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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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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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Squiggle & Spoiler – Enhancements for RapidWeaver

A few days ago Jeroen (Marathia's Stacks) released two "Pay What You Want" stacks – Squiggle and Spoiler. Squiggle replaces any Strikethrough text with a – well – squiggly line and Spoiler redacts spoiler text or images until your visitor wants to view them.

Squiggle can replace the standard Strikethrough with a scribbled line. I don't use Strikethrough very often (if you check my over 400 blogposts, you'll discover it just once), but if I did, I might be tempted to use Squiggle. Squiggle can be configured to be of any colour and, if you're in a bad mood, can be as intense as a felt-tipped-pen!

Squiggle – Marathia's Stacks
Stack settings
Target – Strike inside this stack, All strike on page, Strike with custom selector
Intensity – 1– straight line — 200–Irate
Set thickness – Auto, Manual
Set Colour – Auto, Manual
Move Up/Down

Don't you just love it?
You're looking for a review of a film or a book and stumble upon a page that iterates the complete plot.
Damn! Don't need to read the book any more!
If you have spoiler text on your page, you can hide it from view until the discerning reader really wants to read it with Spoiler.
Spoiler can cloak text elements by either covering them with coloured bars, or by blurring them so they are unreadable.

Spoiler – Marathia Stacks
Stack settings
Apply To – Underlined text in stack, Whole content (including images), All text with a class
Effect – Blur, Cover
Change Cursor – Visible, Hidden
Tool Tip Text – When hidden, When Visible

Spoiler Text Whole Stack+Effect Cover Only
Text When Hidden
Hidden Text Colour
Custom Font Size
Style – B, I, U
Font Family – Theme default, Web safe, Custom
Set Custom Line Height
Colour Hidden
Colour Visible

Squiggle and Spoiler are two stacks that can be used to a) Represent content that is no longer relevant or accurate and b) Hide content that you don''t want your visitor to be able to view immediately. And – you can pay what you want!

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Assist for RapidWeaver

User Guidance. Often a necessity, but not all users require guidance. We often see pages with FAQs, but do they really need to take up half the page? 1LD has decided that no, they don't; they don't even need to be permanently visible, just accessible. The new Assist stack hides away your questions and answers until they are needed.

Assist – One Little DesignerAssist adds a simple button to your Stacks' page. The button shape, size and colour is entirely up to you. When the button is clicked, An accordion with your list of options opens, displacing the page content below.
When you click one of the options, an info panel replaces the list. This all happens with subtle animations and is a great way of hiding any form of user guidance until it is needed. A real space saver!

Assist – 1LD

Assist – 1LD
Stack settings

General
Max Width – Initial, Expanded
Radius – Initial, Expanded
Background – Colour, Gradient, 3 Colour Gradient
Toggle

Hide Text
Hide Icon
Align
Padding
Text Font – 13 options plus Custom
Text Size
Icon
Icon Font – 3 options
Icon Size
Icon Spacing
Text Colour – Initial, Hover

List Items
Padding
Text Font – 13 Options plus Custom
Text Size
Title Size
Title Padding
Icon Size
Icon Spacing
Details Padding
Title Colour
Text Colour
Backround Colour
Details Colour – Header, Links, Text
Disclude Google Fonts

Assist is an innovative space saver that allows you to suppress your questions and answers until the are really needed.

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Ultimate Images in RapidWeaver

The client said that the website must be finished by evening – yesterday evening.
But guess who didn't yet supply the copy or the images.
Somehow, we need to get a layout design up and ready for the content – when it finally arrives. Not a problem – we have placeholder stacks that will automatically generate dummy text and load dummy images and if the final content ever arrives, we can just swap out the stacks and fill them with the client's content.

Only one thing troubles me with this scenario – I'm in a hurry and now I have to waste time swapping out stacks instead of simply adding the text and copy that was just supplied?

The copy is the simplest problem to solve – instead of using placeholder stacks that generate dummy text, use the original Header and Paragraph stacks that you intend to use and paste in your own dummy text. But what about the images? We want to show the client a layout, but cropping dummy images to fit??

Wait!! Marathia just released UltimateImage – a stack that will allow you to generate dummy images of any size and then – when the client finally condescends to supply the content – replace the dummies with the original images.
The dummy images are loaded via one of five servers – the first two place a coloured background with a text displaying the pixel size of the image, the remaining three load random images from their servers.
When the final content is ready for publishing, you set UltimateImage to Local Image, or Warehoused Image and add in your images saving yourself a couple of minutes with each image when compared to other placeholder stacks!

UltimateImage – Marathia
Stack settings
Image Source – Default: Local Image. Options: Warehoused Image, *Ipsum Image, Placeholder.com, **LoremPicsum, LoremFlickr, PlaceIMG
Force Fluid Image
Depending on the chosen placeholder server…
*Image Size – Width, Height
*Custom Text
*Font Size
*Colours – Background, Text
**Specific Image – number – "-1"=Random

11 further settings to Flip, Rotate and add filter effects to the images.

I've used dummy content stacks to knock up a quick layout before, or to build a style template for suggested fonts and colours etc. UltimateImage helps save production time by reducing unnecessary actions.

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