Veteran RapidWeaver theme designer, Adam Shiver of Elixir Graphics, is the latest to join the ranks of developers offering ExtraContent enabled themes. Yesterday, Elixir Graphics announce their new Factory Theme, a polished, jQuery ready theme sporting 2 ExtraContent areas; one inside the header space to naturally augment your header images and one in the footer.
Factory boasts a number of other features as well… plenty of headers and header badges, various menu styles, background choices and so much more. Head over to Elixir Graphics and have a peek at his latest hi-tech creation.
This has been a heck of a few weeks for ExtraContent enabled themes. We’ve just seen the release of new themes from WeaverThemes and RWT, and now we have 3 more new ExtraContent themes from MultiThemes, ThemeFlood and Henk Vrieselaar.
Henk has been a big advocate for ExtraContent themes and has managed to add ExtraContent in just about every theme he has released in the last 6 months. STALKER, Henk’s latest RapidWeaver theme, has 4 ExtraContent areas that allow the user to add more content then RapidWeaver typically allows — EC1, above the Menu. You can use this area for some textlines or your logo. With a CSS code you can fill this area with any image cor colour — EC2, below the Menu. This area floats together with the menu and can be filled with text, images or a logo. — EC3, above the Footer. — EC4, below the Footer.
Check out STALKER.
Will Woodgate from ThemeFlood takes what I believe is his first foray into ExtraContent theme development with his latest theme, NewsMedia. Will has taken the ExtraContent concept to the extreme with up to 15 possible ExtraContent areas in NewsMedia.
Will doesn’t stop there, mind you, as NewsMedia is packed with professional features like style switchers, mega-menus and horizontal scrolling menu bars.
Check out NewsMedia.
And last but not least, old RapidWeaver theme star, MultiThemes is back in the game with Panels Pro, a theme that makes use of 2 ExtraContent areas. True to MultiThemes form, this theme is high and style and lush with all the finishing touches. Like a fine Italian automobile, MultiThemes leaves no corner unpolished.
Check out Panels Pro.
Late last week the RapidWeaver community was treated to the arrival of two new RapidWeaver themes enabled with ExtraContent — WeaverThemes Imagine and RWT’s Slider. Both themes offer a very different approach to the ExtraContent content concept and their developers are to be commended for thinking outside the box.
For the full list of features, visit the WeaverThemes.
RWT’s Slider takes another innovative approach to ExtraContent in the form of a sliding banner. We’ve all seen them before but propagating them with content has always been a hassle. RWT has taken the ugly out of coding a sliding banner and made it ExtraContent easy. It can now be as simple as adding text to any page or sidebar that allows for styled content.
For more on Slider, visit RWT.
Last last week seyDoggy unleashed another new RapidWeaver theme with ExtraContent, Sleeker Ultimate. Making use of two EC areas, pre and post content, Sleeker is definitely a great looking and very versatile theme. With rounded corners, great texture and lighting effects, Sleeker is a theme that can keep up with today’s web trends.
One other thing that sets Sleeker apart is the split-hybrid navigation system that allows nested pages to be displayed both in a tidy drop down and in a vertical sidebar format. For more information, check out Sleeker Ultimate.
Back on July 24th, seyDoggy released the final 5 themes of the 10 that they had brought over from Theme Weaver. One of those themes, TW009, saw some significant upgrades… including the addition ExtraContent.
TW009 makes use of two EC areas, a pre-content and post content area that are visually separate from the main body of content but sharing the same design characteristics.
Another unique feature of TW009 is it’s header which can display up to 5 header images at once. Very cool. Check out the new and improved TW009.
Some time ago, Gary at RWT released a theme, H3, that gave users a way to have a truly usable 3 column layout in RapidWeaver. The manner in which is was done was a little complex to the uninitiated though. Since the arrival of ExtraContent, however, it only makes sense that Gary would update H3 to utilize ExtraContent to propagate this 3 column and that’s exactly what he did.
You can check out the new H3 here, and take a look at the tutorial movies. Take an especially close look at this movie, which demonstrates how you can use ExtraContent to make a search bar in your sites header.
With all the exciting news yesterday about our the ExtraContent Stacks Plugin that you can add to your Stacks Library, we just couldn’t wait to show you it in action. There is too much good stuff for just one movie though this is the first in what will likely become a 2 or 3 part series. Enjoy!
In this screen cast we are going to give a quick introduction to the ExtraContent Stacks plugin, so before you start, you are going to need Stack from YourHead Software and the free ExtraContent Stacks Plugin.
You can also see the large version of this movie here.
I’m sure you’ve read recently of the launch of YourHead’s Stacks 1.0 and are aware at just how brilliantly powerful Stacks is. I’ve also showed you a tutorial using Stacks, Pluskit and ExtraContent together to make some brilliant layouts in your ExtraContent areas, but what if you could use Stacks and ExtraContent together, with no code, no snippets?
Playing around with the Stacks API last night brought me to that very end. I wrote the ExtraContent Stacks Plugin, a Stacks Library component that you just drag into your stack page like you would any other stack. Click the info button, enter the value ExtraContent area you want it to occupy and that’s it. Just build what you want inside that stack… images, code, columns… and when you preview it in your ExtraContent enabled theme it renders in the ExtraContent area of your choice!
So what makes this so cool is that now ExtraContent is for everyone. I mean we did a pretty good job of making it as user friendly as possible with the tiny snippets of code, but there are some who will still get a little queasy at the site of that four letter word,
code. So this option of using ExtraContent as a stack really is the way to go for those people.
You can download the ExtraContent Stacks Plugin here.
Read the instruction manual here.