How do I add an animated gif to my Template? (Modern & Classic Editor)

Animated gifs are a great addition to your email template and help maximize your template real estate. Their movement easily draws attention and will add variety to what would normally be a static email.


Topics covered in this article:

Support for animated gifs in email clients

Creating your animated gif

Uploading your animated gif to WordFly

Adding your animated gif to your WordFly email template

 

Support for animated gifs in email clients


There are some limitations though. Animated gifs won’t work in all email clients, mainly Outlook 2007 +. An easy workaround for email client support is to make sure your opening frame is a static image. Send some test emails in WordFly to see how the animation renders!

 

First, create your animated gif

You can create an animated .gif from images or a video.  If you have Photoshop, creating one is pretty simple.  If not, you might try one of these free online tools.  

http://makeagif.com/
http://gifninja.com/
http://gickr.com/

Since animated gifs are created from combining frames into one file you will need to make the gif the exact size for the image area in your WordFly Template. If you need to resize it to a larger or smaller size for your Template's image area first do the edits in one of the tools suggested above in order to retain the full animation. You won't be able to edit the size and retain the animation if you resize the image in your WordFly Template since WordFly does not have access to all the frames in the gif file. Once you have the correct size you can follow the remaining steps in this post to add the gif to your WordFly Template!

 

Second, upload your image to the media library

Check out this support post to learn more about uploading files to your WordFly media library and this one about copying your image URL.

 

Third, add your animated gif to your Built-in-WordFly email

Animated gifs are added to your email just like any other image file. There is no file size limit.

 

CLASSIC EDITOR

1. Go to Emails > Email Templates.

2. Click on your email name and select View/Edit.

3. Select “Edit in WordFly”.

4. Find your image area in your Template, hover over it and select “Link to an image on my website”.

5. Paste in the URL to your animate gif.
Note: You can also add your animated gift to text areas of your email. There are two options to add your image in a text editor.
•    In the text editor, select the tree icon to add the animated gif image URL.
•    Or, select the HTML button to add your animated gif image directly in the HTML code. Your image code will look like this example:
"<src="http://www.wordfly.com/_media/WordFlySchoolReminder.png">

6. Save your Template.


MODERN EDITOR

1. Go to Emails > Email Templates.

2. Click on your email name and select View/Edit.

3. Select “Edit in WordFly”.

4. Click on an image block in your email, this will bring up the Edit Content window on the left panel.

5. Browse to your animated gif in the media library or paste in the URL for your animated gif in the “src” field.
Note: You can also add an animated gif to text areas of your email. There are two options to add your image in a text editor. Click on any text block to open the Edit Content window on the left panel.
•    In the text editor, select Add, and then select Image. Then paste in the image URL for your animated gif.
•    Or, select the HTML button to add your animated gif directly in the HTML code. Your image code will look like this example:
"<src="http://www.wordfly.com/_media/WordFlySchoolReminder.png">

 

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