

Preheaders are invisible in the normal email view and show up only in the preview pane of some clients

Examples

Outlook 2007 + 2010

Google Mail

iPhone

If you use Mailchimp or Campaign Monitor you can use there placeholder tags too!

Usefull resources

How Tos


All How To's are demonstrated in Fireworks, but work similiar in Photoshop

All changes are made within the sandbox.png (sandbox.psd) because they have slices and are ready to export. A Slice is a part of an image which is prepared for export.

Please check, that you have all necessary fonts installed

Open the file in Fireworks (sandbox.png) or in Photoshop (sandbox.psd)

1.) How To change the Headings

  1. Change headings for your needs

2.) How To Export Changes

Export every slice
  1. Goto File -> Export
  2. Uncheck 'Include areas witout slices'
  3. Select the location an click 'save'
  4. Don't forget to upload it to your server
Export a single slice
  1. Make the Web Layer visible
  2. right-click on preferd slice and choose 'Export Selected Slice...'
  3. Check 'Selected slices only'
  4. Select the location an click 'save'
  5. Don't forget to upload it to your server

How to add a custom color


This Template comes with alot predefined colors. If you need your own color follow these steps:

  1. Get the hex value of your color (I use as example the value 123456)

We have to setup the file structure:

  1. Duplicate the folder 'version1' and rename it to 'version25'
  2. If you would like to use only the Template Builder open all four files which start with 'all_'
  3. seach for the old hex value '65CACF' and replace all with your new (e.g. 123456)

Now we have to add the new file to the Template Builder:

  1. open the custom.js within the '_js' folder of the templatebuilder.
  2. scroll down to colors and attach your hex value to the end position:
    colors = ['65CACF','...','123456'];
  3. do the same for the background color:
    bgcolors = ['65CACF','...','123456'];
  4. Save the custom.js

Make sure you upload all your files to your server

Sources and Credits


I've used the following images, icons or other files as listed:

* File is not included because of the license


Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this theme. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme. No guarantees, but I'll do my best to assist. If you have a more general question relating to the themes on ThemeForest, you might consider visiting the forums and asking your question in the "Item Discussion" section.

Xaver Birsak – revaxarts.com