PaySnap Stacks and Content Fader Stack Tutorials Now Available



Overview of New Updates

I have added two new tutorials to the Classroom curriculum this week. The PaySnap Stacks tutorial discusses a great e-commerce solution, and the Content Fader tutorial demonstrates a very cool effect for your page's content.

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 PaySnap 2 Stacks is a collection of stacks from Yabdab -- the developers of the popular CartLoom e-commerce service. These stacks create an excellent shopping cart experience for your customers -- much like CartLoom -- but everything is configured directly through your RapidWeaver project in the Stacks 2 plugin, and checkout is handled through a basic PayPal account. These stacks provide a lot of flexibility, including: flexible price, shipping and tax handling, product options (drop-down, radio button, check boxes), quantity input, lightboxed product details, and highly customizable buttons. If you are going to be selling products through your website then I highly recommend you consider the PaySnap 2 stacks. This new tutorial is located under the Add-Ons > E-Commerce section of tutorials.

The other new tutorial covers the Content Fader Stack, and it's our first tutorial on a product from DK Stacks -- a fairly new developer in the RapidWeaver community. Dominic (DK Stacks) is already producing some outstanding stacks, so I am excited to be introducing them to you in the coming weeks. Content Fader does exactly what it sounds like it should -- it fades content on your pages as you scroll past it. This is a trendy effect that you may have seen on other websites. Content Fader makes it very easy to accomplish, and it can leave a great impression on your website's visitors, especially if you are in some kind of design industry where visual presentation is important. This new tutorial is located under the Add-Ons > Miscellaneous section of 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.

Last week 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.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

Next week will see more new stacks tutorials from Yabdab and DK Stacks. I have a number of other Stack Elements tutorials planned, as well as new content for the SEO section and some exciting new training for the Grad School curriculum in the works for release soon. Check back next week for more details.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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Theme Banner/Slideshow and Responsive YouTube Embed Tutorials



Overview of New Updates

I have added two new tutorials to the Classroom curriculum this week. One tutorial discusses customization of banners and slideshows in 3rd-party RapidWeaver themes, and the other demonstrates how to embed a responsive YouTube video.

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 Theme Banners and Slideshows tutorial demonstrates several different methods by which a static banner image or slideshow of banner images can be utilized in different 3rd-party RapidWeaver themes. Several different themes are used in this tutorial to show the variety of methods that are available to customize the banner images and/or slideshows in a theme's header. This tutorial can be found in the Add-Ons > Themes section, under the Miscellaneous category on that page.

The Embedding a Responsive YouTube Video tutorial is located under the Continuing Education > How to... section of tutorials. If you want to embed a YouTube video in a responsive theme, you either need to use a Stacks page and a responsive YouTube stack, or you need to use a small amount of HTML and CSS code to make an embedded YouTube video responsive. A responsive YouTube stack is certainly an option on pages where you are using the Stacks 2 plugin, but the stack is not an option when you are working with a non-Stacks page. One great example is the Blog page, and so this video tutorial demonstrates how to embed a responsive YouTube video in a RapidWeaver Blog page. Of course this information applies to any page, including a Stacks 2 page, so you can use this method without the need for a YouTube stack altogether. All of the HTML and CSS code that you need is included in a couple of RapidWeaver snippets that I have made available for download, and that can be found immediately below the tutorial itself.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

A series of 14 new tutorials covering the Stacks 2.5 plugin have been released over the past two weeks. I highly recommend these new tutorials for every RapidWeaver user! Click here to learn more about these Stacks 2.5 tutorials.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

Beginning next week, a number of new tutorials will be released, covering some excellent Stack Elements from Yabdab. I have a number of other Stack Elements tutorials planned, as well as new content for the SEO section and some exciting new training for the Grad School curriculum. Check back next week for more details.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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5 New Stacks 2.5 Tutorials Now Available


Stacks 2 Video Tutorials

5 more videos in the new Stacks 2.5 Plugin series are now available.

Last week I introduced the first 9 tutorials in a new series covering the Stacks 2.5 plugin, and this week I have added 5 more videos for a grand total of 14 videos at just over 2 hours of runtime. The complete Stacks 2.5 series includes the following tutorials, with the latest 5 included at the end of the list in bold.

Introduction to Stacks 2.5
Stacks Interface
Stack Elements
3rd-Party Stacks
Text and Image Editing
Using the Stack Inspector
Layout > Margin and Padding
Layout > Fill Mode
Global Content
Building Complex Layouts
Stacks and ExtraContent
Stacks and PlusKit @import
Stacks and Responsive Design
Updating Stack Elements


Once again, this new Stacks 2.5 series replaces the original Stacks 2 training that was previously available. This series goes into more detail than ever before, so even experienced Stacks users might find new information in this training. These 14 tutorials complete the Stacks 2.5 series for the time being, but I will be considering more material in the future, and am certainly open to your suggestions.

Next week's update will include a variety of topics that include new Stack Elements tutorials and a tutorial that covers different ways to customize banners and header slideshows in 3rd-party RapidWeaver themes. Check back next week for this update!

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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9 Tutorials in New Stacks 2.5 Series Released



Stacks 2 Video Tutorials

The first 9 videos in a new series covering the Stacks 2.5 plugin are now available!

I am replacing the original Stacks 2 series of tutorials with brand new videos that cover every detail of Stacks 2.5. This first phase of new tutorials includes 9 videos that total just over 90 minutes of training. This is the most detailed Stacks plugin training you can get, and in these tutorials I share from my knowledge and experience of working with Stacks for years. Even if you are an experienced Stacks user yourself, there still may be some new things you can learn from these tutorials.

Here are the topics for this first phase of Stacks 2.5 tutorials:

Introduction to Stacks 2.5
Stacks Interface
Stack Elements
3rd-Party Stacks
Text and Image Editing
Using the Stack Inspector
Layout > Margin and Padding
Layout > Fill Mode
Global Content

There is still plenty more to come next week as I complete this new series of Stacks training. Just a few of the additional topics I will be covering include building complex layouts, using ExtraContent, importing into Stacks pages with PlusKit's @import feature, and a variety of tips and shortcuts that can prove very useful.

Check back later next week as I release the second phase of Stacks 2.5 training.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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Brand New Design Launched, New Content Available This Week



Months of work have finally led to the completion of RapidWeaver Classroom's redesign. Late last year I introduced a new responsive design and new organization of content in the membership areas, and on Friday I launched the redesign of the "public" side of RapidWeaver Classroom. I am very satisfied with the result, and relieved that the work is finally done!

I hope that this new design appeals to you and maybe even inspires you with your own projects. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, you might want to check out the "2-minute Introduction" video on the Home page. I've created a lot of videos over the past 6 years, but never anything quite like this, and it was a lot of fun! If you like it and are interested in something similar for your website, get in-touch and we can discuss that possibility.

Now that RapidWeaver Classroom is 100% responsive, an improved user experience will be consistent across all devices -- computers, tables and smart phones. I already had a fair amount of experience with responsive design before starting this project, but I learned quite a bit more from some unique challenges I faced, and I look forward to taking that experience and adding to/improving the responsive design training offered here at RapidWeaver Classroom. It's such an important topic and it's very important I provide thorough training for it.

Speaking of new training, just over a week ago I revealed that I would be recreating the entire series of Stacks 2 (now 2.5) tutorials. A significant number of those tutorials will be posted this week. I originally planned for them to be released last week, but my 3rd sickness this winter came in the form of laryngitis, and I was without a voice for 5 days. It returned to full strength yesterday, so I will complete the remaining portion of this first phase of tutorials, and have them posted mid-week. The second (final) phase of the new Stacks 2.5 tutorials will be released the following week, and then I will continue with training on a variety of great new 3rd-party stacks, responsive design training, and some content related to popular 3rd-party theme features that I think will be very useful.

If there is any specific training that you'd like to see, please let me know. There is a contact form specifically for feedback and tutorial suggestions in the members' area. I am always interested in hearing your suggestions in regards to any aspect of RapidWeaver Classroom.

Thanks for your support!

-Ryan
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