Suggestions for which stack to use please

(Gary Loch) #1

We have 50+ products and the number is growing at a rate of about 10-20 per year. The ‘products’ are campsites. We aren’t selling them, we are telling campers about them so they can choose one or more for their camping holiday. The current website is built with Elixr’s Ruby theme - but we are just at the beginning of the process to rebuild the site using Foundry. The website - and the page in question is here:

We need to be able to better manage the number of ‘products’ and make them easier to filter by what’s on offer, location, etc. I was thinking of using a shop front type stack but these tend to show a price - which we don’t need. Ideally we’d hold all the info on each product/campsite in a database, so we can keep expanding it. The other thing we need is to be able to see a list of all the sites (with summary information about each) found in the chosen filter and then to click on the chosen one to view full details.

Any thoughts on which stack, or set of stacks might work for this?

(scott williams) #2

From what you have shared sounds perfect for TotalCms blog
If you want it in a Database search the forum for easy-db

(Jannis from inStacks Software) #3

Perfect use case for Poster Stack.

(Gary Loch) #4

Thanks for the replies guys but I don’t see how a blog stack would work for this.

(Gary Loch) #5

But Easy-DB looks like it might be the way to go. We already use Kuler Solutions MySQL. Is EasyDB more ‘fully featured’?

(scott williams) #6

\Tthen you should investigate further. :wink: Check out as well. people use Tcms Blog for all sorts of things from product catalogs to events, and even once in a while, blog posts. It’s super flexable and you can update/ add content from a browser, no need to republish from RW.

(Gary Loch) #7

Thanks, will take a closer look - except that I doubt it will work in Foundry…

(Robert Ziebol 🖖🏼) #8

Why would Total CMS not work with Foundry?? Works with every other theme out there. If I still had my sites up I could show you that it works just great in Foundry. The stacks that people make for the Stacks plugin are RARELY dependent on a theme, UNLESS they are made FOR that theme. For example, any stack made by Will Woodgate at Stacks4Stacks will work with any theme, including Foundation, Foundry, UI Kit or any other. BUT, stacks that come with the Foundation theme or with the Foundry theme will NOT work with other themes.

Just because Joe makes Total CMS and Foundation does not mean that it ONLY works in Foundation. That would kind of be shooting himself in the foot.

(Jannis from inStacks Software) #9

Poster Stack is a content Stack with filtering options. You are also able to use it as a shop or blog. It’s a multi purpose Swiss Army knife.

(Adam Shiver) #10

Total CMS works just fine with Foundry. :wink:

(Dan M) #11

Another suggestion for total cms and it’s blog functionality. The blog tag is a bit of a misnomer or at least limiting in scope. With vision one can use it for so much more.

My next suggestion would be in support of your suggested option (an e-commerce stack/account). One could use all the functionality and simply display no pricing info. The cart aspect in many of these solutions could in theory be used so that customers could build a cart of campgrounds they wish to visit (all while of course forgoing any payment). Another recent post looked for some of this same functionality for a company that sells items that require custom quotes for pricing (ie They needed e-commerce/cart functionality but no actual prices/sales).

(Jan Fuellemann) #12

You could use the Photo Stack from Nick Cates:

See it in action here:

(Rob Beattie) #13

+1 for the Poster stack for this.

G-Sheet might also be worth considering.

(Doug Bennett) #14

Not sure why you want a database? Poster can easily handle what you’re talking about without a database. Unless there’s some other reason for the dB.

(Gary Loch) #15

Hi Jannis, can you point me at any sites where Poster Stack is being used as a content/shop, not as a blog. It looks very good but we’d want the filtering to be at the top of the page.

(Jannis from inStacks Software) #16

You are able to define yourself where the filtering will go:

This tutorial page is also build with Poster Stack.

(Mathew Mitchell) #17

@oldgustav Jannis provides a couple of great examples. Just keep in mind that Poster is very flexible. So those are simply 2 examples and there are other ways to design the look. It’s a very powerful stack and really should not be thought of as just a “blog” stack (although it can do that tool).

Honestly one’s imagination is the limit. It still may end up not being the best tool for your needs: I don’t know about that. But in terms of presenting content that can be filtered easily it does a great job.

(Gary Loch) #18

Thanks everyone. I think we are going to to go with Poster Stack. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! There are so many amazing stacks out there - but not being professional web developers, we miss quite a few of the product announcements.

(Jannis from inStacks Software) #19