What is the history behind Stacks4Stacks?

Stacks4Stacks is an acronym for 'stacks for stacks'; implying that the stack elements available on this website are made for the Yourhead Software Stacks plugin. Stacks4Stacks started in 2011, as an overflow from the ThemeFlood website. By offering fantastic stacks backed by exemplarily customer support, I've succeeded in becoming one of the most prominent distributors of stack elements. In 2015 I acquired Aaron Marquez's (Stack Maniac) stacks, and in 2017 I took over Tsooj Media and SeyDesign. I also periodically do development with Chillidog Software on their stacks.

How are stacks priced?

Basic stacks are provided for free download, under the assumption you make a donation for those that you find useful or need support for. Stacks of a medium complexity are priced at $15 USD each. The more complicated stacks are priced at $30 each. The pricing formula used is carefully and fairly calculated. It takes into account of the initial time to develop the stack, resources required for testing, the amount of user support it is likely to generate and the perceived number of updates that might be required to keep it working over a five year period. Also factored-into the pricing is VAT (sales tax), transaction fees, hosting costs and bandwidth for delivering the downloads to you.

What are the system requirements of these stacks?

The suggested minimum system requirements to use stack elements provided by Stacks4Stacks are RapidWeaver 8 and Stacks 4. Occasionally some stacks will still work with Stacks 3. But given that 96.6% of customers are using Stacks 4, that is what I target at. Older stacks are sometimes available for download from a special archive page I setup here.

How do I install new stacks?

Stacks download to your computer as a .zip package. If your computer does not extract the package automatically, double-click the .zip file. The resulting file is shown with a yellow lego block icon. Use your mouse or touchpad to drag and drop this file onto your RapidWeaver dock icon. RapidWeaver will ask if you want to install the new stack. Click 'ok' to continue. Then restart RapidWeaver. New stacks are available to use from within the Stacks Library. A more detailed installation guide can be found here, which includes pictures.

Am I entitled to free updates?

It depends. Minor updates are always provided free and available via the update checking window inside the Stacks plugin. For major updates that require a manual download and install, login to your Paddle Account and look to see if the stack is listed for you to download. The download links on Paddle always point towards the latest version of a stack.

What addons are these stacks compatible with?

I only guarantee the compatibility of stacks against my own themes (ThemeFlood) and the free themes supplied with RapidWeaver. I do not provide guarantee or warranties for addons sold by other companies. For the simple reason that the stability and quality of the underlying codebase in these other addons cannot be assured and is not something I have influence over. There is nothing in my stacks to intentionally disable their use with other addons. If you encounter compatibility problems with other addons, I'll try my best to help you. But in a modular setup like RapidWeaver, there are always going to be groups of addons that don't get along together. Hence the importance of "try before you buy".

What are the limitations of free trial versions?

The free trial versions or 'demo' versions are fully functioning, with the exception that updates are disabled and they will display a prominent credit along the bottom of your page. Use the trial versions to test stacks for suitability, before committing to a purchase. If a demo stack works well for you and you decide to buy a stack from me, then you are sent a special link to download a copy licensed in your name (with the demo restrictions removed). Plus you get full entitlement to support and updates.

How was this website made?

The whole website is built and published using RapidWeaver and Stacks. Unlike a few addon companies, I don't use Wordpress for my website! The theme used for the website design is Flare and is available to buy on the ThemeFlood website. The MiniCookie stack is used for the cookies popup and buttons on the privacy page. The stack icons are made in Affinity Designer and use Font Awesome 5 Icons. I have purposefully left the source code of this website "un-minified" so you are welcome to check how things have been made.

Can you make custom stacks for me?

Yes! I am one of the only RapidWeaver addon developers that can also make custom stacks for individual clients. I have made many custom stacks over the years dealing with many things like slideshows, calculators, animations, games, page templates, media players and much more. I am a proficient web developer with over 15 years of experience working with HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP. The addons provided through ThemeFlood and Stacsk4Stacks are a testament to the quality I strive towards. Please contact me (under no obligation), to discuss your requirements.