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Joe Workman

20 Jul 2016, 7:13 pm

RapidWeaver Discussion

Someone suggested that a RapidWeaver specific discussion thread be started. I think that this is a great idea. Let me consolidate a few things from other threads into this one…

Let me introduce myself… My name is Joe Workman. I develop add-ons for RapidWeaver. I have around 140 add-ons available that range from simple youtube embeds to slideshows to full blown online CMS and Blogging solutions. Here are a few URLs that you can use for reference to the solutions that I provide…

I also run a popular user community at https://weavers.space

I have very limited experience using Freeway. But from the limited use that I have had, I can see that its workflow is completely different than that of RapidWeaver+Stacks.

However, you can indeed make amazing websites with RapidWeaver. I personally prefer the workflow that I and other developers have built around RapidWeaver. That does not mean that its better. Its just different and it “clicks” better with me. I encourage that if you have not looked at RapidWeaver in some time, to please review it again. Maybe it will click with you as well.

Here are a couple of sites that contain galleries of websites that have been designed using RapidWeaver:

I would like to welcome anyone here to get in touch with me personally if you have any questions. I routinely do live hangouts with my community every Friday. Its an amazing way to connect and build friendships. I would be willing to setup a live hangout with any of you either in a group setting or one-on-one. I am in this for the long haul. I love my community and enjoy helping them build amazing websites for themselves and their clients. I would love for any of you to be apart of that.

I have already had a couple of chats with users that have started new projects with RapidWeaver. They are really enjoying it so far. Feel free to post any question that you have about RapidWeaver here and I will be happy to answer them.

Joe Workman

20 Jul 2016, 7:14 pm

I had a discussion with Dan (from Realmac) and Isaiah (from YourHead) and we would like to all offer all Freeway users a nice discount for moving over. They would like to offer all users a 30% and I will gladly sweeten the pie a little more and offer 40% off Foundation.

  • RapidWeaver: $99 - 30%
  • Stacks: $49 - 30%
  • Foundation: $99 - 40%

You can get the RapidWeaver discount at the following URL: https://www.realmacsoftware.com/store/offers/freeway-alternative/

For both Stacks and Foundation, you can use the coupon code “freeway” at checkout in order to receive the discount.

Joe Workman

20 Jul 2016, 7:16 pm

Can you add your own markup to RapidWeaver pages?

Yes! You can use your own JS, PHP, HTML, CSS inside RapidWeaver as well. There is nothing stopping you. You can do as little or as much coding as you want. I think that RapidWeaver really has a great balance of drag & drop design and getting down and dirty with code whenever you need to.

Iain Mackenzie

22 Jul 2016, 8:06 am

Joe,

Excuse the total ignorance in this post!

Like many others here, I am shocked by the recent news regarding FW, and am looking for alternatives.

I bought a RW7 licence yesterday. So, I loaded it, had a quick look, did a little bit of looking around at your sites and others, and am totally overwhelmed and slightly panicked by what I am seeing!

I am confused by what RW can do, what Stacks are (is?), what is Foundations, etc. etc.??? It looks to me that everything works in templates in RW. Where is the freedom to design and edit images, margins, shadows, responsive in-line designs, etc.

On top of all that, it seems to me that the user needs to pay extra to do anything with RW!

Help!

Joe Workman

22 Jul 2016, 6:04 pm

I would consider the base RapidWeaver product as the base framework. You can definitely build website with it out of the box. RapidWeaver has a vast add-ons system of plugins and themes. The one must have plugin is Stacks from YourHead.

Stacks is an amazing plugin that allows you to build your website like LEGO.

There are a plethora of 3rd party stacks available once you have the plugin. Many free, many paid. I was promoting my Foundation add-on above. It allows you to build you own website from scratch. Instead of using a theme as a starter, you can start with a blank canvas to make your website with.

I know that Freeway users like to use their own code (HTML, JS, CSS). Like I said above, you can definitely do this inside RapidWeaver.

I hope that this helps clarify things.

Iain Mackenzie

22 Jul 2016, 6:10 pm

Thanks Joe, since the earlier post, I have purchased the Stack 3 bundle and your Foundation multi pack bundle!

So, I have spent some time today getting a little bit more familiar. I did have a couple of issues which I contacted your team about, and I’m pleased to say that Robb handled the questions very quickly!

I will likely have some more questions soon!

Thanks again, Iain

emelon

27 Jul 2016, 1:14 pm

Hi Joe!

I create 6-8 website/year. Like these:

www.portre.com www.gencsapatipunkosd.hu www.molorestaurant.hu

Freeway+backdraft+wow+webyep was perfect for me. I’m also looking for the best solution instead Freeway and Currently the RapidWeaver is the most sympathetic.

I have some questions: Can i use rapidweaver with wow slider, webyep (with loop)? All google font available in RapidWeaver (with Stacks and Foundation)? I need fonts that contain national characters. (Hungarian őűáéí), these characters are not in all google fontset.

Thank you in advance the answer. (Sorry for my English)

Joe Workman

27 Jul 2016, 3:18 pm

WOW Slider: There aren’t any add-ons that I am aware of that use the WOW slider. There are a ton of sliders available though. You could obviously add WOW yourself just by adding the code to the page.

WebYep used to be very popular with RW users. I know that a lot less users do use it now but it is possible to use with RapidWeaver. I released a very full featured CMS for RapidWeaver this year.

Google Fonts are already integrated into Foundation. You can obviously add the <link> tags in yourself and use some CSS to assign the font families. I also have a product called Font Pro that is a powerful font management add-on for RapidWeaver.

I hope that this helps out!

Iain Mackenzie

27 Jul 2016, 5:22 pm

Can i use rapidweaver with wow slider

I can verify that WOW Slider works perfectly in RW + Foundation.

Andries Kuipers

27 Jul 2016, 5:45 pm

Here’s another link, looks the same as Wowslider: http://freejavascriptslideshow.com/rapidweaver-javascript-slideshow.html

2016-07-27 19:22 GMT+02:00 Iain Mackenzie <[email protected]>:

Can i use rapidweaver with wow slider

I can verify that WOW Slider works perfectly in RW + Foundation.

MarkSmith

27 Jul 2016, 5:51 pm

Jo,

Is this offer time-limited?

Regards

Mark

On 20 Jul 2016, 7:14 pm, Joe Workman wrote:

I had a discussion with Dan (from Realmac) and Isaiah (from YourHead) and we would like to all offer all Freeway users a nice discount for moving over. They would like to offer all users a 30% and I will gladly sweeten the pie a little more and offer 40% off Foundation.

  • RapidWeaver: $99 - 30%
  • Stacks: $49 - 30%
  • Foundation: $99 - 40%

You can get the RapidWeaver discount at the following URL: https://www.realmacsoftware.com/store/offers/freeway-alternative/

For both Stacks and Foundation, you can use the coupon code “freeway” at checkout in order to receive the discount.

Mark Smith

Website: http://www.mpscreative.co.uk

Iain Mackenzie

27 Jul 2016, 5:58 pm

On 27 Jul 2016, 5:45 pm, Andries Kuipers wrote:

Here’s another link, looks the same as Wowslider: http://freejavascriptslideshow.com/rapidweaver-javascript-slideshow.html

Andries, I must be missing something. Surely your link is just to Wowslider itself!

Andries Kuipers

27 Jul 2016, 6:02 pm

I thought you were doubting if Wowslider is suitable for Rapidweaver? There was an instructionpage for install.

2016-07-27 19:58 GMT+02:00 Iain Mackenzie <[email protected]>:

On 27 Jul 2016, 5:45 pm, Andries Kuipers wrote:

Here’s another link, looks the same as Wowslider: http://freejavascriptslideshow.com/rapidweaver-javascript-slideshow.html

Andries, I must be missing something. Surely your link is just to Wowslider itself!

Iain Mackenzie

27 Jul 2016, 6:12 pm

On 27 Jul 2016, 6:02 pm, Andries Kuipers wrote:

I thought you were doubting if Wowslider is suitable for Rapidweaver? There was an instructionpage for install.

No, I was confirming that it works perfectly in RW + Foundation!

Andries Kuipers

27 Jul 2016, 6:59 pm

Sorry!

2016-07-27 20:12 GMT+02:00 Iain Mackenzie <[email protected]>:

On 27 Jul 2016, 6:02 pm, Andries Kuipers wrote:

I thought you were doubting if Wowslider is suitable for Rapidweaver? There was an instructionpage for install.

No, I was confirming that it works perfectly in RW + Foundation!

missing

27 Jul 2016, 8:45 pm

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emelon

29 Jul 2016, 7:25 am

This interests me too.

On 27 Jul 2016, 5:51 pm, MarkSmith wrote:

Jo,

Is this offer time-limited?

Regards

Mark

On 20 Jul 2016, 7:14 pm, Joe Workman wrote:

I had a discussion with Dan (from Realmac) and Isaiah (from YourHead) and we would like to all offer all Freeway users a nice discount for moving over. They would like to offer all users a 30% and I will gladly sweeten the pie a little more and offer 40% off Foundation.

  • RapidWeaver: $99 - 30%
  • Stacks: $49 - 30%
  • Foundation: $99 - 40%

You can get the RapidWeaver discount at the following URL: https://www.realmacsoftware.com/store/offers/freeway-alternative/

For both Stacks and Foundation, you can use the coupon code “freeway” at checkout in order to receive the discount.

Iain Mackenzie

29 Jul 2016, 9:01 pm

I am very impressed by my experience of RW + Stacks + Foundation so far.

My only concern is that it seems to be necessary to spend between $10 and $50 every time I want to do things that are built into FW!

Can Joe or anyone else confirm a couple of things for me?

Am I right in saying, that if I want to put a Google map on my Contact page, then I need to buy a Stack? Also, if I want to have custom font styles, e.g. defining fonts that are on my system but not in the ‘standard’ families, or shadows or spacing, etc. that I have to buy something like Font Pro stack family at $49?

missing

29 Jul 2016, 10:18 pm

Hi Iain,

Do you know if RW has graphic text like FW and can I add a “carousel” with easily changeable graphic text?

Thanks,

Barry

Iain Mackenzie

29 Jul 2016, 10:49 pm

Barry, I am no expert. Just in the learning process. However, the answer to your graphic text question is no, I think, and that is why I asked the question in my last post.

However, like everything else in RW, I’m sure it can be done - at a price.

Re Carousel, if I remember correctly, that is a very basic gallery plugin for FW. I was using WowSlider and, latterly, Exhibeo 2 with FW. Again, there is no out-of-the-box gallery in RW, but WowSlider works with it and there are many more available at a price!

Hopefully, Joe will return to this thread and give us some input.

missing

30 Jul 2016, 12:31 am

Thanks!

emelon

30 Jul 2016, 6:50 am

On 29 Jul 2016, 9:01 pm, Iain Mackenzie wrote:

Also, if I want to have custom font styles, e.g. defining fonts that are on my system but not in the ‘standard’ families, or shadows or spacing, etc. that I have to buy something like Font Pro stack family at $49?

I think the 5-10 US/plug-in is fully acceptable. The $50 fontpro is a bit much. But I can see eg. this solution: https://docs.joeworkman.net/general/rapidweaver/fontsquirrel-fonts I used the fonsquirell fontface kits and and caxton action with freeway as well.

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 2:42 pm

Sorry for the delay everyone! Its been a very busy summer.

I currently have the sale ending at the end of the year. I am unsure when Realmac and YourHead have set their discounts to end. I am sure that if you were to ping them, they would help you out if it expires.

Google Maps

You can use Google embed tool to put maps on your site. There are many stacks that add a ton of features on top of that if you were interested. However, you can do it for free but simply putting in the embed code.

Managing Fonts

Foundation has what most people require for font management taken care of. You can define custom fonts to use (although it does not do font-face definitions for you). It does support importing Google Fonts for you though. All you need to do is provide the font family name and weight.

Font Pro is really the ultimate in professional font management. It has a lot of advanced settings that most people do not require. For many people, trying to add your own CSS and code snippets to a project file is too complicated. The stack does a lot more than importing fonts though. Its abilities to define and apply styles for fonts are very powerful.

WOW Slider

I think all of the questions were answered about this. If I missed something let me know.

Iain Mackenzie

31 Jul 2016, 3:06 pm

Thanks Joe, I bought Font Pro in the end, and I think it was worth it! Even though I’ve only spent a couple of hours with it so far, it looks like a great product with excellent integration with Foundation.

One question on your Google Maps stack, can I input a Geo location in the settings? Didn’t seem clear that was an option in the docs?

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 3:09 pm

Yes. You can input GPS coordinates as well.

Mind you that my Google Maps stack is not interactive like many people have. Its simply a static map. Most of the time I prefer that, especially on mobile.

Iain Mackenzie

31 Jul 2016, 3:12 pm

Thanks Joe, also I keep on seeing mention of Image Map Caching in your docs, but I don’t see that anywhere in the demo project settings for that stack. I don’t see any map in preview with the demo project within RW either.

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 3:15 pm

Its on by default. The checkbox setting is called “Use Image Map Caching”

Iain Mackenzie

31 Jul 2016, 3:21 pm

Thanks Joe. I just don’t see that anywhere in your GoogleMaps.rw demo file when I click on Template and look in Settings.

In your docs, it seems to be in between Data Points and Path Widths, but I just don’t see that.

Clearly, I am missing something fundamental!

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 3:39 pm

Here is a screenshot of where that setting is… https://infinit.io/_/YMLRm5L

Cheers, Joe

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On Jul 31, 2016, at 8:21 AM, Iain Mackenzie <[email protected]> wrote:

Thanks Joe. I just don’t see that anywhere in your GoogleMaps.rw demo file when I click on Template and look in Settings.

In your docs, it seems to be in between Data Points and Path Widths, but I just don’t see that.

Clearly, I am missing something fundamental!

Iain Mackenzie

31 Jul 2016, 3:51 pm

Nope, just not showing in your demo project.

http://www.igmack.co.uk/rw7/sg.jpeg

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 3:58 pm

What version do you have installed?

Joe Workman

On July 31, 2016 at 8:51:46 AM, Iain Mackenzie ([email protected]) wrote:

Nope, just not showing in your demo project.

http://www.igmack.co.uk/rw7/sg.jpeg

Iain Mackenzie

31 Jul 2016, 4:00 pm

I don’t have it installed, I’m just loading your GoogleMaps.rw demo file as I mentioned above!

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 4:43 pm

Ah. That makes sense. The demo files will not work 100% without the stack. Sorry.

Joe Workman

On July 31, 2016 at 9:00:41 AM, Iain Mackenzie ([email protected]) wrote:

I don’t have it installed, I’m just loading your GoogleMaps.rw demo file as I mentioned above!

Iain Mackenzie

31 Jul 2016, 5:15 pm

Thanks Joe, that explains it.

I’ve bought it now, and I’m sorry to be making a bit of a struggle over this apparently simple stack, but I’m confused.

How do I get the map to show the standard Google + and - scaling options, and how do I show a label for a marker?

All I want is something like this with a label on hover over the marker http://www.igmack.co.uk/rw7/sg2.jpeg

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 5:39 pm

Mind you that my Google Maps stack is not interactive like many people have. Its simply a static map. Most of the time I prefer that, especially on mobile.

Did you see what I said earlier? If this is not what you wanted, let me know…

There are many interactive map stack options… http://rapidweavercommunity.com/search?q=Maps

You can also use free online embed generators such as this… https://maps-generator.com

Iain Mackenzie

31 Jul 2016, 5:47 pm

Thanks Joe, sorry, I did see that, but I didn’t think that you literally meant ‘static’ with no Google zoom! I thought you were referring to getting directions, etc.

Looks like Awesome Maps may be what I should have gone for!

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 5:47 pm

I don’t want to fill up this thread too much with product specific support. Feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected] or join/post over at https://weavers.space/

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 5:48 pm

Email: support -at- joeworkman.net

Joe Workman

31 Jul 2016, 5:50 pm

Thanks Joe, sorry, I did see that, but I didn’t think that you literally meant ‘static’ with no Google zoom! I thought you were referring to getting directions, etc.

Yeah. Sorry, if you notice the demos on the product page are basically static images. No zoom or interactive options.

Shoot in an email and we will fix up your order…

Iain Mackenzie

31 Jul 2016, 5:51 pm

Email sent! Thanks again for your patience!

emelon

1 Aug 2016, 9:38 pm

Thanks Joe, I am RW user from today.

Joe Workman

2 Aug 2016, 1:57 am

Awesome! Welcome!!!

Joe Workman

On August 1, 2016 at 2:38:19 PM, emelon ([email protected]) wrote:

Thanks Joe, I am RW user from today.

Paul Brown

7 Jan 2017, 8:32 am

Hi Joe

After many years of using Freeway Pro for much of our client web projects (including our own ‘award winning’ site) I’m now looking at alternatives going forward.

Sensibly I want to test and push any new software we adopt going forward to see what sort of learning curve is required and also just how it can help us to develop great sites for our clients.

I’m interested in what Rapidweaver seems to offer (once some additional add-ons have been purchased by the looks of it) - are you guys still offering your discount for Freeway move-overs? The link above doesn’t seem to work.

Many thanks in advance. Paul

Paul Brown

Creative Director

Laban Brown Design

Hugh

14 Jan 2017, 2:36 am

I looked at Foundations and was quite impressed. It looked to me like a logical transition from Freeway.

However, not being a web designer, I think I’m interested in just purchasing an adaptable theme and using Stacks. I want to spend more time on my content and less on the learning curve needed to use the products well. I had a good run with Softpress and found the company to be friendly and helpful. They created a wonderful community from which a learned a ton. I hope Joe is doing well.

Hugh

www.yosemitecollection.com

Steve

20 Jan 2017, 9:49 am

OK - I’ve just made the jump over to Rapidweaver and thought a few of you might be interested to know that the discount for Rapidweaver itself was and is still running. I have also contacted the developers of Stacks and Foundation and they both have reinstated their discounts too. The discount code for all 3 is ‘freeway’.

I hope this helps a few of you, as I can see from recent posts that the question of discounts has come up.

The whole bundle has cost me £132.79 which adds up tp quite a saving!

Steve

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Joe Workman

20 Jan 2017, 7:42 pm

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you….

Paul,

Shoot in an email and we can get you sorted. You will have to contact YourHead and Realmac to see if they are still giving the discounts. I have no control over them.

Hugh,

RapidWeaver’s themes are a great way to get a jumpstart on designing a website. My Foundation product is great, however, it does give you a blank canvas. There have been some really great designers that have been selling pre-mad project templates built with my Foundation stacks though. Its pretty awesome.

Steve,

Glad that you are aboard. I hope to see you on https://weavers.space/