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Floating Notice for RapidWeaver

I recently saw a post on the forums "sign up to our newsletter and receive a free stack". I'm a glutton for punishment, so that's exactly what I did! And I'm sure many, many more did to, because – Hey! It's free!

Dual Shard Designs. We have no idea who they are as their website gives us no information whatsoever (it's almost empty). Judging by their logo, they could be based in Mettmann in the not-so-idyllic North Rhine-Westphalia; we may never know…
… what we do know is that they are going to "provide the community with tools to build charming and attractive websites" and that their launch is being promoted with a free stack.

Floating Notice is a neat little notice that floats up and down over your important message, so that no-one will miss it! Strangely enough, I spotted a couple of messages on the forums "doesn't work!!". A very useful message, because it informs the developer exactly what is going on.

I've had no such 'luck' (I love it when stacks don't work, or when I can break them), I tested the stack with Foundation and RW8 and it works perfectly for me. I even tried a couple of different stack combinations – just to make sure.

So how does Floating Notice work? Quite simply drop Floating Notice into a Stacks page and drag the stack that you wish to highlight into it. At the bottom of Floating Notice, you'll notice a text container — this is where you place your message.

Now you just need to adjust the animation and such things as padding and you're all set. You might need to add a margin to encompass the movement, but that's all.
Unless, of course, you're not happy with a simple text message. Should this be the case, you can go wild and begin adding stacks to Floating Notice. The stacks will then jump, or float, up and down to catch a visitor's attention – depending on the animation speed you chose.
Floating Notice – Dual Shard
Stack settings
Colour – Font, Background
Align – Left, Centre, Right
Border Radius
Show Shadow
Animation Speed
Animation Distance
Top Position
Use Stacks Content

With a floating (or bouncing) message above your Special Offer, Book Now, or Learn More, no-one is going to miss your CTA.
And all Floating Notice is going to cost you is a subscription to the news letter, where you'll learn more about the site launch and about even more free stacks.

What are you waiting for? There's sure to be an 'Unsubscribe' button!

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Intrinsic: Building a Responsive Layout

You just purchased Intrinsic from S4S and are going to build a killer layout!
But wait, that looks a lot more complicated than you thought it would!

I assure you it isn’t; Here’s a layout that I put together quickly to demonstrate how Intrinsic works…

We’re building for the modern web – right? So what did we learn just last week?
Mobile First!

Let’s build a project together…
Drag an Intrinsic stack into your stacks page and begin filling it with content.

In my project, I have a header stack — an image with a title and a menu bar. I added the image as a background image to a Sections Pro stack and the title in a Sections Box. The menu is below the sections box and I dropped the lot into an Intrinsic Grid Item. Problem number one!
 The Intrinsic stack already has a background colour defined. Two backgrounds won’t work. If you wish to see your Section, you’ll need to deactivate Intrinsic’s BG in the main stack!

Once that’s done, you’ll notice that Intrinsic also has 0.75rem padding on all sides. We want our banner image to be full width, so the padding will have to go!

Next up, in a Grid Item that I’ve given the ID h1, I’ve added a Grummage stack with a Header stack, and a 2 column Grummage containing paragraph stacks.
The Grummage stack reduces our Intrinsic content to the site width defined in the Foundation setup.

I’ve then added the following Grid Items and filled them : for paragraphs one to four with the IDs p1 — p4. For images i1 — i4. In the I Grid items I’ve added a text stack for the caption — set to align at the bottom of the Item and I’ve added a background image via the Fill Style dropdown.

Now comes the Grid Item for your footer.

The preview will still look chaotic because we haven’t added a layout yet!

In Grid Template areas, we now need to add the following:
'header'
'h1'
'p1'
'p2'
'p3'
'i1'
'i2'
'p4'
'i3'
'i4'
'footer'
If you now preview, you’ll see that the mobile layout is almost finished. There’s just a tiny problem with the height of the images.
The problem arises because we haven’t given the rows a height. That’s fine for the text content – ‘auto’ works just fine, however it doesn’t work for the image items which only contain a caption with a BG [image], but the BG height hasn't been defined..
This means that we now have to set the size for each of the rows in our layout. 
The first five rows work just fine with auto, so we can add “auto auto auto auto auto “ to set the height. Make sure there is a space between each one.
We want our images to have a min height of 300px on mobile. The max height can be set to “auto”, so now we add FOUR instances of “minmax(300px,auto)”.
Once again – don’t forget the space between each ‘row’.
 Now add “auto” (with spaces) between the first two images rows for the headline ‘p4’ and once again at the end for the footer.
And Voila! We have a simple Mobile layout!

Our content is all in place, so all we need to do now is add a layout description for screens larger than 640px or 768 px (up to you). 
We want the images spaced around the header ‘p4’, so In suggest you grab a piece of paper and draw the following:

Intrinscic – Stacks4Stacks – scheme

This shows you your layout scheme…
So now we can begin work. Our layout has three columns.
The Header and the Grummage with the two columns should fill the layout width, so for them we add:
‘header header header’
‘h1 h1 h1’
This tells Intrinsic that the two Grid items span all three columns.
Now we add a new line:

‘p1 p2 p3’
to place those three items in the same row.
For our four images and header, we just worked out on paper that we need :
'i1 i1 i2'
'i3 p4 i2'
'i3 i4 i4'
And to complete the layout we need:
‘footer footer footer’
Don’t forget any of the spaces OR the single quotes, or you layout won’t work!
Once again we need to format the row height to accommodate the images.
This time we have fewer rows because p1,2 and 3 are displayed on the same row.
The images can be larger to, so this time we remove the ‘auto from the Grid Row Height and add:
auto auto auto minmax(400px,auto) minmax(400px,auto) minmax(400px,auto) minmax(400px,auto) auto
Your desktop layout is now more or less complete. If you go through the Grid Items one by one, you can now add background colours, add, or remove padding and take a look at the options in general – there are many, but now, at least we have a responsive layout.

And now you've come this far, you can define a layout for a third breakpoint.
Quickly sketch out on paper just how you'd like it! Have fun!

BTW – If you visit this page with what you’ve just learned, you’ll find a few more helpful tips.
I know, if you suffer from code phobia like me, it looks scary, but I assure you — after the work you just did, it isn’t!

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Filter Grid for RapidWeaver

There are a couple of stacks available that will filter RapidWeaver content; some more, some less complicated. One Little Designer has just released what is probably the least complicated filter stack available today.

Filter grid does exactly what it says on the tin. A grid of content that is filterable. Drag Filter Grid into a Stacks page and your first row of content is almost finished. All that's missing is your content. Drag any combination of content into a Filter Grid Column, add comma separated tags and you're ready to fly!
The possibilities are endless: Portfolios, travel catalogues, product catalogues, if it needs to be filtered, Filter grid is the simplest solution!

Filter Grid – 1LD

Stack settings
Hide Grid Tags – Hide the coloured tags below each grid
Max Width
Columns – Desk, Tablet, Mobile
Column Min Height – Desk, Tablet, Mobile
Gutter – Desk, Tablet, Mobile
Tag Block – px
Tooltip Text – px – the tags can display tooltips
Tooltip Radius
Tooltip Padding


Dropdown Toggle
Select Text – Select, Deselect – localisation
Width – px
Text – px
Icon
Radius
Padding

DropDown List Items
Max Width
Radius
Text – px
Radio – px
Colour Blocks – px
Block Radius
Padding

Colours & Fonts
Default 1LD font options
Colour selectors for
Toggle
Text
Item BG
Radio
Tooltip

Filter grid is child's play to set up, does not require PHP and is very effective. See it on a site near you soon!

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Intrinsic: CSS Grids for RapidWeaver

The 'experts' currently agree unanimously that CSS Grids are the future of web design. In a couple of years time, those same experts will most likely come up with a different description of where the web is heading, but currently CSS Grids is IT!
But how are we supposed to take advantage of CSS Grids in RapidWeaver?

At the end of last year, Will Woodgate began work on a stack named Intrinsic. Today, the final version of Intrinsic has been released and it's going to alter your concept of page layout.

During the 90s, if we wanted to build a more complicated layout, we were forced to use tables. Then CSS came along and seemingly solved all our layout problems, we discovered, however, that CSS wasn't up to the task of positioning those more complicated elements. Flexbox is great, but only for one dimensional layouts, it doesn't really help with those 2D layouts, so now we've moved on to CSS Grids.
Intrinsic from Stacks4Stacks will build the most intricate CSS Grids for you!

Intrinsic is a little more complicated than your average stack. It can assist you in building complete responsive pages, but you'll need to study the way that it works. There's new terminology that you may need to learn, but once you get to grips with Intrinsic's layout, you'll find that it's actually quite straightforward.

Here's an extremely simple example:

Intrinsic – Stacks4Stacks
And here are the settings that were necessary:

intrinsic – Stacks4Stacks
In the example above, I have defined a two-column layout. Column one is 600px wide; column two is set to 'auto'. I have named the Grid Items (the stack containers shown in red) 'one, two, three, side and footer'.
The Grid Template Areas is set to 'one side', 'two side' 'three side' 'footer footer'. The resulting layout displays the Grid Items one, two and three below each other, with the 'side' Item to the right of them. the 'footer' fills the two last columns.

The Grid Template Areas describe your layout. Intrinsic supports up to twelve columns and unlimited rows. When you drag a new Intrinsic stack into your page, the Grid Template Areas contains the description for a twelve column layout.

Each Grid Item must have a unique alphanumeric ID. Either letter/number combinations or short words. Numbers must be combined with at least one letter.
'A B' 'C B' 'D B' 'E E', for example, or 'one side' 'two side' 'three side' 'footer footer' would both result in the layout shown above (I personally prefer the short names, because they help identify the Grid Items more easily).

You'll notice in the screenshot above that the breakpoint is set to 'Screens > 0px Wide'. Each time you add a Grid Breakpoints Child Stack, you can redefine your layout above the breakpoint that you set in the stack settings.

MUCH more complicated designs than the example above can be built with Intrinsic. Just take a look here at one of Will's demo pages. The page is fully responsive, as is the example on the S4S Intrinsic page.

Intrinsic Grid Items can contain any stack that you want to throw at them.
Spend a little time to discover how Intrinsic works and you'll completely rethink the way that your pages can be played out!

NOTE: to view the Intrinsic demo file, you'll need to download the demo version of the Themeflood RWSkinz theme.

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Gator – 'New' Navigation for RapidWeaver

Several ThemeFlood themes have a rather special navigation bar which several users have requested be ported-over to Stacks for use in other themes such as Foundry and Foundation. Will Woodgate has complied with this request and released Gator.

Themes all have their own navigation menus built-in, but blank themes typically do not include a flexible menu. There are a number alternative navigation stacks available, but they all have their pros and cons.

A website's navigation system is possibly the most important aspect of any site design. If end users are faced with a navigation menu that's difficult to use, they will often navigate away to another website. A menu should look and feel as if it were an integral part of a completed web design; rather than giving an impression of something that was added as an afterthought!

Gator is derived from the same menu code that ThemeFlood themes have been using in for over 10 years, so you can be sure that it is tried and tested. This stack is expertly developed and includes a number of features never seen in other navigation stacks before. Particular emphasis has been placed on ease of setup, durability, user accessibility, responsive behaviour and flexible styling.

Gator – Stacks4Stacks
Gator can take the navigation links most RapidWeaver themes generate. Alternatively you can use our HTML markup as a template for custom-building your own menu structure. Menu types like tabs, nav bars, vertical blocks and even a simple multi-column mega menu are all achievable using Gator.

Common navigation problems Gator can provide a solution for include:

  • Support for multiple levels of subpages.
  • Configure the mobile / desktop breakpoint to avoid display issues.
  • Essential accessibility features for website users with disabilities.
  • Ability to hide the menu in print and PDF output.
  • Subtle mouseover animation effects for a more professional feel.
  • Quickly add additional content before or after the parent links.
  • Toggle between a horizontal or vertical navigation menu on desktop.
  • Restyle the menu to match existing theme styling or branding.
  • No irritation of having to click parent pages to reveal subpages.
  • Change link alignment within a few clicks.
  • Safe incorporation of optional Font Awesome icons, next to link text.
  • The hamburger mobile menu button is clearly marked 'Menu'.
  • Modern markup and intelligent layout with CSS Flexbox.
  • Easily handles long subpage links that span multiple lines.

Settings for Gator are split into 6 groups, ordered conveniently for experts working from a mobile-first principle:
1. General settings
2. Accessibility settings
3. Mobile menu settings
4. Desktop nav bar settings
5. Drop-down menu settings
6. Additional content

If you've tried other stacks but are looking for something different then take a look at Gator. This is a navigator stack that won't disappoint. A fully functioning free demo version is available for download. This free demo will help you experiment with all that Gator can do.

Beyond the standard set of style options provided in Gator, much can be accomplished by placing Gator inside other stacks such as 'sticky' bars and help is available for simple CSS modifications you want to make.

Gator is also available as a free variant for use in premium ThemeFlood themes, such as RWSkinz.

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