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Hopping Through RapidWeaver Pages

Weavium has a knack of presenting us with simple solutions to tasks that could otherwise put some strain on those grey cells. Their latest stack, Hop, presents yet another attractive solution to that age old problem: Reams and reams of client data.

Hop is essentially a lightbox, but with the difference that it is intended to be nested. I.E. it can lead your customers to the solution that they are looking for. We all know the situation – We visit a site's storefront looking for Household Goods, klick the pertinent button and are whisked away to a new page with a further set of options; Kitchen Implements, Bathroom Accessories, Bedroom Trimmings, etc. etc. Selecting one of the options, we are yet again whisked away to a new page with a selection of appropriate products.
Another example: An online bookstore with links to Novels, Histories, Biographies, etc. which each open up a new page…

… You get what I'm talking about. Right, I'm talking about Hop which, instead of whisking you away to a new page, simply opens a full page lightbox with the next options. And the lightbox opens with one of six different animations.
The example that I've built centres around a travel blog. 'What to See and Do in Bangkok' would take you to a list of blog entries about the city with the longest place name in the world (and no, as opposed to what the Guiness Book of Records might tell you, that is not Llanfairpwll… on Angelsy). Clicking on 'Crossing Borders' would take you to information about passing to and from Thailand and its surrounding countries.

Hop – Weavium

Hop – Weavium

The content is all contained within one page, so page load times could be influenced, depending what you insert into Hop. SEO will also be influenced; I'm presuming that that will be more on the positive side.

Hop arrives with two stacks: Hop and Hop Starter. The Hop stack is the main stack which will contain your Initial and Additional Content. You can design your Initial Content using any combination of stacks, or you can use the Hop Starter stack to ensure that each initial presentation is identical.

Stack settings
Hop Starter Stack
Icon Order – First, Last
[Icon] Alignment – Top, Center, Bottom
Text Align – Initial, Expanded
Icon Font – Four standard Icon fonts plus Custom, Icon Image from link, Icon from Inline Image
Icon Size – px
Icon Radius – px
Icon Colour – Initial, Expanded
Title – Size, Colour
Description – Size, Colour
Button– Configuration

Hop Settings
Page Title, Size, Animation Type
Content Sizes, Fonts, Colours
The settings are comprehensive and don't leave anything to wish for.

Hop is probably not ideal for an extensive catalogue of products; I'm presuming that page load times would get out of hand, but for more simple "I'm interested in…" and leading your visitor deeper into your page, Hop is ideal. And not only that; Hop provides an attractive solution to many of the problems that we have with extra content.

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Limelighting in RapidWeaver

When 'PopView' was launched as a BWD beta a little over 16 months ago, it instantly became one of my favourite stacks. Unfortunately, I personally helped delay its release by asking too many questions and making too many suggestions.

PopView – never an especially cool name – eventually morphed into "Limelight" and was tested by others, who also had questions and suggestions and so the launch was delayed again and again until we had a stack that is almost entirely different to the one that saw the light of day. But that's just the way with BWD. An idea is born, then it is tested and re-tested until finally – and only when Andrew has decided that it is ready – it is sprung upon an unsuspecting public.

Twelve months ago Limelight was already the perfect stack for lightboxing anything – anywhere. It can display text/image combinations; it can display Google maps; it can display iFrames; heck! it can display anything and everything with lazy loading – i.e. instantaneously!

When Limelight finally received its production name, I built two pages in anticipation of its imminent release: Galleries and Tabs, but then other testers joined the fray and numerous other changes took place.

Limelight – Big White Duck

So what happened along the way?

Rob: Hi, Andrew, I have twelve images which can all be viewed within PopView/Limelight. It would be cool, if I could navigate from one image to the next.
Andrew: It's supposed to be a simple lightbox, not a slideshow!
Rob: Well that's a shame. How about the Google Maps – they take an age to load?
Andrew: Let me look into that…

Two days later and "Limelight" can navigate between images in a lightbox and Google maps are lazy-loading. I.E. if either an iFrame, or a Google map is called via a Limelight lightbox, it can be set to preload with the page and can be viewed instantly when a Limelight stack is opened.

Limelight is a lightbox stack. It will change the way you perceive lightboxes – it's the most flexible lightbox available.
Limelight comes with its own launcher and visibility stacks and can easily be launched by adding a Class to a link. It also arrives with Limelight Bar, which can add buttons or tabs to your lightbox.
You can have a Limelight that covers your page, as with regular lightboxes, or have it open within a SectionPro or a Blueprint. Limelight stacks can be nested so that one, or more can open within another*. I could probably go on for hours, but I'll let you make your own discoveries…

Limelight is without a doubt my favourite, the most flexible lightbox available. No matter what I want to display, it's there instantly. Hardly a site goes by without me having to plant a Limelight firmly within its pages. Most of the rjh-store is based on Limelight.

After numerous Limelight beta iterations these two pages have been completely rebuilt: Galleries and Tabs demonstrate some of the capabilities of Limelight and feature nested Limelight stacks.
You can receive a download link to my gallery projects free of charge, you just need to contact me.
The Tabulated content will be available in just a few days…

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Section X for RapidWeaver

If you're looking for an alternative to tabbed stacks and accordions to present all that information that the client supplied, you'll be in a quandary as to which solution to choose. And your plight just got worse; as if to make the choice even more difficult than it already is, Weavium just released Section X.

Section X is a slider that displays info panels with a row of icons (or images) to navigate through them. Contact details, portfolio, product catalogue; drop in the stacks of your choice and build whatever you need.

Section X – Weavium
In its default setting, Section X displays four columns of icons below a Stacks panel into which you can drop just about any stack you wish. The icons can be replaced with warehoused images or images from the repository. If you choose to add images, you'll need to ensure that they are all the same size. If not, then the columns won't align vertically (see the screenshot above). The info panel content, on the other hand can be of varying length, Section X adjusts its height to fit.
You can decide how many columns of icons are displayed at a time. (Weavium often allows astronomical values; even 1000 columns is accepted in the settings panel.) If you have more panels of information than visible columns, navigation arrows appear to slide in the next n columns. E.G. in the example above, I have left the default of four columns, but have eight info panels. The nav buttons visible below the Jaguar icon will slide in the next four columns of icons.

Stack settings
Section

Min Height – D, T, M - px
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Radius
Max Width – px
Content Width – px
Breakpoint – Tablet, Mobile

Nav
Nav Position – Bottom, Top
Columns – D, T, M
Gutter – D, T, M
Item Height – D, T, M
Item Radius – D, T, M
Inactive Opacity
Item Icon – D, T, M - px
Item Title – D, T, M
Title Spacing
Arrows – Width, Height
Arrow Icon – px
Arrow Radius
Arrow Spacing

Colours and Fonts

Section X. A nice solution to an age old problem (that of adding masses of information to a page) and will save you hours of messing around with other stack combinations to achieve a result that is only similar!

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Multistep Modal for RapidWeaver

Modals. Windows that pop up on a page when a trigger is clicked, when a certain amount of time has passed, or when a certain position on the page has been reached.
A modal can usually display text, images, buttons and contact forms, etc. We've probably all used them to display extra content.

So what is Multistep Modal? Multistep Modal is a new stack from Weavium that does all of the above and more. Multistep Modal is a popup that triggers when a button is clicked, when a specific point on the page has been scrolled to, or after n seconds. O.K. – nothing new there.
However, when Multimodal window opens, you might see a combination of an image, a title and a text. But you will also see a question mark and a link, e.g. "Next".

Clicking the question mark opens up a further window within Multistep Modal. And this window can contain just about anything.
Clicking "Next" reveals what the "Multistep" in the stack's title means – the modal window is part of a slider and can display as many items as you wish.

Muti Modal – Weavium
Multi Modal – WeaviumStack settings
Display – On Toggle, On Scroll To, On Timer.
A button is automatically added with 'On Togle'
Align Vertical – Top, Center, Bottom
Align Horizontal – Left Center, Right
Z-Index – default 999999
Radius – Corner Radius of Modal
Width – Max width
Height – Max height
Margin – Vertical, Horizontal
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal

Modals
Hide Images
Hide Titles
Hide Text
Hide Details
Image Dimensions
Image Radius
Image Spacing
Extensive formatting options for all text elements

Toggle
Toggle Text
Font Size
Toggle Radius
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal

Colours& Fonts
Font Options
Colour options for all elements.

Multistep Modal Slide
Overrides the formatting for each individual child stack

When first dropped onto your page, Multistep Modal is configured as quite a small window. Whilst it is possible to enlarge the stack to fill the page, it is not advisable – it is not (yet?) 100% responsive. I therefore currently recommend restricting the stack's width to mobile format.

Weavium's range of stacks is growing quickly and each stack seems more innovative than the previous. Multistep Modal is no exception.

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Headliner for Rapidweaver

A Headline is a text that indicates the nature of the content that follows it. Headlines and accompanying images are attention grabbers that often determine whether a content is read or not.

Headliner, Weavium's latest stack, is a news slider. It displays a headline and an image, then slides to present the next headline. When the headline is clicked, the news content opens to display in full-page view with controls to navigate to the next article.

By default Headliner is set to a max width of 600px, meaning that it will scale to fit any container up to this width. But if you need an eye-catching news slider, it also looks good at full-page width and then transforms to look just as good 9or even better) on mobile.
The Item Child will accept any sort of stack that you care to throw at it. The items are configured from the main settings panel, but each can be completely customised via the child settings.

Headliner – Weavium

Headliner – Weavium

Stack settings
Rotate Automatically (Autoplay)
Rotation Speed – Default 4000ms
Rotat Direction – Horizontal, Vertical
Z-Index
Max Width
Slider Mobile – Breakpoint
Article Mobile – Breakpoint for child stacks

Headlines
Radius
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Headline Shadow – x, y, Blur, Spread
Shadow Colour
Headline Size – Desk, Mobile
Title Text
Title Size
Toggle Text
Toggle [Font] Size
Toggle Radius
Toggle Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Image Size
Image Radius
Image Offset
Image Shadow
Shadow Colour

Headlines > Full Page View
Header Height – Minimum px
Content Width – Minimum px
Content Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Close Icon Size
Headline Size – Desk, Mobile
Image Size – Desk, Mobile

Colours & Fonts
Extensive settings for complete customisation analog to all Weavium stacks.

Item Stack – As already mentioned, each child stack can be customised to override the main stack's settings.

Headliner is another versatile stack from Weavium that I can envisage being used for products and portfolios, FAQs and, of course, news articles. It is one of those stacks that is sure to grab your visitor's attention and ensure that your articles are read.

EDIT: Headliner has been updated to include adjustment of the spacing between the image and the headline, plus an option to set a background image.

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