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Responsive HTML Email

Optimize Your Email for the Mobile Market

It’s official: mobile email is now in the lead, surpassing webmail and desktop client usage by a large margin.

Make Responsive Emails

Build Responsive Emails

In this class you’ll learn best practices for executing a responsive email design that will ensure an excellent user experience for desktop, webmail, and mobile users.

We’ll show you how easy it is to set up a single-column email with a fluid layout that will work across devices and email clients. We’ll also show you how to create a more complex newsletter that, with the help of media queries, will go from a 2-column layout to a single column on most mobile devices.

This advanced level course is designed for people who are already familiar with web development and have prior experience coding HTML email. If you have some experience with HTML and CSS but have never coded an HTML email before, we recommend you take our HTML Email course to learn the basics before you take this class.

  • 12 Hours
  • Mac or PC provided
  • Book included
  • Free retake

Register for a class

$650 Discounts Policies

594 Broadway, NYC or Live Online

What You’ll Learn

  • Create responsive emails that work across all devices
  • Create a 2-column responsive layout with tables
  • Optimize images and swap content for mobile devices
  • Use media queries to fine tune mobile styles
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Responsive HTML Email Class Syllabus

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Simple Responsive Layout: Part I


  • Coding the Outer Table
  • Placing the Header Image
  • Nesting an Inner Table
  • Adding the Text-Based Content
  • Fixing a Gap Below Images
Simple Responsive Layout: Part II


  • Styling the Content Using Embedded Styles
  • Managing Bulleted Lists
  • Making the Email Responsive
  • Introduction to Media Queries
2-Column Layout: Media Queries


  • Coding the Nested Table Structure
  • Writing Styles for Desktop and Mobile Versions
  • Media Queries for Fine Tuning Mobile Responsive Design
  • Modifying Media Queries

Section 2
Mobile-Friendly Column Layout


  • Coding the Table for the 2-Column Content
  • Converting the Mobile Layout to 1-Column
  • Adding the Other Date Listings
  • Refining the CSS for a Classier Look
Optimizing Images for Mobile


  • HTML Email Image Quality: A Balancing Act
  • Dealing with Hi-Res/Retina Images
  • Swapping the Banner on Mobile
  • Further Optimizing the Mobile Banner
Responsive Footer


  • Structuring the Footer Layout
  • Styling the Footer
  • Optimizing the Footer for Smaller Mobile Devices
Optimizing the Mobile Layout


  • Sizing Up Paragraph Text on Mobile
  • Removing Excess Margins on Mobile
  • Removing the Table Borders
Section 3
Best Practices: Preflight


  • Adding a Preheader to Entice Mobile Users
  • Inlining the Styles with MailChimp’s Inliner
  • Reviewing Email Client Results
Hybrid 2-Column Layout: Mobile-First Development


  • Normalizing Styles for Consistency
  • Wireframing the Email Structure
  • Structuring the Sidebar
  • Coding the Footer
Hybrid 2-Column Layout: Part II


  • Adding the Logo
  • Placing the Content
  • Adding a Preheader
  • Refining the Appearance with CSS
Hybrid 2-Column Layout: Responsive Techniques


  • Adding Desktop Widths and Styles
  • Coding Responsive Columns that Work on Gmail
  • Stacking Columns in Reverse Order
Section 4
Client-Specific Fixes


  • Adding Microsoft Conditional Statements
  • Fine-Tuning with Media Queries
  • Optimizing Font Sizes on Mobile
  • Adding CSS3 Support for Windows Phone
Progressive Enhancement


  • Using Border-Radius
  • Bulletproof Buttons
  • Adding Box Shadows
  • Embedding Google Fonts
Preflight and Testing


  • Removing Table Borders
  • Inlining the CSS
  • Sending Tests with PutsMail
Responsive HTML Email example

Learn Responsive Design for Email Marketing

By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills to boost your company’s email marketing campaigns. Take this course with Intro to HTML and HTML Email to earn a New York State Approved Certificate.

  • “The class is very detailed and easy to follow. Instructors are always eager to help and very informative. Noble Desktop is such a great organization for being a great source of knowledge and resources! This is a genuine group that really wants to help students develop skills.”

    Kriska Ocampo

    Learning to design and code responsive HTML emails

  • “Responsive HTML Email is a great course that addresses a critical aspect of email marketing for anyone who has clients or subscribers with whom they communicate regularly. Considering how many non-responsive emails I get, it's a real advantage to have the skills in your pocket.”

    Wilma Dull

  • “I really enjoyed the class on responsive HTML email design. The way the instructor broke down the steps made it easy for me to grasp the concepts and recreate on my own.”

    Lisa Rosenberg

    Attended the Responsive HTML Email class

  • “The Responsive HTML Email course was amazing and the amount of resources and instruction you cover in class ensure that you'll be getting it right. The instructor is a true expert on the subject and had a wealth of knowledge about properly creating, laying out and testing emails which she passed down to the class.”

    German Hernandez

  • “I went in with a bunch of questions and walked out with all of them answered. Very knowledgeable teacher who was extremely patient and understanding. Loved this class. Would recommend to anyone and everyone who would like to learn more about responsive HTML emails.”

    Rena Abelson

    Learned about optimizing HTML emails with responsive design

Learn HTML Email Best Practices

“Throughout the year, I had the opportunity to design and code emails. Trying to code emails which would display correctly on many different email clients and screens sizes I found perplexing and tedious... The knowledge learned by taking this course going forward will enable me to better code them, in addition to being taught best practices as well as valuable tips and tricks. They no longer are a mystery.”
Darryl Kaalund

Student coding HTML emails for marketing campaign

Custom Workbook Included

Our Responsive HTML Email class comes with a custom step-by-step training manual sold to universities and schools around the world. Recreate the class projects and refresh the material anytime after the class.

Responsive HTML email course workbook

Part of a Certificate Program

This course is part of the HTML Email certificate program; the one and only HTML Email certificate in NYC. Take the other courses to earn the certificate.

Students earning a certification in HTML email

Register for Responsive HTML Email

$650 Discounts Policies

594 Broadway, NYC or Live Online