Introducing....Source - a FREE 'micro' framework for RW!


(Stuart Marshall) #1

Yes - there is another new kid on the block! It’s called ‘Source’ and it is a new lightweight CSS ‘micro’ framework for your RapidWever projects.

Why would you choose Source?

There are already some great frameworks available for RapidWeaver but there are a few reasons / scenarios where I think using Source might well appeal to you:

It’s FREE!

That’s right, it costs you nothing to get access to a framework that you can use to build great sites. Now, on top of having to buy RapidWeaver and the awesome Stacks plugin, you no longer need to also buy a framework before being able to build beautiful free form sites.

It’s lightweight

Source uses only the bare minimum code to set up your sites - e.g. to set up your colours and your fonts etc. (If that is all that you are currently using the likes of Foundry or Foundation to do then you are adding a lot of unnecessary code and bloat to your sites!)

It’s fast

Because it is lightweight, it operates really fast in Edit, Preview and Publish modes.

It’s powerful

Source comes with its own small set of stacks which are enough to build amazing sites. (There is also a completely optional addon pack which lets you make even more amazing sites!)

It doesn’t try to be all things to all people

Source is all about forming a base for your sites. It doesn’t (and never will) include a Slider stack or a Gallery stack or an Accordion stack or a Tabs stack or a Contact Form stack etc etc. Source is there to let you use all of the great (non-framework dependant!) stacks that you no doubt already have in your collections!


So, they are the main reasons why I think Source is awesome (I’ve also written a blog post with a bit more detail if you are interested). Go give it a spin and let me know if you agree!

Download it for FREE.


For the next week you can get 25% off the addon pack and / or the example projects with the code sth-source-launch.


(LJ) #2

Look forward to trying this - I have to say I think the underlying ‘lightweight and fast’ philosophy is very sound.

By the way - the link to your blog in the email goes to an invalid address - you might want to sort that.


(Stuart Marshall) #3

Damn and blast! Hate that. Have sent out an updated version now. Thanks for the heads up.


(Rob Beattie) #4

I’ve been playing with this for an hour and I think it looks really interesting. I’ve started to build the occasional website pro bono for local clubs and charities and the idea of using a simple, lightweight framework like this that’s still got a lot of flexibility is really appealing.

Do I recall there’s an introductory video somewhere to help people like me with some of the basics?

Thanks

Rob


(Stuart Marshall) #5

Thanks @robbeattie. Appreciate that.

I have added quite a lot of support materials to our Knowledge Base. I’ll keep adding to this, including adding some videos. There are a couple of videos there already but I do need to get a few more sorted. Will have a bit more time to do so now that I have finally got this released!!


(Rob Beattie) #6

Ah, you see that’s already answered one question - what the purpose of having the option to define two backgrounds in the Container Base (Source) stack. :sunglasses:


(Stuart Marshall) #7

The use of the Container Base stack is completely optional. What it does is allow you to set up some defaults for padding, margins and backgrounds. These can then be applied to any Container (or Container Plus) stacks that are added to the page. It’s a quick way of adding your commonly used settings to any new Container and also makes the code lighter (by sharing it between numerous stacks). There are 2 background options simply so that you can apply either / or to any container stack.

The core Container stack also allows you to add other coloured backgrounds. The Container Plus stack allows for a lot more (including images).


(Rob Beattie) #8

It’s info like that I find so useful. Best practice suggestions always make life easier.

Rob


(Rob Beattie) #9

Out of interest, which bits of the Source site use Chroma and Pop Drop?

Thanks

Rob


(Stuart Marshall) #10

Pop Drop is used for the Quick Links bit (that is in the Source Navigation bar) and Chroma is used to make the Nav bar ‘sticky’ and for the ‘return to top’ button that appears at the bottom.

All 3 of the ‘Monochrome’ demo project pages are built using only Source stacks.

The idea behind Source though is that it doesn’t try to do things that are already better done elsewhere (like the aforementioned BWD stacks!). It is really a platform to use all of the great stacks from the community of stack developers.


(Rob Beattie) #11

Thanks. What do you use in the bottom right hand corner for the pop up search box? (And then I’ll stop asking questions!)


(Stuart Marshall) #12

That’s a really great little service called ‘Helpshelf’ ( :arrow_left: affiliate link :slight_smile: )


(MRO) #13

Great! Instant purchase (Addon Stacks). Gonna take this one for a ride now…
Thanks a lot :smiley:


(Joe Martin) #14

I ordered…no follow up email???


(Stuart Marshall) #15

Hi @joemart1951- apologies for that. It’s Paddle that handles that side of things so not sure what went wrong.

It’s not in Spam/Junk mail folder? Or perhaps your email address was incorrect. I’ll follow up with you via PM to sort it out…


(Jannis from inStacks Software) #16

Great stuff @habitualshaker Stuart!

Also looking good in Poster :wink: https://posterdemo.instacks.com/source/

Cheers, Jannis


(Roger Harris) #17

Wow! I’m bl**dy loving this! Fantastic control over grid items (I bought the add-on’s of course). I’m doing things with ease that I found impossible before… I’d have paid good money for this so to get it for free is doubly brilliant.

Image control is excellent too!

Thanks @habitualshaker Stuart!


(Stuart Marshall) #18

Thanks @instacks. That does look good! :grinning:

My plan (when I get a chance) is to build a Source page for a load of different developers to showcase their stacks on Source! A big part of my thinking behind Source was for it to be a platform for people to make use of all the great specialised stacks out there in the RW dev community!


(Stuart Marshall) #19

Thanks a lot @rojharris. What a great review :slight_smile:

I think the Grid and Grid Plus stacks are great and worth putting a bit of time in to learn as the possibilities for what you can do with them are virtually endless! I plan to get a load of video tutorials together when I get a moment.

Also, in case you hadn’t noticed, I added quite a few ‘templates’ into the downloads. These are a great new feature of Stacks 4 and means that I can share various grid setups etc for easy use in your projects!


(Roger Harris) #20

Yeah! Already explored those, very useful… Watched your grid plus vid and started playing. Big silly grin!!

Sadly I have to stop now and work on an animation for a client, something that used to be my favourite part of my job, until I discovered RW that is! :smile:

I’ll probably buy the sample projects too when I get more time.

Thanks again!