Flash (.swf's) For Headers

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you can only insert images as headers, can i make an swf file a header?

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Peter

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No.
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actually you can, see my comments much further below or here http://your-own-free-website.com
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oh, ok.

thanks peter.

alex
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That was an interim answer. Thought i'd get it out then check any further developments. The answer remains. Reason being is that you do it through an HTML widget and the Banner/header area is out of bounds for these widgets.

I really think this will change relatively soon as this really is a long standing request. Here's hoping :)
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brill, i hope Yola do introduce this feature!
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You could use an animated GIF though, Alex!
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good idea!
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jupitergreetings.com
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Hello Alex,
Yes Peter is correct on this one... thanks Peter! I will put this forth to our development team for consideration in the future!

Emmy
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Hard to believe that Yola has not incorporated templates with (truly) customizable headers. Nor does it seem possible to add your own HTML code within the header - please inform me if I am wrong because I would love to do that.
In many ways I prefer Yola for making a free website compared to another venue (i.e. Webs.com). However, Webs makes it simple for anyone to work with images, colors, patterns, fonts, sizes, text, subtitles and everything's location inside the header which is a very nice feature. Or you can add your own HTML or CSS. And that's for the free styles, not even talking premium here which is what I have with Yola and still can't do it.
Come on, Yola staff, "development team;" step it up. How about some new templates with customizable headers?
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Hello Jason

Thank you for taking the time to share with us some of the features that you'd like to see incorporated into our Sitebuilder. I can certainly see how having the ability to add your own HTML code into the header would be a very useful tool to have.

We do provide a workaround which allows you to manipulate the page heading text.

1. Go to the "Properties" tab.
2. In the box under "Page Heading", enter the font code which would look like this:

<font color="#5dc4d3" face="Times New Roman" size="5">heading goes here</font>

Replace the "5dc4d3" with the hex value number of the color you want. Please refer to our HTML Color Code Chart for web friendly colors.

You can change the font type by replacing "Times New Roman". It is advisable to use web-friendly fonts. You can find a list of these by clicking on the "A" icon on the Text Editing toolbar.

You can change size of the your font by replacing the number "5". You can enter a numeric value from 1- 10. Please keep in mind, that by changing the size, your page heading may shift down closer to the bottom of your banner area.

I know this may not be exactly what you were looking for but I do hope that you will be able to use this workaround to help achieve what you're wanting to do.

In the meantime, I have passed along your suggestion to our Product Team to take under consideration.
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Hi Sanja,

Thanks for your comments as always. You're right; that is helpful yet not what I'm looking for.

I've been searching for the HTML Color Code Chart. Do you have that link? I found one that is limited but works pretty well - http://html-color-codes.info/ Note to others that Yola's Page Heading tab only accepts the color code when the letters are small case, at least for me.

Sorry if this sounds unappreciative, but how many more years do you guess before the development team implements a template with more (banner area) HTML coding allowed or highly customizable banners? It doesn't sound like a stretch since the page bodies already have that.
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Hello Jason

The HTML color code chart can be found here: HTML Color Code Chart

We are hoping that over the course of next year or so, we will be developing this further. :)
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Great, because that's the only thing I can see that's arguably holding Yola back from being the best. Fix that and you've got the best place to make a website, no question.
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Interesting what an old fart like myself can do in just 2 hours... ;) I am always (body willing) up for a challenge so I created a SWF banner and edited a code for my page peel and what do you know... It worked... Just need to lighten the .JS code of nonessential lines and it should be perfect.

http://tester2.synthasite.com/

Sorry, but I won't be able to add this to my tips page and do a tutorial until at least after the end of the month as I just haven't the time that it takes to invest into it due to health stuff.

At least it might offer hope to those that want to add SWF to their banners that it can be done.

Just give the old Bear some time to do it and you too can have your very own SWF banner... Pretty cool if you asked me.

I am either good or lucky, I still don't know which though. ;)

Happy site building
Ed

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What's interesting is that a lot of html can be added to that tiny Page Heading tab. I never would have seen that on my own. There may be quite a few workarounds possible in that little space.

Time to experiment...
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Okay, thanks again Sanja and Ed. I was also able to customize my header a bit more than before from that advice. It's not ideal IMO, but definitely nice and a surprise to know the Page Heading tab can accommodate some HTML.

I added a flash banner for the Page Heading and edited the Banner Image to be a rectangular block of the same background color so the banner would disappear in it. Since my site is about teaching newbies different places for free sites and blogs and what you can/can't do there, this was a perfect example of learning on the job. And yes, Yola is one of the highly recommended venues.

For anyone interested, this header is made from a free style template as of 10-26-10 but may change in the future.

http://your-own-free-website.com/

The flash came from a great company http://flashvortex.com which has free and paid programs. I wasn't able to get the advanced install to work here (maybe my mistake) but the simple install did work in the Page Headings tab.
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That's great news Jason... Great looking site and welcome to the Yola family.

This site I did a few years ago might offer some flashvortex help. Man does it need to be cleaned up and redone... Sooo bad...

http://free-flash-menus.synthasite.co...

As I have a great deal of Flashvortex knowledge and history I should caution you on relying upon them to host your swf file for you. You see, there is a very troublesome little problem in that the page load speed (on a Yola built site) was pure hell when their (flashvortex's) servers were busy, overloaded or down. I think that at times your site will suffer from the longer than usual page load time because it has a lot further to go to fully load the page. I checked your site in EE, FF and chrome and with each had an excessive amount of (twiddle my thumbs) time to fully appear but then rechecked later and it was fine. As your files are most likely already cached on your computer clear your cache and then reload your page to see what I am referring to in a few browsers and at different times throughout the day. To keep your visitors on your site it is best to have your site load fast and reliably every time and sadly hosting your swf files anywhere but on Yola's servers is a crap shoot at best.

I noticed that you opted for the paid flashfortex version without branding and ability to download. if I were you I would download the provided files (see link above), upload to and reference them in your file manager. Yola has great up time and locates the file much quicker than going off server to most likely another country to pull up the swf file. This will ensure that your page loads super fast every time.

My mind must have been fried and those memories temporarily misplaced from one of my many seizures because I didn't recall until just now that I implemented the flash in my header similar to the way you did in 2008 but chose to not keep it for the above page load reason. Back then I tried just about everything and the reps can attest to that from my habit of finding every known way to break the site builder and then ways to fix it.

For my recent attempt I chose to use a js. page peel code that I made cross browser years ago. Deleted reference to a few files and images and it works quite nicely. The best thing about this code is that not only is the swf referenced in my file manager but also you can lock the location in at either left, center or right justified and move it around even more by increasing or decreasing the index numerical values. I will get to the tutorial when I have more time.

Keep up the good work... ;)
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So guys, Any news on the flash header?? is it coming.. is yola working on something??
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Hi Dylan,

This feature is something we definitely want to develop further, but at the moment it is not planned, so I don't have any other information, or a release date to give you. We will definitely let you know when this happens!
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Dylan,

I took down my flash months ago and forgot to update this thread. It worked fine, just thought it didn't help my site.

All you have to do is enter the right html code within your Page heading tab.