SocialPopup Stack

Providing a simple way to share the address of a web page via social media is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to promote a Rapidweaver website. There’s no shortage of stacks to help you do this – indeed, Stacks4stacks has a jolly nice basic one of its own, the Sharestack  – but the SocialPopup stack does things a little differently.

First, as its name suggests, the stack doesn’t ‘sit’ on the page with the rest of your content. Instead, the sharing button appears as visitors scroll down the page and then opens to display some customisable explanatory text; click the button and your social media icons appear over the top of your web page in a pop up window. The effect is both subtle and dramatic and the design of the stack allows you to cram as many social services as you like into the scrollable pop up window, without taking up any unnecessary space.

By default the stack will display over 60 icons, each representing a different social service or website and – here’s the clever bit – each of these icons is simply a couple of lines of HTML which calls a Font Awesome icon, sets the background and foreground colour and links to a URL.

That means it’s dead easy to create a personalised set of shareable services and then save them for later to drop into your projects. Doing a developer’s site? Skew the sharing towards sites like Git and BitBucket. Doing a photgrapher’s? Try Flickr and 500px; and because it’s just HTML, you can also add links that will email or print the current page or share the RSS feed of the current page if one exists.

The HUD lets you mess with every aspect of each icon’s design – size, shape, colour, margin and so on and you can even control the amount of ‘glow’ each one gets when a visitor mouses over it. You can set the speed at which the pop window animates over your content, the background colour, opacity and much, much more.

If you want a simple social sharing stack then Sharestack is a great option for a fiver; but if you want something with a bit more welly and bags more style, then take a look at the SocialPopup stack. And as always with stacks from this developer, you can download a fully functional trial version and decide for yourself.

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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