Stellar Stacks

Stellar Stacks | Miscellaneous stacks

It’s always nice when a new developer arrives on the Rapidweaver scene. It’s a sign of a product that people have confidence in and it means there’ll be a new source of interesting and useful stacks to explore. Stellar Stacks arrives with 12 stacks already in place with the promise of more to follow, so in order to get caught up quickly, we’re going to give you a quick run down of each stack and let you know what we think of it.

Anywhere | $3.50

This simple stack allows you to shift content out of the main ‘flow’ of a web page and put it somewhere else. There are built-in settings for the sidebar, extra content area and footer as well as the ability to select a custom div and use that. Works well but could use a z-index control to make the custom div feature more versatile.

Pricing table | $3.50

Quick and easy way to create attractive pricing tables of the kind used by hosting companies and other web-based service providers. Includes a nice animated price ‘badge’ to attract attention, a built-in linkable button at the bottom of each column and up to six lines to describe the feature set; there are also simple colour controls. You could create something like this from scratch but for the money it’s a neat, effective solution.

 

Styled Map Stack | $4.50

This stack allows you to drop a Google map into your web page with the minimum of fuss and then style it with one of nine ‘themes’ from Snazzy Maps. Just set the location (post code, street name or latitude and longitude are all acceptable) and then add some hover text for the pushpin and descriptive text for the optional popup window and you’re done. We’d like more control over the appearance of the pop up but otherwise this is a nifty little map stack.

Contact Form | $4.50

Nice alternative to the built-in Rapidweaver contact form that can be used on a Stacks page, this also includes a simple mathematical check question to ensure whoever fills in the form is a person rather than some nasty web-bot. Although it uses a PHP script to process the form, you don’t need to remember to change the page type and there are plenty of formatting options so you can style it to fit in with the rest of your page.

Slider stack | $4.50

Lightweight, responsive ultra-simple slideshow stack which supports up to eight images, 17 different transitions, navigation arrows and bullets, pause on hover and random start. Just the job if you need fuss-free, frill-free slider.

Countdown | $3.50

Allows you to set a timer to countdown to a particular time and date. You’ve got some control over the colour scheme but not much else and even at this low price, the stack needs more options to be really useful.

Preloader | $3.50

Choose from five attractive animations to let your visitors know that the page hasn’t frozen – it’s just loading some fancy graphics or perhaps images that you haven’t fed through JPEG Mini yet. It’d be nice if you could control the animation colour to match that of your site but this is a pretty bare bones stack.

Focalbox | $3.50

Responsive caption stack with a difference – it incorporates a built-in shadow (which you can’t turn off) and a clever zoom animation effect when you hover the cursor over it. Be nice if you could have a bit more control over the text (to assign a Google font, for example) but it works well right down to small screen sizes and is very effective.

Warehoused Image stack | $FREE

Useful, versatile responsive stack that lets you set a path to an image stored on a server somewhere, set it as a link, add an ALT tag (good SEO practice) set the width and height in percentages, align the image and define a border width, radius and colour. Excellent stack and it’s completely free.

Old Neon | $FREE

You’re not going to use it very often but when you need an old school flickering neon sign for that sleazy cocktail bar website, then look no further. You get a choice of three suitably late-nite fonts, a choice of colours, two lines of text to create your sign and a random flicker effect as if the owner hasn’t quite paid the bill. Good fun and completely free.

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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