How can I change fonts and font colours for text using the new text edit bar - without going into HTML??

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What happened to the font selections and font colours in the new text edit bar? How can we still assign different fonts and/or colours to text? I need this feature. I habitually present tutorial articles where I need to change fonts and font colours to emphasise teaching points. How can I still do this?
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Hello John,

With the new text widget you can pre-deterrmine font and colour by assigning it to one of the heading options. This can be done through the style designer. When you then wish to empasize some text with other font detail you can then recall that heading and apply it to your highlighted text.

If you wish you can also bypass the new text widget and recall the old widget.
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Does that mean that if I want to change one word to green, another to red, and a third to blue within one paragraph - as I often do in my articles for teaching purposes - or change the font of a single word from eg. Trebuchon to Times Roman (ditto) I must assign a different heading for each word format? Are these headings user-customisable? So that I can choose in future eg. Green Trebuchon, 12 pt? Sounds retrogressive to me...

I confess I have not dared to experiment with the Style Designer since Black Monday, when Yola first introduced the new tool bar and folk, in their innocence, clicked on the new Style Designer only to find it had reformatted ie. wrecked their entire site. Can the effects of the Style Designer be confined only to a single text box or will they (if we press the wrong button) operate globally, with potentially ruinous results?
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The Style Designer is best left for new sites. In your case then I would select the old text widget to customise text in your existing site.
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John Yeoman

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That's what I thought, Gop. Can you please reassure us that we will always be able to use the old text editor? However anxious the techies might be, in their quest for clean code, to drop it in future?

And does it mean that, if I create an entirely new Yola site, I shall be compelled, whether I like it or not, to use the new (minimal function) text editor - with no option to use the old, feature-rich and intuitively operable text editor ie. the one that actually worked?
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At the moment you can use either text widgets for old or new :)
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Hi John

We really appreciate Gop's contribution to our forum and he has provided some very good advice on this thread. However, at times it is necessary to remind people that he is not a Yola employee and does not speak for the company. I am able to answer you on this point however, and have just done so on one of your other posts. Existing customers will always have access to the old text widget on their existing sites or any new site they create in the same account. If you create a new account you will only have access to the new text widget.

Regarding your other concerns:
If someone enables the Style Designer on an existing site they can just as easily disable it again and everything will be back to the way it was before. The ability to disable the Style Designer on pre-existing sites has been there since we first released it. People can therefore experiment with it safely and continue to use it if they like it or turn it off if they do not.

Currently it is only possible to format each font type once in the Style Designer and apply this across the whole site. However, in future we hope to offer inline formatting through the use of classes that can be customized from the Style Designer, and this will allow you to achieve the level of variation you described above.

It is true that some of the features supported in the old text widget are not currently supported by the new. However, with the Style Designer there are many new features (including a much larger font library) that were not available before and there is much more to follow. More importantly the new text editor lays the groundwork for a far richer, more flexible and reliable sitebuilding experience. If we had not taken this step all future development would be locked down and we would not be able to realize our vision for the future of the Yola sitebuilder.

While there is some pain of adjustment as we make this shift we have done all within our power to ensure that existing customers can continue to edit their sites exactly as they did before so that they are not negatively impacted in any way.

I agree with Gop that the best way to experience the Style Designer is with a new site using one of our new, highly customizable styles. Feel free to experiment on a new site if you wish, but rest assured that your existing sites are and will remain unaffected by the text widget release.