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Chessboard – Working with Sections Pro

I wrote last week about my first faltering steps with BWD's Sections and talked mainly about Sections Angle. Using the experience I'd gained with my test project, I went ahead and streamlined my own main site using a layout that I'd had in my head for some time. I freely admit that the design was heavily influenced by the TILT theme from MultiThemes, but who uses 'themes' nowadays?

I asked on the Weaver's Space for constructive criticism of the site and was well rewarded with pertinent comments. One point that I hadn't expected to be criticised, was the fact that 'only' 15% of the stacks I'd used were BWD stacks. So I accepted the challenge and went ahead to tackle another of my orphaned sites – essentially a splash screen for my main site. This time, the only Foundation stacks that I utilised, were the Styles stack, three Image stacks a Reveal stack and Animate. 90% of the new site is BWD and 10% is miscellaneous.

Now – Foundation is 'Mobile First', but my splash screen is built with Jack and I often find it more prudent to build the full screen version first and then adapt it for mobile. I find this especially important when building something that is relatively complicated with Jack. The remainder of the site is 99% BWD and I feel that this kind of layout is also best built for the desktop and then adapted for the various viewports,

Which brings me back to Sections Pro which is present in the largest portion of the site.
Below the splash screen I have a chequered design that is built using the Grummage Pro and Sections Pro Stacks. Once more, this will be Old Hat for many of you, but don't forget that I live in the jungle and was without an adequate internet connection for over twelve months.

The two column Grummage 2 column stack was important both for the column proportions and for equalising the background column heights of the Sections Pro stacks it contained. Without the equalisation, the coloured backgrounds didn't align correctly.
I was pleased to find that it's possible to set a Magellan Marker for each Sections Pro stack – invaluable for single-page layouts. This fact made it possible to easily set a Magellen link to each section of the page without using extra stacks.

The chequered layout is very simple. A Grummage Pro stack containing two Grummage Columns stacks, each containing two Sections Pro stacks set to 50% height and each with a child stack for the background colour. On one side a Paragraph Pro stack set to display a Google Font, on the other an image.
The first image is a Sections Pro stack with a child stack for the background image and an animated caption text using Sections Box and Animate.

The next page section followed the same scheme. The footer is a Partials stack borrowed from my main site.

Would this sort of layout been possible without BWD and Sections Pro? Yes.
Could it have been responsive? Yes.
Would it have been simple to build? No Way!

The only things that caused me a headache were
• Adapting the Jack stack to variable width screens and
• Reformatting the Siphon stack for mobile screens
although a button Plus stack did somehow refuse to open a Pop Drop stack, but I look forward to testing Button Plus 2 in the very near future!

As I said in my last post, Sections Pro opens up design possibilities that were previously unavailable in RapidWeaver. And as someone else recently commented, Sections Pro is probably the most important development for RW in the last few years.
An RW site without BWD – unimaginable!

If any of my readers would like to take a look at the project for instructive purposes, it is available upon request; just drop me a line.


And by-the-way; it has recently come to my attention that only two percent – 2% – of the people who downloaded one of Andrew's stacks actually donated to his coffee kitty.

As BWD stacks are invaluable, Don't Forget to Donate!

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