Heroic Banner Stack

Heroic Banner stack | One Little Designer | $14.99

As its name suggests, this inexpensive stack allows you to add what’s usually known as a ‘Hero Banner’ to your Rapidweaver site – an image based banner that typically sits at the top of the page and incorporates a simple header or call to action overlay.

There are plenty of ways to do this in Rapidweaver already – and some themes come with a similar feature already built-in – but where Heroic Banner scores is thanks to its low price point and simplicity.

Heroic Banner is a single stack. Drop it onto the page and then add a background image, then drop your content into the Stacks well on the page; here you might add a header, some text, buttons, thumbnail imagery, social media icons – pretty much whatever you like. After that, you can assign one of eight different effects to your banner – including two types of parallax, an animated gradient, pan and panoramic, frosted glass, a scrolling or rotating animation and what 1LD calls a ‘transition’ where you can fade between the initial image and a second image on scroll.

Each effect has multiple settings, so you can define animation directions, style, set whether a background image covers the content, occupies the entire browser height, whether it needs to fit a specific height or width and more; then you can position the overlaid content, add a border, shadow and so on. Some effects – like the frosted glass or animation – can be set up in moments, while others – like the parallax effects – need a little more thought. The 3D Parallex effect, which reacts to mouse movement as well as the tilting of a handheld device, is fab but should be used carefully so as not to cause visitor seasickness.

Although most of the demos on the 1LD site demonstrate Heroic Banner being used at the top of a site – perhaps with a menu overlay – it’s just as useful for producing image effects within the body of the page.

There are other ways to produce similar effects using Rapidweaver and various stacks, but heroic Banner takes all the heavy lifting out of the process, which makes it suitable for the occasional user who doesn’t want to bother with ploughing through complicated instructions, or the more experienced user who simply wants to get a good-looking banner done with the minimum of fuss.

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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