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The HYPE Around RapidWeaver

As a regular reader of my RapidWeaver reviews, I sure that you remember that the last time I used a theme was back in 2012. There are, however, developers that still eek out a living by developing themes and there are enough of those developers to suggest that the majority of RW sites are built by Weavers that prefer the convenience of a prefabricated theme. After all – it's so simple: tweak the theme's settings to suit your design requirements then add the theme to each of your pages. Conformity guaranteed!

Michelangelo from Multithemes is one of the developers that delivers high quality and highly customisable themes. His latest creation, HYPE, is no exception. There are so many options for customisation that I shan't even attempt to go over them. Suffice it to say that if you deploy HYPE, you most certainly won't be disappointed.
There are 16 different web fonts available for title, slogan and Headlines, accompanied by web-safe fonts for your content. Animated Social Icons come as part of the deal, as do animated FA Icons. However, what immediately jumps out at visitors to Michelangelo's demo site, are the animated SVG headers. There are 16 different options to animate each page's title/slogan combination and the animations are so riveting that admirers have already enquired if they will be available as a stack!

Hype – Multithemes
I spent a couple of hours exploring HYPE's customisation options and if you're going to deploy the theme, you'll want to do the same. Whilst the default setup is attractive, there are so many options that HYPE can be almost anything you want it to be. However, you can rest assured that however much you tweak HYPE, it's always going to look good with the RW standard pages (assuming, of course that you're not colourblind) and that the theme will play along equally well with Stacks pages. That animated header will ensure that your pages will POP and two ExtraContent areas secure your pages' flexibility!

If you prefer the convenience of a prefabricated theme, but want extreme flexibility, then I highly recommend taking a look at HYPE

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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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Go Back to RapidWeaver

You may have noticed that just before Black Friday, Nick Cates retired a number of his brilliant stacks. The relatively new suite of Go stacks disappeared along with AB Switch, Production and others. You may remember that Go was a simple-to-use CMS system and it was disappointing to see it disappear after such a short time on the market.

Go adopters will be pleased to hear that Go has resurfaced. Not on the Nick Cates site, but on Mike Yrabedra's YabDab site! And there's more good news: instead of a single licence being necessary for each published site, Go is now tagged with the moniker Go CMS Unlimited; a single purchase (albeit rather more expensive than the original release) allows you to add Go CMS Unlimited to as many sites as you please AND for a [very] limited period Go CMS Unlimited is available at half price!

And, in case you forgot, Go CMS [Unlimited] is a suite of four stacks. Go Base, Blog, Content and Lock. Deployment of Go is simple, as is the editing of the published pages.

If you require a simple-to-use CMS system that includes blogging possibilities, be sure to. check out Mikes pages – quickly!

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