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Why does yola by default add in the html's "/A" at the end of a link? For those that don't know... this html code blocks formatting that no matter how many times you try to format your link it will not format until you delete this html code.

PS... had to get rid of the arrows <> to get the code to appear.
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The link formatting depends on your template... mine by default will turn a light colored black... almost like a very dark burgandy. Without deleting this html code you cannot change it to blue.
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Hi Donald,

The < /a> at the end of the link is actually closing the tag.

<!--
<a href="http://yola.com">yola.com&lt;/a>
-->

See how it starts out < a href=

and then it closes with < /a >

The link formatting is set by the style in the CSS so that every time a link is created it will automatically follow the color scheme of the other links. You should be able to change the color of the link by highlighting it and choosing a color from the color options on the edit toolbar.

Hope that helps,

Emmy
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nope, it doesn't let you... not the way I do it... maybe it has something to do with copying and pasting from word... but after inserting a link it changes the color scheme and then changing the color is not possible without deleting the closing tag. I do think I have determined it is only like this if the link is the last word of the text widget.
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You could be having problems if you have copy and pasted text form Word as this can mess with the formatting on the page. You should make sure to first copy and past into Notepad before you take it into the site builder as this will strip out the extra formatting. I hope that helps!
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lol, well, I purposely copy and paste from word... I hate formatting in the site builder, half the options aren't available and it takes so much longer. On a good day I can format five to eight articles in word (and a good job at that). In the site builder, I'll be lucky to get two done. I have LESS problems copying and pasting from word than formatting in the site builder. I do have the occassional problem copying and pasting into the site builder from word but not nearly as many problems trying to format directly from the site builder. Justifying can only be done from inside the html as an example, I absolutely insist on justifying text. This is just one of many examples.
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I am not sure what you "think" of the formatting I've done on my site, but I rather like it and just about everything is done through word
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Hi Donald,
I wasn't in any way saying anything negative about how your site looks. The problem with copying and pasting from Word is that there is a whole bunch of extra code that is taken along with the text that can negatively impact how the site builder functions. That is why I was saying that the link problem was most likely associated to this; you should be able to highlight a link and change it's color without going into the code. We see this problem with MS Word very often which leads us to discourage copying and pasting from Word, it is for the sole reason that it has caused many problems for user sites.
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yes, I know how to fix the majority of the issues and I do believe it's easier to fix the issues you get from copying and pasting from word than it is formatting directly into the site builder. I think (my opinion) yola should focus more attention on formatting... a start would be adding a justified button. Another thing would be to add words with your colors.. there are two types of 'blues' that look the same... the color formatting in the blogs have this option (it'll say exactly what color it is "blue" or "navy blue" as examples. Also, the bullets can mess you up. If you create a bulleted list for example...

Indent Level 1
.....Indent Level 2a
.....Indent Level 2b
..........Indent Level 3a

and then you want to later update the list between 2a and 2b... if you was to decrease the indent, by default, 2 b will also be decreased to level 1 even though you didn't select level 2b to be decreased. I found other problems too.
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If I didn't explain that properly... if you put your insertion point after 2a and then press enter (to start a new line) then decrease (the new line)'s indent to make another Level 1 bullet instead of level 2... the level 2b (after your newly inserted line) will also decrease... and if you have a 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, etc. (they ALL will decrease the indent) even though this isn't what was wanted.
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hi donald - first of all each style has a default link color, you can not change the color of a link by highlighting the link text and trying to change the color in the editor (although this works sometimes (very annoying) depending on how it is highlighted for editing and what other style controls are around it)

So how do you change the link colors?
go into the html editor --

<!--

Normal link:
<a href="http://example.com">link text</a>

Link with the color changed to white color:
<a style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" href="http://example.com">link text</a>

Link changed to white color with no underline:
<a style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" href="http://example.com">link text</a>

Link changed to white, no underline and a hover title:
<a style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" href="http://example.com" title="YOUR TITLE TEXT">link text</a>

Link changed to white, no underline and it opens in a new window:
<a style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" href="http://example.com" target="_blank">link text</a>

I hope this helps, i have sent a feature request a while back to get better link options including mainly the colour change, lets see what they do.

you dont need to delete and change each link just copy style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" -- then paste that after the <a of each link.
You can easily find links in the editor by first pressing Ctrl+f then typing <a into the search bar, now every time you click next you will be at the next link.

Lee.

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Hi Donald

If you insist on copying and pasting text from Word, unfortunately we won't be able to be of much help to you with any of the display issues to your style or the rest of the text on your site. It is an unfortunate fact that the formatting that you introduce when you do this is not web friendly. It is apt to make your site behave unpredictably in different browsers, or even not load at all. Sometimes you will get away with it, but when it breaks it can break very badly indeed. This would be true of Yola or any web site builder or browser based application you might use.

So let's talk about your frustrations with the text editor in Yola.

1) You mention that you absolutely insist on justifying text. Can you tell us why this is? Justifying is a convention in printed media but not on the web. On the web text should be right, left or center aligned. I know that a neat block of text looks nice to the eye, but it is very difficult to actually read the text on the screen. So if your intention is for people to read what you have written I encourage you to reconsider your policy of justifying your text. See: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol5/... for more information.

2) Can you explain to us what other problems you have with formatting your text in the site builder? We would like to know what they are and find out if there is a way of addressing them.

3) In answer to Lee's point - I have not forgotten about your feature requests for links and I am sharing this with our developers. We are working on some pretty exciting improvements to the way our styles work. It will take some time for these improvements to be seen by our customers because of the scope of the project, but when we release it, it is going to be awesome! So now is the time to share any other requirements you may have. Can't make any promises, but I will always do my best to get your requests communicated with the development team and I know they are just as eager to see how much they can implement.
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i had no doubt that you would have. I carnt wait to see the next big roll out. :)
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justifying makes it look nicer. If you've noticed with my text, it's very nicely done with the formatting... this includes justifying. I'm trying to make the site look as nice as possible. To make a great first impression based on the appearance of the site.