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RapidWeaver 5 Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Joe Workman

With RapidWeaver you can build entire websites without writing a line of code, or alternatively get down and dirty with the HTML. This book is perfect for both novices and developers who simply want an easier life.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849692052
Paperback362 pages

About This Book

  • Jump into developing websites on your Mac with RapidWeaver.
  • Step-by-step tutorials for novice users to get your websites built and published online. 
  • Advanced tips and exercises for existing RapidWeaver users. 
  • A great A-Z guide for building websites irrespective of your level of expertise.

Who This Book Is For

If you are a novice wanting to build your first website or an experienced user looking for a better way to develop your existing websites, then this book is for you. This book is perfect for iWeb users that are looking for something better. It's also great for advanced users who use applications like Dreamweaver and are looking for a simpler way to develop websites without sacrificing the ability to get into the code. Using this book, you can build entire websites without writing a single line of code. But if you know a little web programming then you will be able to take your websites to the next level.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
What is RapidWeaver?
Installing RapidWeaver
Creating our first website
Time for action – starting a new RapidWeaver project
Publishing our website
Time for action – publishing our website
Chapter 2: Touring RapidWeaver
Webpage list
Time for action – adding some pages to our navigation
Preview mode versus Edit mode
Page Inspector
Time for action – setting up proper folder and filenames
Time for action – creating a sidebar
Time for action – adding a resource
Time for action – creating a snippet
Theme browser
Site Setup
Publishing your website
Time for action – publishing
Customizing the toolbar
Chapter 3: Theming Your Site
Choosing your theme
Theme Browser
Time for action – using the Theme Browser
Theme styles
Time for action – setting the Master Style for our theme
Time for action – saving page styles
Customizing themes
Time for action – adding a custom CSS file
Chapter 4: Styled Text Page
Formatting text
Time for action - styling text
Time for action - styling an image
Time for action - adding links
Audio and video
iMedia browser
File downloads
Time for action - linking to a file download
Inserting code
Time for action - adding custom code
Chapter 5: Stacks
What is Stacks?
Installing Stacks
Time for action – creating our first Stacks page
Working with stacks
The Stacks toolbars
The Stack settings pane
Time for action – getting to know the settings
Time for action – editing text and image
Default stacks
One last thing
Chapter 6: Basic Page Types
HTML page
Time for action - creating an HTML page
Time for action - creating an iFrame page
Offsite page
Time for action - creating an Offsite page
Contact Form
The Contact Form fields
Time for action - creating a Contact Form page
Time for action - setting up our form
Common page elements with stacks
Chapter 7: Multimedia Pages
Photos and images
Time for action - creating a custom photo album
Time for action – creating a RapidAlbum page
Time for action - creating a Collage page
Time For action – creating a Movie Album page
Time for action - embedding a video into a Stacks page
File sharing
Time for action - creating a File Sharing page
Chapter 8: Blogs, Podcasts, and Going Social
Creating a blog with RapidWeaver's Blog page
Time for action - creating a Blog page
Creating a podcast with RapidWeaver
Creating a blog using RapidBlog
Time for action – creating a RapidBlog page
Integrating a Wordpress blog using WP-Blog
Integrating a Tumblr blog using the Tumblr Stack
Creating a blog using Armadillo
Integrating Twitter and Facebook into your website
Time for action – adding Twitter to your web page
Chapter 9: E-Commerce
Time for action - creating a PayPal button
Time for action - creating a Payloom page
PaySnap stacks
Time for action – creating a RapidCart page
Time for action - creating a Cartloom page
Contacting customers
Chapter 10: Search Engine Optimization
Become popular
Technical basics
Quality content
Time for action - creating a sitemap page
Sitemap Plus
Time for action - using Sitemap Plus
Meta Mate
Time for action - adding analytics
Chapter 11: Advanced Weaving
Page automation
Time for action – Page automation
Source view
Time for action - adding ExtraContent
Editing content online
Mobile compatibility
Custom 404 page
Time for action – creating a 404 page
Tricks with .htaccess
Dev Inspector
Learning HTML and CSS
Troubleshooting tips

What You Will Learn

  • Getting RapidWeaver set up and your first webpage created quickly
  • Customize the look and feel of your websites with themes
  • Building webpages with basic content, contact forms, photo galleries, videos and more
  • Use the Stacks Plugin for fluid drag and drop building of your webpages
  • Creating a blog that can be managed from anywhere
  • Turn your website into an e-commerce business and sell your products
  • Build websites for clients that allow them to edit content online
  • Getting your website indexed by the major search engines
  • Adding your own custom code to your RapidWeaver projects
  • Advanced topics like custom 404 pages, responsive web design, safari dev inspector and more

In Detail

RapidWeaver allows users with any level of expertise to build beautiful and professional looking websites. The novice user will love the drag and drop, what you see is what you get interface. The advanced users will love that they can get down and dirty with some code when they need to.

This book covers all aspects of developing a website with RapidWeaver. Whether you want a family website to display photos from your latest vacation or a small business that is looking to increase your web presence, this book has got you covered. If you have a Mac and want a website, you need this book.

This book dives into all the components required to build a website with RapidWeaver. The first half of this book builds upon itself and shows you all of the basic building blocks that you will need to develop great websites. It starts off with a basic tour of RapidWeaver and gets you building your first webpage in the first chapter. The book progresses onto how to customize the look and feel of your website with themes and adding simple webpages with text and images all the way to blogs and photo galleries.

The second half of the book dives into more advanced topics that can really help you take your websites to the next level. This includes e-commerce, blogs, managing web content outside of RapidWeaver, Search Engine Optimization and even a little programming. By the end of this book, you will have a solid foundation that will allow you to build powerful websites. 


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