Alloy is a fast, easy-to-use blogging solution for RapidWeaver that uses a flat-file system. This is important in a lot of ways, but one of the biggest benefits is that it makes Alloy completely free of relying on databases for your content.
Alloy processes your plain text files and turns them into full featured blog posts, as well as builds out different views for your Summaries, Categories and Full Posts. Alloy uses Markdown and YAML for creating your individual posts.
Below we cover how to setup your blog for the first time as well as how to create and upload your blog posts to your server. We have several video tutorials on accomplishing these tasks as well as documentation regarding all of the controls within the various Alloy stacks.
Most people, myself included, like to just dive into a new product and just breeze past the Getting Started section. In this case though, with Alloy, I would highly encourage you to spend just a few minutes and check out this short Getting Started video. It will get your blog setup and working and will also give you an idea of what to expect when you purchase Alloy and setup your own blog.
Looking for more video tutorials? We've got you covered on our Alloy Tutorials page. We also offer an in depth look at the features and options included in each of the individual Alloy stacks, listed in the sidebar to the right (at the bottom of the page on your mobile device).
Alloy requires RapidWeaver version 7 or newer, as well as the Stacks plugin version 3.5 or newer from YourHead Software. Alloy also requires Foundry v184.108.40.206 or newer as well as that your server is running PHP v5.2 or newer.
You'll also need an FTP application of some type for uploading your blog posts to your server if you don't already have one. Some of our favorites are Transmit and ForkLift.
Blogs built with Alloy use the latest web technologies and thus require newer browsers to show Alloy's full potential. Your sites will shine in Safari, iOS 9+, Chrome, Firefox and IE 10+.
All example project files are built in and require RapidWeaver 8 or newer.
These documentation pages as well as the tutorials section of this site are a great place to start. They’ll walk you through the features of the Alloy stacks and we’ll show you how to use some of those stacks in our tutorial videos, but if you need further help, head on over to our Support Forum.
The Support Forum brings together other Foundry users like yourself where you can ask questions, share your knowledge and get insight into building and maintaining your blog.
Documentation on the settings and controls for each of the individual Alloy stacks:
New to Markdown or just need a refreshed? We've got you covered with our Markdown Cheatsheet.
We use YAML to create the Front Matter of our blog posts. That front matter contains important things like our post title, category and more. We've got a YAML cheatsheet of all the available options for reference.
We've created a couple of example blogs to give you a look at a couple of ways you can build and style your blogs: