I must admit that producing pages for the internet is daunting. When I started some years ago with no experience and without iWeb, I worked hours to get a simple text document — a directory of international Englishl-language church congregations around the world — to appear with some useful formatting on a simple webpage.
Early on I used Rage Software's Web Design for the two websites I was maintaining as a volunteer. Actually, for the one site I continue to maintain I I still do use Web Design , but I am getting ready to move it to RapidWeaver. On WebDesign I had to know what code to insert or where to punch to request that the program insert it. The big advantage was a second column with a WYSIWYG display. (What You See Is What You Get).
RapidWeaver and Stacks together open up vast opportunities for building a site without great surprises. I know there are bugs. I occasionally get bit by them. And I know that every new approach means a new learning curve. Markdown (a new, easier markup language), HTML (hypertext markup language — the usual markup language)) or "text" input — I have the choice. But I have to learn for myself (or watch a lot of tutorials) how to use each, how I can actually mix them, and what results I might expect. I should also learn some CSS (cascading style sheets), since Themes apply them and the result may not be what I want until I override them. So much to learn and so little opportunity to find out before you buy which add-ons so what!
I have gotten quick response from developers when I have asked them for it directly or here. The answers haven't always illuminated me immediately, because I still had to learn what they might mean. And I have learned by experimentation that some results require tricks to make the coded page perform as expected.
RW is a wonderful playground for the curious and willing self-teacher who is willing to try and fail and then succeed, who is willing to think outside the box and ask questions. I spend several hours a week maintaining several sites with RapidWeaver (and two, I think, with Web Design by Rage). It is mostly a satisfying experience, full of awareness that I could learn to tweak my sites for improved appearance and recognition and effectiveness, but happy that I an work in this realm at all!
At 71 years of age, I find it amazing that the software opens new channels and new skills to me as I explore this opportunities on a volunteer basis — a "non-profit" business, as it were!
Patience may well be rewarded, if your expectations are reasonable, and you are wilingl to grow and to learn and to ask questions.
Thank you, RW!