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Over the past eighteen months, numerous navigation helpers have been released. Fixed, floating, slide-out, drop-down, pop-up; the variations have been so endless that yet another of these menus seems like pouring water onto a hot stone – it's just going to vaporise along with the rest…
Weavium recently released just such a menu stack, but this one takes the idea a whole step further – A multi-level floating menu that is either permanently visible, or appears just when you need it!

I have to admit that when I first looked at the Dive demo page, my initial thought was "another one? Why?" Upon taking a closer look, however, I have to admit that Dive is different.

Dive – WeaviumA menu button with an icon of your choice in any, or all four corners of your page that is either static and permanently visible, or appears when it is scrolled to and can disappear again when a scroll marker has been reached.
Each Dive child stack can have multiple levels, so if for instance you have "Support" in the first level, it can open up to offer "FAQs; Forum; Contact" when clicked, then whisk you away to the appropriate page on the second or third click.
The only disappointing aspect about Dive (as with other recent Weavium Stacks) is that, while you can have your visitors zip to another page or to a page anchor on the same page, I was unable to persuade it to open a lightbox.
I've mentioned this to the Weavium team and, with any luck, this may be remedied in the near future.

Stack settingsDive – Weavium
General
Z-Index
Offset
Align Vert – Top, Bottom
Align Horiz – Left, Right
Display Menu – Always, On Scroll To
Hide Marker ID

Toggle
Size – Button, Icon
Toggle Radius
Custom Icon
Toggle Icon Font – Six options
Toggle Icon

Menu
Max Width – px
Radius
Item Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Item Text – px
Item Arrow – px
Item Icon – px
Icon Spacing – px

Colours & Fonts

Each Dive Item Child stack has the option to add Sub Items and options to customise the colours. There are also settings for choosing Icons and Icon colours, but I was unable to find a way to activate Icons. Probably an oversize on my behalf.

Dive is one of those navigation helpers that is a little different to the rest. The options for multiple levels are unique as are the show and hide options that can be activated for multiple page sections. This is certainly a useful stack!

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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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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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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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Sidebar for RapidWeaver

Weavium is churning out quality stacks at an amazing rate. Their latest stack, Sidebar, is an interesting take on the ever-growing selection of menu stacks.

Sidebar – WeaviumSidebar can be set to 'fixed'; it will then add a sliding menu to the side of your page. It can also be set to 'inline' and will then add the menu to a stack. In either case, the menu can be anchored on the left or the right side.

The interesting thing about 'fixed' mode is that Sidebar displays its own stack container into which you can drop your content. The container is responsive so that when the menu slides open, it shrinks in size to allow the menu to display.

When closed, Sidebar displays a vertical stack of icons. When opened, text descriptions slide into view. Interestingly both the icons and the linked text are contained within a button so that your visitor doesn't necessarily need to open the menu to trigger a link.
Sidebar can be configured to open on hover or, when set to open on mouseclick, a hamburger icon is displayed.

Stack settings
Open On – Toggle, Hover
Type – Inline, Fixed
Fix To – Left, Right
Radius – px
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Content Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Min Height – px
Expand Width – px
Toggle Icon Size
Logo Dimensions

Sidebar Items
Icon Position – Left, Right
Icon Size, Padding, Radius, Spacing – px
Text Size – px
Icon Size, BG Size, Spacing, Padding – px

Sidebar Dividers
Spacing
Text Size
Text Weight

Colours & Fonts
We've been through all this 20 times already, I'm not going to repeat myself again!

The fact that Sidebar can be fixed to the side of the screen, or assigned to its own stack container makes it more flexible than other, similar menu stacks. A very useful stack indeed.


Sidebar – Weavium

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