Hi there RW comminity.
I’m trying to figure out whether Rapidweaver is right for me, the reasons why I want it to be, but the reservations I have. If anybody could help and advise that would be great, so as not to be a burdern I’ll try and engineer the post to give a simple closed answer such as Yes or No, ha ha hopefully, lets see…
To set the scene I’ll give you the backstory of my working pattern. I used Rapidweaver, many years ago, when it was in its infancy. It was really good, was very impressed, but work required me to use Wordpress. I design websites first creating a visual mock in Illustrator etc and then build the site based on the finalised mock. To get the website being built exactly how I want it to look I use Beaver Buider to apply Google Fonts, custom header, top bar, navigation, page layout etc. It works well.
Why do I want to change? I’m doing more self-employed work and don’t want to be a web maintenance person, updating plugins, resolving conflicts, backing up MySql databases etc, especially want to move away from MySql databases, I have good technical knowledge, but focus on design first and foremost. When a MySql database breaks or website migration needs to occur, it is a headache for me. I also want to move away from Wordpress and Beaver Builder as I can’t obviousy work offline (without setting up dummy server and then migrating etc).
I like the idea of Rapidweaver, have downloaded the demo, downloaded installed Foundation theme, downloaded and running Stacks. I like that website can be devolped offline and then uploaded, it can be moved to new webspace simply by re-publishing. The only downside I can see is that I can;t give the client there own news/blog page, but that can be worked around if needed, maybe a social feed instead or TotalCMS.
Where I Am With Rapidweaver/Foundation/Stacks
So… I’ve been playing around with the demos and have realised that with Wordpress a lot of functionality can be sources that free plugins (even free version of Beaver Builder where limitations can be worked around). With Rapidweaver my total costs I’m looking at so far seem to be adding up constantly, these are:
Foundation Theme (Free)
If I want to add custom navigation then I can use Magellen (I think it is called) but will require Foundation Site Style part of starter pack, so another 99.
My first question is:
Can I make websites look exactly how I want with repsonsive view choices in the design using just:
To make websites look exactly how I want with repsonsive view choices in the design should I be buying all of the following:
Foundation Starter Pack
Am I likely to need other plugins to be purchased to create custom headers, navigation, page layouts, incoporate Google Fonts globally?
It’s not really a question of cost, if for roughly £200 I have a good design solution for offline development of webpages then great, it’s more a case of am I missing something, will I need to be buying more third party products and find the ‘suite’ of products I need is getting out of hand?
Sorry it is a bit wordy this post, but have tried to encompass everything in neat questions that would help future potential users playing with demos wondering the same thing as me from the transition from online editing/MySql Wordpress to offline web design app. With regard to how to do these things with the plugins I will figure it out, I’m handy at that, obviously Foundation Site Style isn’t a demo so this is where I have hit a brick wall, just need to know if what I am asking is doable.