Talking Drupal #057 - HTML Email

July 30, 2014
In episode #057 we talk about HTML Emails, how to approach transaction and bulk emailing and the modules and third party tools to help you out.

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Uses of Email

  • Transaction/Service E-Mails - one email to the single person for a particular purpose.  ie. Reset Password, Shipping Confirmation...
  • Bulk Email - send to the group of people.  ie. Newsletter, Forum subscriptions…
  • User communication - personal contact or something like basecamp
  • Impact the type of service and tools you will use

Getting Started With HTML EMails 

  • Drupal out of the box will only send plain text emails
  • Need an SMTP server setup on your web server or use this:
  • SMTP Authentication Support Module

Structure of HTML email

HTML E-Mails From Drupal (Creating and Sending)

  • Simple News (Module)
  • Mime Mail
  • Mandrill / Mail System
  • Mailchimp
  • Constant Contact
  • Campaign Monitor

Zurb Foundation - Responsive templates

Resources

Mail Tester - http://www.mail-tester.com

Responsive Email Design from Campaign Monitor  - http://bit.ly/rt-rdemailcm

Web Fonts in Email from Campaign Monitor - http://bit.ly/rt-emailcm

Responsive Email from MailChimp - http://bit.ly/rt-rdemailmc 

Typography in Email from MailChimp -http://bit.ly/rt-emailmc

Tutorial to Understand HTML Email (Hand crafted) - http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/build-an-html-email-template-from...

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