When creating a Formatted Text and Images part  or an email template in NetCommunity, here a few helpful hints, and best practices for treating Text and Images.

File Format...
Make sure that all images are in one of the accepted web file formats:
  • .jpg
  • .jpeg
  • .png
  • .gif
Image Library...
All images that you wish to use must be uploaded to the Image Library prior to being inserted into the HTML editor. 

Image Size...
Prior to uploading images to the image library, the image should be as close as possible to the actual size that it will appear in the HTML editor. In other words, if you have an image that is 1024 x 768 in dimension, however, you need it to appear in a box that is only only 300 x 100 in dimension, it is best to use an image program such as Photoshop, Gimp, or the free online photo service Pizlr Editor to resize the image prior to uploading it to the NetCommunity image library. You may need to upload a image multiple times, in different sizes to the Image Library.

When creating Formatted Text and Image Parts, it is highly likely that your site is using a CSS style sheet to rendered a lot of, if not all of your text typeface, font size, font color, et cetera. Before you spend a lot of time trying to format all of this styling, it is best to simply type out the text you'd like to appear without any formatting. Save the part, insert it onto a page, and view the page. This will pick up the CSS styling, and you may be surprised at how the text looks different than you imagined. You can then edit the part, and adjust the alignment (Center, Left, Right) 

Font Size...
Rather than designating specific font sizes such as 12 pt, 20 pt. etc... first try to use the Heading markers. Heading 1, Heading 2, etc. This will help with styling later. 

Create in the Editor...
Under no circumstances should you type out copy in a word processing application such as Microsoft Word, or Apple's Pages, and then copy/paste it into the HTML editor of NetCommunity. This will, without fail, bring in unwanted formatting tags that are not always immediately seen, but make formatting and troubleshooting very difficult later. Type your copy in the editor itself. It you absolutely must copy and paste large bodies of text, copy them from the word processing application into Notepad (Start > Accessories > Notepad). Once the text is in Notepad, do a Select all > Copy, and then paste from Notepad into the HTML editor. This will strip out the MS Word formatting and only bring over the raw text. 

Although the HTML editor inside NetCommunity can get you into a basic layout without having to actually use HTML, it is important to remember that all email templates and formatted text and images parts are still simply HTML based web elements. A very basic grasp of HTML concepts is invaluable when trying to format using an HTML editor. 

The web has many free HTML tutorials that are fantastic for helping you learn. Go through the HTML tutorial at w3school.com, and you will have all the tools you need to troubleshoot formatting issues in the HTML editor by going to View > HTML Code in the editor inside NetCommunity.