RapidWeaver FAQ - Introduction to RapidWeaver (Basics)







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Here you will find a brief introduction to RapidWeaver...



Chapter 1: What is RapidWeaver?
Chapter 2: Is there a RapidWeaver version for Windows PC?
Chapter 3: Important settings in RapidWeaver
Chapter 4: Useful in RapidWeaver
Chapter 5: How to format text in RapidWeaver
Chapter 6: Headings
Chapter 7: How to add HTML Codes in RapidWeaver
Chapter 8: How to eliminate the sidebar in RapidWeaver
Chapter 9: How to apply the same footer to all your pages in RapidWeaver
Chapter 10: What does the URL of a RapidWeaver page look like and why? How can I change the title displaying in the browser?
Chapter 11: More general tips on using RapidWeaver



Chapter 1: What is RapidWeaver?


RapidWeaver is an application created by Realmac Software which is used to build websites. I will not go into details on how to use RapidWeaver since to me the best way to learn how it works is “Learning by doing”. I just would like to point out which are the most important parts and give you a few tips.

Chapter 2: Is there a RapidWeaver version for Windows PC?


The answer is no. Currently RapidWeaver is Mac-only and I don't think this will change any soon. I never had a Windows PC and never used Windows except at school where I had to so I don't know if there's anything similar to RapidWeaver for PC. I personally would recommend you to use
WordPress to build your website. More info on WordPress is found on my wpfaq.org website.

Chapter 3: Important settings in RapidWeaver


The important settings in RapidWeaver are found in the top-right corner of the application.
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Setup


Under Setup you apply the general settings for your site. What you type here applies to all the pages of your website.

General is used to define the Title which will display on all your pages, the Slogan which will be display on all your pages and the Footer which will display on all your pages. You can also add a logo for the website.
Under Advanced you can add a code to track your visitor’s activity.
Under Template you can set the extension of the pages to html and define the quality of the images.

Page Info


Under Page Info you apply the settings for the selected page. What you type here applies only to the selected page and not to the entire site.

Under General you can define the Title of the page and its URL. Also you can override the website title, slogan and footer you’ve set under Setup for the specific page.
Under Sidebar you can add something to the sidebar of the selected page.
Under Header=>Header you can add some code to the part of the specific page.
´┐╝Under Styles you can edit the theme’s settings for the page. Different themes have different settings.

Media Editor


For everything concerning your photos and images. Resize, rotate, ...


Chapter 4: Useful in RapidWeaver


The Edit/Preview switch at the bottom of the application’s window is very useful to see how it actually looks once published to the web before you actually publish it to the web.

Chapter 5: How to format text in RapidWeaver


Read it in the free sample of my
RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book which you can download here for free.

Chapter 6: Headings


For headings/titles I would really recommend you to select your heading, go to Format, HTML and choose whether it is a Heading 1 (main title), Heading 2 (subtitle), Heading 3 (sub-subtitle), ...

This is important for SEO (Search Engines Optimization) and to give your website's pages a common homogeneous look.


Chapter 7: How to add HTML Codes in RapidWeaver


One of the most important things to know is how to add HTML Codes to your website. Even using RapidWeaver you will find yourself adding HTML Codes here and there to achieve certain effects and features.

Adding codes to RapidWeaver is really easy. All you have to do is paste the code into your page or post. Once you added the code to RapidWeaver select it and go to "Format", "HTML" choose "Code". Publish the page and you’re done.

Note that if in the code there is some text to be displayed RapidWeaver will not maintain the formatting you applied to the other text on the page for the text in the code. So for the text in the code to display like the other text on the page you have to format it in the code itself by wrapping your code into span styles like this:

<span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px;">Paste your HTML code here</span>



Chapter 8: How to eliminate the sidebar in RapidWeaver


Read it in the free sample of my
RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book which you can download here for free.

Chapter 9: How to apply the same footer to all your pages in RapidWeaver


Read it in the free sample of my
RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book which you can download here for free.

Chapter 10: What does the URL of a RapidWeaver page look like and why? How can I change the title displaying in the browser?


Read it in the free sample of my
RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book which you can download here for free.

Chapter 11: More general tips on using RapidWeaver


Read it in the free sample of my
RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book which you can download here for free.



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