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Foundation for RapidWeaver v1.2

Since Foundation for RapidWeaver launched back in May, I have been overwhelmed with the reception and feedback from the community. So let me start by saying thank you for all of the amazing reviews and encouragement. I am lucky to have such amazing customers that love my products that I love developing for them.

Today I am happy to announce Foundation for RapidWeaver v1.2. This is by far the largest update that I have ever released. We have been working for 3 months solid to bring you more amazing features and smooth down a ton of wrinkles. Below is a list of the highlights in this update. For a more comprehensive list, make sure to check out the detailed release notes.

Highlights

See many of these highlights in action at the new Foundation 1.2 sample page

  • Theme updated to Foundation 5.4.3 with hundreds of fixes and features.
  • No more HTML comments! New meta tags in head
  • Orbit animation weirdness have been fixed
  • Add dividers between your columns.
  • Internationalization support for forms and email
  • Top Bar got a major overhaul with custom breakpoints and Magellan integration
  • Off Canvas now support multi-level menus
  • New Animation stack to nicely animate content onn scroll or page load
  • Create Mega Menus with the new Dropdown mega sizing
  • New Icon Bar stack to create awesome bar style navigation
  • New Switch stack to add iOS-like switches to your forms

Release Notes

Downloading Updates

You will need to download the updated theme from the Foundation for RapidWeaver Website.

All of the stacks should update through Stacks update. Check out our Update FAQ is you have any questions around that.

8 Awesome New Stacks

With the merger of Pressure Designs, we have launched 8 new stacks on our RapidWeaver store today. Here is a little bit about each one. 

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Dailymotion

Dailymotion.com is an up and coming video sharing site. This stack allows you to easily embed these videos onto your website. 

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Flash Embed

A new Responsive Embed stack was added into this free stack set. It will allow you to easily make most embed codes from your favorite sites responsive. 

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Glider

Glider has been completely revamped from its former self as Slideout. Glider allows you to have off browser content containers that can be opened via a tab or button. This is a very powerful stack. 

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MagniFont

MagniFont allows you to make the text size within it adjustable via 3 separate buttons. This is a great way to make your content more accessible to a wider audience that could appreciate larger text. 

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Spider

Spider (formerly Creeper) allows you to have content become fixed to the top of the browser as the user scrolls down the page. We have big plans for Spider, so make sure that you keep your eye on this one. 

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Text Drop

Text Drop is a simple and elegant accordion. Its great for organizing content into sections or for an FAQ. 

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Vine

Vine is Twitter’s new video sharing service. This stack allows you to easily embed Vine videos onto your webpage. 

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Weather

Weather enables you to display real time weather for any location of your choosing, this can be a great resource for your business to show the current weather and a link to the future forecast for your customers to check. This includes two stacks for different style choices.

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Welcome Pressure Designs to our team

I am really excited to announce that as of last week, Pressure Designs has joined our awesome team! This means that George Reason will be bringing his awesome development skills to the team so that we can bring better products to the RapidWeaver community even faster. George has already had a huge part in the massive Foundation v1.2 update as well as a complete rewrite of MovingBox. Both of these are in beta and should be out soon.

More stacks for your toolbox

As of last night, all of the Pressure Design stacks are now available on our RapidWeaver store . You can head over there now and pick up your copy of you don’t have one.

All existing Pressure Design stack owners will receive a free update to our new versions of the stacks. Be on the lookout for an new invoice with the download you will need to get the updated version.

We have some exciting things planned for these stacks in the future. A few stacks have been renamed and others completely rewritten already. Glider (formerly Slideout) has turned into a knock out stack with this update! You don’t want to miss that one.

What about themes?

I am excited to say that we are also taking on all development of Pressure Design themes as well! For now, all of the themes will remain for sale on the Pressure Designs website until they can be migrated over to our RapidWeaver store. This should happen within the next week or two.

If you are new to Pressure Design themes, check them out today. Anyone who purchases will get free updates to our updated (minor) versions in the future.

Just as with the stacks, if you are a previous Pressure Designs theme customer, look out for an email from us over the next week or two about how to obtain the latest version of your theme from us.

Social Redirects via htaccess

I host a RapidWeaver Community page on Google+. As you may know, Google+ community urls are pretty much gibberish and impossible to remember. Check it out…

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111498543804519819953

Pretty horrible, right? In order to give my community a nice URL that could be remembered, I used gplus.to to create an alias that would redirect to the community page: http:gplus.to/rapidweaver. That is so much nicer, right?

All was going great until gplus.to forgot to renew their domain on July 17th. Obviously my nice pretty url no longer worked! Most likely, gplus.to will fix their issues and make sure that it never happens again.

However, what if you wanted to take matters into your own hands? It’s insanely easy to set up your own pretty URL redirects to wherever you want using Apache’s .htaccess file!

Redirect 301 /gplus https://plus.google.com/+JoeWorkman
Redirect 301 /twitter https://twitter.com/joeworkman
Redirect 301 /facebook https://www.facebook.com/joeworkman
Redirect 301 /vimeo https://vimeo.com/joeworkman
Redirect 301 /rwplus https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111498543804519819953

If you place the above code into your .htaccess file on your web server, you will now have nice pretty URLs to all of your social networks. My RapidWeaver community page can now be access via http://joeworkman.net/rwplus.

You never have to again rely on a service to create pretty urls for you!

Now there is nothing stopping you from using this for redirecting to any URL that you want. Maybe you have a not so easy to remember affiliate URL that you want to create a redirect for. This is a great use case for that as well.

Foundation for RapidWeaver is here!

Well I am releasing 3 months after my initial estimate but the day has finally come! After 5 months of work and 71 beta releases, I am proud to finally ship Foundation for RapidWeaver.

Foundation for RapidWeaver is a stack based theme that really take the website building experience to the next level.

I leverage the open source Foundation 5 framework from Zurb. It is the world’s most advanced responsive front-end framework. Its mobile first philosophy provides faster websites for all devices. This theme and stacks set brings all of that power directly into RapidWeaver.

Feature Highlights

  • Contains over 70 stacks for layout, navigation, content and more.
  • Build your own theme with stacks. Make the website that you envision!
  • Site Styles is a new awesome way to style your site.
  • Global templates allow you to configure supported stack once and have those settings be reflected across all instances of that stack in your project.
  • Flexible Navigation allow you to augment the menus with headers, dividers and dividers. You can even define only portions of the menu to be displayed.
  • Font Awesome and Animate.css libraries are baked into the theme. Use them anywhere you like!

There is so much that you can do with the Foundation theme, I encourage you to get more info at http://foundation.joeworkman.net.

Thank You

I want to say thank you to all of the testers that have been using and providing amazing feedback on Foundation over the past few months. Without them, Foundation would not be as awesome as it is today.

Sample Sites

Since Foundation is a blank canvas, sometimes its great to have some inspiration. The Foundation website was built 100% with Foundation. When you purchase Foundation, you actually receive the actual project file that was used to build that website.

User Sites

Starter Questions

How much is it?

The Foundation theme is free to download. I did this so that there was zero barrier to making sure that users could easily update the theme. I have even added an interesting feature into the stacks so that it will alert you when there is a theme update.

The Foundation stacks come in three different packs in order to make it more affordable. However, there is a 20% discount when you buy all three packs for $99.95.

Can I use Foundation stacks with other themes?

No. The stacks that ship with Foundation have been made to work directly with the Foundation theme. The reason for this is speed. Normally a stack contains all of the HTML, CSS and Javascript required to to make it work. However, with Foundation, the theme contains a vast majority of the code. The stacks contain the least amount of code possible to make them function. In many cases, the stack is ONLY HTML. This means that your websites built with Foundation will be leaner and meaner!

Can I use my existing stacks inside Foundation?

Absolutely! All of your existing stacks inside Foundation. They should work just like they do in all other themes. Although you won’t get the speed improvements that come with the Foundation stacks.

Can I use non-Stacks pages?

Since you build your theme using Stacks, if you want to use other page plugins, you would need to use something like my Global Content stacks to import the other pages into a Stacks page.

However, I cannot guarantee how other page types will look of function after they are imported. And this is not supported.

Will there be more Foundation stacks?

I have added a 3rd Party add ons directory to the Foundation site. There are already a few add-ons outside of the Foundation packs that have added support for Foundation.

There is even a new WeaverPix theme to create awesome slideshows!

In the future, as I release new and updated stacks, you will start to see Foundation versions of my stacks that I will ship as a free addition to that stack. This way you will get the best of both worlds!

I have already talked to a few other stack developers that are interested in building stacks for Foundation. I am pretty excited about that.

How does Foundation compare to Freestack or Bootsnap?

First off, let me say that both products are great and have been very influential for the community. Also, I have never built a single webpage with either of these products. Without getting too far into a tangent, I don’t like being influenced by other people’s products. I like to build products the way that I envision them. This way I can ensure that they are 100% my own.

What I can say is that the feedback has been amazing from my testers. So let me quote one of them…

"If you want to create modern, responsive sites with RapidWeaver without the use of a theme, we now have three attractive possibilities, of which I consider Foundation for by far the most powerful and advanced solution."

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