Two New Joe Workman Stacks Tutorials Added



Happy Thanksgiving week to all of you who are in the U.S. This latest updates comes just in time for the holiday break. I’ve added two new stacks tutorials -- Expose and Share It -- both from Joe Workman.

The Expose Stack tutorial is found in the Lightboxes category of the Add-Ons section, and it is a highly recommended solution if you are looking for a lightbox to display content on your website. It is very flexible in that it can display most any kind of content, and its style is highly customizable. It also comes with the Expose Image Pro stack, which is designed specifically for displaying photos. This detailed tutorial runs about 15 minutes in length in order to cover every setting for these stacks.

The Share It Stack tutorial is found in the Blogging & Social category of the Add-Ons section. The stack provides sharing buttons for a variety of social networks, and it is also highly customizable. If you would like your website’s visitors to share your website with their social networks, then the Share It Stack may be worth considering.

I’d also like to make a brief mention of the launch of the new website for my business, Websmith. This website advertises my web design, RapidWeaver consulting and membership site development services. It uses a responsive design to optimize the layout for all devices, and of course it is built with RapidWeaver. If you are interested in learning more about responsive design, there is a category of tutorials dedicated to that topic here at RapidWeaver Classroom.

Check back soon for details on more new content!

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Ryan

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Two More Responsive Layout Tutorials Added



This week’s update adds more content to the growing Responsive Layout category of the Add-Ons section. Tutorials for the Fit Text and Responsive Embed stacks are now available there.

Joe Workman’s Fit Text Stack makes headings (or any text with large fonts) responsive, resizing the text at different break points for better presentation on smaller devices. If you are developing a responsive website, then this stack is a must-have for use with your content headings.

The Responsive Embed Stack is a free stack from Pressure Designs, a newer RapidWeaver developer who is featured here at RapidWeaver Classroom for the first time. This stack takes embed code from a third-party, such as YouTube or Google Maps, and makes the embed responsive. It’s easy to use and does a great job of making embedded content responsive.

If you haven’t already noticed, responsive design is a big deal now, and so I will continue to focus on creating training that will make responsive design as easy (and fun) as possible. Check back next week for more new content!

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Ryan

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Three New Stacks Tutorials Added



This week’s update includes three new Stack Element tutorials: the Post Office and Locker stacks from Joe Workman, and the Playr Stack from Stack Maniac.

The Post Office Stack is a very impressive stack that creates a sign-up form on your website. The sign-up form is used to collect information from your website visitors -- mainly name and email address, though it also includes a couple of customizable fields. This information can be stored in a database on your server, or Post Office can connect with 3rd-party email newsletters services, such as MadMimi and MailChimp. Post Office is highly customizable and also includes a stack called PO Box, which can be used to present content after a visitor submits their information through the Post Office form. So for example, if you are wanting to provide a free download after someone submits their email address, then the combination of Post Office and PO Box can do it. This tutorial can be found in the Forms category of the Add-Ons section.

The Locker Stack is a great utility stack that lets you keep stacks content on a Stacks page without it being displayed in Preview mode or published. This can be helpful when you are actively developing some portion of the page, but need to publish other changes to that page without publishing everything. It basically hides content from Preview and publishing, and also lets you make notes about the work you are doing. This tutorials can be found in the Utility Stacks category of the Add-Ons section.

Finally, the Playr Stack creates a simple, clean video player for your videos. It is easy to use and very customizable. This tutorial can be found in the Media category of the Add-Ons section.

I hope you that these new tutorials are helpful as you develop your websites with RapidWeaver. Check back next week for an update on more new tutorials!

Thanks for your support,

Ryan

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