Newsroom from Stacks4Stacks is simple to use and is more flexible than many RSS stacks. "How can an RSS stack be flexible?" I hear you ask…
Well, aside from the fact that it automatically takes its CSS formatting from the theme you're using, you can also use custom CSS to add more 'pep'. But RSS feeds also offer a wealth of different information along with the news itself; information such as Headline; Description; Author; Date Published; Tags and Categories and quite a few details more.
With Newsroom, you're not forced to publish this data as it is delivered, but can choose the order in which it is displayed and even choose to hide elements that you don't wish to publish.
Obviously, when an item is clicked, it will open the original post. With Newsroom, you can choose to open the post in the current widow, or in a new tab. But that's not all. There are eleven different options for the display from a simple list of entries to a zebra-striped table.
And then there are further settings for Header format, Header alignment, Header style (B,I,Upper Case etc.), Item formatting and much more.
Newsroom has child stacks, so you can add various feed sources to a single column, or you can add new Newsroom stacks to a multi-column layout.
The Keylink stack has just two options 'Button' (default), or 'Embed'.
Button displays, well, a button. The button links to your Keylink profile page.
Embed Displays your complete Keylink Profile on your Stacks page.
What, pray, is a Keylink Profile?
Well, at www.keylink.me you'll discover a new website that allows you to set up a bio page with links to your most important connections, your homepage, for instance, your Facebook/G+/Twitter profiles.
In short YOU at the click of a button (or your client, of course) and, best of all, both Keylink and the registration at keylink.me are free.
You can very easily log in to keylink.me and create as many contact links as you wish and if you are satisfied with black buttons on your keylink profile page it's free.
However, if you'd like to add some pep to your page (and the profile that RapidWeaver displays) by adding colour to the buttons, you're going to need 'Credits'
You can also display a 'Verified' badge within your profile, to let people know that you are really you. Finally, you can choose to remove the (rather large) "powered by Keylink" badge at the foot of your profile page. For both options, you will need to purchase further Credits – in all, a total of 26.
But hang on, you haven't told us anything about the Keylink stack yet.
Actually, I have – it has two options.
However, it also wants to know your Keylink handle – this is simply your user name. If you set the display to 'Button', you get options to format the button – inactive and hover colours, Border Radius, Padding.
If you set the display to Embed, you'll see options for the Height, Border Radius, Border thickness and Border Colour. The width of the profile display is governed by the container that Keylink is placed in.
Basically the Keylink site combined with the free stack is a great idea – all your important connection data at the click of a button, or directly on your RapidWeaver page.
Your Bio Description is limited to around 100 characters, so your CV will need to be stored behind one of the Keylink buttons, that's simple enough.
I would like to see settings within the stack that allow the logo and header sizes to be altered, but as this is technically an iFrame that would probably be a server setting.
I'm off to purchase credits, and you?
Michael Frankland recently came in for a load of negative criticism for changing his business model to a sustainable one. You may, or may not appreciate Yuzool's new business model, but you can not fault their products!
Wall (not to be confused with other stacks of the same name) is the latest stack from the Yuzool smithy, it will bring together all of your social feeds from Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, RSS, Vimeo, Tumblr and/or Instagram – on the same RapidWeaver page. However, I must warn you that if you choose all the available options, your page will need a couple of seconds to load all of the feeds. Wall is fast – it uses AJAX to load your feeds – but don't overdo things.
The possibility to display any combination of the above within a single stack is awesome. The presentation of said feeds is enticing they can be filtered by service.
Let it be said that you will need some time and perseverance to set up some of the options. You will need Handles, Consumer Keys, Consumer Secrets, Access Tokens, Access Secrets, APIs, IDs, etc. depending on the service you wish to load. These are all available online but they do need some research on your behalf. This problem arises because the individual services can't agree on a single access model. It's no fault of Yuzool.
I'll take an example of publishing Facebook posts: First you'll need to register as a developer so that you can create an app. Next you'll need the ID for this app. You can then add your Facebook Handle and the app ID to Wall's settings panel.
But hey, we're web designers, right? We're used to doing a little research before we can plunge in. The process is described in detail in the setup instructions included with the stack and is similar with many of the different services and, it must be said, with all other Social sharing stacks.
So you'll need a little patience to set up some of your feeds, but ultimately it's the result that counts. And the result is an inviting masonry style wall of feeds which, when clicked, will take you to the post/site in question.
All texts within the Wall stack are editable, so that they may be localised. The General Settings include Centre Wall, Cache, Filter, Disable ALL Filter, and External Links. The Order can be set to Date, or Random. The Max number of posts may be set to Days or Limit. The display below changes accordingly to show Number of days or Limit of Posts.
Social Sharing may be disabled and JQuery can be activated. There are two styles for the presentation of Wall; Classic and Modern and the Colour can be set to Light, or Dark.
Wall offers more sharing options than I've seen in any similar stack. The sheer number of services Wall can access makes the settings panel look a lot more complicated than it really is, but once you've discovered the necessary IDs and APIs, it is simple to set up.
Without a doubt the most versatile Social sharing stack to date.
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