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Comments in RapidWeaver

It's simple to add comments to a RapidWeaver page, there are stacks, widgets and code available for Disqus, Facebook and GooglePlus etc., but those of you that are concerned about GDPR compliance might like to look at the new Comments Stack from Stacks4Stacks.

Will Woodgate's new Comments stack is 100% GDPR compliant, it doesn't collect any personal data and a user can't post a comment until she/he has confirmed their awareness that the comment will be displayed publicly.

Comments doesn't require any server side setup, simply a single line of PHP in your page's Prefix. On-page setup is simple, but that doesn't mean to say that you can't spend time pondering the correct translation to localise field names and error messages, adding custom icons to your rating system, or adding a ist of objectionable words so that you don't have to ban Steve C from your site. And I haven't even mentioned the colour setup yet…
Spammers? No. A maths question is generated for each new comment. The question may be set to simple by choosing a range e.g. between 1 and ten, or complicated by setting a range between 100 and ∞.

Disadvantages? Yes, of course there are disadvantages to not collecting personal data, or using a system such as Disqus…
… your comments are saved to a flat text file in your page's subdirectory. If you wish to reply to the comment, you either need to compose a new post, or open the .txt file with a text editor and add your reply there.
And – due to the fact that you're not asking users to supply a mail address, they can't be notified when you write a reply.

Stack settings
General settings
Database Name
Time Zone
Comment Count

Field Settings
Name Field – Checkbox
Name Label
Name Error
Name Error – When Name exceeds max length
Name Length
Pre Populate – None (default), SiteLok Email, SiteLok First Name, SiteLok Name, SiteLok User Name
Date Stamp/Permalink
Rating Field – Ceckbox
Title Field – Settings as for Name Field
Comment Field – Settings as for Name Field
Verify Field
Verify Label
Maths Label
Maths Error
Reset Button [Label]
Submit Button [Label]
Write Button [Label]
No Comments [Label]

Style Settings
Multi-Column
Cards – Checkbox
Card Background; Borders; Padding; Margin; Radius
Colour Settings for all the above fields and buttons

Advanced Settings
Email Notifications – Checkbox
Email Address
Email Subject
Email Body
Ratings
Markup Ratings CSS
Maths Challenge – Min, Max
Bad Words List – Ask Steve C for a comprehensive list
Convert URLs to Hyperlink
Hide Write Button on Open
Read only

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Panoramas with RapidWeaver

In May 2014, I reviewed YuzoolThemes' 40th stack. It was a panorama stack. As a panorama photographer, I was excited about the stack, because it allowed me to display 180º panorama photographs – the type that most mobile phones will take today. However, as a panorama photographer, I was also a little disappointed. Panorama was limited to 'just' 180º.

Serious panorama photographers make 360º panoramas, or even 360x360º shots. A single panorama with medium resolution can consist of 64 or more single images that require specialised equipment to shoot and are stitched together with professional software.
However, an iPhone is all you really need to take panorama shots of your client's offices or studio.

Last week, Yuzool released Panorama 360, a stack that can display 360x360º shots. Michael is obviously a fan of panorama photography too and Panorama 360 answers my requirements fully. Not only that, but the original stack has been updated too and can now display a complete 360x180º images. Perfect.

Both stacks are very simple to use; just drop your image into RW's resources, link it to the stack and publish. That's just about all there is to it.

Sankt Gallen Grüningerpaltz 180º panorama

Panorama2 is now a free addition when you purchase Panorama 360 and all three of the stacks that were published last week are available at a 30% discount with the code HOTSUMMER. The offer expires on 31st July!

Here are two examples that I've put together. The 360x360 view has not yet been retouched: I quickly spliced the images today, as all of my other '3d' images were prepared for QTVR.

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Boost Performance on Your RapidWeaver Site

Speed up RapidWeaver sites and reduce the delay between your page loads, minimizing browser requests and enhancing your user's web experience. Create fluid and smooth transition between your website's pages, speed up your sites and lower bandwidth without changing anything on the server.
Boost from Yuzool reduces the delay between page loads and doesn't reload assets for each page load. Boost works with Foundation, Foundry, UKit, Blueball Freestyle Theme, Navigation Stack, Blank Theme, JW's Blank Theme and any RapidWeaver framework that places the Navigation inside the Body Stacks content. This means it is compatible and accelerates all Stacks too.
To use Boost add the stack to your page and place your site's entire content (including Navigation) into the Boost Stack. Add this to each and every page. Republish your site. And you will see a faster site.
Since there is a 100-300ms delay during the user hover and the click, this time can be utilised to begin preloading the page. Usually this time this dead time and is sufficient to prepare the next page.
No amendments are required on your server, but this Stack works best if any optimisation on your server doesn't exist or is deactivated.

NOTE: I have yet to test this stack in the wild.
* Text is 98% Yuzool original copy.

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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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Fix for RapidWeaver

Just yesterday, I reviewed a stack from the ever-growing selection of menu stacks. Today yet another of these navigation helpers flattered into my mailbox. 1LD's Fix is yet another interesting addition to this genre.

Fix allows you to add menus to your page sections. Fix menus are sticky, animated menus. This means that if you configure your menu to be 600px wide, when it reaches the top of the page, Fix will scroll over the menu that may already be there and expand to full page width.
Fix displays a row of buttons. Each button contains an icon and a text. On mobile devices a menu bar with Hamburger is displayed; when clicked it expands to display the Fix content in columns. The stack currently doesn't support javascript, so lightboxes are out of the question (at the moment). I'm sure that this is an oversight.

Fix – One Little Designer
Stack settings
General

Z Index – default 100
Radius
Max Width
Breakpoint – Tablet, Mobile
Columns – Tablet, Mobile
Gutters

Fix Items
Radius
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Text Size – Desktop, Tablet, Mobile
Text Font – Standard !LD options
Icon Size
Icon Spacing

Mobile Header
Text Size
Icon Size
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal

Stack Colours
As always, every element is configurable

Fix – One Little Designer
And, as always, the item child stack settings allow you to override the default settings for each item.

Fix is another of those navigation stacks that will prove to be very helpful.

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