Testing Templates

After you have designed a template that fits your organization's look and feel, you'll probably want to take a look at how it will render. You are in luck! Informz provides several different ways to view your template in action. These include everything from a quick preview button to a comprehensive virtual inbox test that lets you see how your mailing displays in different email clients!

The Preview Button

To access the Preview button, first open a mailing in the mailing designer.

Navigate to Mailing Designer > Design tab.

Click Preview to view a rendering of the template within the selected mailing.

The Mailing Preview window opens. Here, you can view HTML, Text, and Online preview versions of your mailing. Additionally, click Email HTML Version to send yourself the HTML version of the mailing.

Send Test

You can use Informz's Send Test to preview your email. This works very similarly to the Email HTML Version button above, but there are a few added features.

First open a mailing in the mailing designer.

Navigate to Mailing Designer > Test tab.

Click Send Test to expand the screen and view the available options.

Select your desired Email Format and Test Type. Additionally, enter a list of test recipients (in this case, enter your own email address so you can see the fruits of your labor!).

In the Test Options heading, enter any additional content that you wish to prepend to your subject line. Additionally, add an email address that can receive test replies.

Click Send when complete.

Virtual Inbox Test

The Virtual Inbox Test is an invaluable tool when previewing your template's rendering because it will simulate how your mailing will look in many different email clients.

First open a mailing in the mailing designer.

Navigate to Mailing Designer > Test tab.

Click Virtual Inbox Test to expand the screen and view the available options.

Informz displays an information prompt about the Virtual Inbox Test. Note that the test itself will take 10 to 20 minutes to run.

Click Run this test now to begin the Virtual Inbox Test. When the test is complete, you will see how your mailing appears in many different browsers and clients!

No #2 Pencils Required

Don't worry if you only brought a blue pen to this test - Informz does all the hard work for you! Informz's robust testing capabilities allow you the perfect opportunity to ensure that your template's look and feel display properly across many different platforms. And just like any test, you'll want to check your work. If something looks out of place (or if something simply isn't rendering the way you planned), you'll be glad you caught it!