RapidWeaver 7 is Here -- New Tutorials Available Now!


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RapidWeaver 7 is here and offers a variety of great improvements that will make our weaving lives more enjoyable! I have posted new tutorials in the RapidWeaver curriculum that cover all of the new features and updates. Since RapidWeaver 7 shares much in common with RapidWeaver 6, I didn't find it necessary to re-do the entire RapidWeaver series of tutorials, so the RapidWeaver 7 tutorials are mixed-in with the RapidWeaver 6 videos. Those videos include RW 7 in the title so that it is obvious they are for that version. I've also placed all the new tutorials together for anyone who would like to only view those.

RapidWeaver 7 offers a lot of improvements and refinements, and you can see a full list of features here, or you can view the overview video that I have put together.

I will have more to share soon. In the meantime, enjoy RapidWeaver 7!

Ryan

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New RapidCart Pro Stacks Tutorial + RapidWeaver 7 News!


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RapidCart Pro received an update to v4.7 last week, and with the update came a new RapidCart Pro stack that had been anticipated for several weeks. Now that it is available, I have updated the RapidCart Pro tutorial series with a new tutorial on using the plugin and its stacks to create an online store in Stacks pages. There are a total of 4 RapidCart Pro stacks — 3 of these (Cart, Product and Grid) can be used to add products and other shopping cart features to Stacks pages, and then the Store Stack can be used to embed an entire RapidCart Pro store into a Stacks page. The Store Stack is the newest addition with v4.7, and it is intended for use with Stacks-based themes such as Foundation that require ALL pages to be built with Stacks. With that, RapidCart Pro is now compatible with any Stacks-based system, offering the best of both worlds when it comes to working with both Stacks and a dedicated plugin. This new tutorial — "RapidCart Pro and Stacks" — will guide you through all of the details.

Watch the new RapidCart Pro tutorial

Major RapidWeaver 7 News

If you have been keeping up with Realmac's announcements then you are likely aware that they have been working hard on RapidWeaver 7. Last week they publicly announced a tentative release date for the next major version of RapidWeaver — Tuesday, May 24th. Yes, that is next week! So that sheds some light on what I've been up to since I published the RapidCart Pro series of tutorials back in April. RapidWeaver 7 has some fantastic new features and updates, and I look forward to sharing all the information with you in new RapidWeaver 7 tutorials that will be made available as soon as RapidWeaver 7 launches.

Once those RapidWeaver 7 tutorials are released, there will be much more to come as I move forward with production of a ton of new material using RapidWeaver 7. As always, thanks for your support and keep an eye out for a big announcement soon!

Ryan

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Major Updates and RapidCart Pro Tutorials


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It has been months since my last update and this one is long overdue. Since that last update, RapidWeaver Classroom has been given a completely new design, an upgraded membership system, a search feature, a reworked presentation of tutorials and a new home for hosting the tutorial content. I am very happy with the results of this work, but the problem is that it has taken much longer than I anticipated, and this progress has come at the expense of new content. I am about 75% complete with all the "upgrades" I have been working on, but I've taken some time over the past 6 weeks to focus on production of new tutorial content, which I am releasing today.

22-Part RapidCart Pro 4 Tutorial Series

I am pleased to announce a 22-part series of tutorials detailing the excellent RapidCart Pro 4 plugin for RapidWeaver. I have spent a lot of time with this plugin and I am very impressed with the e-commerce capabilities that it has to offer. It supports both physical and digital products, is highly customizable in almost every way imaginable, and it features a very elegant catalog and checkout experience. For years now I have championed CartLoom as my e-commerce solution of choice, but I must say that it has a very strong competitor in RapidCart Pro 4. If you are considering an e-commerce component for your website then I would highly recommend you take a look at RapidCart Pro 4.

Members, log-in here to access the RapidCart Pro 4 tutorials.

RapidWeaver Classroom Upgrades

I briefly outlined some of the changes I've been working on, but wanted to take this opportunity to go into a bit more detail for anyone who might be interested. If you have not spent any time at RapidWeaver Classroom since late last year, then I'd like to encourage you to take a few minutes with the new design of the website. I wanted to feature many of the capabilities that RapidWeaver has to offer, and I needed to adopt a more modern theme to do that. The result is what I hope is an aesthetically pleasing design that is functional and provides an enjoyable user experience. This new design was implemented site-wide on both the public-facing and membership areas of the website.

In conjunction with the redesign I performed a major upgrade to the aMember membership system used here at RapidWeaver Classroom. In fact this was the most significant aMember upgrade since I launched the website in 2008. The benefits of this upgrade are many and greatly improve the user experience. For example, linking directly to a specific page of protected content as I did above was not possible in the previous version — believe it or not — and I can now do this as new content is added. You can now upgrade between curriculums through your account settings, and I am developing a tighter integration between them so that you can easily browse and access content between both. Speaking of curriculums, I took this opportunity to simplify the offerings and there are now just two that fall under the names Undergrad and Graduate. Undergrad was previously known as Classroom, and Graduate merges Grad School and Combined as the option for accessing all content.

I am also excited to announce that after many attempts at implementing a search feature, I have had success adding one that works better than any I've tried before. It is technically a "filter" — but it filters content by topic, keyword and/or developer. So, for example, you could set the filters to find tutorials that cover video stacks by Joe Workman, and you would quickly arrive at the corresponding page. This search feature is available on the Home page of the members' area as well as on a dedicated Search page there, and you can also find it on the Tutorials page of the main RapidWeaver Classroom website. I have created many search terms to filter by, but I'd appreciate feedback on any way it might be improved.

Finally, I decided it was also time to transition all of the video tutorial content to a new video hosting platform. I have been using Amazon's AWS service for years now and while it has been very good, managing the content has been difficult and the video player used to present this content has not kept up with changing technology. I had been keeping an eye on the Vimeo Pro service for some time and decided it was finally time to make the jump. The Vimeo player is a great improvement and many of the tutorials are now hosted there. The transition is still not complete, though, so I will continue to work on that as I also develop brand new content.

More New Content Soon

This release of the RapidCart Pro 4 series marks the starting point for a massive amount of new content to be produced in 2016. By the end of this year, a vast majority of RapidWeaver Classroom's curriculum will be new, as I update older content and cover many new, exciting add-ons. The work over these past months has brought me to the point where I can shift my focus back to tutorial production, and I am very excited about bringing new training to RapidWeaver Classroom.

Thanks for your support,

Ryan
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Complete 13-Part Series of Stacks 3 Tutorials Available


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I’ve added three more tutorials to the Stacks 3 series today, completing the series with a total of 13 videos. The new tutorials cover the use of the Stacks Cloud content management system (CMS) to remotely edit content from a web browser, the use of Stacks with the ExtraContent feature found in many 3rd-party themes, and instruction on how to import a Stacks page into non-Stacks pages using the PlusKit plugin. While Stacks Cloud may not be useful for everyone, the latter two tutorials should be very helpful for most RapidWeaver and Stacks users. In the case of the final tutorial, “Importing Stacks Into Non-Stacks Pages,” you will see how powerful the PlusKit plugin can be in giving you the ability to design content layout in Stacks, and place that content into other pages such as the Blog or Contact Form pages.

I am very happy with how the Stacks 3 series of tutorials turned out. I think it is very detailed and thorough in taking you through all that this phenomenal plugin has to offer. Even if you have been a Stacks 1 and 2 user, you will likely find some information in these tutorials that is new and helpful to you as you develop your websites.

In my last update I mentioned that my next endeavor is to produce a thorough series of tutorials covering responsive design. I will begin making these tutorials available during the first week of October and I look forward to sharing this very important training with you all!

Thanks for your support,

Ryan



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10-Part Stacks 3 Tutorial Series Now Available


Stacks 2 Video Tutorials
The Stacks 3 series of tutorials now consists of a 10-part, nearly 2-hour series that explores most every detail of the plugin and its stacks. This latest updates includes an introduction for those new to stacks, a tutorial that covers the details of each built-in stack, instruction on the use of the Global Content feature, and thorough look at the text and image formatting tools available in Stacks 3.

The only Stacks 3 feature I’ve yet to cover is Stacks Cloud, a basic CMS (content management system) that is included with the plugin. I will have a tutorial covering Stacks Cloud available at the beginning of next week. I also plan to add a couple of other topics that aren’t specific to the Stacks plugin, but should prove to be useful as you work with Stacks.

RapidWeaver 6 and the Stacks 3 plugin form what I consider to be the foundation of website design with RapidWeaver. There is one other topic I believe should be included in that foundation, and that is responsive design — developing a website to be, as Google would say, “mobile-friendly.” RapidWeaver Classroom currently includes various tutorials that provide instruction on responsive design, but there is a need for a thorough series of tutorials that presents all of the information in a clear and concise manner. I plan to begin development of that series next week, and those tutorials will be released around the end of September or beginning of October. I am excited to bring this new and very important training to you all.

I hope you are enjoying Stacks 3, and if you haven’t yet upgraded then I can’t recommend it highly enough. Aside from the great new features, editing and saving your project has never been so fast thanks to the emphasis on speed in this new update.

Check back soon for more updates about the responsive design series!

Thanks for your support,

Ryan


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More Stacks 3 Tutorials Added


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I’ve added two more Stacks 3 tutorials to the curriculum today. It’s a very detailed, 2-part look at the Stacks Inspector. There is some very important material here, especially in regards to margin, padding, fill mode and background images — so you will want to take some time to view these.

I will be completing the Stacks 3 series next week and will let you know when those tutorials are available.

Thanks for your support,

Ryan
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Stacks 3 is Here and It Is Amazing!


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The highly-anticipated Stacks 3 plugin was released last week and I am excited to deliver new tutorials to cover new features of this amazing plugin. I can’t adequately express how significant of an update this is, and I think you will see what I mean when you go through the tutorials and learn about all that Stacks 3 has to offer.

First, a quick run-down of some of the major new features:

Partials

A new way to build your pages from modular, editable, reusable components that you build yourself.

Super Fast, Super Customizable Library

A brand new library redesigned from the ground up to be blazing fast with configuration options to help you adjust your workflow just the way you like.

New Sidebar Interface

Both the Stacks Library and the Info Pane can be used as Windows, Popovers, or Sidebars. Plus hide/show them quickly with simple keyboard shortcuts. Now Stacks works great on all screen sizes!

New Responsive Content

The built in column stacks are now responsive and support stacked layout options, per-platform hiding. All images now support responsive resizing and automatically export retina resolutions when the source image is large enough.

I’ve put together a video that provides an overview of the new features and will include that in this blog post below. I’ve also released the first 4 of a series of in-depth tutorials covering these features of Stacks 3, and those are available now in the membership area of RapidWeaver Classroom.


I hope you are excited about the possibilities that Stacks 3 brings. I am continuing to build-out a complete series for Stacks 3 that covers every detail you need to know. The complete series will be 15-18 videos total, so there is plenty more on the way over the next 1-2 weeks. I will update the blog here again as those are released. I also have a lot of new material planned following the Stacks 3 tutorials: a Responsive Design series, PayLoom 3, RapidCart 4, Foundation updates… the list goes on! I look forward to bringing a lot of new training through the rest of 2015!

P.S. Thank you to all of you who reached out to me by email or through the blog comments in response to my last update at the end of June. The outpouring of support was overwhelming and greatly appreciated, and I am sorry for not replying back to each of you individually. I am very happy to be back to producing new training for you all!

Thanks for your support,

Ryan

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RapidWeaver 6 is Here: 52 New Tutorials Now Available


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RapidWeaver 6 launched today! It is a significant upgrade to RapidWeaver 5, and includes some exciting new features. I have been busy these past couple of months developing an entirely new series of training on RapidWeaver 6, and I am excited to release that training today alongside Realmac's public launch of the software.

There is a new RapidWeaver 6 section of training now available that includes 52 unique tutorials. Every detail of RapidWeaver 6 is covered. If you are still using RapidWeaver 5, then you can continue to access the RapidWeaver 5 training as well.

30% Off Any Subscription

RapidWeaver Classroom is celebrating the launch of RapidWeaver 6 with a coupon code for 30% OFF any RapidWeaver Classroom subscription. Use the code RW6CLASS when registering to receive 30% off!

Video Review of RapidWeaver 6 Features

I have put together a brief overview of the new RapidWeaver 6 features, which you can view below. If you are receiving this update by email and the video does not display, then please visit the RapidWeaver Classroom Blog.



RapidWeaver 6 Upgrade Details

If you plan to upgrade to RapidWeaver 6 from RapidWeaver 5, then you will need to upgrade your project files to open in RapidWeaver 6. Realmac Software has released an Upgrade Guide detailing steps that you should follow. To summarize, you will want to download RapidWeaver 5.4, which includes a new Export for RapidWeaver 6 feature. You will export your website projects from RapidWeaver 5.4, and then you can open them in RapidWeaver 6.

Upgrade pricing is also available for RapidWeaver 5 (or earlier) users, and you can get more details here.

RapidWeaver 6 is a very exciting update and I am happy to be able to offer an entire training library on the same day as its release! There will be more updates to follow, so check back soon!

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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20 Foundation Theme Tutorials Now Available - Series Complete*


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New Feature: "Pro Tips" in the RapidWeaver Classroom Blog

As mentioned last week, Pro Tips are helpful articles that will be added with each new tutorial update. Pro Tip #2 has been added this week, and you can find it immediately below this post, or click here to view it.

Overview of New Updates

Tutorial #20 in the Foundation Theme series is now available.

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.

Details of New Updates

After weeks of producing training for the Foundation Theme, the series finally comes to completion with the 20th tutorial. This final tutorial discusses the creation of various website layouts, and includes a few stacks that have yet not been discussed in the series.

At just over 4 hours in length, this series covers a lot of ground in great detail. Nevertheless, I'm careful in saying that the series is complete, which is why you see the asterisk (*) in the title of this post. There is a unique challenge in creating training for blank themes such as Foundation and FreeStack, since they are essentially capable of creating an unlimited variety of website designs and layouts. All that to say, please let me know if you find some detail lacking in this series of tutorials. I also expect that Joe Workman will add more features and stacks in the future as Foundation continues to mature, and I will certainly keep you up-to-date with that information.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Recent changes have been made 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.

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 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, DateSnap and BackSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have been added, along with a couple of tutorials covering the excellent RapidSearch Pro plugin. Finally, a new series on the aMember 4 membership system was produced and is available to Grad School subscribers.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

So after such a major undertaking in creating this training, what's next? Well, I'm not going to be taking it easy anytime soon, as RapidWeaver 6 is far along in the development stage and the RapidWeaver community should be expecting a release of this major update in the not-too-distant future. There is no official launch date from Realmac Software at this point, but there is a limited public beta going on now, which means that the time is drawing near. I will be replacing the entire RapidWeaver section of the curriculum with training that covers version 6, so that's 40-50 videos that will be keeping me busy for some time. I do hope to release a few tutorials covering various topics in the meantime, so check back here over the next few weeks for more information.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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3 New Foundation Tutorials Added -- 19 Videos Available


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New Feature: "Pro Tips" in the RapidWeaver Classroom Blog

Before getting into the details of this week's update, I wanted to point out a new feature called "Pro Tips" that will be included in this blog with each tutorial update. Continue down past this blog entry to find Pro Tip #1, or click here to view it.

Overview of New Updates

Three more tutorials have been added to the Foundation Theme series here at RapidWeaver Classroom.

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.

Details of New Updates

Now at a total of 19 videos, this series on the Foundation Theme is approaching completion, and there is currently enough information to get you well on your way to building websites with this excellent theme.

The first new tutorial in this update covers the various Foundation buttons stacks that are available to perform a variety of functions. In addition to typical buttons that are used as links, Foundation's buttons can also be used in a group to provide navigation, present a list of links in a drop-down menu, launch a lightbox window and provide functionality for a contact form. The various button stacks are very flexible in both style and function.

The second tutorial discusses the use of the Flex Video Stack to add video in Foundation. The Flex Video Stack is a great solution for embedding hosted videos from services such as YouTube or Vimeo. This tutorial also shows how easy it is to present a video inside of a lightbox that is launched from a button.

Finally, the third tutorial briefly discusses the blogging options that are currently available for use with Foundation. This is more of an informational video, opposed to a how-to video. RapidWeaver Classroom currently has a tutorial that covers Joe Workman's Tumblr Stack, which is one of the options mentioned in this tutorial. I do plan to cover the other options with separate tutorials in the future.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Recent changes have been made 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.

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 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, DateSnap and BackSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have been added, along with a couple of tutorials covering the excellent RapidSearch Pro plugin. Finally, a new series on the aMember 4 membership system was produced and is available to Grad School subscribers.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

The Foundation series of tutorials is nearly complete! Check back next week for the final Foundation tutorials.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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Four New Foundation Tutorials Added -- 16 Videos Available


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Overview of New Updates

Four more tutorials have been added to the Foundation Theme series here at RapidWeaver Classroom.

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.

Details of New Updates

This update brings a couple of weeks' worth of tutorials to the Foundation series. Now at a total of 16 videos, this series on the Foundation Theme is approaching completion, and there is currently enough information to get you well on your way to building websites with this excellent theme.

The first new tutorial in this update covers the use of Foundation's Visibility Stack to show and/or hide content based on the device being used to view the website. The Visibility Stack can be very useful and something every Foundation user should understand, so this tutorial is highly recommended.

The following two tutorials in this update focus on the variety of Dynamic Layout stacks that are available for Foundation. These stacks include: Orbit Slider, Reveal Lightbox, Tabs, Accordion, Dropdown, Alerts and Clearing Gallery. These stacks offer tremendous functionality and I highly recommend taking the time to learn how they can be used.

Finally, the fourth tutorial covers the creation of forms in Foundation. Foundation's Starter Pack and Add-On Pack 1 include a number of stacks that can be used to create powerful, flexible forms on your website. Most every website needs at least a contact form, so be sure to check out this tutorial as well.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Recent changes have been made 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.

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 few 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, DateSnap and BackSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have been added, along with a couple of tutorials covering the excellent RapidSearch Pro plugin. Finally, a new series on the aMember 4 membership system was produced and is available to Grad School subscribers.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

We are nearing completion of the Foundation tutorial series, so check back next week for some of the final Foundation tutorials.

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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Two New Foundation Tutorials Added -- 12 Videos Available


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Overview of New Updates

Two more tutorials have been added to the Foundation Theme series here at RapidWeaver Classroom.

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.

Details of New Updates

If you've been following the recent updates here at RapidWeaver Classroom then you know I've been producing a series of tutorials on the excellent Foundation Theme from Joe Workman. This week brings two more tutorials to the series, for a total of 12 videos at about 2.5 hours of training.

The first of these two videos covers the basics of content layout in Foundation. A number of Foundation stacks are discussed in this video, and it is a must-see tutorial for anyone working with Foundation.

The second tutorial covers some more advanced layout options -- Offset and Source Order -- for the Foundation columns stacks. Foundation offers so much control over the layout of content from one device to the next, and this tutorial provides another demonstration of the flexibility of this theme and its stacks.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Recent changes have been made 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.

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 few 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, DateSnap and BackSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have been added, along with a couple of tutorials covering the excellent RapidSearch Pro plugin. Finally, a new series on the aMember 4 membership system was produced and is available to Grad School subscribers.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

We have covered a lot of ground in these 12 videos so far, but there are still some more topics to come, so check back within the week for more new updates!

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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4 Foundation Navigation Tutorials Now Available


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Overview of New Updates

Four more tutorials have been added to the Foundation Theme series here at RapidWeaver Classroom.

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.

Details of New Updates

These new tutorials provide a ton of information on adding navigation to your website in the Foundation Theme. Foundation's navigation options are highly customizable and produce very impressive results. This is a significant part of building websites with Foundation, so I have put a lot of time into these tutorials and they should be very helpful to you as you work with the theme.

The Founation tutorial series is currently at 10 videos totaling over 2 hours of run-time. At this point, the Foundation series covers most all of the major topics that you need to understand in order to build websites with the theme. That being the case, there are still a number of Foundation stacks that I want to cover, and those tutorials will be coming over the next several weeks. I hope that you find these latest tutorials helpful, and I look forward to providing you with more next week.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Recent changes have been made 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.

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 few 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, DateSnap and BackSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have been added, along with a couple of tutorials covering the excellent RapidSearch Pro plugin. Finally, a new series on the aMember 4 membership system was produced and is available to Grad School subscribers.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

Check back next week for more Foundation Theme tutorials!

Thanks for your support!

Ryan

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2 More Foundation Tutorials Now Available


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Overview of New Updates

This week brings two more tutorials to the new Foundation Theme series here at RapidWeaver Classroom.

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.

Details of New Updates

Last week I released the first 4 tutorials in a new series on the outstanding Foundation Theme from Joe Workman. This week, tutorials 5 and 6 in the Foundation series are available and cover the use of Site Styles in Foundation. This is a very important topic as Site Styles is used on every page of your Foundation website, and plays a major role in the look and feel of your website.

Once you have a good grasp of the training provided in these first 6 Foundation tutorials, you are well on your way to building complete websites with Foundation. The one major area of training that is still missing is the addition of navigation in Foundation, and that topic will be covered in great detail in next week's tutorial update. Even then this tutorial series will not be complete, as I plan to cover many of the individual stacks in detail, and discuss some other helpful topics along the way, so check back regularly as more training is added to this series.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Recent changes have been made 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.

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, DateSnap and BackSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have been added, along with a couple of tutorials covering the excellent RapidSearch Pro plugin. Finally, a new series on the aMember 4 membership system was produced and is available to Grad School subscribers.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

Check back next week for more Foundation Theme tutorials!

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New Foundation Theme Series -- First 4 Tutorials Now Available



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Overview of New Updates

I am very excited to announce the start of a new tutorial series on the Foundation Theme from Joe Workman.

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.

Details of New Updates

The Foundation Theme is an exciting "blank" theme for RapidWeaver that allows you create the entire layout of a website, using the Stacks 2 plugin and its Stack Elements. Joe Workman's Foundation Theme is free to download, but he has developed over 60 Foundation Stacks that take working with Foundation to a whole new level. The Foundation Theme and its stacks can be used to develop amazing, responsive websites, but there is a new learning curve involved because of Foundation's "mobile first" design philosophy. Of course this new series of Foundation tutorials here at RapidWeaver Classroom will ease the learning curve by covering all of the important details.

Today I have released the first 4 tutorials in this new series, and I will be spending the next several weeks producing many more, so you can be assured that the completed series will provide very thorough training on the Foundation Theme and the Foundation Stacks. The Foundation series of tutorials can be found under Tutorials > Add-Ons > Themes in the Classroom members' area.

Foundation is a truly impressive achievement and brings an exciting new concept of website design to RapidWeaver. I look forward to sharing all of the details with you over these next several weeks!

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Recent changes have been made 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.

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, DateSnap and BackSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have been added, along with a couple of tutorials covering the excellent RapidSearch Pro plugin. Finally, a new series on the aMember 4 membership system was produced and is available to Grad School subscribers.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

Check back next week for more Foundation Theme tutorials!

Thanks for your support!

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aMember 4 Tutorials Now Available to Grad School Subscribers


Overview of New Updates

A new series of tutorials covering the aMember membership system is now available to Grad School subscribers.

Instructions for Grad School Subscribers

Login here to access your account, then navigate to the Grad School curriculum and select Section 201 > aMember from the main menu.

Details of New Updates

This update is a few days late on account of some significant editing time that was required, but I am pleased to release a completely new series of tutorials covering Version 4 of the aMember membership system.

The aMember system is used here at RapidWeaver Classroom, and is an excellent solution for membership websites. aMember handles pretty much everything -- automated customer registration and account management, payment, content protection and access, email communication, etc. About 99% of what you see here at RapidWeaver Classroom is done with RapidWeaver, but a lot of very important behind-the-scenes work is handled by aMember.

These new aMember tutorials will walk you through the process of integrating aMember with a RapidWeaver website. The first 5 tutorials run just over an hour total, and those are available now. The remainder of the series will be made available by the end of this week. There is some HTML and CSS work required to fully integrate aMember with your website, so knowledge of the material covered in the rest of the Grad School curriculum is important.

Finally, if you are interested in working with aMember, but can't fully handle the installation and setup yourself, then I'd be happy to help. I have completed many aMember installations for RapidWeaver users over the past 6 years. Please get in touch with me if you need assistance.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Recent changes have been made 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.

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, DateSnap and BackSnap Stacks from Yabdab, the Content Fader Stack from DK Stacks, the PlayListr Stack from StackManiac, and the Jack Stack from Joe Workman. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have been added, along with a couple of tutorials covering the excellent RapidSearch Pro plugin.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

Some exciting new training is coming to the Classroom curriculum very soon. Many of you have probably already heard about Joe Workman's new Foundation Theme. It is very impressive, and I will be bringing you a massive series of tutorials covering the details of working with Foundation. Check back next week for more details.

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The BackSnap Stack and Another RapidSearch Pro Tutorial


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Overview of New Updates

A new tutorial covering the BackSnap Stack and another RapidSearch Pro tutorial 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.

Details of New Updates

The BackSnap Stack from Yabdab creates a rating and commenting system for your website. It can be especially useful when you are selling products and want your visitors to be able to rate the products and leave reviews, similar to how Apple does with its App Store, or Amazon with the products it sells. The stack is flexible in that you can accept ratings or comments only, or both, and it also creates an online admin area that you can use to moderate the comments. It is an impressive stack and I highly recommend it if you are looking for that kind of feature for your website.

I've also added another RapidSearch Pro tutorial covering the topic of adding search fields to other pages of your website. In last week's RapidSearch Pro tutorial we looked at how to add a search page to your website, and so this tutorial takes things a step further by placing a search field into other pages as well.

The RapidSearch Pro tutorial can be found in the Add-Ons > Miscellaneous section of the tutorials, while the BackSnap Stack tutorial is located in the Add-Ons > Social section.

In Case You Missed It (Recent Updates)

Last week I 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.

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. A couple of "How to..." tutorials on replacing an existing website and creating a mySQL database have also been added.

Coming Soon (Future Updates)

I have a long list of new tutorials planned, but no definite decision yet about what will be released next week, so this time it's going to be a surprise!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Stacks 2.5, RapidWeaver 6, Huge Updates Coming



It has been far too long since I've posted an update, and there is a lot to share. I've spent these first weeks of 2014 buried under a load of development work with RapidWeaver. Last Fall, the member areas of RapidWeaver Classroom were completely overhauled with a responsive design and new organization of content. This same design has been in progress for the public side of RapidWeaver Classroom, and it will finally be unveiled late next week.

This hasn't stopped the production of new training, though. I have been producing a completely new series of tutorials covering the Stacks 2 plugin. Today I am releasing a tutorial that covers the latest changes with the new Stacks 2.5 update that was released last week. This release presents a great opportunity to refresh all of the Stacks 2 training, which is currently over 2 years old. It goes without saying that I have learned a ton about Stacks 2 over the past 2 years, and I am excited to share so much more detail than the current tutorials offer.

On top of all this, RapidWeaver 6 is in active development and Realmac Software has been very public with details about the newest version. Continue reading below for more details on Stacks 2 and RapidWeaver 6, but I want to conclude this part of the blog update with a commitment to all of you.

Over the next several weeks you will be receiving updates from me about a lot of new tutorials. I will be releasing a large amount of content over a short period of time, and then you will continue to see new updates posted every week. Barring any sickness that might prevent it, you will not see another week of 2014 pass without new content being added to RapidWeaver Classroom. If a holiday or family trip interferes with the schedule, then I will post two weeks of content the week before. I am committed to all of you who entrust me with providing this resource, and I am very excited about the changes and additions that are on the way.


Stacks 2.5 Brings Major New Features


Stacks 2.5 was released last week and includes a number of excellent new features. There are some behind-the-scenes changes that will mean great things for the kinds of stacks that the 3rd-party developers can produce, so it will be fun to see the new kinds of stacks that get released. Of course there are also new features that we can take advantage of right away.

These new features include the ability to show and hide stacks content in the Edit view, lock stacks from being edited, create global content throughout your entire website, and create your own personal User Stacks that contain any kind of stacks layout. There is also a clean, updated interface and more fluid interaction when dragging stacks around on a page.

I have created a new video tutorial that takes you through all of the new Stacks 2.5 features. This video is free and can be viewed without an active RapidWeaver Classroom subscription.

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RapidWeaver 6 News


The next major version of RapidWeaver is currently under development, and Realmac Software has stated that it will be released sometime in the 2nd Quarter of 2014. A lot of details about this new version have already been disclosed, and there are some great new features that will vastly improve the experience of website design with RapidWeaver. If you are interested in learning more about these new features right now, then you can read through this discussion on the Realmac Forums and even add your own thoughts to the conversation. If you'd prefer not to read through 11+ pages of discussion, then I will be posting an article soon that gathers all of the available information in one place, and you'll be able to find that here.


2014 is already shaping-up to be an exciting year for the RapidWeaver community. RapidWeaver Classroom is approaching its 6-year anniversary this May, and it is a privilege that I can continue to use my passion for teaching in this way. I greatly appreciate your support and I hope that I can continue to provide a valuable resource for you all.

Thanks for your support!

-Ryan
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