Core Concepts

We feel like everyone should be able to design a website and have some fun while doing it. Foundry makes the task of building a site from the ground up just that -- fun. It allows you to take our pre-built, customizable, modular components and assemble them, using the Stacks plugin, to create any sort of site design you can think up.

With drag-and-drop ease you can build powerful, responsive sites that your visitors and clients are sure to love. The Foundry stacks are broken up into four categories -- Control Center, Components, Content and Utilities.

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Control Center

Foundry has a main Control Center stack labeled "Foundry" that you will add to each of your pages. This main stack controls the basic, page-wide settings as well as provides the underlying CSS and javascript that will power each page. It offers a great deal of control for you in determining how your site will look and function. It is the fire in Foundry’s forge.

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Component, Content and Utility stacks

While the main Foundry Control Center stack powers your pages, the real fun begins when you start adding Component, Content and Utility stacks to your site. These elements are what you’ll use to build each page. They consist of everything from Paragraph stacks to Galleries, Navigation, Buttons, Cards and so much more!

On the right-hand side of this page (bottom of the page on iPhone-sized devices) you’ll find a list of all of the stacks included in Foundry. Click on any one of them to learn more about the stack -- what it does, how to use it, what options it has built-in to it, and more. You can get an idea of what each stack offers as well as use this site for reference when building your sites.


Installing Foundry

Adding Foundry to your Stacks library is super simple. When you purchase Foundry you’ll receive a compressed DMG file with two things inside:

  • Foundry Stack (also contains all child stacks)
  • Foundry Theme

Drag these items onto the RapidWeaver icon in your Dock and RapidWeaver will do the rest, installing them in the correct locations. That’s all there is to it.


Quick Start

There’s not a lot you need to really do to start using Foundry, but in this short video we look at the very basic setup of your project file and the essentials you’ll need to get started.

Want to learn more about Foundry and how to use it? Check out some of our tutorial videos. We have several tutorials, including a quick one on building a one-page site, and we’ll be adding more videos as time goes on.

You can also look through the Documentation pages for each stack to see what they can do, in addition to using those page as reference materials. We’ve also got pre-built project files which are also a good place to start for both building a site and learning the tools.


Updating

Updates are just as easy as installing Foundry. We deliver updates to the Foundry stacks via the built-in updater that comes in the Stacks plugin. You’ll be alerted by the Stacks plugin anytime there are updates available for Foundry, as seen below:

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Click the Updates icon and follow the instructions provided to you by the Stacks plugin.

Updates to the theme are not automatic, as RapidWeaver does not currently have that capability. If there needs to be an update to the Foundry theme we will send that out via email. Updates to the theme though are going to be far less common than updates or additions to the stacks themselves.


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Requirements & Compatibility

Foundry requires RapidWeaver version 6 or newer, as well as the Stacks plugin version 3.1 or newer, from YourHead Software.

Sites built with Foundry use the latest web technologies and thus require newer browsers to work up to their full potential. Your sites will shine in Safari, iOS 7+, Chrome, Firefox, and IE 9+ (we recommend IE 10+).

Pre-Built Project files are built in, and require RapidWeaver v7 or later.


Getting More Help

The documentation pages and the tutorials section of this site are a great place to start. They’ll walk you through the features of the Foundry 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 your pages.


Lost My Purchase

If you have lost your purchased items somehow, either through some sort of computer problems, or just an accident, fret not you can retrieve them all on your own.

Simply go to our order lookup page and supply it with the necessary information and our automated system will retrieve them for you. If you do not get results from the retrieval form it may be likely that you used a different email address to purchase Foundry than the one you’re entering. Give the form another try with any alternate email addresses you may have used in the past.

If you still cannot retrieve your purchase that you’ve lost you will need to email us with the following information: Either your PayPal receipt or your original download email. If you don’t have one of these I will need the email address that you used in purchasing your product(s) along with a listing of the particular products you purchased and are trying to retrieve.

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