The concept of how our Editor works is very intuitive, if not too simple! You start defining your overall structure by adding empty Containers that divide the blank space into different rows. You can choose between various Containers that consist of vertical slots of different sizes, and then fill these slots with the Elements of your choosing (images, text, etc).
So, you add rows, each row pre-divided in vertical slots, and you place your elements one below the other inside these slots. That's it!
Don't be fooled by how easy it is - you can create any elaborate design that comes to mind, adding more rows as you go along, dropping stuff inside each row's slots whenever you want, always able to rearrange the rows and freely play around with your design at any time. Just keep in mind that your newsletter Structure needs to have at least one row, so the simplest Structure you can possibly create is by using just one Container, wherein you'll be adding all your Elements in a single vertical slot.
To start defining the structure of your newsletter just follow the steps below:
A. Setting up a Structure
1. Drag-n'-drop a Container to the white area, at the right side of the menu.
2. Add more Containers if you like!
You can choose between any of the following types:
- Full Width Container
This row consists of one vertical slot which extends to the complete width of your design.
- Half Width Container
This row is divided in two equally sized vertical slots.
- 1/3 - 2/3 Container
This row is divided in two vertical slots, with the first having half the width of the second.
- 2/3 - 1/3 Container
This row is divided in two vertical slots, with the first having twice the width of the second.
- 1/3 - 1/3 - 1/3 Container
This row is divided in three equally sized vertical slots.
- 1/4 - 1/4 - 1/4 - 1/4 Container
This row is divided in four equally sized vertical slots.
3. Click on the cross symbol, appearing on the right side of each Container when you place your mouse over it, and drag it up or down.
This way you can fluidly change the Structure of your newsletter, by rearranging the sequence of rows.
4. Click on the page symbol, appearing on the right side of each Container when you place your mouse over it, to duplicate the Container.
This way you can quickly clone a Container that you've already set-up to perfectly match your design, and get more that look precisely like it does. Speaking of which, let's see how you can tweak a Container so that it appears exactly like you want it to!
B. Setting up the details
1. Click on the settings symbol, appearing on the right side of each Container when you place your mouse over it, to access its settings.
The Container settings will immediately be made available on the left side of your Editor page.
2. Set each detail of the Container settings to fit the style of your design. You have a vast array to choose from:
- Row padding
Ranges from 0 to 2000, increasing both the left and right padding of the row and subsequently decreasing the space available for the row's slots.
- Slot spacing
Ranges from 0 to 2000, increasing the distance between the row's slots.
- Row Color
Changes the colour of the row using both a colour palette and a Hex code as options. You can use the available transparency slider-bar to set the colour back to transparent.
- Upload Image
Adds a background image to the row, which you can either browse for in your computer or use the Enter URL field to grab it from the internet. Not all email clients support background images (e.g. Outlook) so adding a background colour as a precaution is a good idea!
- Background Image Repeat
Only appears after you've uploaded an image, giving you the option of having the image tile in the horizontal (x), vertical (y), or both horizontal and vertical axes inside the row.
- Cascade blocks for responsiveness
Enabling this option will allow the display of the slots of a row in a vertical alignment, ignoring any slot padding and spacing, on small-width devices using email clients which support the use of media queries.
- Slot Background Color
Changes the colour of the slot using both a colour map and a Hex code as options. You can use the available transparency slider-bar to set the colour back to transparent.
- Slot Vertical Align
Chooses between a Top, Middle or Bottom vertical alignment for any elements contained in the specific slot.
3. Click on the trashcan symbol, appearing on the right side of each Container when you place your mouse over it, to delete the Container.
4. Click on the OK button on the pop-up that appears to move forward with the deletion.