Create an eBay Listing with SeaMonkey Composer - dummies

Create an eBay Listing with SeaMonkey Composer

By Marsha Collier

SeaMonkey Composer is a great free tool that can be used to create your eBay listings. Once your business is in full swing, you’ll soon realize that it’s the little differences that will get your product noticed.

Add text and graphics

After you open SeaMonkey Composer, you’ll see that it looks like an eBay or Word page layout, but it has far more features. The most important for you to see are the four tabs at the bottom of the screen. These tabs enable you to view your template in several ways:

  • Normal. This is your standard design mode, where you can highlight text — change it or color it — and add pictures or tables.


  • HTML Tags. This view shows you your template with the symbols of the tags you have created.


  • HTML Source. Here is the raw HTML code that you see when you click the Source tab. From this view, you can save the template to your hard drive and change the text at will through the Normal tab.


  • Preview. This tab displays your work in pretty much the same way as the Normal setting, but it’s good to double-check that everything is perfect before you save it.

In the following steps, you create a table that contains a photo on the left and text on the right:

  1. Click the Table button on the toolbar or choose Tools→Insert Table.

    An Insert Table screen appears.

  2. If you want a photo next to your text, indicate 1 row with 2 columns.

    This creates a table with two cells side by side.


  3. Click OK.

    The table screen disappears, and you see the table or the HTML coding for two cells on the screen.


  4. Click the Row 1 Cell 1 on the screen, (in Source mode this would be between the HTML opening and closing codes (<td> and </td>), and then click the Image button (it looks like a little picture) on the toolbar.

    The Image Tag dialog box appears.

  5. In the Image Properties box, type the Internet address (URL) where your image is stored.

    You can get the URL from your image hosting service, from your website, or by locating the image on the Internet and copying the URL from the top of your browser screen. If you want to alter the size of your image, you can also type the width or height (or both), in pixels, in the Dimensions boxes.

  6. Click OK.

    The HTML code for the image appears inside the text area.

  7. Click the Row 1 Cell 2 on your screen, and enter the description text you want to appear next to the picture.

    For convenience, you can also open a listing description you’ve already written in Windows Notepad, and copy and paste it into the space.

Add HTML formatting

If you’ve already written your description text, you can paste it into the open window. But if you do that, all the sentences run together in one mammoth paragraph.


To distinguish and emphasize parts of your description — and to simply make it look better — you can add HTML text attributes as follows:

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.

  2. Click the button on the toolbar for the text formatting style you want to apply.

    The B button is for bold, I is for italic, and U is for underline. The formatting is applied automatically.


Choose File→Save to save your HTML when you’re happy with the results. When you’re ready to use that auction description, just open the file, copy the code, and paste it into the eBay auction description area (be sure you’re typing in the area under the HTML tab) for the appropriate item.

When inserting HTML code into your listings, be sure you have the HTML tab selected, or your listing will look like a bunch of code (which isn’t very attractive).

SeaMonkey has many other features, including custom colors, anchors, and spell checker. After you’ve created a template or two, poke around and see how fancy you can get with this small (but powerful) program.