Why is an article's appearance different in the editor than in Help Center?

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18 Comments

  • Debbie LeDuc

    So does that mean I need to use CSS to style my articles to have them come out as I want?

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  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hey Debbie!

    The CSS controls the overall look and feel of your Help Center, but you can format the text of your articles in the article editor.

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  • Debbie LeDuc

    That is the problem; the formatting is not consistent in the article editor.  If I had access to the CSS would it make it easier to format and style articles?

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  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hey Debbie,

    I guess I'm not entirely sure what you mean here... can you go into more detail about what's not looking right?

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  • Stephen Greenfield

    For example, I noticed that NUMBERED paragraphs in the editor look correct, but in the published article they all began with "1."

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  • Nicole S.
    Zendesk Community Team

    Hey Stephen - 

    You could try enabling "unsafe HTML" in your Help Center settings. If that doesn't resolve the issue, it may be something with the CSS or HTML, in which case the best answer is to open a support ticket so that we can dig into the specifics. 

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  • Paul Go

    How about the inline styling on the wysiwyg editor? Because I styled it properly on the edit but when published. The styling didn't appear.

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  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hi Paul! Welcome to the Community!

    Can you be more specific about what you're seeing? If you could post some screenshots it would be very helpful!

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  • Paul Go

    Hi Jesse, Thank you for looking into it. Please see attached image.

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  • Trapta
    Community Moderator

    Hi @Paul,

    It's because the inline styling is removed by the WYSIWYG editor once the article is published.

    I will recommend you to use CSS for the styling.

    Team Diziana

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  • Paul Go

    Any reason why it is doing it or how to have just a default styling for some of the elements? Like for the <tables> the default styling that we usually see on our browsers are removed.

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  • Trapta
    Community Moderator

    Hi @Paul,

    I recommend you to create common CSS classes for styling and add those classes in the article content.

    Team Diziana

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  • Robert Peterson-Wakeman

    I'm having this issue as it relates to multi-level bullets. Sorry, this is a little frustrating, and I'm not sure why this basic style is not supported. Looking to dig further on this.

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  • Nicole S.
    Zendesk Community Team

    Hi Robert - 

    How can we help? 

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  • Robert Peterson-Wakeman

    I have a ticket in progress #4861414

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  • Nicole S.
    Zendesk Community Team

    Thanks for letting us know. Our team will continue to support you there.

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  • Maegan Morrison

    What would cause text in published articles to appear the opposite of shown in the editor? All text that is bold is showing as normal and all text that is normal is showing as bold.

    I made general styling updates to our help center recently (changed out logos and colors) and ever since those changes were applied the formatting of articles has been broken. These changes were made in the guide admin settings and not in the css file. At some point in every single article the text formatting switches to the reverse of what it is in the editor- please help!

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  • Greg
    Zendesk Customer Advocate

    Hi Maegan!

    Welcome to the Zendesk Community! I'm sorry to hear that you've experienced formatting issues after making some changes to your theme.

    From what I can see, you had also opened a support ticket with our team. It seems that your issue has been already resolved. However, if you have further questions, please feel free to reach out back to us and we'll be happy to help out!

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