Options tab not available in style designer as advertised

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Yola tutorials instruct the user on how to add custom footer designs to their website using the Option --> Custom Footer feature they show within the Style Designer but this feature is not shown as an option on the users menu options.

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Bonnie Woitas

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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi Bonnie

I apologize for any confusion. This will only show in the Style Designer if the style you have selected supports the custom footer option. Both the Skyline and SuperFlat styles support this, but our older styles do not.
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Sanja, Official Rep

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Hello Bonnie,

I , too want to express my apologies for the confusing tutorial. I am currently managing our tutorials and I want to rectify this as soon as possible so that others don't experience the confusion. Could you please let me know for which tutorial you saw this information?
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Bonnie Woitas

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It is on your "Top of the Month" found at this link....
http://www.yola.com/blog/5-minutes-we...

I beleive my page style is iStudio. I am a Yola Silver subscriber so I find it difficult to understand why Premium Styles would not have this feature or that it only be available to a couple page styles. Sounds like a complete waste, if that is the case.
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi Bonnie,

I completely understand your feelings, and I do hope I can speak to your point. The Style Designer was conceived, designed and built after all of our Premium Styles. During this time we did a lot of research on website design trends as well as on the needs of small business users and decided that a control panel allowing site-wide changes to be managed simply and easily was key for the future of website building. Our first version of the Style Designer was a big step forward for us but as we were confined to using it within our existing styles we quickly set out to design new and more flexible styles to get even more customization options out of the Style Designer. Because many aspects of our existing styles are hard coded, it necessitated designing brand new styles to support the ever expanding features of our Style Designer. As such we built SuperFlat and Skyline and will continue to add more new styles designed to work with the Style Designer. Every feature from the Style Designer that is compatible with our Premium Styles is already at your disposal, however if you wish to make use of more advanced features, you will need to change over to SuperFlat or Skyline. We fully recognize that this is not a step everyone is prepared to take and will continue to support you in your existing style choice, but I do want to be transparent about the fact that our new features will predominantly be focused around additions to the Style Designer that cannot be applied to all of our old styles and as such will often be restricted to the styles we have designed with the Style Designer in mind.
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Bonnie Woitas

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Can you clarify a question I have in regards to the new custom footer option now available on limited templates....

Once you design this footer, does it populate to all pages or does it need to be recreated for each one?
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi Bonnie,

Changes made in the Style Designer apply to all pages on your website. Anything created on your individual page must be recreated for each page. That is why we feel the Style Designer is such a useful and powerful tool!

One thing we suggest for people wanting to create a template who aren't using the Style Designer is to create a page with all your settings and then use the Save page as feature to replicate it every time you need to add a new page.
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Bonnie Woitas

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Well, I decided to try out one of the new templates (Super Flat) on my site and lets just say that they huge changes it made to my exsisting main page alone were horrific and that I will need A LOT more convincing before considering that leap.

I did on the other hand try setting up a sample page with the same template to try to educate myself on the pros and cons of the changes and was very dissapointed. Not only was it confusing to navigate in the functions of the Style Designer vs existing menus but the footer feature was a COMPLETE disapointment and not as advertised AT ALL.

Although the footer feature option now existed, it only allowed you to opt to include social media button, add your companies address and telephone number. The tutorial specificly indicated you would have the option to add widgets for columns, text and photos into this area that would then populate to all pages. I was not able to find how any of this is possible, even within the templates you have recommended.

I fail to understand why Yola would send out this feature to members as its "Tip of the Month" as it is HORRIBLE and does not function as indicated!
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Hello Bonnie

I think there may be a misunderstanding, and I'm sorry for any confusion caused. If I understand you correctly, you're still referring to our 5-minutes website fixes blog post.

I'm not sure if you went through the whole instructions of the post. These instructions basically provide a workaround for creating a custom footer. In the text it says that you will need to remove the default footer via unticking the respective checkbox in the Style Designer. Then it adivses to set the content padding to 0.

Once done, you leave the Style Designer and add your custom footer to your page manually. Having set the Content padding to 0 now allows you to add elements directly below the Content area. That is you can drag and drop Custom Panel Widgets, the Column Divider Widget, and Text Widgets to create your footer manually.

In order to have this footer sitewide, you'd need to re-create it on each page. The easiest way to achieve this is to create a sample page where you add all elements that are supposed to appear on each page, including your custom footer. Whenever you want to add a new page, you open the sample page and save it as a new page. This way you'll be able to make sure that your custom footer displays throughout your website.
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Bonnie Woitas

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Yes, I have seen this as well as several other comments from other users on this tutorial and shall we say lack of feature. I'm not impressed, in fact very dissapointed,.