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Boost Performance on Your RapidWeaver Site

Speed up RapidWeaver sites and reduce the delay between your page loads, minimizing browser requests and enhancing your user's web experience. Create fluid and smooth transition between your website's pages, speed up your sites and lower bandwidth without changing anything on the server.
Boost from Yuzool reduces the delay between page loads and doesn't reload assets for each page load. Boost works with Foundation, Foundry, UKit, Blueball Freestyle Theme, Navigation Stack, Blank Theme, JW's Blank Theme and any RapidWeaver framework that places the Navigation inside the Body Stacks content. This means it is compatible and accelerates all Stacks too.
To use Boost add the stack to your page and place your site's entire content (including Navigation) into the Boost Stack. Add this to each and every page. Republish your site. And you will see a faster site.
Since there is a 100-300ms delay during the user hover and the click, this time can be utilised to begin preloading the page. Usually this time this dead time and is sufficient to prepare the next page.
No amendments are required on your server, but this Stack works best if any optimisation on your server doesn't exist or is deactivated.

NOTE: I have yet to test this stack in the wild.
* Text is 98% Yuzool original copy.

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A/B Testing Made Easy for RapidWeaver

We've all read about the advantages of A/B testing. Upload a landing page with a call to action and a week later swap it out for a different page; then check your statistics to see which was more successful. But be honest; put your hands up, those of you that have actually tired it. It's just too arduous. Well, now it isn't!

ABSplit, from Yuzool themes, is a new stack that randomly serves up two alternate versions of a page, or parts of a page. If you wish to test two different CTAs, just drop them into the ABSplit stack sections and publish. If you wish to test two completely different page design, construct one page inside the A section and the alternate page inside the B section.
When your page is published and viewed online, an alternate version will be randomly displayed each time your landing page is loaded.

ABSplit – YuzoolThemes
ABSplit has just a single setting in the stacks panel – Hide Tests – Show Both (default), Hide B Content, Hide A content. Hide Tests can hide either of your content areas in edit mode.

Now go forth and make your A/B testing work for you.

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Fix for RapidWeaver

Just yesterday, I reviewed a stack from the ever-growing selection of menu stacks. Today yet another of these navigation helpers flattered into my mailbox. 1LD's Fix is yet another interesting addition to this genre.

Fix allows you to add menus to your page sections. Fix menus are sticky, animated menus. This means that if you configure your menu to be 600px wide, when it reaches the top of the page, Fix will scroll over the menu that may already be there and expand to full page width.
Fix displays a row of buttons. Each button contains an icon and a text. On mobile devices a menu bar with Hamburger is displayed; when clicked it expands to display the Fix content in columns. The stack currently doesn't support javascript, so lightboxes are out of the question (at the moment). I'm sure that this is an oversight.

Fix – One Little Designer
Stack settings
General

Z Index – default 100
Radius
Max Width
Breakpoint – Tablet, Mobile
Columns – Tablet, Mobile
Gutters

Fix Items
Radius
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Text Size – Desktop, Tablet, Mobile
Text Font – Standard !LD options
Icon Size
Icon Spacing

Mobile Header
Text Size
Icon Size
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal

Stack Colours
As always, every element is configurable

Fix – One Little Designer
And, as always, the item child stack settings allow you to override the default settings for each item.

Fix is another of those navigation stacks that will prove to be very helpful.

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Sidebar for RapidWeaver

Weavium is churning out quality stacks at an amazing rate. Their latest stack, Sidebar, is an interesting take on the ever-growing selection of menu stacks.

Sidebar – WeaviumSidebar can be set to 'fixed'; it will then add a sliding menu to the side of your page. It can also be set to 'inline' and will then add the menu to a stack. In either case, the menu can be anchored on the left or the right side.

The interesting thing about 'fixed' mode is that Sidebar displays its own stack container into which you can drop your content. The container is responsive so that when the menu slides open, it shrinks in size to allow the menu to display.

When closed, Sidebar displays a vertical stack of icons. When opened, text descriptions slide into view. Interestingly both the icons and the linked text are contained within a button so that your visitor doesn't necessarily need to open the menu to trigger a link.
Sidebar can be configured to open on hover or, when set to open on mouseclick, a hamburger icon is displayed.

Stack settings
Open On – Toggle, Hover
Type – Inline, Fixed
Fix To – Left, Right
Radius – px
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Content Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Min Height – px
Expand Width – px
Toggle Icon Size
Logo Dimensions

Sidebar Items
Icon Position – Left, Right
Icon Size, Padding, Radius, Spacing – px
Text Size – px
Icon Size, BG Size, Spacing, Padding – px

Sidebar Dividers
Spacing
Text Size
Text Weight

Colours & Fonts
We've been through all this 20 times already, I'm not going to repeat myself again!

The fact that Sidebar can be fixed to the side of the screen, or assigned to its own stack container makes it more flexible than other, similar menu stacks. A very useful stack indeed.


Sidebar – Weavium

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Charter – Charts For RapidWeaver

Line Charts, Bar Charts (horizontal and vertical), Pie Charts, Polar Charts, Doughnuts, Radar Charts… All different statistic types that, for the most, weren't possible to display in RapidWeaver until…
… well, until Stuart Marshal of 'Shaking The Habitual' decided to create the Charter stack.

Statistics come in various forms – Calories contained in food products for example. Company websites, are likely to want to display a comparison of sales volume and total revenue for specific products. An NGO might want to display donations over the last twelve months.
Whatever statistics you wish to visualise, Charter has you covered.
While a doughnut chart might be the perfect way of comparing the calories contained in apples, beef, bread, fish and noodles, a vertical bar chart can easily display sales volumes over a specific period of time.
Charter is also animated. When your chart scrolls into view, the statistics grow to display their final values.

Charter – STH
Stack settings
Chart Type – Bars Vertical, Bars Horizontal, Line, Pie, Doughnut, Polar Area, Radar
Chart Title
Chart Label

Charter Data Sets (Data) – Up to five sets of data each with:
Label
Values – Comma separated

Charter Data Sets (Styling)
Extensive colour and labelling options for each of the five data sets.

Chart Styles
Chart Height – Mobile, Desktop
Breakpoint
Font Colour
Chart Padding

Chart Type Styles
Border Width
Point Radius
Point Border
Line Tension
Bar Width
Category Width

Axes
Display Axes – x, y
Display Grid – x, y
Grid Colours – x,y
Display Ticks – x,y
Display Labels – x.y
Label Text – x, y

Legend
Display Legend
Position – Top, Bottom, Left Right
Label Width
Label Font Size

Title
Incude Title
Title Position – Top, Bottom, Left, Right
Title Font Size
Title Padding

Tooltips
Colours
Font Size

You were probably thinking that, with the exception of data and chart type, there's not a lot that you can configure when displaying statistics. The list of stack settings above shows that there's a lot more customisation possible than we may have thought.
Charter is is extremely flexible and every aspect can be customised. I heartily recommend that you visit the demo page to see everything that is possible – and there's more to come:
Stuart is currently working to add CSV and Google Sheets import.
If you have statistics that need to be visualised, you can grab Charter with a 20% discount by using the code sth-ninja-charter until the end of July!

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