Drag & Drop Editor - Part 2: Differences between sections and content blocks

The Drag & Drop Editor makes it easy to design professional-looking emails. It provides more options to customize your email and also ensures that your email looks perfect on any email client and device.

In this article, we will show you how to use the style and content blocks to start designing your email.

We've divided the Drag & Drop Editor articles into the following parts:

What is a section?

A section is a structural block consisting of one or more columns to which content blocks can be added.

In the example below, the section (in green) contains 2 content blocks (in pink) in 2 different columns: 2 images and 2 text blocks.DDE_style-content-block_EN-US.jpg

In the email editor, there are two types of sections:

  • Custom sections
    Custom sections are the sections you create yourself by dragging and dropping content blocks. 
  • Pre-designed sections
    Pre-designed sections are pre-made layouts of different content blocks and allow you to easily create email designs without the need for design skills. 

You can always add, remove or resize columns by clicking the section and using the sliders to move them and the +/- buttons to add columns:

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Section settings

You can rename your section by clicking on the pen icon next to the title.

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Select a section to display the following settings in the left navigation panel: 

Background Block Settings Spacing
DDE_background-style-block_EN-US.jpg With this setting, you can set the background color and Apply background on full width.
You can also click Add a background image to display the Content library and use your files or stock images as a background.
If you want to use an image directly from the internet, paste the link to this image in the Insert image from URL field.

Section actions

You can move a section vertically: Hover over the section and hold it while you move it to the desired location. The blue line will show you where the block will be moved to.

There are certain actions available on the bottom-left corner of the section when selected:

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  1. Move
    Drag and drop the section wherever you want in your campaign.
  2. Duplicate (⌘ or Ctrl + D) 
    Once you have chosen all the settings for your section, you can duplicate it. This is a real-time saver when it comes to designing your campaign or template.
  3. Show or hide
    Hide or show a section by adding conditions. To learn more, check our dedicated article Conditional display using contact attributes
  4. Repeat
    You can repeat sections in your receipts or abandoned cart emails. To learn more, check our dedicated article Repeat a block of items in your emails.
  5. Save
    Save a section to reuse it again in other campaigns. Your saved sections will appear in the tab My Content in the left panel.
  6. Delete (⌫ + ↵)
    Use this option to delete a section.

What is a content block?

Content blocks are different content types that you can add to your email. You can drag & drop the content blocks into sections.

The available content blocks are: 

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Title

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Text

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Image
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Video
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Button
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Logo
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Social
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HTML
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Divider
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Product
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Navigation
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Spacer

Each content block has its own setting that can be customized as needed which will override the default template settings. You can move content blocks in the same way as Style blocks and you can also hide or show, duplicate, save, and delete content blocks. To learn more, check our dedicated article How to use content blocks?.

The extra actions (link, preview, replace image, etc.) will differ according to the type of block you're editing. See the example below with the actions for Image block (in yellow) and a Text block (in blue):

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⏩ What's next?

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