You can always trust Marten to come up with a business orientated solution to some problem or other. I've seen a number of forum posts asking "What's the easiest way to build a price list?" RapidWeaver Central now has the answer – PriceThing.
So your client owns a business and wishes to publish his prices online. PriceThing now gives you a simple way of doing so. When you drag the stack on to your page, you'll be presented with a list of three predefined PriceThing Items. If you're not keen on their design, you can delete two of them and set about redesigning the third.
The first thing that I did was to alter the text in the setup panel. I mean; who wants whisky flavoured chocolate pizza? My restaurant serves International Specialities prepared with ingredients Fresh From the Market – That's what I placed in my H1, anyway.
My first speciality comes from Hungary, so I altered the 'Item Name' to Goulash, I then altered my 'Description' to reflect the ingredients used in my goulash.
With that done, I dropped the whole PriceThing stack into a single column stack and set a maximum width. I can now return to my PriceThing Item and match my font sizes, measured in rem, to fit the width. The first thing I notice in the setup panel is that there is an option to use my Foundation or Font Pro Fonts. This means that my Google Fonts, or my Site specific fonts will also be used in the stack,
Animation Settings are also included, PriceThing Items can fade in as the page is scrolled – left, right, up or down. Next up, the font and theme settings – default, or alternate settings for Foundation, if the Foundation button has been activated, and the settings for the Item Name colour, The font settings also include Uppercase, Italic, Bold, Letter Spacing and Text Shadow. The Shadow Colour and the Line Height now remain to be set.
With the Item Name set up, I can move down the settings panel to Item description where I find the same settings duplicated. And they are duplicated once more for the Item Price. The setup couldn't be simpler.
Moving on to the PriceThing container stack, the standard Stacks settings are available. Alongside these are simply a button to collapse the 'Pretty Header' and a slider to set the Spacing between my Items. O.K. so I've set the background colour, the border etc, What else is there for me to do?
Well, actually – nothing, my first PriceThing Item is already finished! I could, of course, click that tempting + button to start over with a fresh item, but I'm lazy at heart. Instead, I drag and drop the existing Item, with the Option key pressed and duplicate it. Now I just need to alter the text in the setup panel and have an exact duplicate of my previous settings.
Once your price list is finished, you can drag the Item Price sub stacks around within the PriceThing container stack, to alter their sequence. Cool!
No matter if you have automobile spares for sale, holiday residences or roast coffee from around the world, setting up an appealing price list couldn't be easier than RWC's
PriceThing. And, of course, it goes without saying that your price list reflows to fit perfectly on a mobile screen.
Marten really went to town with this stack – and his demo page too!
EDIT: PriceThing went through a soft launch and was updated immediately after it was published. The PriceThing Items can now be linked. An ideal combination is BWD's Pop Drop Stack.
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