What is the difference between a theme and a template?

When HTML messages are sent from AWeber using our Drag & Drop Email Builder, they are sent using a template. This could be a plain template, a template designed by AWeber, or custom template. All templates are categorized under a theme. The theme is where the HTML/CSS code for a template is located. Themes allow templates to be saved with different content while maintaining the overall styles of the message. If you update the HTML/CSS for one of your themes, all templates created under that theme will be updated.

Where can I see my themes and templates?

To see your themes and templates, click the "Messages" tab and select "Email Template Manager." From here, you will see all of your saved themes and templates. The name you provided for your saved template will be displayed. You'll notice the name of the theme reflects the name of the template you started with. For the below example, the "Welcome Template" was saved under the "Plain (Left Aligned)" theme and the "Newsletter Template" was saved under the "StructureLetter" theme.

Email Template Manager page

What if I want to edit the content of my template and not the HTML/CSS?

In order to update the content of a specific template without modifying the HTML/CSS, you need to click on the name of your saved template. Updating the content of the template with the Drag & Drop Email Builder will only effect the specific template you're working on - not all templates created under the theme.

Click the template name

How can I edit the HTML/CSS?

To edit the HTML/CSS coding of your theme, click on the "Edit Source" button of your theme. Note: Any HTML/CSS updates made to your theme will effect all templates saved under that theme.

Click Edit Source

What if I'm having issues with my messages?

Our AWesome design team!

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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