New Tutorials: RapidSearch Pro Plugin and Creating a mySQL Database


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Overview of New Updates

A new tutorial covering the RapidSearch Pro Plugin and a "How to..." tutorial on creating a mySQL database are now available to Classroom subscribers.

Instructions for Classroom Subscribers

Login here to access your account, then navigate to the Classroom curriculum and click on the Latest Updates button for direct links to these new tutorials. I have made some changes to membership area this week that should improve the experience of browsing the sections of tutorials, and more improvements are planned in the coming weeks.

Details of New Updates

The RapidSearch Pro Plugin from Nimblehost makes it possible to provide a search feature on your website that embeds the results directly into your website without the use of a 3rd-party search service such as Google. It is an excellent solution for large websites, or for websites that sell products. The plugin includes a web-based administration area that allows you to handle which pages of your website are indexed, and it also provides statistics about how your visitors are searching your website. This can be very helpful information for determining what your visitors are interested in. RapidSearch Pro does require the installation of a mySQL database on your server, which leads us to the other new tutorial for this week.

The new "How to... Create a mySQL Database" tutorial will walk you through the steps of creating a mySQL database on your web hosting server. This is becoming a more important topic to understand as more RapidWeaver add-ons integrate with databases. RapidSearch Pro requires a database, as does the WP-Blog Plugin that integrates a WordPress blog, and the BackSnap Stack that I will have a tutorial for next week.

The RapidSearch Pro tutorial can be found in the Add-Ons > Miscellaneous section of the tutorials, while the Create a mySQL Database tutorial is located in the Continuing Education > How to... section.

Also, I have made a few other updates to the Classroom membership area. You will now find a "Featured Tutorials" section on the Home page, and I've adjusted the styling of some elements throughout the tutorial sections, which I hope will improve the user experience as you navigate through the different tutorials. I have also been working to implement RapidSearch Pro in the membership area as another method of finding tutorials, but some hurdles related to the protection of the content has prevented that from being successful so far. I do hope to have this working relatively soon, but for the time being you can use your browser's Find function (CMD+F) on the Browse All page to search for tutorials.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

A series of 14 new tutorials covering the Stacks 2.5 plugin were released in the first half of March. I highly recommend these new tutorials for every RapidWeaver user! Click here to learn more about these Stacks 2.5 tutorials.

The past couple of months have brought a number of other new tutorials: one covering the customization of banners or slideshows in the header of 3rd-party RapidWeaver themes, another discussing a method of embedding responsive YouTube videos, and there have been many new Stack Elements tutorials covering the PaySnap, MapSnap and DateSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. Another "How to..." tutorial on replacing an existing website was also added to the curriculum last week.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

Check back next week for a tutorial covering the BackSnap Stack from Yabdab, and a tutorial covering more advanced usage of the RapidSearch Pro plugin.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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Jack Stack and Replacing a Website Tutorials Now Available


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Overview of New Updates

A new tutorial covering the Jack Stack and a "How to..." tutorial on replacing an existing website are now available to Classroom subscribers.

Instructions for Classroom Subscribers

Login here to access your account, then navigate to the Classroom curriculum and click on the Latest Updates button for direct links to these new tutorials. I am working to improve the experience of finding and viewing new content as updates are posted, so for the time being please go through the Latest Updates button in the members' area of the Classroom curriculum.

Details of New Updates

The Jack Stack is a very impressive stack from Joe Workman that provides a lot of options for styling your content with borders, backgrounds and shadows. Jack really does too much to put into words, so you'll just have to watch this new tutorial to see what Jack can do.

I've also posted a new tutorial on the topic of replacing an existing website with a new one. If you are developing a website in RapidWeaver to replace an existing one, then there are some steps that you should take when you are ready to publish the website. This tutorial discusses a number of potential scenarios that you may encounter in this situation.

The Jack Stack tutorial can be found in the Add-Ons > Content Layout section of the tutorials, while the Replace an Existing Website tutorial is located in the Continuing Education > How to... section.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

A series of 14 new tutorials covering the Stacks 2.5 plugin were released in the first half of March. I highly recommend these new tutorials for every RapidWeaver user! Click here to learn more about these Stacks 2.5 tutorials.

The last several weeks have brought a number of new tutorials: one covering the customization of banners or slideshows in the header of 3rd-party RapidWeaver themes, another discussing a method of embedding responsive YouTube videos, and there have been several new Stack Elements tutorials covering the PaySnap, MapSnap and DateSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, and the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

Check back next week for a tutorial covering the BackSnap Stack from Yabdab, along with a series of tutorials covering the RapidSearch Pro plugin.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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PlayListr and MapSnap Stacks Tutorials Now Available


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Overview of New Updates

New tutorials covering the PlayListr Stack and the MapSnap Stack are now available to Classroom subscribers.

Instructions for Classroom Subscribers

Login here to access your account, then navigate to the Classroom curriculum and click on the Latest Updates button for direct links to these new tutorials. I am working to improve the experience of finding and viewing new content as updates are posted, so for the time being please go through the Latest Updates button in the members' area of the Classroom curriculum.

Details of New Updates

The PlayListr Stack from StackManiac creates an audio player that supports multiple audio tracks in a single player. It is a great solution for situations where you need to provide more than one audio track, without the need for multiple audio players.

The MapSnap Stack from Yabdab embeds an interactive Google map on your website. It is very flexible in its features and includes the option to display multiple locations on a single map. It can also display driving directions between the locations you define.

The PlayListr tutorial can be found in the Add-Ons > Audio/Video section of the tutorials, while the MapSnap tutorial is located under Add-Ons > Miscellaneous.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

A series of 14 new tutorials covering the Stacks 2.5 plugin were released in the first half of March. I highly recommend these new tutorials for every RapidWeaver user! Click here to learn more about these Stacks 2.5 tutorials.

The last several weeks have brought a number of new tutorials: one covering the customization of banners or slideshows in the header of 3rd-party RapidWeaver themes, another discussing a method of embedding responsive YouTube videos, and there have been several new Stack Elements tutorials covering the PaySnap and DateSnap Stacks from Yabdab, and the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

I actually had one more tutorial recorded to include in this week's update, but something went wrong and I ended up with video and no audio. That tutorial discussed the topic of replacing an existing website with a new one -- using FTP to manage files on the hosting server. I will re-record that tutorial and include it in next week's update, along with a tutorial on the BackSnap Stack and another surprise topic!

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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New DateSnap Stack Tutorial Now Available


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Overview of New Updates

A new tutorial on the DateSnap Stacks has been added to the Classroom curriculum this week.

Instructions for Classroom Subscribers

Login here to access your account, then navigate to the Classroom curriculum and click on the Latest Updates button for direct links to these new tutorials. I am working to improve the experience of finding and viewing new content as updates are posted, so for the time being please go through the Latest Updates button in the members' area of the Classroom curriculum.

Details of New Updates

DateSnap is a calendar solution developed by Yabdab, who also offer the DateLoom plugin. DateSnap improves on DateLoom through its integration with the Stacks 2 plugin. The DateSnap stacks allow you to manually create events for your website's calendar, or you can easily import a Google or iCloud calendar. DateSnap offers a lot of great features and customization options, and it looks and functions great. If you have the need for a calendar on your website then I would highly recommend you consider DateSnap.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

A series of 14 new tutorials covering the Stacks 2.5 plugin were released in the first half of March. I highly recommend these new tutorials for every RapidWeaver user! Click here to learn more about these Stacks 2.5 tutorials.

Two weeks ago I released two tutorials: one covering the customization of banners or slideshows in the header of 3rd-party RapidWeaver themes, and the other discussing a method of embedding responsive YouTube videos. Click here to learn more about these two recent tutorials.

Last week I released tutorials covering the PaySnap Stacks from Yabdab and the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks. Click here to learn more about these two recent tutorials.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

We had some violent Spring storms this week that limited my ability to record, on account of noise, but next week is looking more favorable and I have a lot of new topics ready to share! There are some more exciting Stack Elements tutorials, new topics for the SEO section, a multi-part series on the RapidSearch Pro plugin, and there is some new content coming soon to the Grad School curriculum as well.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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