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Getting to know the RapidWeaver program can be quite daunting and, in spite of the hype saying that a website can be created in minutes, I found it quite difficult to get my head around it all. However, with a lot of help from members of various forums and also from my grandson Jordan, I soon began to see the light. To make things a bit easier for me to remember just how I learned things I decided to record everything I did in the form of a tutorial and I am pleased to make these available free, to anyone who would like to have them. If you decide that you would like to add any tutorial to you reading list, please go to the Contact Me page and email me with the number and name of the tutorial(s) you would like. I will then email the pdf(s) back to you as soon as I can.

Building a Website with RapidWeaver 7 - Page 1

Part 01 - Start a New Project

This tutorial will be based on my own experience of building my first website with RapidWeaver, it will go through each process of creating my first project, step by step with screenshots showing what I did. I hope that the finished PDF document will be of some help to others who are just setting out in using this excellent Website Creating software.
I am not an expert, so please make allowances for any mistakes that you encounter along the way but, if you do find anything please use the Contact Me page and let me know.

I am including a link, that will allow you to download a sample of the first 3 pages of this tutorial, so that you can decide if you want to have the full pdf. If you do, then all you need to do is go to the 'Contact Me' page on my website, and fill in the simple form requesting the tutorial, quoting its number and name.

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Part 02 - Adding Stacks

This is part 02 in the series of tutorials 'Building a Website with RapidWeaver' and it will show you how to add a new page to the project that you built in Part 01. The process is very easy and you will very quickly learn how it is done.

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Part 03 - Creating Partials

RapidWeaver version 7 and Stacks 3, introduced us to 'Partials' a new way of creating a kind of template that allows you to copy a collection of stacks into just one 'Structure Stack' and then create a Partial of that structure. This is an amazing leap forward and will cut down a great deal of work, when building a website. For example, in this tutorial, I will show you how I created two separate partials that enabled me to add the main structure of my site to every new page that I added, simply by dragging those partials onto each page.

Those two partials are,
(i) Header,
(ii) Footer.

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Part 04 – Adding New Pages

Some websites will only have one page but, it is much more likely that your site will have many more so you will need to know how to add those additional pages. The process of creating a basic new page is quite easy, particularly so because you can now use the 2 main parts of the page structure, using 'Partials' (see Part 03 - Creating Partials over on the left)
The structure of a RapidWeaver Foundation website page is usually made up of three components, e.g.
(i) The Header, that displays the Site Styles, Banner and a Navigation Bar.
(ii) The Body, where you will add the main content of the page.
(iii) The Footer, normally used to display your Copyright details.

This tutorial is a short one, just 4 pages, and it will show you how to first create the new page and then add the 'Header' partial to the top of the page.

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Part 05 - Create a Photo Gallery Index

This tutorial is all about creating an index page for all of Photo Galleries.
I am including a link, that will allow you to download a sample of the first 3 pages of this tutorial, so that you can decide if you want to have the full pdf. If you do, then all you need to do is go to the 'Contact Me' page on my website, and fill in the simple form requesting the tutorial, quoting its number and name.

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Part 06 - Create a Tutorial Index

Another index but, this time I show you how I created my own tutorial index, that you see on my website. Much the same as the tutorial for creating a gallery index but, with some very important differences.

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Part 06a - Adding Tutorials to the Index

This tutorial is a follow on from Part 06, in which I dealt with the topic of creating a 'Gallery Index' and I now I want to show you how to add the details of a tutorial to that index.

I am just going to explain the main details of the tutorial here and, then provide a download link so that you can download the first 3 pages to help to decide if you would like to have the full 17 page tutorial. If you do want it, go to my 'Contact Me' page and request it by sending me an email.

I am assuming that you have already written the tutorial that you want to add to the index and will have saved it in a folder somewhere on your computer.

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Part 06b - Adding another Image Icon to the Tutorial Index

At this present time, the Tutorial Index page on my Web Site has just 4 categories and therefore has just 4 image icons. I now want to add another category called 'Miscellaneous Tutorials'.
In this tutorial will show you how I achieved this task.

You could use the 'Partials' option but, I find that it is easier to use the 'Duplicate' method, that means you simply copy the last item on the current index page and then change the various items that need to be updated.
It may sound confusing but, after reading my tutorial, it will all become very clear to you.

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Part 07 – Building a Photo Gallery

Most all photography web sites will have some form of photo gallery page and this tutorial is going to show you how I built the one on my own website.

In addition to having RapidWeaver installed on your computer, you will also need Stacks 3 and a stack that is able to create the structure of the gallery pages. There are a few stacks for you to choose from but, I like to keep things as simple as possible and decided to use a stack called 'ProGallery' that I found on the following website,
https://stacks4stacks.com/progallery/

Before you create a Photo Gallery in RapidWeaver, there is some preliminary work that you must carry out on the images that you intend to use in your gallery. You will find full details of this work on Page 1, after you have clicked to download the sample pages below.


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Part 08 - Preparing Images for a Photo Gallery

Most all photography web sites will have some form of Photo Gallery page and this tutorial is going to show you how I built the one on my own web site, you can see the finished gallery page here - ronniewestphotography.com
I used a program called RapidWeaver to build my web site and, this program requires you to have a 'Stack' that is able to create the structure of a gallery page but, I like to keep things as simple as possible (the KIS principle) and decided to use a stack called 'ProGallery' that I found on the Stacks4Stacks web site.
Before you begin creating your photo gallery, there is some preliminary work that you should carry out on the images that you intend using in the gallery.
You will full details of this work, on page 1 of the samples that you can download below.

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Part 09 - Coming Soon!

Another RW Tutorial will be added here very soon!

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Part 10 - How to create a Foundation Group Folder

If you have decided to use the Foundation Theme and have installed it on your computer, you will have noticed that all of its related stacks have been added into the main stacks folder in the Library. Depending on how many stacks you have installed (it could be hundreds) you will want to be able to locate a Foundation Stack quickly, without the hassle of searching through all those hundreds of stacks in the main folder.

The solution is to create a Group Folder into which you can copy those Foundation Stacks, you will then be able to very quickly find the ones you want.

Note that when adding stacks to the new group, you are not removing them from the main folder but, simply transferring copies into the new Foundation Group folder.

This tutorial will show you how to make that Foundation Group Folder.

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There are more tutorials available on Page 02 - Coming soon!