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When sending a email in PHP program, How do I insert a image?

Posted on 2015-01-09
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This is a sample of the coding:
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$message = "";
                if(isset($_SESSION["NewAccountCreated"])) {
                    $message = "Hello ".$order->Billing->Name.",\n".
                        "Thank you for ordering and registering an account at www.ZZZZZZZ.com. ".
                        "We have received your order. Should you need to make changes to your order, ".
                        "please call us at XXX.YYY.6457, during our normal business hours (see below). ".
                        "We are glad to help you. Please remember, orders placed by 12 noon, pacific time, ".
                        "ship the same business day. Below is your order confirmation number, please ".
                        "keep a copy of it should you need to reference your order.\n\n".
                        "Order Confirmation #: ".$salesOrderNumber."\n\n".
                        "Account #: ".$account->CustomerNumber."\n\n".
                        "Thank you!\n-The ZZZZZZZ Team";
                } //end if
                else if(isset($_SESSION["LoginEmail"])) {
                    $message = "Order Confirmation.\n\n".
                        "Thank you for your recent order with ZZZZZZZ. ".
                        "Whats Next? Once your order ships an Invoice and tracking number".
                        "             will be emailed to you.".
                        "We have received your order. Should you need to make changes to your ".
                        "order, please call us at XXX.YYY.6457, during our normal business hours ".
                        "(see below). We are glad to help you. Please remember, orders placed by ".
                        "12 noon, pacific time, ship the same business day. Below is your order ".
                        "confirmation number; please keep it handy should you need to reference your order.\n\n".
                        "\t\t\t Order Confirmation #: ".$salesOrderNumber."\n\n".
                        "\t\t\t Account #: ".$account->CustomerNumber."\n\n".
                        "\t\t\t Customer Name - ".$order->Billing->Name.".\n\n".
                        "Thank you!\n- The ZZZZZZZZ Team";
                } //end else
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Here is the result:

Order Confirmation.

Thank you for your recent order with ZZZZZZZ. Whats Next? Once your order ships an Invoice and tracking number             will be emailed to you.We have received your order. Should you need to make changes to your order, please call us at XXX.YYY.6457, during our normal business hours (see below). We are glad to help you. Please remember, orders placed by 12 noon, pacific time, ship the same business day. Below is your order confirmation number; please keep it handy should you need to reference your order.

                   Order Confirmation #: I149705

                   Account #: 0000007

Customer Name - TEST - TEST - IT - TEST.

Thank you!
- The ZZZZZZZZ Team

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I like to have our Company logo in the Email and a product image?

Can I do something like that?
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Question by:Scott Johnston
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by:Rob
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Yes but you can't include them in the email.  you're better off referencing those images from your website and show them in your email using html img tags
e.g.
<img src='domain.com/path/to/images/logo.jpg>
<img src='domain.com/path/to/products/xyz/xyz.jpg>
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you should also set the email to be HTML as well as plain text for the email client to choose how it wants to read it.  Most email clients will allow HTML but will require the user to "show pictures".  As a fallback you should include a text based version as well with the basics of the order confirmation.

As a reference this article explains the differences with how to include images in emails.  As you can see, the best way is to reference them via a CDN (which is just your website)
https://sendgrid.com/blog/embedding-images-emails-facts/
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The below PHP code will set both the HTML and text based versions for you.

$mail = new PHPMailer();
$mail->IsHTML(true);
$mail->CharSet = "text/html; charset=UTF-8;";
...
$mail->Body =  $htmlMessage;
$mail->AltBody  =  $textMessage;
...
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Here is a good basic article on sending HTML emails: http://css-tricks.com/sending-nice-html-email-with-php/

Just be sure to include a text based version as previously described by using the AltBody attribute of the mail object.
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by:Scott Johnston
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Rob, thank you for the guide line on this.  It was very helpfull.!!!
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