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Debunking Yola Myths – Part 1

With a tool as powerful as Yola, at times it can be difficult to unearth all the advanced features at your fingertips. In this post, we bring clarity to four common misconceptions users have brought to our attention, so that you can get the most out of the Yola Sitebuilder.

Myth #1 – “You need to be a CSS expert to build a polished website”
With our newly released feature, Style Designer, we’ve made it easier to control every element of your website. Style Designer allows your to customize font sizes, colors and font pairings, as well as both navigation layout and background images without any CSS knowledge.

To demonstrate how powerful the Style Designer is, take a look at the examples below.

Example 1 shows a website without any edits or customizations made, whereas Example 2 has been fully customized (without any advanced CSS coding) using Style Designer.

 

Zek Design Website unedited

Example 1

 

Zek Design Website

Example 2

 

Myth #2 – “There isn’t a template that suits my business category”
When choosing a template for your website, it’s tempting to look for a Style that caters to your business category. For example, if you’re building a site for a cake shop you may choose our Pink Cupcakes Style; or if building a website for an educational organization, you may select our Elementary Style. That being said, it is worth noting that a Style is really the skeleton of your website, and therefore can be completely customized to look how you desire.

 

Pink Cupcake website

Pink Cupcakes Style

Elemenetary School WebsiteElementary Style

If a Style does not instantly appeal to your business category, by changing the elements of the Style (such as images, layout, and fonts), you can transform the template into a website that is unique to your business.

In the examples below, both of these sites were created using one of our new Styles, Super Flat. These website are completely different businesses; however, due to the flexibility of the Style, they have been customized to meet the goals of each website owner.

Bonnie bootleggers website

Joes Coffee website
And here we have a few examples of different business websites, both created using our Skyline Style:

Cozy Cakemaker Website

Haystack Website

 

For maximum flexibility, we recommend using one of our new Styles, Super Flat or Skyline, in conjunction with Style Designer to give you full design control. You can search for these Styles under the “Styles” tab in Sitebuilder. Keep in mind that if your site contains CSS code, changing your Style may affect it – if this is the case, you can always create a new site as a test.

Myth #3 – “None of the Yola Styles have the layout I’m looking for”
As with the design elements, the layouts of our Styles are fully flexible as well. Easily transform your site with any of the preset layouts within the “Page” section of Sitebuilder. Here you can select from various column layouts, such as one column over two, or three equal columns.

If the layout you are looking for isn’t featured in our presets, try out our Column Divider Widget to create as many columns as you need, adjusting the columns to any size desired.

Myth #4 – “There isn’t a way to upload my logo”
Adding a logo to your website will stamp your identity, and enhance your branding. Add a logo with ease using either of our new Styles, Super Flat and Skyline.

Skyline offers more advanced logo functionality where you can choose the position of your logo and navigation from a left, top, right or bottom placement. You can also easily change the width of your logo if you decide the logo you’ve uploaded looks too large on your website.

Next week, we will be debunking more Yola myths, be sure to check back then to learn more about the Yola Sitebuilder.

Check out Part 2 of Debunking Yola Myths.

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  • Trevor Downer

    Looking at the example “Haystack” above I believe that the solid page of text would have the visitor to the website move on without reading. I am of the opinion that the most important details or those that you would wish to emphasise should catch the eye of the visitor, maybe in a outlined text box, a different colour text, larger text, bold text etc. Have any studies been made on this point and how do others think? Can there be too many different colours or boxes?