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Core Concepts

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 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. These posts can be created using Alloy's online Editor stack, or if you're a bit more advanced you can manually curate your posts using a text editor and an FTP app.

Below we cover how to setup your blog for the first time. On the tutorials page we look at how to use the Editor stack for creating an online editor for your blog. If you're a bit more advanced, and wish to manually curate your posts, we also offer videos for that route as well. We have several other video tutorials as well covering the other stacks found in Alloy, as well as offer documentation regarding all of the controls within the various Alloy stacks.


WATCH

Getting started...

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.

Finished the Getting Started video? Awesome! Now let's take a look at how to start creating posts for your brand-new blog.

Creating Posts

Building out the content for your blog posts is super simple. Alloy uses Markdown for building out your posts. Alloy provides you two separate ways to create your posts -- either online using the new Alloy Markdown-based Editor stack or through uploading your Markdown posts directly to your FTP server.

We provide a couple of different video tutorials walking you through both processes. We highly recommend the Alloy Editor stack!


LEARN MORE

A closer look

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).


WORKS WITH...

Requirements & Compatibility

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 v1.3.3.3 or newer as well as that your server is running PHP v5.6 or newer.

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.

MANUAL POST CURATION
If you plan to manually curate your posts instead of using Alloy's Editor stack then 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.


SUPPORT

Getting More Help

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.

Alloy Stacks

Documentation on the settings and controls for each of the individual Alloy stacks:


Markdown

New to Markdown or just need a refreshed? We've got you covered with our Markdown Cheatsheet.


ADVANCED
Front Matter

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.


Examples

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:

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