Exporting a Dyspatch Template to Mandrill

You can build beautiful emails with Dyspatch and send them to your customers using Mandrill.

Build and Approve in Dyspatch

Use the Dyspatch editor to build and test your template, then collaborate with your team to approve it.

Download Your Template

Once your template is published in Dyspatch you can download it by clicking Download Template within the Dyspatch editor. Mandrill supports Handlebars for adding dynamic content to your template, so select "HTML/Handlebars" as your export language. Any DML variables and templating logic will be translated to Handlebars automatically.

Download your template in Handlebars

Your download will be a zipped folder containing everything you need to get your template ready in Mandrill.

Getting the HTML Source Code

Unzip the folder downloaded from Dyspatch and open the HTML file so you can copy its contents and add the template content into Mandrill. You can open the HTML file in a text editor or open the file in a web browser and view the page source.

Here's how to open the HTML file and copy the HTML using your web browser or the text editor that is pre-installed with Windows and MacOS:

Web Browser

Most web browsers will have a "View Page Source" option. The following screenshots will outline steps for Google Chrome.

Open the HTML file in a web browser, and right click the page to open a drop down menu. Select the View Page Source option.

Right click to dropdown menu options. Click the View Page Source option

You will be presented with the HTML source code and you can copy the HTML and add the content into Mandrill.

Showing the source code of the HTML

Text Editor

Windows

Notepad comes pre-installed with Windows operating systems, so you should be able to search for Notepad and open the HTML file. Once opened, you can copy the HTML and add the content into Mandrill.

MacOS

TextEdit comes pre-installed with MacOS operating systems, so you should be able to search for TextEdit and open the HTML file. Note that you may need to adjust your preferences to allow HTML files to be opened in code format.

In the preferences settings, click the "Open and Save" tab. Make sure the "Display HTML files as HTML code instead of formatted text" is enabled.

Once you have the HTML, you can copy the HTML and add the content into Mandrill.

Add Your Dyspatch Template to Mandrill

Within Mandrill, select Outbound from the sidebar and then Templates. Click the + Create a Template button to start a new template.

Click the create a template button in Mandrill

Paste the contents of the HTML file into the HTML tab in Mandrill.

Paste your HTML into Mandrill's template editor

Copy over your subject, plain text, and any other sending information you downloaded from Dyspatch into the Mandrill template as well. Save and publish your draft and you are ready to start sending beautiful emails to your customers with Mandrill!

Make sure Handlebars is set as the default templating language globally in your Mandrill account, or set Handlebars as the templating language when sending via the Mandrill API.

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