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You may have noticed that just before Black Friday, Nick Cates retired a number of his brilliant stacks. The relatively new suite of Go stacks disappeared along with AB Switch, Production and others. You may remember that Go was a simple-to-use CMS system and it was disappointing to see it disappear after such a short time on the market.

Go adopters will be pleased to hear that Go has resurfaced. Not on the Nick Cates site, but on Mike Yrabedra's YabDab site! And there's more good news: instead of a single licence being necessary for each published site, Go is now tagged with the moniker Go CMS Unlimited; a single purchase (albeit rather more expensive than the original release) allows you to add Go CMS Unlimited to as many sites as you please AND for a [very] limited period Go CMS Unlimited is available at half price!

And, in case you forgot, Go CMS [Unlimited] is a suite of four stacks. Go Base, Blog, Content and Lock. Deployment of Go is simple, as is the editing of the published pages.

If you require a simple-to-use CMS system that includes blogging possibilities, be sure to. check out Mikes pages – quickly!

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Poster for RapidWeaver - an upgrade

In February of 2017, I reviewed the Poster stack from In Stacks. At the time of the review, I mentioned that this was a soft release and that Jannis was still working on the stack.

Poster has just received an important update. It is now possible to add posts outside of RapidWeaver!
Yes, you read correctly; if you are building a client site, it is now possible for your client to edit the Poster page and add, or delete content.

So how does this work? Poster can load markdown files. This means, of course, that

  • Your client will need to learn markdown (which is actually very simple) and
  • Your client will need an FTP solution

The FTP solution would be above most client's heads, but wait! Jannis has a solution for that too. Remember that I also tested InStack's Repository Stack? With Repository, you can very easily add a (hidden) page to your client's site that will allow him to drag in new files – in this case, the new markdown files that should be loaded via Poster. Nothing could be simpler!

You can see a simple test post here: https://rw-ninja.news/Poster-blog. I haven't played around with the formatting, so this is 'out of the box'.

And there's more to come – Poster is still a work in progress; it will take some time, but Jannis plans to add an online editor, making things even simpler.

Last year, Poster was already highly recommended as a replacement for the inflexible RW Blog page, today, I can only endorse Poster as the ideal replacement for a blog page; in fact, once I can work out how to transfer my Armadillo posts to Poster, I'll be moving on.
Why? Because Poster is now much more flexible; the stack will finally allow me to design my pages the way that I want them.

Stay tuned; in the near future the RapidWeaver Ninja News page will hopefully look very different!

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Journal for RapidWeaver

Jochen Abitz has released yet another Total CMS project – Journal. Once again, the project displays dynamic content from the Total Blog stack and once again the project is well executed and the ideal starting point for your next CMS project.

If you take a look at the Journal demo pages – Photography, Travel and eJournal, you'll find that the Photography and the Travel Journal categories may be navigated via the large slider images (JW's Moving Box) at the top of the page, whilst the simpler eJournal demo displays a list of articles with the slider toggled to 'off'.
The About page displays an info panel with a single image and there is a Contact and a Disclaimer page. Each page has a search button above the menu bar with which the content can be explored.

As with previous Rapidpages projects, Journal's contemporary design is down-to-earth, focusing on content rather than flashy presentation, making the project ideal for displaying a portfolio, or a travel blog without distractions.

Journal – Rapidpages
The blog content is divided into Categories, e.g. Paris, or Architecture and subcategories, e.g. Day One, Day Two; or Buildings, Interior. The admin pages (five in all) are clearly layed out and Jochen has thoughtfully provided explanations for their usage. Each admin page has a sidebar menu that allows you to move from one page to the next and the slider and images may be toggled on or off when not needed.

Journal is another great starting point for Total CMS newbies (setting up the blog can be confusing), but it's also an ideal solution, if you're looking to build a client site.

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Agency for RapidWeaver

Agency. That's the name of the latest Foundation/Total CMS project from Rapidpages.de, otherwise known as Jochen Abitz. Agency is a four-page project, plus six Admin pages.
Is it worth taking a look at? Let's see…

As we have come to expect from Abitz projects, Agency displays a clean design – a contemporary, but timeless layout; straightforward with no bells or whistles.
Full-page background image on every page (loaded via Total CMS tags). Dynamically generated content that's kept up-to-date via the Total CMS blog plugin and an About page that the client can easily edit. Instead of a cookie popup Agency includes a disclaimer page that is popular in the EU. The disclaimer page not only informs you that certain data (cookies) is being stored on the server, but also explains how personal date is handled – important with the upcoming EU Personal Data stipulations.

The homepage is in fact – as with the previous project 'PagePro' – a summary from the Post page; a sortable list of blog posts that deliver the latest information about your company. Oops, did I write 'company'? I mean, of course, agencies, designers, photographers, fashion designers, foundations, shops...
… In short: Anyone who has something to display or communicate.

So once more – is Agency worth taking a look at?

Absolutely! You may be an experienced designer pressed for time, but looking for a versatile, modern design for a client project.
Perhaps you're a newbie, just setting out with Total CMS and want the above.
Agency is modern, but timeless. It has automatically generated menu and background images. Just about everything within the project is client-editable. And Agency has an attention-grabbing look and feel about it.

Agency – Rapidpages.de

If you are either of the above, I'd grab Agency now while it's on special offer (code: AGENCY30) and profit from a versatile, professional design that incorporates CMS.

NOTE: Apart from a Total CMS license and the Foundation stacks, you will also need to download a number of BWD stacks (Donationware) two paid stacks and one other free stack to take full advantage of the project.

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WebYep2 for RapidWeaver

Back in 2002, two years before the release of RapidWeaver and long before WordPress, an open-source CMS appeared on the scene. WebYep allowed you to quickly turn any website into editable pages where the user could update content on the live page. WebYep has been completely overhauled by Max Fancourt (and team) and is now available as version 2.

Joost, of Tsooj Media, released a suite of RW stacks which allowed Weavers to easily add WebYep to any RW project. Will Woodgate took over the development of the stacks and they have just been re-released. The code has been completely overhauled and the new stacks are fully compatible with WebYep2, adding new features to to much loved suite of WebYep stacks.

Now it must be said that the stacks aren't absolutely necessary if you wish to use WebYep. If you're comfortable working with a little code, you can still make any existing site editable by adding the WebYep macros to it. The stacks, however, combine the power and flexibility of common WebYep elements with the friendliness of the Stacks drag-and-drop user interface you have become used to.
The sophistication and flexibility of WebYep is truly astonishing. It's modular approach of editable elements allow you to mix-and-match different components together and build complex, editable web pages and web apps. Loops let users clone and reorder whole areas of a webpage; whereas the menu element provides the "holy grail" of dynamically generated webpages! It really is a remarkable system.
I recently wrote a review of WebYep, comparing it to other CMS available for RW. You can read the review here.

On the forums, many users have been clamouring for an update to WebYep. They'll be happy to know that the update is here at last!

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