In this article, we're going to cover what is a Master Version. We'll also look at how to create a Master Version and explain about non Master Versions.
Master Versions control all version of the same mailing. They allow you to apply a copy, design or other changes to all versions in the same mailing at once. Master Versions are always the first Version you build and are easily identified by a blue badge on the Versions screen. There can only be one Master Version of each mailing. All other Versions are non Master Versions. Non Master Versions are connected to the master, but not to each other
Creating a Master Version:
Every time you create a Project, Taxi will create a Master Version of your Mailing for you. You can call it whatever you like, but it will always have a blue button on it that shows it is the Master Version.
How Versions work together:
When you add a new Version to your Mailing it is identical to the master, what ever stage the Master is at. Anything you change in the Master, will automatically change in your non Master Version/s. This will continue to happen until you break the inheritance. Read more about inheritance here
Why work on the Master Version first?
If you are intending to create more than 1 Version of your Mailing, working on the Master Version first will save you a lot of time.
As well as general content, you can set important campaign level information (e.g. link tracking) in your Master Version so you only have to do it once.
You can also set standard design elements, standard links (such as unsubscribe or homepage links) and data level personalisation (e.g. Dear %%First Name%%) which will then carry through to all other versions.
Even if you need different links for different Versions, you can often set the link structure just once in the Master Version.
Non Master Versions:
Non Master Versions inherit from the Master by default until they are edited. They are fully editable, but changes in non Master Versions do not apply to any other Versions. They can be renamed, but will always be non Master Versions. You can have as many non Master Versions as you like.