Two Great List Stacks

Lister stack | Stacks4Stacks | £5.00

Everybody loves a good list. They’re a great way to summarise a lengthy set of features, or highlight a selection of benefits or just make something stand out on text-heavy web page. Over the years we’ve found ourselves turning to various different stacks to meet our list-making requirements and with Lister, we’ve found an inexpensive stack which combines many of the features we look for into a single, inexpensive stack.

Lister is essentially a container stack, able to turn different kinds of content – typically styled text, HTML or Markdown – into neatly arranged bulletted or numbered lists. There are 25 different types of bullet/numbers to choose from, including Font Awesome icons as well as local or wareoused images; this makes Lister very flexible, and suitable for knocking up a simple list or creating something more complicated with custom images and nested items.

It works like this. Drop a Lister stack into a Stacks page and then select your content type – as well as those described above you can choose Stacks (if you want to have a list spread across two columns, for example) or Navigation links, at which point Lister picks up all your pages and sub-pages and creates a neat vertical menu, anywhere you position the stack. It’s a very neat extra feature.

There’s a wide range of bullet and number styles to choose from – as well as 600+ Font Awesome icons – and you can add your own custom images and then alter the radius to create attractive circular bullets with a picture inside. The stack offers plenty of control over the position of the bullet relative to the associated text and you can set spacing between bullets; and if you’d like your visitors to be able to print out your list you can specify a default printing style for the bullets – very slick. The stack will even call Font Awesome if your theme doesn’t aready support it.

For £5.00 Lister is a lot of stack for your money – versatile, powerful and able to produce a wide range of bulleted and numbered lists quickly and easily. Highly recommended.



Check stack | Doobox | £9.99

You can probably never have too many checklists. They make it easy to create lists of services, features, benefits and more while at the same time communicating the good natured positivity of a job well done or service well delivered. They’re also useful punctuation marks on pages that might otherwise be very text-heavy.

Doobox’ new Check stack comes with 43 different varities of checkmark (no, we didn’t think there could be that many either, yet here they are) which can be arranged as a bulleted style list of headings or as a set of headings with explanatory text underneath, making the stack nice and flexible.

You can use the settings to define the space between items, the offset (the space between the check and any associated text) the heading size and weight, and the colour of the checkmark itself. If you’re using text you can elect to push this under the checkmark to produce a neat wraparound effect and there’s an option to force this feature when the site is viewed at a particular screen size.

Finally, if you select the ‘Checkmarks selection guide’ in settings you can see a preview of each checkmark style so you can select the one that best matches your theme.

The Check stack is incredibly easy to implement, has plenty of variations and we can see it getting a lot of use on many different kinds of websites.

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