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Seams for RapidWeaver

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a stack that could add a jagged edge between two sections. But, as so often happens in such fairy tales, a wicked witch appeared and removed the stack, leaving no trace of it. Luckily this fairy tale is not from the Gebrüder Grimm and so it has a happy ending…

Far, far away, in a land where the red Indians live, another stack has been created. This new stack, Seams, can not only add a jagged line between two sections, it can add a wave, angles or – well there's a choice of twenty-three different transitions, plus the option to add your own in SVG form. The Seams can be any colour you wish, they can also float behind content and Seams can be nested to produce some very interesting effects.
JW promises that you're going to have fun adding Seams to your pages and I can assure you that if, like me, you don't view the tutorials or consult the demo document, you're going to have hours of fun. It took me an age to work out exactly what you can do with Seams (discovering what you can't do is a lot easier).

Seams – Joe Workman

Main Stack settings
Colour
Size and Position
Canvas Height – px
Position – Top, Float, Bottom
Add Bottom Seam – Deactivated by default
Content – Top, Float, Bottom – adds a content container to the child stack.

Child Stack settings
Varies, depending on the seam chosen. Allows you to fully customise each transition.

Check out the demo page at the Weaver's Space and get some inspiration for you next section dividers!

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Vim for RapidWeaver

Vimeo™ has slowly grown to be almost as popular a video sharing website as Youtube™. Users with Vimeo™ 'Pro' accounts are able to embed high-resolution (e.g. 4k) video into their websites and can also inspect their viewing statistics.

Stacks4Stacks' new (free) VimStack makes it simple to quickly and safely embed a Vimeo™ video within a RapidWeaver webpage. The VimStack is responsive and will resize to fit any screen size. In addition to the standard video options, VimStack lets you hide the video in print / PDF or embed it directly into a theme ExtraContent container, without needing any additional stacks.

VimStack – Stacks4Stacks

The VimStack displays the default Vimeo™ player controls, however, the colour of the buttons is editable.

Stack settings
Video ID
Video Controls – Colour
Autoplay – Disabled by default
Embed in Extra Content – Disabled by default
Extra Content No.
Hide in Print/PDF
Intro Title – Dispay video title before playback begins
Loop

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Quick Editor for RapidWeaver

You may remember that, last year, I composed a comparison of all the CMS systems available for RapidWeaver. Today, I should really extend that list and add 1LD's QuickEditor to it. Quick Editor is a set of two stacks that create editable content for RapidWeaver.

Quick Editor comprises an Admin and a Content Wrapper stack. Simply add the stacks to your page to automatically allow all images & text to be edited in a password protected admin area.
The Wrapper stack has four different settings: Editable Content, Non-Editable Content, Admin Only Content and Admin Hidden Content.
Why so many settings for editable content? Non-Editable Content allows you to display content on both the web page and the admin page, thus presenting a complete page in the admin area, but with restricted editability.
This may confuse some users. The confusion can be eliminated by hiding non-editable content by instead adding it to Admin-Hidden Content.
Finally with Admin Only Content, you can display messages such as user instructions in the admin area, that are not shown on the published web page.

The Quick Editor Admin stack should be inserted into each page that you wish to make editable. It adds your administration user name and password to the page and allows you to customise the login page with images, logos and/or text.

Quick Editor – One Little Designer

Once logged in, the admin page displays an Edit Icon and an Exit Icon. When the edit icon is clicked, a floating palette is displayed containing the typical editing tools that you'd expect; the end user may now edit anything on the page that you have deemed editable.
Once finished, 'the editor' may click the save symbol to save all changes, or the discard symbol to return to the original page state.

Quick Editor is possibly the simplest modern CMS solution available for RapidWeaver today. It uses a flat file system instead of a data base and set-up is non existent. Just add the stacks to the page that you wish to be editable and publish. Once you've added Quick Editor stacks to a page, it is automatically converted to a PHP page.
Quick Editor is the ideal stack for those who need to update page content often or for those who need to make changes without access to RapidWeaver.

Want to test Quick Editor before making a commitment? For a limited period, this page is editable and changes can be saved. The Username is rjh-webdesign; the Password is Gm6ZKpVPBw3fTahNMm.
I have not set up a cron-script to refresh the page and therefore request only respectful edits!

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Mailto:RapidWeaver.com

Allowing a visitor to easily contact you via email is simple enough using an HTML link: mailto:[email protected] The link can, of course be enhanced by pre-entering a subject and dummy content, e.g.: mailto:[email protected]?subject=Contact via my page&body=Just testing">Contact Me!

This works just fine. A new mail is created with the user's mail application and is pre-populated with your subject and dummy content; except that many users are confused by what they see and don't know quite how to continue.

Gary at Doobox has just helped to enlighten those inexperienced users by creating a simple Mailto stack which presents your visitor with a simple form into which your visitor can enter the details that you require. When your user then clicks 'Send', a mail is created with their onboard mail application; the mail can then be reviewed and, when they are satisfied with the content, she/he can just click send.

The advantage of Mailto stack is that you can add up to four different prompted fields for your visitor to fill, before they create their mail E.G.

Mailto – DooboxName
Telephone
Subject
Message
Then, as already mentioned, your visitor can then review their entries before finally sending off their mail.
Makes things a lot more logical than editing some dummy text.

And: the Mailto stack also has the advantages that you won't need to look for the specific 'Mailto' syntax every time you need it and, being based on standard HTML syntax, you won't need to convert your page to PHP.

Stack settings
To: Email, CC, BCC
Btn Sise?: Button Size – Small, Standard, Large
Btn Colour: Button, Text
Btn:Hover Colour: Button, Text
Activate Field #1 through #5
Field #1 through #5 Prompt text
Max Form Width
Align: Left, entre, Right

Grab Mailto stack now while it's available at a reduced launch price.

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Hopping Through RapidWeaver Pages

Weavium has a knack of presenting us with simple solutions to tasks that could otherwise put some strain on those grey cells. Their latest stack, Hop, presents yet another attractive solution to that age old problem: Reams and reams of client data.

Hop is essentially a lightbox, but with the difference that it is intended to be nested. I.E. it can lead your customers to the solution that they are looking for. We all know the situation – We visit a site's storefront looking for Household Goods, klick the pertinent button and are whisked away to a new page with a further set of options; Kitchen Implements, Bathroom Accessories, Bedroom Trimmings, etc. etc. Selecting one of the options, we are yet again whisked away to a new page with a selection of appropriate products.
Another example: An online bookstore with links to Novels, Histories, Biographies, etc. which each open up a new page…

… You get what I'm talking about. Right, I'm talking about Hop which, instead of whisking you away to a new page, simply opens a full page lightbox with the next options. And the lightbox opens with one of six different animations.
The example that I've built centres around a travel blog. 'What to See and Do in Bangkok' would take you to a list of blog entries about the city with the longest place name in the world (and no, as opposed to what the Guiness Book of Records might tell you, that is not Llanfairpwll… on Angelsy). Clicking on 'Crossing Borders' would take you to information about passing to and from Thailand and its surrounding countries.

Hop – Weavium

Hop – Weavium

The content is all contained within one page, so page load times could be influenced, depending what you insert into Hop. SEO will also be influenced; I'm presuming that that will be more on the positive side.

Hop arrives with two stacks: Hop and Hop Starter. The Hop stack is the main stack which will contain your Initial and Additional Content. You can design your Initial Content using any combination of stacks, or you can use the Hop Starter stack to ensure that each initial presentation is identical.

Stack settings
Hop Starter Stack
Icon Order – First, Last
[Icon] Alignment – Top, Center, Bottom
Text Align – Initial, Expanded
Icon Font – Four standard Icon fonts plus Custom, Icon Image from link, Icon from Inline Image
Icon Size – px
Icon Radius – px
Icon Colour – Initial, Expanded
Title – Size, Colour
Description – Size, Colour
Button– Configuration

Hop Settings
Page Title, Size, Animation Type
Content Sizes, Fonts, Colours
The settings are comprehensive and don't leave anything to wish for.

Hop is probably not ideal for an extensive catalogue of products; I'm presuming that page load times would get out of hand, but for more simple "I'm interested in…" and leading your visitor deeper into your page, Hop is ideal. And not only that; Hop provides an attractive solution to many of the problems that we have with extra content.

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