This is a short post to praise the Poster stack:
Poster Stack: Multi-Purpose Content Stack
If you want to create a blog-style page and have a need for CMS solutions then Poster is not for you. There’s other products for that: Armadillo, Go CMS, Total CMS, Pulse and others.
However, if you want to create a stylish blog page and want to do so from within RapidWeaver then Poster seems, by far, the best solution. Let me count some of the benefits:
- It allows you to fully use your stack library. Have an image/gallery stack you want to use in a blog post? Not a problem with Poster as it is “stack-driven”. Have a table stack you want to use? Again, not a problem.
- Recently, Poster added a featured item option. This makes the top post stand out a bit. See screenshot below.
- I’ve used Poster for about 6 months, but in relatively light usage for course websites. I’m creating a couple new courses where my usage of Poster is much more intense. I was a little frustrated organizationally as there did not seem to be a way to have draft items: items “ready to go” but that would not show up on the blog yet. … oops, I was wrong. Is should have noticed this before but there’s a very nice tick-box to designate an item “draft”. As important, when that draft tick-box is activated a nice green pencil icon shows up on the relevant posts. Visually it makes is super simple to see which items are published, which are drafts.
- I was using the “hide” feature of stacks a lot so I can easily scroll posts in my Poster stack. The problem was I could not tell what each post was about once I hid them. Again, I wished Poster had some sort of collapse feature. And … once again … I was wrong. There’s another tick-box for “hide content in edit mode”. When I use this option all the content is hidden except for the title of the post. Perfect!
In short, even though I’ve been using Poster for 6+ months, I’ve come to appreciate it more and more over time. Lots of nice little features that make a big difference. I can’t provide a link to my course website: it’s password protected. Instead I provide one screenshot of my Poster front page area.