Microblog Stack

Microblog stack | Stacks4Stacks | £Free

Until now the only way to get a Tumblr blog into your Rapidweaver site was to use Joe Workman’s $24.95 Tumblr stack but now there’s an alternative – and it’s free. Stacks4Stacks Microblog allows you to incorporate a Tumblr blog into your Rapidweaver site with the absolute minimum of fuss. In fact if you’re terminally lazy, you can simply drop in the stack, add the username of the blog, save and publish and your Tumblr blog will appear on the page, just like that.

There are of course, plenty of ways to customise the way the stack interacts with Tumblr, so you can replace the standard article headings that Tumblr inserts (like ‘A video’ for a video clip and ‘An image’ for a picture) with text of your own or leave the fields blank to omit them altogether, specify the number of posts to appear on the page, position the sidebar left or right, add a header or footer to it plus various headings for blog titles, the RSS feed, links and so forth; you can also define the relative widths of the blog itself and the sidebar. What you can’t do is set styles and colours for the blog, aside from assigning a header tag to the titles – instead, Microblog simply lets the theme handle these (though you could probably override this easily enough with a bit of CSS).

The result is a fabulous little blogging stack that’s perfect for integrating an external blog hosted on Tumblr so that you (or your clients) can add news to a website without firing up Rapidweaver. The Microblog stack is free – though contributions are welcome – and is highly recommended.

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

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