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Cookie Manager – Quarantining Content in RapidWeaver

The EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into effect on May 25, 2018 has caused many Weavers to fall into a state of panic.
When you go online, your IP at the very least, is broadcast to the world and can potentially be [mis]used to identify you. The EU ePrivacy directive of 2012 which stipulates that websites accessible in the EU must display a 'cookie' warning is no longer sufficient to appease the prevalent phishing paranoia. The regulations are getting stricter…

Currently. one of the biggest questions is how can a RapidWeaver user safely, easily and compliantly display content based on user consent?

Take for example some analytics tracking code or a Google map. How can this type of content be configured to load only if a user clicks a button and explicitly opts-in or opts-out?
At present it is almost impossible to do this without some really complicating coding. Although some solutions claim to offer a fix, a quick look in the browser console reveals a horror-show of invasive scripting and tracking cookies continuing to download in the background, irregardless of consent having being granted or not. This is simply not good enough for GDPR compliance!

Stacks4Stacks has a new solution available – CookieManager, a free stack that will quarantine portions of your page until your visitor has given her/his consent to allow cookies.
When you drop CookieManager into a Stacks page, it will initially display a container for True and False content i.e. stacks that may be displayed if the visitor has consented to cookies, or alternate stacks that are displayed if the visitor has declined. So, for instance, you could add a Google Map to the True container and an image of the map to the false container; if your 'Accept' button is clicked the interactive map will be loaded from Google Maps; if 'Decline' is clicked, your non-interactive map is displayed and no information is passed on to Google.

CookieManager's second state allows you to add buttons to modify, accept, or decline user cookies. Multiple instances of CookieManager can be used on the same page, allowing the discriminative display of varying content.

CookieManager – S4S


Stack settings
Setup Mode – Get Cookie (default), Delete Cookie, Modify Cookie, Set Cookie
Cookie Name
Cookie Value – Default 'True'
Cookie Expiration – Mins
Button Label
Button Classes
Reload On Click


Whilst CookieManager isn't the be all and end all solution to the pending GPDR regulations, the free stack goes a long way to making your website more compliant with the new laws that affect us all and will allow many Weavers to sleep better at night.

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Ultra Lists for RapidWeaver

Weavium – until quite recently unheard of – just released their 16th stack. Ultra Lists – possibly the most versatile list stack available.

Contact Details, Sales Widget, Itinerary List, Product List, FAQs. The long list of uses is only restricted by your imagination.
Ultra Lists displays a list in accordion form (Weavium hates that word) that each shows an image or icon, a header text, an optional description and optional tags. It can display an optional search field to search the list and an optional tag filter.
When opened, Ultra Lists can display almost anything you wish. Long descriptions with images, Buttons, Contact Forms, etc. etc…

Ultra Lists – Weavium
Ultra Lists – WeaviumStack settings
General
Max Width – px
Mobile Point – Breakpoint at which the stack condenses
Search – Placeholders for search text, Font size, Icon size, Padding

Filter
Sizes for Sort Icon, Sort Size, Toggle Size, Toggle Radius
Filter List Width and Height, List Shadow size and Shadow Colour

Items > General
No Tags, No Description
List Type – Separated, Connected
Radius, Spacing, Padding

Items > Content
Sizes for Title, Description, Icon, Icon BG, Icon Radius, Icon Alignment, Tag Text, Tag Radius, Tag Padding

Items > More Button
No Button Text – Switches to toggle icon when activated
Text – Button text
Font Size, Button Size, Button Radius, Button Padding

Stack Colours and Fonts
Font selection for Title, Description, Details and Search – 17 web font options for each, plus Google fonts
Colour options for all of the above.

Once again, the configuration options are seemingly endless and you'll need a while to identify each setting, but once you've configured your first Item child, you can duplicate it as often as needed.
The child stack settings gives you the option of adding an image or an icon (four optional icon fonts plus custom) and this is also where you add your Title, Tags and short Description.

Ultra Lists is another of those neat Weavium stacks that many are going to love.

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Circle Menu for RapidWeaver

One Little Designer has added a new menu stack to its growing assortment of menus. Circle Menu may be displayed anywhere on your stacks page and will display up to eight links arranged in a circle – or a square.

circle menu – 1LDCircle Menu can be configured to be open or closed when your page loads. If it is closed, it shows up as a circular button (default) with a hamburger icon. When clicked the circle (or square) expands to display up to eight further buttons with icons that are linked to URLs of your choice. The buttons are added as child stacks and each child is configured individually.
The buttons have a shadow when hovered and a tooltip appears to display the URLs target. Clicking at the centre of the menu will minimise it.

As we have come to expect from 1LD in the meantime, configuration possibilities are almost endless. For starters, the eight buttons can be positioned completely within the circle (square) or positioned around its perimeter.

circle menu –1LD
Stack settings
General

Open on Start - Active by default
Offset Items – Move the items to the menu perimeter (as above)
# of Items – Up to eight menu items
Menu Type – Circular (default), Square
Font Family – 13 Web fonts, plus Custom

Toggle
Toggle size and options for Colour, Shadow etc.

Menu
Menu size and options for Size, Padding and Colour

Menu Items
Round Items – Active by default
Button Size
Icon Size
Label Size
Radius
Hover Border
Colours

Child Stacks
General
Link
Icon Font – Three options
Icon
Use Custom Image Icon
Custom Colours

Circle Menu is a compact menu that may be positioned anywhere on your page. Multiple menus can be added to the page making submenus for page sections easily possible. One can only wonder how many more menu stacks 1LD will offer us!

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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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Ascend – Page Anchors for RapidWeaver

'Don't just scroll… Ascend' is the newest shibboleth from Weavium. However 'Ascend', the name of Weavium's latest stack, just doesn't do the stack justice. I would have chosen 'Traverse', or 'Locomote'. Ascend means to move up, which is not what Ascend does – it moves anywhere!

In the last twelve months a couple of anchor stacks were released to assist with in-page navigation; some more, some less complicated. Ascend is one of the less complicated, but more useful solutions. Not only does it automatically add page anchors to transport you to the top or bottom of the page, it can also add a sub menu that can whisk you away to any section within your page.

Ascend – WeaviumAscend is a set of two stacks: Ascend and Ascend Marker. Add Ascend to your Stacks page and in preview mode, you will discover a button at the bottom right of your page which, when clicked, will open a menu. The menu options are Top and Item. Now it's time to add a Marker stack to your page. The Marker will need an ID, so let's go to the Marker stack settings and add an ID, let's say Article-1. Now go to the Ascend stack on your page and activate the default child stack. Add the same ID to the child stack and choose a suitable icon, change the text within the child stack to Article 1 and enter preview mode.
The Ascend button has now changed to reflect your new Icon and text and when the menu option is clicked, your page will scroll to display Article 1. The scroll action is a smooth scroll and not just a jump as with a standard anchor, however, I would like to see a scroll time added as an option to make the transition even smoother.

There are a few other things that are unique to Ascend. The button may be positioned at either the top or the bottom of the page and you have a choice of left, centre, or right and the menu that is displayed can either be a list, or a grid – especially useful if you have multiple anchors. The Icon for each anchor may, of course, be set individually. And, as we have come to expect from Weavium, each aspect of the menu is customisable.

Stack settings
Ascend General
Display – Always, On scroll to, Between Markers, AT bottom of page
Open Menu – On Click, On Hover
Z-Index – Default 1000
Toggle
Vertical Position – Bottom, Top
Horizontal Position – Right, Centre, Left
Size – Button, Icon
Offset – Vertical, Horizontal
Padding – Button padding
Radius
Initial Opacity – % – 0–1
Menu
Width – px
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Radius – px
Hide Header
Header Text
Header Size
Header Padding
Inline Close Button
Hide default Top Item
Allow Scroll (for long menus)
Menu Items
List Type – List, Grid
Item Size – Text, Icon
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Header Font – 13 fonts plus Google font
Item Font – As above
Colours for each and every item, including the shadow.

The Ascend Child Stack has settings for your ID and for four Icon Sets plus Custom.

Ascend is a new take on the 'Scroll To…' button and well worth taking a look at.

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