Rapidweaver BookA nicer way to build websites on your Mac

I recommend that everyone (and that includes all you advanced geeks out there too) read the first 5 chapters of the book in order. These first chapters really lay the framework for build powerful website in RapidWeaver. All of the remaining chapters can be gone over in your leisure in any order that you like. The chapters are pretty well organized by topic. So if you want to learn about how to do something, simply locate the chapter on that topic and have at it!

  • Chapter 1: Getting Started

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    In this first chapter, we are going to hit the ground running. We are going to go from zero to a deployed website by the end of this chapter. This means that we are going to see an in-depth review of every setting.
    • What is RapidWeaver?
    • RapidWeaver vs. iWeb/Dreamweaver
    • It's more than an app
    • Installing RapidWeaver
    • Creating our first website
    • Publishing our website
    • Selecting a web host
  • Chapter 2: Touring RapidWeaver

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    In this chapter, we are going to step back a bit and take a tour of the RapidWeaver interface, preferences, and inspector windows. We are going to review every nook and cranny throughout the interface.
    • Webpage list
    • Adding a new page
    • Page order and site navigation
    • Preview mode vs. Edit mode
    • View Source
    • Page Inspector
    • General settings
    • Sidebar
    • Header
    • Styles
    • Resources
    • The Resource macro
    • Snippets
    • Theme browser
    • Site Setup
    • General settings
    • Publishing your website
    • What's going to be published?
    • Overriding change indicators
    • Bookmarks
    • Preferences
    • Customizing the toolbar
  • Chapter 3: Theming Your Site

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    In this chapter, we are going to review all the aspects of applying themes to your website. We will, specifically, look at topics such as choosing and managing themes, saving theme styles, customizing themes, and more.
    • Choosing your theme
    • Third-party theme developers
    • Theme Browser
    • Duplicating themes
    • Deleting themes
    • Theme styles
    • Master style vs. page style
    • Saving page styles
    • ExtraContent
    • Customizing themes
    • Customizing with CSS
    • RWmultiTool
    • RapidThemer
  • Chapter 4: Styled Text Page

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    In this chapter, we will be reviewing the Styled Text page. The Styled Text page is an extremely versatile page type. You can add images, audio, video, and file downloads all without knowing an ounce of code! The Styled Text framework is not limited to just the Styled Text page. This means that everything that you are about to learn in this chapter can also be applied to most of the other RapidWeaver pages and plugins as well.
    • Formatting text
    • Pasting text
    • Format toolbar
    • Links
    • Text styles
    • Font selection
    • Alignment
    • Lists
    • HTML formats
    • Color
    • Format menu
    • Smart quotes
    • Bigger/smaller text
    • Clear formatting
    • Ignore formatting
    • Images
    • Media Inspector
    • Image normalization
    • Linking to a URL or e-mail
    • Linking to an internal page or resource
    • Removing links
    • Audio and video
    • iMedia browser
    • File downloads
    • Drag-and-drop into Styled Text
    • Linking to a resource
    • Forcing files to download
    • Inserting code
    Packt Publishing was awesome enough to allow you to download the complete copy for chapter 4 so you can get a feel for how the book is written. Enjoy!
  • Chapter 5: Stacks

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    In this chapter, we will be reviewing the Stacks add-on of RapidWeaver. We will not only learn how to install and work with Stacks, we will also review its toolbars and settings, templates, and the default stack elements that ship with this add-on.
    • What is Stacks?
    • Third-party stacks
    • Installing Stacks
    • Working with stacks
    • The Stacks toolbars
    • The Stacks Elements library
    • The Stack Templates library
    • The Stack Media library
    • View modes
    • The Format bar
    • The Add/Remove link
    • The Stack settings pane
    • What is a tiled image?
    • Text editor options
    • Image editor options
    • Image Publishing
    • Default stacks
    • Templates
    • Global content
  • Chapter 6: Basic Page Types

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    In this chapter, we will be reviewing a few common page types and elements that are used throughout web design. Some of these are out-of-the-box page types that ship with RapidWeaver, and others are third-party developer plugins or stacks.
    • HTML page
    • iFrame
    • Offsite page
    • Contact Form
    • The Contact Form fields
    • Contact Form setup
    • Formloom
    • FormSnap stacks
    • Common page elements with stacks
    • FreeStack theme
    • Slideshow Stacks
    • Lightbox Stacks
    • Table Stacks
    • Button Stacks
    • Font Stacks
    • Google web fonts
    • Content and layout Stacks
  • Chapter 7: Multimedia Pages

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    In this chapter, we will learn how to add images and videos, and also learn how to files can be shared on our website. Websites would be pretty boring if they did not have media.
    • Photos and Images
    • Photo Album
    • Creating custom photo albums
    • Photo Album setup options
    • RapidAlbum
    • Gallery themes
    • RapidAlbum settings
    • Collage
    • Styling Collage
    • Image Stacks
    • Video
    • Video formats
    • QuickTime and Movie Album
    • Embedding videos from online services
    • Video stacks
    • Using HTML5 Video and Audio
    • File Sharing page
    • WeaverFM
    • RapidViewer
    • Dispatch Stacks
    • X-Ray Stack
  • Chapter 8: Going Social

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    In this chapter, we will learn how to create blogs and podcasts. We will also learn about integrating Wordpress, Tumblr, and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, to our website.
    • Creating a blog with Blog page
    • Adding blog posts
    • Smiley
    • Permalinks
    • Creating a podcast with RapidWeaver
    • iTunes Tags
    • Custom RSS Tags
    • Advanced settings
    • Creating a blog using RapidBlog
    • Importing from a Blog page
    • Blogger support
    • Integrating a Wordpress blog using WP-Blog
    • Wordpress integration
    • Integrating a Tumblr blog using the Tumblr Stack
    • Creating a blog using Armadillo
    • Integrating Twitter and Facebook into your website
    • Tweet stacks
    • TweetSnap
    • Facebook
    • Like It social buttons
  • Chapter 9: E-Commerce

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    In this chapter, we will learn how we can easily build our own online store using RapidWeaver. We will see how we can build our online store by simply copying and pasting some freely available code snippets. We will also briefly review a few third-party add-ons that do provide a robust and an easy-to-use interface. As online sales is an enormous topic, we will be focusing on the easiest way to get your online store up and running quickly.
    • PayPal
    • PayPal payment button
    • PayLoom
    • PaySnap stacks
    • RapidCart
    • Cartloom
    • Contacting customers
    • The Post Office stack
  • Chapter 10: Search Engine Optimization

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    In this chapter, we are going to be reviewing topics such as increasing popularity with the search engines, technical basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). We will also learn about plugins such as Sitemap, Meta Mate, and others. This chapter also covers the analytics services that will allow you to track tons of various metrics about who is visiting your website.
    • Become popular
    • Technical basics
    • Simple URLs
    • Sitemap
    • Page titles
    • Page description
    • Anchor text
    • Headings in Styled Text
    • Headings in Stacks
    • Getting geeky with HTML headings
    • Indexing images
    • Images in Styled Text
    • Images in Stacks
    • Getting geeky with HTML images
    • Quality content
    • Controlling crawlers
    • RapidBot
    • Sitemap
    • Sitemap Plus
    • Meta Mate
    • Analytics
  • Chapter 11: Advanced Weaving

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    In this chapter we are going to try to cram in as many tips and track as we can. Some of these are RapidWeaver-specific topics, however, most are going to be about general web design.
    • Page automation
    • Source view
    • ExtraContent
    • Editing content online
    • PageLime
    • WebYep
    • Armadillo
    • Mobile compatibility
    • Responsive web design
    • Goodbye Flash
    • Custom 404 page
    • Tricks with .htaccess
    • Defining the file types
    • Disabling directory access
    • Redirects
    • More than one .htaccess file
    • Webkit Dev Inspector
    • Learning HTML and CSS
    • HTML basics
    • CSS basics
    • HTML and CSS resources
    • Troubleshooting tips
    • How to submit a good support ticket