User Guide.

Overview

What is RW/Writer?

RW/Writer is an automated blog system for RapidWeaver Stacks pages that includes the RW/Writer and RW/Writer Advanced stacks, and the RW/Writer web application. Simple to use, reliable, and secure, RW/Writer can be used to make blog posts by you and your clients from anywhere at anytime using any device from Macs, PCs, tablets, and smartphones.

How do I sign up for RW/Writer?

Quick and easy to do. Just go to https://rwwriter.com, click on the "Get Started" button in the banner area (or go to the "Start Here" section). Fill in your email address and password, credit card information, and click the big red "Buy RW/Writer" button. Done.

Can my clients use RW/Writer?

Sure! And if you are creating a site for them with a RW/Writer blog in place on it, they can do it without having to purchase the RW/Writer stack again or be involved in the RW/Write blog setup. Here's how:

  • Log into your RW/Writer account.
  • Then under the **My Account** menu item, select My Clients
  • See the **Add New Client** block on the left side of the page that appears.
  • Fill in the email address of the client you want to invite to have access to the RW/Writer blog in the site.
  • Select which blog account the client will have access to by checking the box next to the desired blog listed. A client can have access to more than one RW/Writer blog account too if needed.
  • Click the red **Create Client** button.

That's it. Your client will receive an email with simple log-in details for the RW/Writer blog account(s) you gave the client access to.

What versions of RapidWeaver and Stacks does RW/Writer work with?

  • RapidWeaver 7+, RapidWeaver 6+, RapidWeaver 5.4.1+
  • Stacks 3 compatible, Stacks 2.5+

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Installation

After you sign up for RW/Writer, we'll send you an email with information to help you get started. This email will also include the RW/Writer blog stacks as an attachment.

1. Install the Blog Stacks

First, you'll want to download and install the RW/Writer blog stacks that are attached to your welcome email.

For RapidWeaver 6 Users:

  1. Download the email ZIP file attachment.
  2. Double-click the downloaded ZIP file to expand its contents.
  3. Drag each RW Writer stack file onto the RapidWeaver 6 program icon in your Dock bar and release it to have them installed into RapidWeaver 6 for you automatically. Or drag each stack file onto the RapidWeaver 6 icon in the Applications folder and release.
  4. Restart RapidWeaver 6.

For RapidWeaver 5 Users:

  1. Download the email ZIP file attachment.
  2. Double-click the downloaded ZIP file to expand its contents.
  3. Double-click both .stack files found inside the ZIP file to install them into RapidWeaver 5. Note: Be sure to close RapidWeaver 6 if you also have it installed before double-clicking the 2 RW Writer stack files.
  4. Restart RapidWeaver 5.

To Update Your RW/Writer Stacks:

To Update Your Existing RW/Writer v1.6 stacks with the new RW/Writer v2.0 stacks, download the latest version by going to the **My Account** then **Download RW/Writer Stack** menu option. Then follow the above installation procedure replacing your currently installed RW/Writer stacks with the new version.

2. Add the RW/Writer Blog Stack to your RapidWeaver project.

After you install the RW/Writer Blog Stacks, open your RapidWeaver website project and create a new Stacks page. Add either the RW/Writer or RW/Writer Advanced stack to your Stacks page.

Open the RW/Writer Blog Stack's HUD control panel and paste your RW/Writer Blog ID into the "Blog ID" text field. Your Blog ID will be displayed in your welcome email.

3. Publish Your RapidWeaver Website

Back in RapidWeaver, save your project and publish your website to your web server. You only need to publish your RW/Writer Blog Stack page once. The published RW/Writer Blog Stack page will update automatically as you write new posts in your RW/Writer web app account.

You can publish your RapidWeaver site and the RW/Writer blog page in it multiple times, and no RW/Writer blog content will ever be overwritten.

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Manage Blog Posts

List all posts.

You can review all of your blog posts on the My Posts page. Log into the RW/Writer web app with the email address and password you specified during registration. Click the My Posts link in the main menu.

Your posts will be listed from newest (at the top) to oldest (at the bottom). Each line item will show the post title, status, and publish date. Click a post title (or its "Edit" link) to edit an existing post.

How do I write a new post?

Log into the RW/Writer web app and click the Write a Post link in the main menu. The "Write a Post" page will appear where you can write your new blog post. When you are ready to save your new post, click the red Save Post button. Your new blog post will appear immediately on your website and RSS feed. You DO NOT need to re-publish your RapidWeaver website.

See Writing a Blog Post below for additional information about writing and editing your blog posts.

How do I edit a post?

Log into the RW/Writer web app and click the My Posts link in the main menu. A list of your existing RW/Writer blog posts will appear. Find the post you want to edit and click its title or "Edit" link. This will bring up the Edit Post page where you can update your blog post. When you are ready to save your changes, click the red Save Post button. Your changes will appear immediately on your website and RSS feed. You DO NOT need to re-publish your RapidWeaver website.

See Writing a Blog Post below for additional information about writing and editing your blog posts.

How do I delete a post?

Log into the RW/Writer web app and click the My Posts link in the main menu. A list of your existing RW/Writer blog posts will appear. Find the post you want to delete and click its "Delete" link. You will be prompted to confirm your decision. Click the red Delete Post button to delete the post. The deleted post will be immediately removed from your website and RSS feed. You DO NOT need to re-publish your RapidWeaver website.

IMPORTANT: You cannot recover a deleted post. Once it is deleted, it is gone forever.

How do I upload an image?

On the Write A Post or Edit Post pages, there is a panel called "Image" at the top of the sidebar. Click on the Choose File button and select the image you want to use for your blog post. When you save your blog post, your selected image will be uploaded and added to your blog post. The uploaded image will span the full width of your blog post and appear beneath your post title and byline. It will appear above your post text.

NOTE: The blog post image should be at least 800px wide and 400px tall. Larger images will be resized and cropped automatically. The maximum allowed image size is 1MB.

How do I write a draft blog post?

Follow the same instructions shown above in “How do I write a post?”. Before you save your post, choose Save As Draft in the Publish Settings sidebar panel. Draft posts are NOT displayed on your website and RSS feed.

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Writing a Blog Post

Create Posts.

Go to https://rwwriter.com/login and log in with the email address and password you specified during registration. You will be directed to your posts listing page. Click the big red "Write a Post" link in the main menu.

Content

  1. Add your blog post title in the Title field.
  2. Add your blog post text into the Content field and format it with the text editor tools.

Meta Tags

RW/Writer allows you to easily add in unique META tags to each blog post you make. This allows you to target each individual blog post's content to maximize the search results for the blog post.

Title

There are two tokens available to be displayed on an individual blog post. The {post_title} token displays the individual blog post's title. The {blog_title} token will display the main blog's title that you set up in your RW/Writer web app. By default both are set to be used. To just show the post title, remove the following "| {blog_title}" from the field. To just show the main blog title, remove the following "{post_title} |" from the field.

Description

This field allows you to include a description META tag for the individual blog post. Very useful when you need to target the content in a spcific blog post. You can leave it blank if you want to.

Robots:

This group of options provides control over how search engine robots will crawl and index your individual blo gpost's content. Yada yad yada add a sentence or two here to tell what robots do and what benefits that offer, etc. in words that users will understand.

Do not index:
Checking this box will tell all search engine robots to NOT crawl and index the individual blog post and its contents. In some instances this may be desired, but it is usually recommended that you DO NOT select this option so robots can crawl and index the blog post contents for best seo (search engine optimization) results.
Do not follow:
Selecting this option tells robots not to index the content of the blog post, and/or not to scan it for links to follow.
Do not show search result snippet:
If you have looked at Google search results, you have seen small blocks of text under the returned links that includes a description about the link. Selecting this option will hide that text.
Do not show cached link:
Checking this option will prevent any blog post content from being cached by browsers.

Banner Image

You may choose a banner image in the "Image" panel located at the top of the blog post editor sidebar. Choose a banner image to display with your post by clicking on the Choose File button. Select your image in the Finder sheet that appears. Your image will be resized and cropped automatically to 800px wide and 400px tall.

NOTE: The image is displayed across the full width of the RW/Writer blog content area below the title, date, categories, and comments. It is dispalyed above the blog post text. You can choose one banner image for each blog post.

Publish Settings

You can define when your blog post is published in the "Publish Settings" panel in the blog post editor sidebar. Your blog post cn be published immediately or saved as a draft. Published posts are available on your public website and RSS feed immediately. Draft posts are visible only to you within the RW/Writer web app interface.

You can also choose a specific publish date. It can be the current date or a date in the future. If you wish to schedule your post for a future publish date, click on the date field and select a future publish date in the calendar window that appears.

You can also choose a specific publish time. It can be the current time or a time in the future. If you wish to schedule your post for a future publish time, click on the time field and select a future publish time in the window that appears.

Last, you can also define the author's name for each blog post you make. This is a great tool to use when you want to give guest authors on your blog credit. Just type in the author's name and it will be listed for that blog post when you publish it under the blog post title.

Categories

You can assign an unlimited number of categories to each blog post in the "Category" panel at the bottom of the post editor sidebar. To create a new category, enter the category name in the "New Category" text field and then click the adjacent +Add button. Do this for each new blog category.

To assign categories to the current post, select the checkbox next to each appropriate category and click "Save Post" to save your post and its categories.

Edit Posts.

You can find a list of your existing blog posts at https://rwwriter.com/posts. Click a post title, or its "Edit" link, to edit a post. You may change its title, content, image, publish status, publish date and time, or categories. Click the big red "Save Post" button when you are ready to save your changes. Your changes will appear on your website and RSS feed immediately.

Post Banner Images

Each post can have one large banner image. You can choose any valid image file (JPG, PNG, or GIF) that is less than 1 MB in size. Your image will be resized and cropped automatically to 800px wide and 400px tall.

Publish Settings

Each post can be published immediately or saved as a draft. Published posts will appear on your public website and in your RSS feed. Draft posts are visible only to you in the RW/Writer web app interface.

You may also choose a date and time to specify when the post should be published. If you choose a date and time in the future, your post will remain unpublished until that date and time at which point it will be published for you automatically.

Categories

You can add or remove blog categories when you create or edit a post in the RW/Writer web app. The Categories panel is located in the create or edit post page sidebar. To create a new category, enter the category name in the "New Category" text field and click the adjacent "Add" button.

You may then assign categories to a given post by clicking the checkboxes for each appropriate category. Once you have selected the categories to assign to the current post, click "Save Post" to save your category selection.

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Blog Settings

Log into the RW/Writer web app and click the My Account > My Blog Settings link in the main menu. The Update Blog Settings page will appear where you can edit your blog settings, including:

Blog Title

The blog title will appear at the top of your website's blog page and in your blog's RSS feed.

Blog Base URL

This is the URL that you type into a web browser to view your website's blog. It should include the "http://" or "https://" prefix.

The Base URL is required for your RSS feed to work.

Blog Author Name

This is the name of the blog's author. It will appear in the blog's RSS feed.

Blog Timezone

This determines the timezone used for your blog posts' publish dates and times as they appear on your website and in your RSS feed.

Blog Description

The blog description will appear at the top of your website's blog page, beneath the page title. It will also appear in your blog's RSS feed.

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RSS Feeds

Your RW/Writer blog RSS feed is generated automatically. To find the URL to your blog's RSS feed, log into the RW/Writer web app and click My Account > My RSS Feed in the main menu. Your RSS feed will open in a new browser window.

IMPORTANT: Your blog's RSS feed will not work until you specify a blog title, description, and base URL at My Account > My Blog Settings in the RW/Writer web app.

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The RW/Writer Blog Stacks

System Requirements

  • RapidWeaver 6+, RapidWeaver 5.4.1+
  • Stacks 2.5+, Stacks 3 compatible
  • Web server with PHP 5.2.1+
  • RapidWeaver theme that supports RapidWeaver 6+ or 5.4.1+, Stacks 2.5+ or Stacks 3 if applicable.

RW/Writer Blog Stack Browser Support

  • IE8+
  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Firefox

Installation

After completing your purchase of the RW/Writer stacks bundle, click on the My Account > Download RW/Writer Stack link in the main menu. The Download the RW/Writer Stack for RapidWeaver page will appear.

  1. Click on the big red Download Now button to download your RW/Writer Blog Stacks bundle as a ZIP file.
  2. Double-click the downloaded ZIP file to expand its contents. Inside the resultant folder, you will find the RW Writer.stack and RW Writer Advanced.stack files.

For RapidWeaver 6 Users:

  1. Drag each RW Writer stack file onto the RapidWeaver 6 program icon in your Dock bar and release it to have them installed into RapidWeaver 6 for you automatically. Or drag each stack file onto the RapidWeaver 6 icon in the Applications folder and release.
  2. Restart RapidWeaver 6.

For RapidWeaver 5 Users:

  1. Double-click both .stack files found inside the ZIP file to install them into RapidWeaver 5. Note: Be sure to close RapidWeaver 6 if you also have it installed before double-clicking the 2 RW Writer stack files.
  2. Restart RapidWeaver 5.

To Update Your RW/Writer Stacks:

To Update Your Existing RW/Writer v1.6 stacks with the new RW/Writer v2.0 stacks, download the latest version by going to the **My Account** then **Download RW/Writer Stack** menu option. Then follow the above installation procedure replacing your currently installed RW/Writer stacks with the new version.

To Add A RW/Writer Blog Stack To A Page

After you install the RW/Writer Blog Stacks and restart RapidWeaver, open your RapidWeaver website project file and go to a Stacks page. Open up the Stack plugin’s library window. You will find the RW Writer and RW Writer Advanced stacks in the Yuzoolthemes stack group. Select and drag the RW/Writer stack onto your Stacks page.

Set your RW/Writer Blog ID

You must set your RW/Writer blog ID in your RW/Writer stack's HUD control panel. Your RW/Writer blog ID is included in the Welcome email we sent you immediately after your purchase. You can also find your RW/Writer blog ID in the RW/Writer web app. Log into the RW/Writer web app and click the My Account > My Blog Settings link in the main menu. Your RW/Writer blog ID is shown beneath the page title.

Copy and paste your RW/Writer Blog ID into the RapidWeaver stack's HUD control panel in the "Blog ID" text field.

Using the RW/Writer stacks HUD controls

Your RW/Writer stacks hud controls are contained within 3 sections.

  • Blog Content Setup
  • Blog Sidebar Setup
  • Blog Mobile Setup

Blog Content Setup HUD Controls (RW Writer and RW Writer Advanced)

Your Blog ID
Type in your RW/Writer blog ID. The blog id must match exactly with the RW/Writer id set up at signup on your RW/Writer web app account.
Left Column Width
Adjust the width of the blog content column from 0% to 100%. Default width is 75%. If you have the sidebar set to display, the right sidebar column default width is set automatically for you at 25%.
Posts Per Page
Specify the number of blog posts to display initially on your RW/Writer blog page. Default is 10 Posts. If you are using the “Full” List Format, we recommend using 5 Posts.
Show Blog Title
Show or hide the blog main title text. Default is show. This is the blog title you added online in your RW/Writer blog account.
Show Description
Show or hide the blog description text. This is the text that appears under the Blog title text. Default is show. This is the blog description you added online in your RW/Writer blog account.
Date Format
Specify date format to display on your RW/Writer blog posts. You have 9 date formats to choose from. Default format is: January 21, 2014 2:04 PM. The date format line is localized to display in 6 different languages.
Set Locale
Specify your locale language that you want to be used in the date format line, and for the months in the Archives links in the sidebar. You have 6 language options: English (default), Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Danish.
List Format
Specify your blog post listing format. Default is summary. Summary lists first 400 words in your individual posts with a Read More link added below the truncated text. Full lists the complete text of each individual post excluding the image.
List Thumbnails
Specify if your banner image will display in your main blog page's list format view. Default is Hide. To display the banner images in your blog's list view, select Show.
Read More Label
Type in your custom “Read More” link text. Default is set to Read More.
Older Label
Type in your custom “Older” link text that appears at the bottom of your blog page. Default is set to Older.
Newer Label
Type in your custom “Newer” posts link text that appears at the bottom of your blog page. Default is set to Newer.
Disqus Name
Type in your Disqus short name to enable comments. This must match exactly with the name you have setup on Disqus. Leave it blank if you do not wish to enable comments.
No Results Text
Enter the custom text to be displayed if no posts are found. Default is No results were found.

Blog Content Area Custom Color HUD Controls (RW Writer Advanced stack only)

Content Headers
Set the color you want your blog post headlines to display in. Default color is set to red 990000.
Byline Text
Set the color you want your byline area text to display in. Default color is set to gray 666666.
Byline Link
Set the color you want your byline area text links to display in. Default color is set to gray 666666.
Byline Link Hover
Set the color you want your byline area text links hover state to display in. Default color is set to gray 999999.
Post Text
Set the color you want your blog post text to display in. Default color is set to black 000000.
Post Link
Set the color you want your blog post text links to display in. Default color is set to red 990000.
Post Link Hover
Set the color you want your blog post text links hover state to display in. Default color is set to gray 333333.
Post Comments
Set the color you want your Disqus blog comments text to display in. Default color is set to gray 666666.

Blog Social Share Buttons HUD Controls (RW Writer and RW Writer Advanced)

Use Social Share
Select from yes or no. You must select yes if you want to have social share buttons display below your blog post(s). Default is set to no. To make this simple for RW Writer subscribers to add social share buttons to existing blog posts, selecting yes will automatically add social share buttons to ALL blog posts, existing and future.
Show Facebook
Select from yes or no. Select yes to have a Facebook social share button added to your blog posts. Default is no.
Facebook Active (RW Writer Advanced Only)
Set the color you want your Facebook Social Share Button to display in initially. Default color is set to Facebook blue 3b5998.
Facebook Hover (RW Writer Advanced Only)
Set the color you want your Facebook Social Share Button hover state to display in. Default color is set to grey 999999.
Show Twitter
Select from yes or no. Select yes to have a Twitter social share button added to your blog posts. Default is no.
Twitter Active (RW Writer Advanced Only)
Set the color you want your Twitter Social Share Button to display in initially. Default color is set to Twitter blue 00aced.
Twitter Hover (RW Writer Advanced Only)
Set the color you want your Twitter Social Share Button hover state to display in. Default color is set to grey 999999.
Show Google+
Select from yes or no. Select yes to have a Google+ social share button added to your blog posts. Default is no.
Google+ Active (RW Writer Advanced Only)
Set the color you want your Google+ Social Share Button to display in initially. Default color is set to Twitter red dd4b39.
Google+ Hover (RW Writer Advanced Only)
Set the color you want your Google+ Social Share Button hover state to display in. Default color is set to grey 999999.
Show LinkedIn
Select from yes or no. Select yes to have a LinkedIn social share button added to your blog posts. Default is no.
LinkedIn Active (RW Writer Advanced Only)
Set the color you want your LinkedIn Social Share Button to display in initially. Default color is set to LinkedIn blue 007bb6.
LinkedIn Hover (RW Writer Advanced Only)
Set the color you want your LinkedIn Social Share Button hover state to display in. Default color is set to grey 999999.

Important To Note About RW Writer FontAwesome Icons Display: RW/Writer v2.0+ requires you to use FontAwesome v4.3.0 or above in order for the icons in the RW/Writer v2.1+ blog layout to display correctly. If you do not see your rss feed, categories, archives, or social share button icons displaying on your RW/Writer blog in Preview Mode in RapidWeaver, you will need to add the following line of code into the head area of the site page that your RW/Writer stack is on:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/4.4.0/css/font-awesome.min.css">

Blog Sidebar Setup HUD Controls (RW Writer and RW Writer Advanced)

Enable Sidebar
Select check box to display sidebar hud controls. If you are not using a sidebar in your RW/Writer blog, then do not select the check box which will collapse the sidebar hud controls area.
Show Sidebar
Select from yes or no. By default the sidebar is set to display. Select no to hide the sidebar on your RW/Writer blog.
Show RSS Link
Select from yes or no. By default the RSS link and icon are set to display. Select no to hide the RSS link and icon on your RW/Writer blog.
RSS Title
Type in your custom RSS link text. Default is set to Subscribe.
RSS Icon
Select from 3 RSS FontAwesome icon options: fa-rss, fa-rss-square, and no RSS icon. Default is set to fa-rss. The icon will display in the RSS-Link color below.
Show Categories
Select from yes or no. By default the Categories list section is set to display. Select no to hide the Categories link list on your RW/Writer blog.
Categories Title
Type in your custom Categories title text. Default is set to Categories.
Categories Icon
Select from 4 Categories FontAwesome icon options: fa-tags, fa-folder, fa-folder-o, and no icon. Default is set to fa-tags. The icon will display in the sidebar Headers color.
Show Archives
Select from yes or no. By default the Archives list section is set to display. Select no to hide the Archives link list on your RW/Writer blog.
Archives Title
Type in your custom Archives title text. Default is set to Archives.
Archives Icon
Select from 4 Archives FontAwesome icon options: fa-calendar, fa-calendar-o, fa-archive, and no archive icon. Default is set to fa-calendar. The icon will display in the sidebar Headers color.

Blog Sidebar Area Custom Color HUD Controls (RW Writer Advanced stack only except for RSS Link)

RSS Link
Set blog sidebar RSS link text and icon color. Default color is set to Orange FF6600. Included in RW/Writer stack hud too.
RSS Link Hover
Set blog sidebar RSS link text hover color. Default color is set to Gray 444444. Included in RW/Writer stack hud too.
Headers
Set blog sidebar headers text color. Default color is set to Red 990000.
Link
Set all blog sidebar links text color (does not include RSS link). Default color is set to Gray 444444.
Link Hover
Set blog sidebar links text hover color (does not include RSS link). Default color is set to Red 990000.

Mobile Blog Layout Setup HUD Controls

Break Point
Set the breakpoint width where the blog will reposition and scale its page elements to a mobile display layout. Default width is set to 768px.

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Account Settings

How do I change my email?

Log into the RW/Writer web app and click the My Account > Change my Email link in the main menu. The Change my Email page will appear. Enter your new email address and your current account password.

We will send you an email with a link to confirm this change. You must click this confirmation link to enable your new account email address.

How do I change my password?

Log into the RW/Writer web app and click the My Account > Change my Password link in the main menu. The Change my Password page will appear. Enter your new password. You must also enter your current account password.

IMPORTANT: Your account password must contain at least 8 characters.

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Billing & Payment

Overview

You will pay $24.95 up front. This gives you the RW/Writer Blog Stacks bundle and a 30-day online trial FREE. After your 30-day trial ends, you will be charged only $1.99 per month for unlimited access to the RW/Writer web app to manage your website blog.

IMPORTANT: RW/Writer is product and service of Yuzoolthemes. Your RW/Writer charges will appear on your credit card statement as RWWRITER.COM.

How to change your credit card

Log into the RW/Writer web app and click the My Account > Change my Credit Card link in the main menu. Enter your new credit card details and click the red "Update Credit Card" button.

How to delete your account

If you must, log into the RW/Writer web app and click the My Account > Change my Credit Card link in the main menu. You can find a link to delete your account at the bottom right of this page. Follow the on-screen instructions to close out your account. If you close your account, your subscription will be cancelled immediately, your blog content will be deleted, and you will be removed from our mailing list.

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Help & Support

If you have additional questions or need one-on-one technical support:

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