Saving, testing, and exporting your emails

Once you save a message, you will exit the editor and land on the Message options page. You can also return to this page by clicking on View details in your message catalog. 

The Message options page allows you to...

  • edit the message title and notes.
  • preview it, scrolling vertically if needed.
  • launch the editor to modify it.
  • send a quick test to view it in your inbox (or to send it to another system).
  • download its HTML and images, so you can then import it elsewhere.

Let's look at some of these features in more details.

Sending a test email

The Send a test email feature is not intended for sending a campaign. Instead, it allows you to send the message to yourself, colleagues, clients, etc. and view it in the inbox.

It also allows you to send it to another application. For example, you can...

Downloading your HTML

When you click on the "Download" button, BEE Pro creates a ZIP file that contains the HTML of the message and all of the images used in the design. You can take the ZIP file and import it into any email marketing application that has a ZIP import feature, like MailChimp, for instance.

If you unzip the *.zip file, you will notice that the images have been placed in an "images" folder, and the HTML is written so that the image links in it point to those "local" images.

Note that this means that if you copy and paste the HTML "as is" into another application, the images will not be shown because the HTML is looking for them in that local "images" folder.

To get around the problem:

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Comments

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    Steven Pearl

    I thought images were going to be saved in my Pro account so that they can be referenced there. Is that not the case?

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    Massimo Arrigoni

    Hi Steven, it's an email deliverability matter, as we have no control on what will be sent, to whom, and how. We provided a more detailed answer to your question here: http://help.beefree.io/hc/communities/public/questions/207221015-Image-Files

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    Aurelie Auve

    In the HTML, I would expect the and <meta name="description"> tags to be filled with the title and description. However, <title> desperately remain defaulted to "BF-template" and description is simply ignored.
    Isn't the HTML I download supposed to contains this?
    For now I edit the HTML but I of course would prefer to do nothing after the HTML download.

    (once sent, our emails have mirror pages that can be shared on social media, hence the necessity to have clean html containing the right tags and content)

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    Massimo Arrigoni

    Hi Aurelie, thanks for the note. Let us dig into this a bit with the rest of the team and we'll get back to you.

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    Massimo Arrigoni

    Hi Aurelie, I checked with the rest of the team. The main reason why that is the case is that the editor - as it is today - does not ask you to provide a name / description for the message. So it does not have anything meaningful to add to the tag.

    This could change in the future. For now, what most applications that have integrated BEE do is the following:

    * Upon saving the message, ask for Name (or Subject line) etc.
    * Save those values in your DB, together with the HTML, JSON, etc.
    * Use those values to automatically change the HTML of the message

    We hope this helps!

    Oops! ... I just realized that this thread is under BEE Pro, and not BEE Plugin. In BEE Pro, we do have the name/subject line, and therefore can fix this ourselves. We will do so in a future release for sure. I don't have an ETA for it yet, but we will let you know!

    Edited by Massimo Arrigoni
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    Robert Gawin

    Hello. I created an email using your product and the test email shows up very bad when viewing test email via iPhone 6. Can someone help?

    Edited by Robert Gawin
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    Sergio M.

    Hi Robert, are you using BeeFree or BEE Pro? It seems strange that your test email isn't rendering on iPhone. Please keep in mind that we can only provide very limited customer support for BeeFree.

    Edited by Sergio M.
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    Moritz Petratschek [Extern]

    Hi developers, a big hand for your easy to manage user surface. One problem though:
    Personally, I use Outlook as an email provider and a special address program (cobra) for address management. So, in your trial version, I downloaded the created email as a zip document. Inside the document, there is an html-document and a folder with the picture material I used. Afterwards, I added the html document as a text to the email – but the images were lost when the email was received. Of course, I did obviously not send the pictures. Please advise me how to avoid that mistake the next time and explain the necessary steps for sending an email with picture material.

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    Guille Padilla

    Hi Moritz, the ZIP folder is ready to be imported in a send platform that host the message images. To use other send methods check this article about using externally hosted images: http://help.beefree.io/hc/en-us/articles/208202675-How-to-use-external-images-in-your-message