Before sending your emails, give it a preview to make sure everything is looking as it should. When previewing an email, you'll be viewing the way it will look when your subscribers open it.
By default, all new emails you create are sent with the "Simple" email template. This email template is designed to be mobile friendly, and look good in any email client. If you've changed up your default template to your own custom templates, consider sending yourself test emails to check for bugs on different sized screens.
Preview an email
To preview your email, go the "Preview" tab of the email you're currently working on.
To the right of the preview, you'll be able to select a subscriber and preview the email exactly as they will see it. This includes any shortcodes in your email copy.
For example, we're using a shortcode to display any given subscriber's first name.
Then, when we check the preview tab we select a subscriber from the list to the right.
As long as the chosen subscriber has a saved value for the field we're using in our shortcodes, it will represent that data.
Sending a test email
Click the Send Test Email button and enter the email address you would like to send the test email to.
Viewing the test email
When viewing the test email, you'll notice that dynamic subscriber data, like custom fields, are not sent with the test email. However, if you do see square brackets where your shortcode data should be, that means it is working properly.