Visual Email Builder Apps

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I bet y’all know that apps like Campaign Monitor and MailChimp have visual email builders built right into them. You drag and drop different types of content right into a layout. You edit text right within the email. It’s nice. It’s a lot nicer than editing the quagmire of HTML underneath, anyway!

But not everybody needs all the rest of the features that those apps bring, like list management and the actual sending of the email. Perhaps you have an app that already handles that kind of thing. You just need to design some emails, get the final HTML, and use it in your own app.

When I was looking around at email tooling, I was surprised there were a good number of apps that help just with the visual email building. Very cool.

Toptol

BEE free

EDMdesigner

RED (Responsive Email Designer)

Taxi for Email


I haven’t used any of them extensively enough to make a firm recommendation, but I’ve been dabbling and I like that they exist and that there are options.


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Oxygen – The WordPress Visual Site Builder for Real Designers?

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WordPress page builders are generally shunned by those who know how to code. They are generally bloated and slow. And you are offered very limited customization options. But what if there was a visual site builder meant for advanced, professional website designers?

It turns out there is! It’s called Oxygen, and it’s quickly becoming the tool of choice for WordPress web designers.

Notice that with Oxygen, you design your entire site – content, headers, footers, menus, etc. It totally replaces your WordPress theme.

All pages are constructed from fundamental HTML elements – section, div, h1…6, p, span, a, img, and a few more. Then, you visually edit CSS properties to get everything looking the way you want.

So unlike a typical page builder, you can design anything. It’s like hand-coding, but visually. Think Webflow, but for WordPress.

To integrate with WordPress and design layouts for posts, custom post types, archives, etc. Oxygen has a robust templating system. Basically, it replaces the WordPress template hierarchy with a visual system to apply templates.

Then you can write PHP code inside Oxygen’s interface and call WP API functions, run the WordPress loop, etc.

There are really no limits to what you can do with Oxygen. It is far and ahead more powerful than any other WordPress page building tool available. Other than hand-coding your WordPress theme, there’s nothing that I’ve ever seen gives you flexibility like this.

This might be the future, so check it out! You will be pleasantly surprised.

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