Polygrid, Here & Now, & Pocket

Archetypon has a number of appealing themes and Polygrid is their latest offering. The theme has a masonry style – a grid based pattern which allows blocks of content to stack up on the page like the bricks of a wall.

Being a responsive theme the blocks will slide around on the page and re-stack themselves as the page gets smaller. It is interesting to note that Polygrid is based on Zurb’s Foundation. This means that if you wish to add or modify page elements, there are hundreds of code snippets on Zurb’s website which will help you build just about anything you wish. Lucas has also embedded Lazyload.js into Polygrid and, when activated, pages containing images (with the exception of RapidWeaver Photo Albums) will load faster, with the images fading in as the user scrolls down the page.

I’ve seen a number of masonry style blog pages in the recent months, Archetypon’s Grid among them. They allow a blog to appear interesting if you have a collection of timeless posts (recipes for instance), but I find them unpractical if the posts need to be sorted by date.

Doobox’s newest stack is called Here & Now, and is a collection of 320, 000 Hero banner images from the same source as Yahoo’s weather pages – Flickr. 

Here & Now works best on Free-Style pages such as FreeStack, Foundation or Bootstrap, etc. or in other themes that will allow you to add a stack in the banner area or an Extra Content area. Here & Now lets you enter search criteria for your images. “Near you” will search for images within a 19 mile radius of the location you enter using Longitude and Latitude. The selection can be further restricted by adding tags such as ‘city lights’, ‘mountains’ or sunsets, etc. The images that are found will then cycle randomly each time the page is loaded.

The HUD contains options for entering a Headline and a Slogan, can set an overlay colour and the image opacity. A Flickr API is necessary for Here & Now to function. This is easily obtained via the Flickr website and the process is described in detail on Gary’s website.

 

RWTuts’ Pocket Stack lets your visitors click a button on your page, to save the page on Pocket for future reference. As simple as that – if you happen to be logged in to Pocket at the time, the Pocket Stack button simply changes its status from ‘Pocket’ to ‘Saved’. Sadly, if you are not logged in, an error message appears informing you of the fact.I’m pretty sure that regular Pocket users will have a browser extension installed (which takes you to the log-in page if you aren’t logged in), but the Pocket Stack button makes your page look interesting.

Marten Claridge

Founder of RapidWeaver Central, Developer of WeaverThings, Author of Books, Marten's highly unique skillset has established him as a leading RapidWeaver, Web Design and Wordpress consultant with a worldwide client-list and highly dysfunctional sense of modesty.

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