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Listify – RapidWeaver Lists Demystified

Every now and then, our clients insist that we need to place lists on their websites. We can, of course, build a simple bulleted list using the tools that RapidWeaver supplies. There are also a couple of developers that have stacks in their line up, to help us spice up said lists. Just in time for the Easter holidays, 1LD released Listify, a set of stacks that will let you build truly eye catching lists.

Listify is a set of three stacks that will help you build professional lists within your Stacks pages. The basic stack, Listify, is a container for individual List Items. You can either click the stack's + button to create a List Item child, or drag in a List Item stack. The third stack is Listify Group; a container that allows you to create groups of list and automagically builds responsive columns to contain them.
The clever thing about Listify is that you can drop anything into it that you please…

Lets take a basic list. Drop Listify into a stacks page and add a List Item.
The List Item Displays an Icon and a Text Field. Enter your text, add a new List Item – as many as you need – and you have bulleted list.
If you need a headline, you can either enlarge the text in the first Item (see the image below), or you can add a container to the Item and drop in a Header stack (hover over the image below). You can, of course drop in an image, or a button into the List Item Stacks and switch off the default icon and text display.

Each List Item may be formatted individually, or – by leaving the default settings – the completed list may be configured as a whole. Once you've studied the settings panel you'll find that the configuration is really simple.
Tip. If you wish to set up individually formatted List Items, begin with one Item. Once you have finished the basic formatting, duplicate the Item and then reconfigure. You'll find it a lot easier than setting up each Item from scratch.

Listify
Stack settings.
The basic Listify stack provides the settings for the overall look and feel of your list. The List Fill Mode determines the width of your list – either Full Width (of the container it is placed in), or Pixel Width. The List Radius is set to a default of 5px whilst with the List Padding and the List Margins are set to 10px T, B, L & R.
The Background is set to Off by default, but may contain a solid Colour, a Gradient, or an Image.
Both the Borders and the Shadow are Off by default.
List Items (Shared Styles). The following settings will affect every List Item within the Listify stack:
Indent Direction (Left/Right), Item Indentation (px), Align Content (Left. Centre, Right, Separate (Icon & Text)), Item Spacing (default 5px), Item Radius (default 5px), Item Margin, Background and Border.
List Item Fonts gives you a choice of 13 standard Google Fonts, or (just to prove that 1LD listens to their customers) Custom. Text Size (px) and Text Colour.
List Item Icons (Shared Styles). Here you get to set the standard formatting for the icons: Vertical and Horizontal Positioning, Icon Padding and Spacing, Icon Radius and Icon Size. The Icon Background can once more contain a solid Colour, Gradient, or Image. Oh, and the Icon Colour itself, of course!
The default Icon is a Google Material Icons star. The icons are set individually for each List Item, with a choice of GMI's, Font Awesome, or Ion Icons.

Listify Item. The individual Items may be Linked to an external source. The next setting is Item Level. Each Item may be set to up to 10 (in words TEN!) Sub Levels! Excuse the overuse of exclamation marks (points if you're American) but this is amazing!
Next you have the option to Override Shared Styles. If this option is activated, each List Item may be individually styled. With the exception of Custom Stack Content and the Icon setting, the list of formatting options that follows is identical to those already listed above, including the individual visibility settings for the three screen sizes.

Finally, we come to the List Group stack.
As already stated, if you drop two, three, or more individual Listify stacks into a Group, your list is automatically columnised.
The List Group Stack also has some interesting features, though.
The List Alignment is set to Centred by default, but may also be set to Top, or Bottom. Then you'll find a setting Wrap List for Mobile Tablet (Portrait) and Desktop. Then there are settings for the group's Background – again None, Solid Colour, Gradient, or Image, Group Radius and Group Padding. The whole group may, of course be hidden at different screen sizes.

Hover over the image above, and you'll see just how flexible Listify really is – and that's without having added button stacks, or images!

Kool, or wot?


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Pricing Tables From RWtuts

Open your browser and go online and I can almost guarantee that within 30 minutes, you'll encounter an offer for a subscription or service that compares three or more variations: e.g. Beginner; Advanced; Pro. These comparison charts are easy enough to build within Stacks, but require a little thought and patience. RWtuts just released Pricing Tables, a simple stack that will relieve you of both.

Pricing Tables is so simple to set up that if you have your content prepared, your first comparison table will be complete within mere minutes – you just need to work your way down the stack settings! The example below took less than five minutes to set up.

When you drop a Pricing Tables stack onto your RapidWeaver page, all you'll see is a box with a logo inside it.
Oops! 'What did I do wrong?' Was my first thought.
However, when I switched to preview mode, I discovered the same Pricing Tables on my page, as demonstrated on the RWtuts website.
Huh? I didn't do anything yet!
So let's take a look at the settings:

Pricing Tables
Settings panel.
Columns Styling. Pricing Tables is set up to display the 'standard' three options that we see online on a daily basis. No amount of juggling will allow you to add just a single price table, or compare four options – it's "take it, or leave it". So after choosing a Font from a choice of ten options (the dreaded Comic Sans is also included), your next option is the column width, set in percentage of the container stack.
The next setting is Space (in px) and governs the spacing between the columns.Next up – Border width, BG Colour and Border Colour.

Header Styling. Set the Header Colour for Headers 1 through 3, the Font Colour and the Font Size.

Price Styling. Price Colour (actually the background colour which also formats the background behind the submit button) and Font Size.

Button Styling. Button Colour, Font Colour and Font Size.

Once you have your formatting set up, you can add your content. Moving down the settings panel you will find containers for the contents of each panel.
These include Title, Price, Descriptions 1 through 6, Button Link and Button Text.
Once you've added this content, you can go proceed to publish – your setup is complete already.

Pricing Tables is a minimalistic stack that takes the work out of building a flat comparison table. There are no bells, or whistles, with the exception of the fact that the column that your visitor hovers over grows a subtle shadow. The setup is simple and the results will suffice in many situations.


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List Builder – Quick Response

List Builder and QR Generator were two late arrivals to the list of rewritten RWExtras stacks. They are both very simple, but useful stacks.

List Builder

List Builder lets you build lists, both ordered and unordered. Each child stack contains a single List Item and the settings panel will allow you to format the overall list by setting the List Type; Unordered (default) displays each List Item with a bullet, while Ordered will number each List Item consecutively. The Bullets include Disc (default), Circle, Square, Image, or None. If you choose Image, an image well will appear, waiting for an image of your choice. The Bullet Position may be set to Inside or Outside (default) the stack.

The Left and Right Indents are set in em. The Gutter (the distance between the bullet and text) and the List Item Spacing are set in pixels.
The List Builder Text Styling includes Text Size in percent, Text Colour and Font Family (both set to Inherit by default) and Line Spacing. The content may be set to Bold, Italic and/or Small Caps.

Nothing else remains to be done except to admire your new list!

QR Generator

I've built websites for a number of resorts and hotels. Each of those sites has a How To Find Us Page, to help the guests arrive. Nowadays every traveler has a smartphone with them, so what easier way to find a destination, than to scan a Quick Response Code that takes you to the exact spot on Google Maps, or dials the hotel's phone number?

QR Codes are matrix barcodes – a two dimensional barcode. Application areas include product tracking, item identification, time tracking, document management, and general marketing. They can also encode text, such as website addresses and provide a way to access a brand's website more quickly than by manually entering a URL. The result: higher conversion rates. Download event tickets, train tickets or flight details; enter contact details into a contact list or events into a calendar, the list of possibilities is endless.

QR Generator does exactly what its name says – it generates those matrix barcodes; no more and no less; and it has just two options.

Size. The default value is 128px.
QR Code. A field where you can enter the content for your code.

You can add a link to your QRC, or combine QR Generator with other stacks such as PrintBox from Stacks4Stacks to make individual QR codes printable for your users.


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