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Creating HTML Emails with Adobe Dreamweaver

This is a two day hands-on course intended for people who want to create well-designed and reliable HTML emails.

A comprehensive set of reference notes covering course topics, and follow-up telephone support are provided.

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Learning Objectives

During the course, delegates will learn the most effective techniques to create attractive HTML emails which work in all major email clients. Dreamweaver is used to create the pages, but the skills you learn can be used in any other web design tool.


Students should be familiar with the Windows or Macintosh operating systems and be familiar with the Web and its terminology.

Course Content

How do HTML emails work?
Design considerations for HTML emails
What works, and what doesn’t
The pros and cons of using HTML emails
About email clients
The importance of testing
About web servers
How bulk email apps work

Understanding HTML code
Principles of HTML - tags and attributes
Viewing examples of HTML code
Specific HTML email requirements
Basic HTML exercises

Dreamweaver Overview
What does Dreamweaver do?
Learning the interface
Setting up a new site in Dreamweaver

Getting Started
The research process - understanding your readers
The design process - effective layout
HTML email best practices
Email marketing tips

Basic Page Creation
Create a new basic HTML page
Add and format text content
Adding graphics and images
Test and preview the page

Page Layout with Tables
Overview of tables
Designing a page layout with tables
Creating table structures
Modifying and nesting tables
Formatting text, images and data in tables

Understanding links
Creating links to your website
Creating email links
Using images as link buttons

Working with Graphics and Images
About web graphics - JPEG, GIF and PNG files
How to optimise images for quality and fast download
Setting Image width and height via HTML
Using Alternative descriptions in case of non-displaying images
The importance of correct image URLs

Cascading Stylesheets (CSS)
Writing Inline styles
Formatting text - changing typeface, size and colour
Controlling vertical spacing
Using borders
Changing the appearance of links

Creating Responsive Emails
Designing for different screen sizes
Using CSS Media Queries
Setting breakpoints
Showing and hiding content for different screens
Controlling layout with tables

Testing and Distribution
Testing your HTML email
Connecting Dreamweaver to an FTP server
Uploading your HTML and images
Creating an HTML email from your page
Distribution options

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Linking to an online version
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