I manage a web sites for my local camera club and have used Rapidweaver for some years. The site is pretty static which means that I only use Rapidweaver a couple of times a year. I have upgraded to version seven of RapidWeaver and have been watching tutorials including those that describe using the stacks plugin combined with “Foundation” and/or “Foundry”.
In the past I have purchased and used 3rd party themes (e.g. from Henk Vrieselaar) and if I remember correctly have edited some of the themes to modify items such as background images etc. Unfortunately I did not take notes and have forgotten what was changed which means maintaining the site has become difficult so I decided to rewrite it.
What I would like to know are the advantages and pitfalls of building and maintaining websites with various RapidWeaver configurations such as:
- Vanilla - RW as downloaded with supplied themes.
- Additional 3rd party themes.
- Plugins such as Yourhead Stacks.
- Stacks used with either Foundation or Foundry.
I realise that my questions probably fall into the “how long is a piece of string” category so perhaps I should ask what do I need to buy and use to meet the following requirements:
- Site setting made using RapidWeaver GUI rather than editing (hacking) lines of code.
- Minimum of HTML etc to be added via GUI.
- Reasonable looking site that scales well on phone, tablet and desktop. (Foundation and Foundry make a point of this feature in their videos, is it unique to them?)
- Display photos in galleries with titles derived from Exif/IPTC data. (I wish to reduce the time I spend adding titles of images to the site and would like to pass the responsibility for adding titles to the original authors of the images. I would like to tell them to populate the Exif/IPTC data with information they wish displayed.)
Thanks for reading,