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    I've been commissioned create an e-newsletter template. My client, who has no web design experience, would like a template where all she has to do is edit the text and send the HTML e-newsletter out to her clients.

    I've never created a template for a client who isn't code-savvy. How do you guys normally go about this, assuming she has no software most designers have access to? I've been thinking about giving her the .HTML file and she can save it, open it in Word, edit it in "web page preview" and just save it and e-mail it.

    Does this seem plausible? Is there an easier/more efficient way for us to handle this?


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    HTML e-mail is one of the last things where the design and layout are still built in tables. I'm pretty sure Word would wreck the layout.
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    You could also try creating a basic PHP content management system. It would be very similar to an online contact form, but you could style it to make it look good when It's sent.

    To further explain what I mean, here is a demo layout:

    Title: (Enter Title Here)
    Description: (Enter description here)
    Footer: (Enter Footer Information Here)
    Send Button Here

    Your client could fill out those fields, then press send. Using a combination of PHP and CSS, the information would be styled into the template and then sent to her clients.
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    It all depends on her mail client, if she is using Outlook and using an exchange server, you could create a simple HTML email template in outlook.

    For nice graphics, you can use word and import the word doc into outlook to make the template.

    If not using outlook and exchange, I would be hesitant in using word as the template because end users to to "attach" them, and if the person receiving them doesn't have word....

    There are tons of online options...

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