Importing images or using remotely hosted ones
You can import images into your email message in a variety of ways when using the BEE editor with your BEE Pro account:
- Dragging and dropping them directly from your desktop
- Uploading them using the image manager
- Importing them from social media accounts, cloud storage, etc.
You can also decide not to import the images at all, keeping them hosted elsewhere (e.g. using services such as Imgur or CloudApp), and using absolute URLs to them in your messages, as mentioned below.
Depending on how you bring an image into the editor, the HTML generated by the editor will contain either a local path to the image file or an absolute URL to it.
Let's look at both scenarios
Locally hosted images (local paths)
By default, when you download your message from your BEE Pro account, the system creates a ZIP file that you can save to your computer. You can also opt to keep the images hosted by BEE Pro and have the HTML of the email link to them.
If you download the ZIP archive, the file contains:
- An "images" folder with the images used in your email.
- An HTML file with local paths to that foder for those images (e.g. src="images/myImage.gif")
This allows you to easily upload all the contents of your email message to your service provider by importing the HTML message and the image folder within the ZIP file. This is really easy when your email service provider has an "import ZIP file" feature (or alike). If it doesn't, you can still import the HTML and images separately.
Remotely hosted images (absolute URLs)
You can use images that are not hosted by BEE Pro, but rather somewhere else. We refer to them as external or remotely hosted images.
If your email service provider doesn't provide a ZIP import feature to update an email message into it, using external images can help speed things up when you export the message from BEE Pro and import it into your ESP or other software where the image will be sent.
In BEE Pro you can easily add an external image by using the URL field on the content properties of an image block:
Images added through the URL field:
- will not be downloaded to the BEE Pro file system
- will not be included in the "images" folder when the ZIP is downloaded
- will be left "as is" in the HTML of the email, which will therefore maintain the full URL that you copied into the URL field.
Limitations when using external images
There are a couple of limitations when using external images via the image URL field:
- Images inserted that way cannot be modified with the built-in image editor (Edit image button in the screenshot above). If an image is modified, it becomes a local image: it will be saved locally in the BEE Pro file system and added to the "images" folder of the downloaded ZIP file.
- External images cannot currently be used for social media icons.