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RSS feeds in RapidWeaver With Newsroom

RSS feeds are a great way to display information from various different sites within a compact layout. Recently some RSS stacks have, for some reason, stopped working. Will Woodgate's new Newsroom stack works like a breeze and integrates seamlessly into your chosen theme.

Newsroom from Stacks4Stacks is simple to use and is more flexible than many RSS stacks. "How can an RSS stack be flexible?" I hear you ask…

Well, aside from the fact that it automatically takes its CSS formatting from the theme you're using, you can also use custom CSS to add more 'pep'. But RSS feeds also offer a wealth of different information along with the news itself; information such as Headline; Description; Author; Date Published; Tags and Categories and quite a few details more.
With Newsroom, you're not forced to publish this data as it is delivered, but can choose the order in which it is displayed and even choose to hide elements that you don't wish to publish.
Obviously, when an item is clicked, it will open the original post. With Newsroom, you can choose to open the post in the current widow, or in a new tab. But that's not all. There are eleven different options for the display from a simple list of entries to a zebra-striped table.

Newsroom – Stacks4Stacks
And then there are further settings for Header format, Header alignment, Header style (B,I,Upper Case etc.), Item formatting and much more.
Newsroom has child stacks, so you can add various feed sources to a single column, or you can add new Newsroom stacks to a multi-column layout.

You should, by now, be convinced that Newsroom is a really flexible RSS reader. If not – download the demo and take it for a spin!

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Poster for RapidWeaver - an upgrade

In February of 2017, I reviewed the Poster stack from In Stacks. At the time of the review, I mentioned that this was a soft release and that Jannis was still working on the stack.

Poster has just received an important update. It is now possible to add posts outside of RapidWeaver!
Yes, you read correctly; if you are building a client site, it is now possible for your client to edit the Poster page and add, or delete content.

So how does this work? Poster can load markdown files. This means, of course, that

  • Your client will need to learn markdown (which is actually very simple) and
  • Your client will need an FTP solution

The FTP solution would be above most client's heads, but wait! Jannis has a solution for that too. Remember that I also tested InStack's Repository Stack? With Repository, you can very easily add a (hidden) page to your client's site that will allow him to drag in new files – in this case, the new markdown files that should be loaded via Poster. Nothing could be simpler!

You can see a simple test post here: https://rw-ninja.news/Poster-blog. I haven't played around with the formatting, so this is 'out of the box'.

And there's more to come – Poster is still a work in progress; it will take some time, but Jannis plans to add an online editor, making things even simpler.

Last year, Poster was already highly recommended as a replacement for the inflexible RW Blog page, today, I can only endorse Poster as the ideal replacement for a blog page; in fact, once I can work out how to transfer my Armadillo posts to Poster, I'll be moving on.
Why? Because Poster is now much more flexible; the stack will finally allow me to design my pages the way that I want them.

Stay tuned; in the near future the RapidWeaver Ninja News page will hopefully look very different!

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Instagram Vista for RapidWeaver

When you mention CMS to prospective clients, they devote their whole attention to what you're saying. But when you mention that it costs money, some of them wave their hands in shock. "Not necessary" they say, "I just need to be able to swap out images regularly in an image gallery…"

Easier said than done! That would involve standardised image names, set sizes and the manual production of corresponding thumbnails…
… but wait, everyone and his dog seems to have an Instagram account theses days and Weavium has just released a flexible new Instagram browser.

Instagram Vista displays either a slider or a grid of Instagram thumbnails which, when clicked open up in a fullscreen lightbox.
Each of the thumbnails has a floating (or inline) caption with the date and number of likes and, when hovered will display either the image comment, or the tags.

When in slider mode, Instagram Vista displays a row of thumbnails (the number of columns is up to you) which can be navigated with arrow buttons or, on touch devices, by swiping. The view can be switched to grid view and back again with the click of a button. Apart from the navigation the stack's header also displays the Instagram avatar and user name.

Setup is simple. You will need your (or your client's) Access Token which Instagram makes difficult to discover. Luckily there's a tool at http://instagram.pixelunion.net/ that makes life easier: Log in to your Instagram account, then go to pixel union and with the click of a button, you'll receive your Access Token. Copy ALL of the 51 characters into Vista's control panel and you're ready to go!

As to be expected from Weavium, All background, control and text colours and all fonts can be customised until you have your very own Instagram Vista.

Instagram Vista – Weavium
Stack settings
Access Token
# Of Images
Use Dummy Content For Editing

General
Autoplay
Max Width – px
Radius – px
Avatar – px
User Name – px
Controls – Button, Icon – px
Control Radius – px
Control Breakpoint – px

Posts
Post Style – Floated, Inline
Initial View – Slider, Grid
Hover Content – Caption, Tags
Columns – Desktop, Tablet, Mobile
Breakpoints – Tablet, Mobile
Gutter – px
Image Radius – px
Detail Radius
Detail Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Detail Heart – px
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Caption Text
Tag Text
Tag Radius
Tag Padding

Colours & Fonts

Instagram Vista, a great way to add Instagram to a RapidWeaver project.

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Comments in RapidWeaver

It's simple to add comments to a RapidWeaver page, there are stacks, widgets and code available for Disqus, Facebook and GooglePlus etc., but those of you that are concerned about GDPR compliance might like to look at the new Comments Stack from Stacks4Stacks.

Will Woodgate's new Comments stack is 100% GDPR compliant, it doesn't collect any personal data and a user can't post a comment until she/he has confirmed their awareness that the comment will be displayed publicly.

Comments doesn't require any server side setup, simply a single line of PHP in your page's Prefix. On-page setup is simple, but that doesn't mean to say that you can't spend time pondering the correct translation to localise field names and error messages, adding custom icons to your rating system, or adding a ist of objectionable words so that you don't have to ban Steve C from your site. And I haven't even mentioned the colour setup yet…
Spammers? No. A maths question is generated for each new comment. The question may be set to simple by choosing a range e.g. between 1 and ten, or complicated by setting a range between 100 and ∞.

Disadvantages? Yes, of course there are disadvantages to not collecting personal data, or using a system such as Disqus…
… your comments are saved to a flat text file in your page's subdirectory. If you wish to reply to the comment, you either need to compose a new post, or open the .txt file with a text editor and add your reply there.
And – due to the fact that you're not asking users to supply a mail address, they can't be notified when you write a reply.

Stack settings
General settings
Database Name
Time Zone
Comment Count

Field Settings
Name Field – Checkbox
Name Label
Name Error
Name Error – When Name exceeds max length
Name Length
Pre Populate – None (default), SiteLok Email, SiteLok First Name, SiteLok Name, SiteLok User Name
Date Stamp/Permalink
Rating Field – Ceckbox
Title Field – Settings as for Name Field
Comment Field – Settings as for Name Field
Verify Field
Verify Label
Maths Label
Maths Error
Reset Button [Label]
Submit Button [Label]
Write Button [Label]
No Comments [Label]

Style Settings
Multi-Column
Cards – Checkbox
Card Background; Borders; Padding; Margin; Radius
Colour Settings for all the above fields and buttons

Advanced Settings
Email Notifications – Checkbox
Email Address
Email Subject
Email Body
Ratings
Markup Ratings CSS
Maths Challenge – Min, Max
Bad Words List – Ask Steve C for a comprehensive list
Convert URLs to Hyperlink
Hide Write Button on Open
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Your Facebook Page Live In RapidWeaver

The rules that govern SEO state that a social presence will heighten your rating on the search engines. As such, most businesses have a facebook page. I hate Facebook, but I have a page all the same. Some time ago, RWtuts introduced a Facebook stack for RapidWeaver. Marvin just sent me a copy of the new version – Facebook Pages 2. I just took a look at it and I think a lot of you will like it.

Facebook Pages displays a live facebook page on your RapidWeaver Stacks page, which is great because instead of having to search for your facebook page, your visitor can see your latest posts directly on your homepage without getting distracted by all the cute kittens and clever dog posts. And, he/she can like your page directly from the homepage and/or access the Facebook page directly by clicking the link provided.

I know that a lot of clients are going to like Facebook Pages and the great thing is – it's simple to set up; there are only a few settings, but some of great options. And it updates instantaneously.

facebook pages
Stack settings.
The only setting that you need is the name of your facebook page. Finished.
However, you do have some options. You might, for instance, wish to set the Width, Height and Alignment of the stack. A word of warning – don't set the width wider than the container it is in, Facebook Pages is not fully responsive and it can overflow.
Enable Small Header will reduce the height of the page header (active in the screenshot above).
Hide/Cover Header image deactivates the header image and leaves just the page logo visible.
Hide Call To Action Button will hide a CTA button, if you have on your fb page.
Show Facepiles will activate/deactivate the images of those that have liked your page.
Finally, you can decide which page tabs you would like visible within the stack – Timeline, Messages, or Events, or different combinations of each.

Facebook Pages will only display, well, facebook pages. It will not display personal pages or timelines, so if you want your visitors to see your cute cat, or how intelligent your goldfish is, you'll need to create a page to do so.
I can see this stack becoming very popular – even without those cute pets.

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