AlertBar Stack

AlertBar | Stacks4Stacks | £FREE

AlertBar is a simple but extremely useful stack that makes it easy to display an important message – perhaps to indicate a special offer, a time-limited sale, or to direct visitors to an email sign-up form. You can place AlertBar at the top or bottom of your site or have it sit in the normal flow of the page – with an option to fix it to the top of the page as your visitors scroll down.

You’ve got can define custom colours for the background of the bar and any text that sits on top of it; and if your theme supports the Bootstrap framework, there are several pre-sets – Danger, Info, Success, Warning – available. You can set the width of the alert, along with padding, margins and alignment.

Finally, it’s possible to use AlertBar with one of the various Content Management Systems (CMS) that are now available for Rapidweaver. We set it up for use with Joe Workman’s EasyCMS in moments – and the advantage here is that for content that changes regularly, it’s useful to able to update it from a web browser, rather than having to fire up Rapidweaver all the time. We’d prefer it if AlertBar included a close button so you could dismiss the alert but this would overlap too much with another Stacks4Stacks’ product – Gateway, which is a paid-for stack, so that’s not likely to happen any time soon.

AlertBar is a handy little stack, limited but useful and available for free – though if you use it in a project, you’re encouraged to make a donation to keep the Stacks4Stacks project on the rails.

Rob Beattie

Rob Beattie is a freelance copywriter who designs sites using Rapidweaver. He's been reviewing computer hardware, software and web services since 1981. Yes...that long. And he's also the author of 101 Things to Do in a Shed , Fishing: A Very Peculiar History , and The Bluffer's Guide to Fishing