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Sending HTML emails

Thread began 11/10/2010 7:24 pm by Roxana | Last modified 11/19/2010 9:54 am by Jason Byrnes | 1430 views | 9 replies |

Roxana

Sending HTML emails

Hi,

I am not sure if UE is the right extension to use. I want to create an email with HTML content showing the company logo at the top, the empty space for the message, pictures with hyperlinks and at the bottom disclaimer, address etc.

Is this something UE can do?

Or is there another WebAssist extension that can help me?

Thank you for any advice.
Roxana

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tom92909Beta Tester

I can say without question, WA Universal Email v.4.01 will do everything you want it to do. UE4 will do all of that and so much more.

I personally use it with one of my client sites and for approx 6 months now have successfully sent out a monthly newsletter for a resort that each time consisted of a mailing list of over 11,000 addresses.

These newsletters are pretty robust with specific html page formatting and graphics.


My personal Top 3 WebAssist products (understand I own 98% of the WA extensions)

1. eCart
2. DataAssist
3. Universal Email

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Roxana

Hi Tom,

Thank you for your input. I am a die-hard WebAssist fan myself. I had the library and now own the Supersuite. My top 3 are the same as yours followed by Surveyor and Site Sculptor.

Yesterday I tried to use UE to generate an email (I made the design in the Dreamweaver edit mode), but I didn't know how send that as an email. I then copied the content onto a regular php page (the images are stored on a web server), and when I attach that document to a Thunderbird message, the email looks like an HTML email exactly how I designed it, with no apparent attachment. This only works when sent with Thunderbird, Mac Mail just attaches the file.

This process would require me though to edit each email in Dreamweaver. I would rather create an everyday template, that allows the message to be edited. Is that something UE or any other WebAssist extension can do?

This process would require me though to edit the email body in Dreamweaver myself for every email to be sent. My goal is it to create a template (copy/paste would be OK), in which my the sender can alter the message.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you could use HTML Editor to give your client a way to design the look of the HTML Email content.
In Universal Email, select the option to create a file for the email and select one of the pre built templates. You can then edit the template file that is created in the webassist/email/templates folder to customize the overall template, and the content from the HTMLEditor field will be included in the email message.

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Roxana

Hi Jason,

My problem is, that I don't understand the concept of an HTML editor.

I created a document with an UE behavior with the option create a file selected. I then pretty much completely changed the design of the template page and included the HTML editor.

After that, I am completely lost. Ideally I would like the email program (like Thunderbird) to have an email template, where the customer can change the content. But I assume that is not possible.

But how do I tell the template page to send the email, from where, where to etc.?

Sorry, I don't have the background knowledge.

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Roxana

I just created a form, that will send an email where the content is implemented into the changed template page. Still working on integrating the form editor.

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Roxana

Hi Jason,

Took some time, but I did get it to work. Formbuilder and HTML-editor work surprisingly well together.

I created a form that will send out an email to the desired destination with all the layout info and images. All works great on my MAMP PRO server. It won't work on the remote server though, because the form page won't even open. I get this error message:

Warning: require_once(/var/www/html/www.ourwebsite.com/web/HTMLEditor/fckeditor.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /var/www/html/www.ourwebsite.com/web/HTMLEditor/WARichEditorPHP.php on line 1

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required '/var/www/html/www.ourwebsite.com/web/HTMLEditor/fckeditor.php' (include_path='.:/usr/share/php:/usr/share/pear:/var/www/html/www.ourwebsite.com') in /var/www/html/www.ourwebsite.com/web/HTMLEditor/WARichEditorPHP.php on line 1

When I uploaded the form page, I did so with all depending files checked. The required file /web/HTMLEditor/fckeditor.php is not part of my site, neither local nor remote.

Could you point me in the right direction?


I still assume, that email programs cannot send emails from templates. Would that be correct?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Dreamweaver is not entirely reliable for uploading dependent files, you should try to manually upload the HTMLEditor folder to the site to ensure that all of the files are uploaded.

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Roxana

Thank you Jason, that worked. Took a few hours to upload :)

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Glad to hear it is working.

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