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Quick 'n' Dirty Sections in RapidWeaver

I have a softspot for stacks that save me time and save me from having to think. I'm a graphic Designer (at least, that's what my diploma says) but sometimes it's nice to be able to just drag a stack onto a page, drop in an image and some text and then move on to the next section. Quick 'n' Dirty! And that's exactly what the new Section stack from Weavium allows me to do…

Section is a free stack that allows me to switch off for a while. Full width sections with header and caption text and a bare minimum of design possibilities. All I need to do is decide on a colour for the background and contrasting colours for the Header and caption. Once I've done so, I can drop in my content and move on to the next section.

Section Weavium

I recently built a site that contained just such sections containing price information for various services. Had I had Weavium's Section, I'd have had the page finished in half the time (and could still have charged the same price!).

Stack settings

General
Padding T,B,L,R. Default 100,100, 20, 20px

Menu
Background [colour] None, Solid, Gradient, Image.

Section Title
Colour
Size – Desk, Mobile, Tablet
Space Below – Desk, Mobile, Tablet
Max Width
Font – 15 popular web fonts plus custom
Font Weight – Bold (default), Normal

Section Description
Same options as above.

Section is a soft release, so you can expect a few changes to appear in the very near future e.g. customisation of the color and sizing of header tags, text, and links within the content.
This is a neat little stack, made all the more interesting by the fact that is's free.

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Designing Every Element in RapidWeaver

Marten Claridge is a gifted designer and if you watched his contribution to this year's Weavers' Space Conference 'Design Every Element', or if you've downloaded any of his creative stacks, you'll know exactly what I'm taliking about.

During the WSC, Marten built a very attractive page using only Big White Duck stacks. There were comments during the conference that Marten's feature was slow, but hey! Designing Every Element is a slow process.
At the end of the presentation, however, a chorus of voices shouted "I want to be able to do the same."

Well, if you digested what Marten explained, you can.
If you found it too complicated, Marten promised at the end of his talk to deliver the project module he created online.
He's kept his promise, but instead of delivering a single module, he's submitted 154 (one hundred and fifty-four) of them!
Sadly, this means that you'll never again have to design a page section on your own — ever!

Maximal Design Style Modules. Subtitled Duck Soup – using Marten's own words "the design modules solve a common problem for Weavers struggling to stay relevant in a highly competitive market: how to quickly and easily add real professional style to a project to make it stand out from the crowd."

Duck Soup is a bundle containing five packs for Foundation users: Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo. Each pack is duplicated based on the universal Blank Theme (included with the project) for those that don't use Foundation.
Each pack is a project file containing five stacks pages of uniquely designed modules. Each project page contains Multiple modules. And each of the modules contains perfectly paired combinations of Google Fonts for the headers and content.

Maximal Design Modules – Duck Soup


To use one of the modules in your project, simply copy it from the Duck Soup project, paste it into your own page and replace the text and images with your individual content.
Quick, simple, awe-inspiring results are guaranteed!

Of course, the modules don't necessarily need to be utilised 'as is', but can be used as a schematic to jumpstart your new project. Adjust a few settings here and there and with just a few minutes work, you have your very own module.

The 'Universal' modules should work with virtually any theme, but given the large number of old and new themes out there, this obviously can't be guaranteed. Depending on the responsive theme of your choice, the settings may require a little refinement.

Marten has obviously spent many hours studying his collection of BWD stacks and he puts them to use expertly. Some of the effects he achieves are quite amazing and a lot of thought has gone into designg each and every element.

Stacks used

Big White Duck Stacks:
Sections Pro
Sections Box
Paragraph Pro
Header Pro
Button Plus 2
Chroma
Blueprint
Bevel

It goes without saying that you will also need RW 6+ and Stacks 3+

Each of the five project packs is available as a separate purchase, or you can buy the complete bundle collection with a 25% reduction – that's less than 50¢ per module.

Trivia: How did the modules get their names? Duck Soup was a film made in 1933. Chico, Harpo, Groucho, and Zeppo – The Marx Brothers – were the stars of this film while Milton 'Gummo' Marx was the four brothers' manager. What better name then, for a series of projects featuring BWD stacks exclusively, than Duck Soup?

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Feature Section For RapidWeaver

How do I introduce a stack that looks so simple, but is as feature rich as 1LD's Feature Section? All Feature Section does is to present a card, or a selection of cards that feature your business, or your products. But Feature Section has so many setup possibilities that I can almost guarantee that it will never look the same on any two websites.
Feature Section - 1LD

Your aim: to present your business, or your products. Feature cards with snippets of information about your company, your employees, or the services you offer. Feature Section is a great way to do just that in a professional manner –
An animated (or not) grid of cards that present your product with an Icon, or an image – an employees portrait, for instance –above each card (or not) and a short, informative text.
Each Feature Card has a container for a headline, plus a container for your text. As you can see in the example on the left, you can also add HTML to the text section – the image in the example was positioned with a link to a warehoused image.

So how does it come together?
When you drop a Feature Section stack onto your page, you'll be presented with a grey card, a centred smiley icon, a Feature Title and a text. In preview mode both the card and the icon already change their colours when hovered.

Format the first card by leaving the Feature Section stack active and altering the background colour, the icon colour and the Icon position. Then change the background and Icon colours for the hovered state.

Once you have your first card formatted, you can drag copy it to duplicate it, or add a fresh card by clicking the + child button; then decide how many columns your grid should have on each viewport. You can then set about adding hover animations to your cards – if you wish.

The settings within the main Feature Section stack are global settings that determine the appearance of all the cards within the grid.
The Feature Card stack simply has settings for the icon, or inset thumbnail image and has settings for a link.

Feature Section - 1LD
Stack settings

General Settings
Max Width – Determines the max width of the grid
Card Alignment – Defines how the cards are aligned. Top, Centred, Bottom, Stretch. With 'Stretch' each of the cards in a row has the same height
Desktop Cols; Tablet Cols; Mobile Cols – The number of columns to be displayed below each breakpoint
Gutters – Horizontal, Vertical

Cards
Background – None, Colour, Gradient, Image
Padding
Radius
Borders – Off, On
Border Width
Border Colour
Shadow – Off, On

Card Icons
Alignment – Left, Centre, Right
Icon Size
Icon Colour
Hide Inner Icon
Background Size
Background Colour
Padding
Radius

Card Content
Text Alignment – Left, Centre, Right
Padding
Title Font – 13 standard fonts plus Custom
Title Size, Title Spacing, Title Colour
Content formatting as above

Hover Effects
Transition Speed
Hover Scale – 0—1.5
Rotate (Icon) – -360—360º
Translate – -50—50px (distance the card moves up/down when hovered)
Hover BG Ripple – Card colour change on hover (default)
Ripple Origin – Top Left, Top Right, Centre, Bottom Left, Bottom Right
Ripple Colour – Card colour on hover
Hover Shadow
Hover Icon Background
Hover Icon Colour
Hover Title – default
Hover Title Colour
Hover Text – default
Hover Text Colour

My personal opinion: Because Feature Section has so many customisable options, it is a great way to present product details, short biographies, or company details. Each card can be linked to another page, or page section and make Feature Section an extremely versatile stack. I like it!
If you need inspiration, open up the demo file that comes with the stacks – it has numerous examples.

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OneLiner – Resizing Text in RapidWeaver

Setting Headline sizes can be frustrating. What looks good on a large screen will often add unwanted line-breaks on mobile devices. There are a couple of stacks that allow you to set responsive sizes for different breakpoints, but again, what looks great on an iPad can look terrible on an Android tablet.

Jeroen (Marathia's Stacks) also became frustrated when formatting single lines of text for responsive sites. The result of his frustration: OneLiner.

OneLiner is a stack that allows you to set the width of a line of text to appear just as you want it on any screen. OneLiner's default setting will allow your text to fill its container width, however, it also has settings that allow you to define exactly which percentage of the container your text should fill. Example: Three single lines of text.

Marathia - OneLiner

Now if you analyse at this text, you're going to notice that the second and third lines of text are going to appear much too small on a mobile phone to be legible.
For this reason OneLiner allows you to override its' settings above, or below a set breakpoint and define a fixed text size.

Marathia - OneLinerIn this second example, I have set OneLiner to display the second line of text at 18px on mobile phones and the third line at 16px.
Instead of shrinking to fill the container width, the text now displays at a set size that is legible. Line-breaks appear within the text as soon as a word no longer fits on a line.

OneLiner also has further useful settings. Obviously, you can set h1–h6 and paragraph tags for your text, but you can also override the text formatting entirely by setting the font, font colour and alignment.

Stack settings

Tag – None (div) – (default) h1– h6
Set Custom Text Style – Bold, Italic, Underline
Align – Left, Centre, Right
Set Spacing – Letter, Word, Line
Font Family – Theme Default, Web Safe Fonts, Custom
Capitalise – Normal, All Upper Case, Initial Caps
Size Correction – Text width in %

Advanced Settings
Disable – Small Screen, Large Screen
Max Screen Width – Breakpoint
Align – Justification above/below disabled settings
Fixed Font Size – Above/Below disabled settings
Content – Custom, Site Slogan, Site Title, Site Footer

OneLiner is a cool stack that solves the frustrating problem of headline sizes elegantly and quickly.

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Page Loaderz for RapidWeaver

Some years ago, I purchased ourGlass from One Little Designer. This was some time before Foundation came along with integrated page loaders. I used ourGlass exactly once. I wasn't impressed by it. 1LD obviously became dissatisfied with ourGlass too because it has just been replaced with Loaderz.

Loaderz is a completely different kettle of fish. It is simple to use, flexible, versatile and comes with 10 different animated loaders.
Flexible? A page loader appears when a page is loading and disappears when it's ready for viewing, right?
Well Loaderz is different. It can, of course, be set up to do exactly what you'd expect it to do, i.e. the above. But what if you've got a video banner on the page that takes an extra second or two to actually play the video? With Loaderz, you can set the length of time that the loading animation should be displayed.

Or let's say that you have a video on your page that's set to display when the page is scrolled down, or a stack that connects with a database and takes some time to load…
… drop Loaderz onto your page, drop your content into it and Loaderz will display an animation until the content has loaded.

1LD Loaderz
Stack settings

Testing – Load Forever (useful for the setup process)
Hide On – Page Load, After Set Time
Position – Fixed, Inline (Wraps Content)
Z-Index – Couldn't count the default number of 0s!
Background – Off, Colour, Gradient, Image
Padding
Opacity
Show Loading Text
Loader Type – 10 animation options – the screenshot above displays 'Android Material' and 'Rotating Circle With Image' You can add your own image, or logo.
Size – Loader Height in px
Max Width – Loader Width in %
Colours – 1,2 and 3
Percentage – Percentage Of Inner Circle

Loaderz is a great option for both page and content loader animations. It is highly configurable and you're likely to see it on one of my next sites.

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