How do I use the HTML editor?

If you are one of our more advanced users, you may be at a point where you are comfortable creating your messages in straight HTML code. We have an option for doing just that. This best applies to web designers or anyone who is familiar with creating content in HTML code.

If you are not familiar with creating content using HTML code, you will want to check out our Drag & Drop Email Builder instead.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. First, hover over the Messages tab and click Drafts.

    Select Drafts from the Messages tab

  2. On this page, click on the arrow to the right of "Create a Message". From the drop down menu that appears, click "HTML Editor".

    Click Create a Message

  3. The first thing that will appear when you create a new message using the "HTML Editor" is the subject line.

    Select the HTML Editor

  4. Below that, you will see the area where you can start typing in the code for your HTML message.

    Source tab selected

    You can insert personalizations into your message as you are working on it. First, click on the part of the HTML code that you would like the personalization to be inserted at. Then, click on the "Personalize" drop down menu in the top right hand corner of the editor to select a personalization value to insert.

    Subscriber's Info highighted in Personalize drop down menu

    Each of the drop down options expand to show more personalization variables.

    First Name highlighted in drop down menu

  5. The "HTML Editor" automatically creates a plain text version of your message for you. If you needed to customize the plain text version of your message, click the "Auto" button located at the bottom left hand side of the editor.

    Auto generated plain text options

    Next, click "Custom" to modify the plain text version of your message. When complete, click the "Save & Exit" button.

    Save and Exit button

  6. Once you've completed writing your message, click "Save & Exit" from the bottom right hand corner of the editor.

    Click the Save and Exit button

  7. Now that your message is saved, click the "Send Options" button to send/schedule your message. For this example, we'll be making the draft into a broadcast.

    Send options menu

  8. If you wanted to share your message, click the "Edit" button for the sharing section.

    Sharing options menu

    On the "Sharing" page, you can choose whether or not to archive your message using the "Broadcast Archive" check box.

    Broadcast archive link

    Then, if sharing is on, you can choose to tweet the message or post the archive link to your Facebook page using the "Social Media" section.

    Sharing options and connected accounts
    When you're satisfied, click "Apply".

  9. Under the "Who should receive this message?" section, click "Edit" to select the segment of subscribers you would like to receive the message. Here, you can also include/exclude other lists.

    Include and exclude list options

    When you're satisfied, click "Apply".

  10. To schedule your message to go out on a future date, click "Edit" under the "When should this message be sent?" section.

    Messge scheduling options

    Here, use the calendar to choose the date you'd like your message to be sent. You'll be able to see the dates some notable holidays, as well as days you've scheduled other messages to be sent. Just click on the date that you would like the message scheduled for. From the left hand sidebar, you can choose the time you would like the broadcast sent.

    Calendar scheduling options

    Once you have a date, time, and time zone selected just click on the "Apply" button to schedule the broadcast the be sent at that time.

    When you're done, click the "Send Message Now" button for your message to be sent immediately.

    Send Message Now option

    If you've scheduled your message to be sent on a specific date, the button will be listed as "Schedule Message for [specific date you've selected]".

    Scheduled message action


What if I have issues designing my messages?

Custom design solutions galore!

AWeber offers hundreds of templates you’re welcome to use! If you would ever find yourself wanting to modify an existing template or would like a custom template built for you to reflect your branding, our Template Team would be happy to modify existing templates or design a custom template for you!

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