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I have been tasked to create a website for a charity I work for. In fact I volunteered after finding this site :) After looking at some of the tutorials and some of the brlliant sites that have been created, I must admit I feel a bit overwhelmed. I want to build a really good site, but am concerned I do not have the knowledge or the creativity within me. However, I am up for a challenge and happy to learn.

To start with I would like to know how does everyone build a decent banner? Do you use a banner building webitre, use HTML, start with a blank page on Yola? I can't even squeeze a picture into a banner template without the picture being distorted. If someone could guide me on this part then I will gain some confidence and go on from there.

Many thanks in advance for your help.
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Hi Steve ... Google will help
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Hello Steve

There are quite a few banner making programs on the Internet if you would like to create your own. I have used a few programs which worked quite nicely if you would like to give them a try: Banner Fans and Banner Maker Pro, (this is not a free program, but they do have a free trial available).

Here is a link to our public forum where a group of users were discussing this topic and gave lots of good ideas: What is the best banner making program.

Make sure to look at the dimensions of the banner area of your style (this will be displayed at the bottom of the dialog box when you click on the banner area) so that you can create your banner to be the proper size.

Yola offers a selection of styles that allow you to change the banner image. If the banner image can be changed, this will be indicated when you mouseover the banner image.

To change the banner image:

1. Click on directly on the banner image on your page.
2. A dialog box will open up. Select "Change Banner Image".
2. Another dialog box will open, allowing you to either browse your computer for an image or choose an image from the File Manager.
3. Once you select your image, you will be taken to the Banner Editor.
4. You can crop and resize your banner image.
5. Once done, click on "OK" and your banner image will be added to your page.
6. Click on "Save" for the banner image to be saved to your page.
7. You have the option to apply this image to all pages of your site by selecting the "Apply to All" option from the dialog box.

Here is a link to more information on the attributes of the different styles: Yola Style Guide.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have any further questions, please let me know.
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Hi Sanja, thanks for your reply.

I forgot to mention in my opening post that I have already checked the forum and Google! and do know how to change banner styles. I have also read the style guide. What it did not help me with was the following:

How to type over a banner
How to add a logo on top of the banner
I could not even change the font on the heading. Is this not possible?

I have had a look on a couple of banner making sites and they do not seem to offer this flexibility.

Here is our current website which is currently hosted by a 3rd party.

Apart from the pages being crammed wth words, the picture is static on each page, so apart from have control over our own website we believe we can improve the style of the website. We just need tht initial help.

I see some of the examples made by the community and they are amazing. So, do they use HTML, a blank sheet to work from or can a banner site build banners with the flexibility of adding logos, typing etc?

Any sensible help or tips will be very much appreciated.

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One more thing, I got the size of the banner on Yola, which stated 940 x 125. When checking the banner making stes none of thm had this size or anything near that size. Are they using a different measure system?