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Brexit and .EU sites

If you reside in the UK and applied for a .eu domain a couple of years ago (like myself in 2005) you're in for a shock! Now that the UK has voted to withdraw from the European Union, the registry for .eu domains (EURid) has decided to revoke domains registered to UK residents, and prevent them from purchasing new ones.

Yes, you read correctly Revoke, and the official timing for everything depends on how the withdrawal proceeds. The earliest that EURid - the registry for .EU domains - will revoke existing .EU domains from UK residents is March 30, 2019. This date can change, as Brexit negotiations are currently ongoing.
As of yet, there is no mention of compensation for recently renewed domain names.

What are your options?
If you have a valid address in the European Union that is not in the UK - you can update your domain registrant contact to keep the domain valid.
Please note that you must use a valid registrant contact address according to current ICANN guidelines.

If changing the address is not a valid option for you - you will need to find another domain name that is not .EU.
There are many options available, including .UK and .CO.UK domains.

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RapidWeaver 8

RapidWeaver 8 was released yesterday with opinions on the forums ranging from “Nightmare” to “Brilliant”. The majority of the comments, however, are positive.
Personally, I’ve been using RW8 for a couple of weeks now and have to say that the transition from 7—8 has been a smooth one.

First off, for those that don’t trust new products, RW7 & RW8 can run side by side. Both apps can share the same addons folder and you can switch back and forth between the two apps without any problems. NOTE: RW8 projects are not backwards compatible, however, you can drag complete [Stacks] pages from RW8 projects into an RW7 project!

Realmac published a long list of things that have changed in the new product. The list does not mention any speed improvements, but simple projects seem to render a preview faster and Dave Hidding has confirmed that the performance of a site generated with RW8 is better than the exact same site generated with RW7.
Check out the new feature videos here.

Two features immediately impressed me:
• Addons can now be enabled/disabled from the preferences panel.
• The new Device Simulator (Apple only) now shows simulations of a wide range of Mac and IOS products. IOS previews can be rotated between landscape and portrait.

What didn’t impress me:

Unsplash Integration offers a range of unpractical sizes (Unsplash has an API that would allow specific sizes to be defined) and, of course, if the images are actually used, they are a) randomly renamed and b) not optimised for the web.

When I booted RW8 this morning, I was greeted by an update window that displayed a long list of ‘First Day Fixes’. All the fixes listed were relatively minor issues.
Conclusion: Even the RW8 beta release was way better than the initial official release of RW7.

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Scribe – Better Typography in RapidWeaver

Typography was orphaned on 6 August 1991, when the internet was made public. Since that day, we’ve had to live with a deficient display of copy.
There has been advice given for improving the inadequacy, but although some solutions work, none of the solutions were simple to implement – until now, that is.

Scribe is BWD’s latest stack and it shows that it is, after all, possible to teach an old dog new tricks. Not only does Scribe improve your copy, but it’s flexible enough to build a complete webpage within a single stack – without even using a theme. Fewer stacks means better code and faster rendering times.

Scribe is a markdown stack, but no worries if, like me, you haven’t concerned yourself with markdown before; you can simply write your text as you normally would. Returns automatically create correctly spaced paragraphs. The result is an improvement over using standard paragraph stacks and you’ll need fewer stacks to to compose long passages with multiple paragraphs.

If you would, however, like to use markdown, basic formatting is simple enough:
‘#’ for instance will give you an h1 formatting. ‘##’ will result in an h2 etc. etc.

For more complicated content the Ulysses markdown app comes highly recommended. It’s simple to use and no Markdown knowledge is required.
Once finished, copy your content from Ulysses into Scribe and use Scribe’s child stacks to refine your text.

Andrew’s extensive demo pages will give you a far better idea of Scribe’s capabilities than I could ever give you here. Don’t just skim the pages, take your time. I assure you that when you’re finished, you’ll want to download both the stack and the demo project!

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Split Sections in RapidWeaver

I’ve recently seen a couple of websites that had split sections. At first I was unimpressed, but then I began to ponder how to go about building them. Turns out that it’s not so simple. One Little Designer to the rescue!

Split, 1LD’s new stack makes those animated split sections a breeze.
 A section divided in half. When you hover over one half it expands, causing the other half to shrink.

When you drop Split into a Stacks page, you’ll first see what has become a common sight – two coloured containers, each with an icon, a header, a descriptive text and a button.
The first setting in the Item child stack, however, is ‘Custom Content’; Split can contain anything you care to throw at it – within reason, of course.
I dropped in some content, set a background image and the result is quite impressive. Hover your mouse over the image below and you’ll get an idea of what I’m nattering on about.

Split – One Little Designer

Stack settings
General
Radius
Max
Width

Mobile Points – Tablet, Mobile

Responsive Point – Point at which the Items transform to vertical
Shrink Width – D, T, M

Min Height – D,T,M

Padding

Content Width

Titles – px D,T,M
Title Spacing
Title Font
Description – px D,T,M

Desc. Spacing

Desc. Font
Icons – px D,T,M

Icon BGs – px D,T,M

Icon Radius

Icon Spacing

Button Text

Button Radius

Button Padding

Button Font

The Item child stack has settings for the individual content alignment and for colour settings.
Split helps you go with the times by making those split sections simple to build.

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Expandable Grid For RapidWeaver

Hide your content, Weavium wants it! Their latest stack, Expandable Grid, is a yet another attractive new take on the age-old accordion – reams of information within a confined space.

Expandable Grid allows you to build a grid with as many columns as you feel is practical on your page, with each row set to a height of your desire. Each of the grid sections can contain icons or images alongside a title. When the section is clicked, it expands to the full width of your grid to display whatever you dropped inside it. The rows below the expanded section slide down and the inactive sections gracefully fade with a white overlay
As we have come to expect from Weavium, the stack is highly customisable and I fell in love with it immediately.

Expandable Grid – Weavium

Stack settings
General Columns – Desktop, Tablet, Mobile
Column Height – px, Desktop, Tablet Mobile
Column Gutter – px
Breakpoint – Tablet, Mobile
Max Width – px

Items
Hide All Icons
Hide All Titles
Vertical Align – Top, Centre, Bottom
Horizontal Align – Left, Centre, Right

Radius
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Title Size
Title Weight
Icon Size – Background, Icon
Icon Radius
Icon Spacing
Content Padding
Content Width
Inactive Opacity
Hover Move
Hover Grow

Colours & Fonts – What did you expect, but all the default Weavium customisability?

Extendable Grids – Weavium
Once again, each of the child stacks is fully customisable via its own Stacks' settings panel.

Expandable Grid – a brilliant stack that's effortless to configure and makes it a pushover to design attractive product catalogues, portfolios, FAQs, etc. in confined spaces.

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