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Best HTML email creator to use with Sendy
  • Vote Up0Vote Down JamesSGJamesSG
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    Hi there wondering if any members have any feedback on what HTML Creators are affordable and useful to use. I want to create beautifully designed emails, grab the HTML code and put it into Sendy. The emails we create in Sendy are very basic and we dont have the time to design awesome HTML from scratch.

    Thanks for advice!

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  • Vote Up0Vote Down BenBen
    Posts: 3,035Sendy support

    Here's a couple I know of:

    EDMdesigner → http://edmdesigner.com/

    Toddle → http://www.toddle.com/

    Mail Designer Pro 2 → http://www.equinux.com/us/products/maildesigner2/mail-designer-pro-2/

  • Vote Up0Vote Down vincentpolisivincentpolisi
    Posts: 62Sendy user

    @JamesSG I use Mail Designer Pro 2. It comes with a variety of templates and enables you to create a mobile responsive version. You can test the look on a variety of viewports that are built in so if you want to see how it will look on an iPhone 6 or iPad or Android, you simply click a button and switch the view.

    It's a one time fee but in reality it should probably be considered an annual fee or an every time they change OSX fee, e.g., Mavericks to Yosemite, because they update it and provide a new version that must be paid for.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down bcarneybcarney
    Posts: 2Sendy user

    Mail Designer Pro's output does not render correctly in Outlook and therefore is a non-starter for me.

  • This is a good online email creator, still in beta but FREE though. Check it out: http://beefree.io

  • Vote Up0Vote Down vincentpolisivincentpolisi
    Posts: 62Sendy user

    @bcarney what do you mean Mail Designer Pro doesn't render correctly in Outlook? The reason I'm asking is I'm trying to track down a deliverability issue. I don't use Outlook and it renders correctly in Outlook.com (Hotmail) so I'm going to run some cross browser and cross email client deliverability tests to see if I can replicate what you're referring to because, yeah, that's a big non-starter if that's the case with most people on Windows.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down kottkekottke
    Posts: 5Sendy user

    Hey guys, what is the best way to use these templates in Sendy? I get that you just paste the html in the template section and make sure images are uploaded and linked properly, but what about other things like the CSS file and how to put an unsubscribe link that ties into Sendy properly?

    I understand very basic html, but that's about it. I don't know how you tie it all together and where it all needs to be uploaded within the context of Sendy's files.

    Thanks!

  • Vote Up0Vote Down ccgeekccgeek
    Posts: 16Sendy user

    I got a free account on Mailchimp and use their editor to make my email template and then just copy the html source to sendy, they even host the images on their CDN!

    that's been the best way for me to do it, their CSS is great looking and emails come out great.

    I just keep a blank space in the middle for the text I will add when I use the template

  • Vote Up0Vote Down alenguavalenguav
    Posts: 11Sendy user

    Someone recommended stamplia http://blog.stamplia.com/sendy/ however I am not sure if I need to configure it for each of my customers

  • Would prefer to use Beefree and Stamplia. Stamplia has also started supporting Sendy,so, its great to have! Stamplia also provide 7 free responsive templates, recently I wrote about this here in detail.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down TazTaz
    Posts: 10Sendy user

    I've been using Mail Designer Pro 2, and have been quite happy with the results. It's suffers a bit from some quirky behavior, but I find it to be more flexible and far faster than other solutions. After I export HTML from the app, I have to make a couple minor adjustments, but I've got that automated anyway. No big deal. For me, it's still the best option. Mostly pain free... mostly.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down augustasaugustas
    Posts: 6Sendy user

    Got a newsletter from Stamplia today, that they are closing down their newsletter builder... ;( I really liked them.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down ssmythssmyth
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    Taz ... do you just have to set the proper folder urls for the images etc?

  • Mail Chimp :) log in and use their free designer.. then you can save it as HTML and import straight into the editor in Sendy. Edit the source to insert Sendy's tags instead and replace images with your own versions of course. By far the more reliable solution for creating responsive email templates.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down dme102dme102
    Posts: 5Sendy user

    Could someone answer @kottke's question above please?

    "Hey guys, what is the best way to use these templates in Sendy? I get that you just paste the html in the template section and make sure images are uploaded and linked properly, but what about other things like the CSS file and how to put an unsubscribe link that ties into Sendy properly?

    I understand very basic html, but that's about it. I don't know how you tie it all together and where it all needs to be uploaded within the context of Sendy's files."

    Having the same issue with trying to import a template that has both HTML and CSS. Thanks.

  • We use Canvas from Campaign Monitor and then we use the export feature to import it in Sendy :)

  • Vote Up0Vote Down henninghenning
    Posts: 2Sendy user

    The JUNE Editor is a very professional editor june.marketing

  • I would like to help. I moved from mailchimp- which was very user friendly. I could design emailers in like 10 min and send it out. I got spoilt and then moved to sendy for cost advantages- after all it is 100X cheaper.

    I tried all the once that @ben has mentioned above and more. My 2 Cents- mailchimp is still great!

    Hack around it for non-coders.

    Step 1: Create a mailchimp account (its free for 2000 or less subscribers)

    Step 2: Create Templates

    Step 3: Export templates

    Step 4: Convert template to inline CC with this tool http://templates.mailchimp.com/resources/inline-css/ this will make sure the templates do not lose their formatting when copied to HTMl editor in sendy

    Step : Replace the link to view in browser with [webversion] and [unsubscribe]

    Step 5: HIT GO !

  • Hi Everyone, I don't usually post on forums, but i am using Sendy for a long time and really like it as I am sure all of you do. Was looking for a long time for a simple way to create responsive email templates for Sendy and finally looks like somebody integrated a drag and drop responsive email editor with Sendy. https://email-editor.net/

    You can create your own responsive emails and you can download the htmlw code or they even have the option to eneter your API and will send it directly to Sendy as a draft.

    Sendy is surely one of the best self hosted email software there. This is the link and hope you'll find it useful - https://email-editor.net/

  • Vote Up0Vote Down ajayjoshiajayjoshi
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    I am using Mail Designer Pro 2. Exported to html and uploaded to my website comes fine. However when I copy the source code of the same and upload to Sendy,IT does not come properly. Any suggestions from MaIL Designer user.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down njwrigleynjwrigley
    Posts: 31Sendy user

    I use Mail Designer 2 Pro and it works a treat.

    If your Mail Designer email has < and > tags (if you've put the <webversion> <unsubscribe> link in Mail Designer) then this is not rendered correctly and you'll need to find and replace them. Mail Designer replaces:

    < with &lt;

    and

    > with &gt; (I think)

    Also be sure to set the path for your images to the correct one for your server otherwise it won't know where to find the image assets.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down dhruvpatel1dhruvpatel1
    Posts: 0Sendy user

    Guys, If you need custom professional email to be coded you can use http://www.sparkemaildesign.com

    Thanks

  • Vote Up0Vote Down ajayjoshiajayjoshi
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    Got in touch with Equinix,they said image path must be set correctly and to Please check the server you are uploading the images to and see if there's anything missing in the image URL path.And testing at litmus.com to check correctness.Here is the check for my html https://litmus.com/checklist/public/d47cbe2.. Get in touch with support at maildesigner-support@equinux.com Would say Eqinux is the best,request other Mail Designer users to share their experience.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down jim2564jim2564
    Posts: 6Sendy user

    I'm using this software now: http://www.newslettercreator.com/ It works great and installs on your PC or laptop. The pro version is a little pricey, but you get upgrades for life plus free storage for all your newsletter images. All you do is export the file and then copy and paste it into Sendy.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down wildtravelwildtravel
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    Anyone knows of an email editor that works well with right-to-left languages? I used email-editor.net until now but it is hard to make the text appear correctly, and the bigger problem is that the campaign looks messy and different in different email systems like gmail or outlook.

  • The makers of EMDesigner are working on something new (IMHO seem interesting, too) and I guess beta testers are needed: http://chamaileon.io/#features

  • Vote Up0Vote Down bcarneybcarney
    Posts: 2Sendy user

    I've settled on https://www.coffeecup.com/email-designer/ - cross platform, and the HTML generated is displayed consistently across all email clients.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down ChrispyChrispy
    Posts: 2Sendy user

    I use the open-sourced MJML markup language and the MJML desktop app. You need to code the templates by hand (no WYSIWYG) or you can modify an existing template. MJML is easy to code, and the app converts everything to responsive HTML for email use. It has some limitations, like not being able to have columns inside of columns, but I don't need that. I have found it to be a lot easier to make a template with MJML and customize it for each new email, than it is to do the same in a WYSIWYG editor.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down bmenellbmenell
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    About half of the email developers I know use Email on Acid to develop their emails, and test them on multiple rendering platforms. I've been using it recently, and it works very well. You will end up tweaking the HTML for various reasons, including to add Sendy specific tags like but Email on Acid doesn't seem to mind.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down gauravsam33gauravsam33
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    I found BEE installation service here http://www.installsoftwaresupport.com/bee-editor-integration-sendy/ They may help you for Bee integration.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down futurenomadicfuturenomadic
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    Big fan of Stampready. It handles background images and cropping better than any other editors I've used. https://www.stampready.net

    EDIT: Tested exporting a Stampready template into Sendy and lost the mobile responsiveness as well as background images. Sigh.

    Our current issue is that Sendy has no way to automatically import external images. Yes, you can leave your images hosted at Mailchimp or Stampready, but I don't think they will appreciate you using them just for image hosting and nothing else.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down scookescooke
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    I use various apps and approaches. For example, I like editing in Brackets Editor. Recently I've figured out how to use Outline Mail and think it is really cool. Once you edited the various components (using Brackets), you then generate the email outline! Looks great, and the CSS is already inlined.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down digitalwheatdigitalwheat
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    Hello everyone!

    We just developed Drag'n'Drop Email Builder for Sendy, this is a self-hosted extension, so you own your data and don't need to pay any monthly fee as well.

    At the moment it comes with one default email template, however you can add your own email templates.

    Special offer: Get 40% off. Coupon code: sendy40off

  • Vote Up0Vote Down BenBen
    Posts: 3,035Sendy support

    @digitalwheat Well done, looks great. :)

  • Vote Up0Vote Down njwrigleynjwrigley
    Posts: 31Sendy user

    @digitalwheat - your email builder: https://getemailbuilder.com/sendy looks IDENTICAL to https://www.stampready.net. How is that? Did you build this from scratch?

  • I have bought and installed it I too realise it's very similiar to stamp ready and like stamp ready it is just like an email builder you can purchase from themeforest "SHOPdeal - Responsive Email Template With Builder" with a small modification that allows you to add a login page using the Sendy API and also a so called tool to import your design into a Sendy campaign which so far has not worked for me at all, also the modules offered are very limiting. I have tried to contact them for support also with no luck what so ever. So in short its a slightly modified $18 email theme & Builder that doesn't work.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down digitalwheatdigitalwheat
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    @njwrigley, it looks similar (not identical). We have developed our email builder from scratch. Stampready does not offer self-hosted version of their email builder.

    @LaunchSolutions first of all, you cannot buy an email builder on Themeforest, you can buy HTML Email Template ONLY. As mentioned before, Stampready does not offer a self-hosted solution, which means that you can't install it on your own server. Regarding item support: we have asked you to provide us access to your Sendy installation to investigate the issue you have, however you still haven't replied. So in short its NOT a slightly modified $18 email theme.Moreover. we have mentioned in our previous post that at the moment there is only one theme available, and we are working on adding new themes.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down CloudierCloudier
    Posts: 5Sendy user

    I purchased the app from digitalwheat and it's quite good!

    Early review

    Positive:

    • Integration is great and because you can login with the same credentials as with Sendy.
    • This is certainly not a Wysiwyg editor so it is basically impossible for clients to ruin the markup! (Which is an issue on SHOPdeal template editor)
    • With the 40% off discount, it is worth the money for sure!

    Negative:

    • Functionality is very basic, the UI is basic too and there is only one Template.
    • They mention Sendy by name throughout the App, so it's not good for Whitelabel.

    Suggestions of improvement:

    Remove the slow animation for opening panels and showing dialogues (Disable animations in SweetAlert). Slow animations like these makes it annoying and time-consuming to build the e-mail layout. I would also suggest removing popup's that occur when removing a section, there is no need for it.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down digitalwheatdigitalwheat
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    Hello @Cloudier,

    Thank you for your feedback!

    We have added your suggestions into our roadmap, new template will be available at the end of the next week, and I guess we will also include whitelabel option in next release.

    Thank you!

  • Vote Up0Vote Down CloudierCloudier
    Posts: 5Sendy user

    @digitalwheat You're welcome, thanks for the great offer!

    Another important thing is that you have to add saving of the current editor state, loosing all work on a reload is not acceptable :)

  • Vote Up0Vote Down CloudierCloudier
    Posts: 5Sendy user

    @digitalwheat: Still waiting for an updated version...

  • Vote Up0Vote Down femdomfemdom
    Posts: 10Sendy user

    @digitalwheat Any new templates?

  • Vote Up0Vote Down femdomfemdom
    Posts: 10Sendy user

    For the guys making templates in MailChimp. Is it possible to serve images from domains that are not registered with mailchimp?

  • Vote Up0Vote Down MariaMarsalaMariaMarsala
    Posts: 17Sendy user

    Here's a compile.