Blogging with Pluskit


(Lawrence Diggs) #1

Can anyone share their experience with using the blogging plugin with Pluskit?

Is there a video or other tutorial with a step by step approach specific to using these two plugins with Stacks? I have seen some that talk about Pluskit generally, but they seem to leave a lot to the imagination. Just wondering if there are some that I missed.

But mostly I am looking to learn from the experiences of others.

Any things that you got wrong at first but eventually got right?

Anythings that still are a problem?

Any things that are still problems so you don’t use it?

Any unique ways you are using it?

After using it in Stacks. , can you use all other “Stackware” inside the blog?


(CaFra Arabians) #2

Pluskit is not a blogging tool.

Pluskit is used to display any page of your project in a stack.

So you can use it to display a rapid weaver blog page (or any other page) in a stack on a stacks page.

It’s absolutly simple to use and works fine!

Look here: https://yourhead.zendesk.com/entries/98953227-PlusKit-Reference-Guide

All you need is to read the “Getting Started” and the “Importing” section. Thats all. It’s sooo easy!


(Chet) #3

I use PlusKit on my blog plugin page to import the stacks sidebar & footer content. No issues for me!


#4

I’ve used Pluskit on some pages of my blog
Here the whole article is made from two stacks pages imported into the blog with Pluskit

Also, there’s an educational part on my site, which is another two-document bilingual sub site.


Today I was thinking I could set the first page as a blog, and just import the individual pages that are already written with Pluskit. One of the reasons to do that is being able to use the mp3 audio players which are stacks.


(Lawrence Diggs) #5

Thanks. I have PlusKit working now, sort of :slight_smile:

I am importing the RW Blog Plugin but I don’t see the side bar. How do I get the side bar to import as well.


#6

As far as I know, importing the blog sidebar is not possible with Pluskit. I use Pluskit to import stacks on the blog page, not the other way around. If you want a fully stacks based blog, I recommend Armadillo.


(Lawrence Diggs) #7

Thanks for the reply. Can you share or point me to how to do that? Can you provide a link to your website?


#8

Like I said, here I made a “sting85” subpage with the stacks plugin, and that is not published.
Then I import it into the blog page with Pluskit --> @import((sting85))
In this case, that let’s me have text on the right side of the image (which I think I cannot do with the regular blog page)


#9

This is how I’ve done. I’ve created a separate Stacks page for every stack individually, and then imported these pages (individually, of course) in the sidebar or extra content areas on the blog page. The Pluskit code, as you should know, is @import((page-name)) and you can use that in any content area. A theme with several extra content areas has been most helpful. I believe importing works with most of the stacks available if not all.


(Lawrence Diggs) #10

Thanks @ikemitsu. I thought we could only add extra content to stack pages. I just tried it with an image and it works great. Should I expect it will work for any stack pages?


(Lawrence Diggs) #11

@ARTM I misunderstood how PlusKit works. your examples and thoe help from @ikemitsu has given me new options. This will get me started while I work on my Armadillo server skills :slight_smile: .


#12

winnieweaver2 I also bought Armadillo a few months ago, and I just installed it. I haven’t had time yet to find out what is possible with it, but it looks cool !


#13

If your theme offers them, extra content areas are available on any page, not just Stacks page. There is a text code snippet you can use on non-stacks pages: <div id="myExtraContent1">content_here</div>. You can drop images between the tags too, as well as use @import((page_name)).

But if you need many stacks on your blog page or it turns out some stack doesn’t work with Pluskit import, Armadillo solves this as the Armadillo blog needs a Stacks page itself and you can add any other stacks on the same page with it.

I hope this helps.


(Lawrence Diggs) #14

@ikemitsu it is indeed helpful. Because I haven’t been able to get Armadillo to work yet I have no idea of what the blog looks like or how it work. Does it allow or need design? When people have said they were using Armadillo and I looked at their websites, the sites sometimes look like it is just a white page with text. Since the company puts out some very nice themes I don’t believe Armadillo would put our a blogging product lacking style and class. I am just not able to access it yet. I am hoping Jonathan will get back to me soon and help me figure it out or figure out I can’t use it.

Meanwhile I am building the website with what I know because I am on something of a deadline.

Thanks for your help.


#15

Armadillo will adopt the theme or anything you’ve set up in Rapidweaver. So some really nice looking blogs are possible. Have you checked Armadillo documentation http://docs.nimblehost.com/armadillo#getting-started for instructions and troubleshooting?


(Lawrence Diggs) #16

Yes I have checked them. It may be that the problem is getting to the right helpdesk person at HostGator. Ever since they were taken over their help deck and customer service has been, to put it extremely nicely, less than stellar.

I set up a test blog and a test folder so as to minimize conflicts. Even with just a minimum of pages and some text in the stacks it was a problem. I installed and reinstalled it numerous times. I removed the previous attempts from the server. Nothing seems to work

I did notice something curious from the link you provided. There seems to be a number of stacks included. I did not get those in the recent update and installation. Also the new installation is not installing in my RW7.

There are many possibilities of what is going wrong. But, after spending a couple of day doing pretty much nothing but trying to fix it and not succeeding, . I have to reduce it’s priority.


#17

Nimblehost support might be able to help you. I have no knowledge or guesses about Rapidweaver 7 compatibility as I haven’t updated to it myself. Armadillo has worked for me very well with Rapidweaver 6, as well as the built-in Rapidweaver blog page with imported stacks.


(Lawrence Diggs) #18

How did you get the side bar to show up?


(Pedro Perdomo M.) #19

Hi Lawrence,

Take a look to this post:

Best


(Chet) #20

For the sidebar content, beyond the blog plugin defaults, I use Joe Workman’s Houdini stack. Doobox’s transporter stack has the same functionality