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Addons Explained
Power up your web building experience with addons
RapidWeaver is a very expandable and flexible piece of software. It supports many types of addons to allow you to build anything from a personal website to a complex online store.

What are Addons?

This is an umbrella term used to refer to any third-party or official extras you add on to RapidWeaver. Addons include things like plug-ins, stacks, and Elements, but also things like themes, snippets, and styles.

Where can I get Addons?

RapidWeaver users can browse and download addons at the RapidWeaver Marketplace. This is a free service run by Realmac Software to help customers find new and exciting addons!

Are you an Addon Developer?

If you're developing addons for RapidWeaver and would like to list your products on the Marketplace, please visit the Marketplace documentation to learn more and sign-up for a free account.

Elements (.rwelementpack)

Elements allow you to build modular pages with more power and flexibility than ever before. Elements are only available in RapidWeaver Elements.
You can also download and browse Elements from third-party developers at the RapidWeaver Marketplace.

Plug-in (.rwplugin)

Plug-in: This is an add-on that changes the way RapidWeaver works by adding binary code. Plug-ins can fundamentally alter the way RapidWeaver operates (like PlusKit) but usually just add another page type (like a Blog or Photo Album) when you click the + Add button.

Stacks (.rwplugin)

The Stacks plugin is compatible with RapidWeaver Classic.
Written capitalized and the plural usually refers to the Stacks plug-in from YourHead that allows you to build page layouts by stacking components on a page. The Stacks.rapidweaverplugin file lives in your RapidWeaver add-ons folder.

stack (.stack)

Written singular and lowercase this refers to one of the components for the Stacks plug-in. A stack can be something simple like a button or complex like a framework. A file like button.stack should go inside the Stacks folder which lives in your RapidWeaver add-ons folder.
You can also download browse stacks from third-party developers at the RapidWeaver Marketplace.

Snippets (.rapidweaversnippet)

Snippet files can be sections of code or blocks of written content, you can even use them for general notes. Snippets are app-wide and specific to a Project file. To reveal and share a Snippet you can right-click on it in the Snippets window and select "Reveal Snippet" from the menu.

Styles (.rwstyles)

Theme styles are a way to globally or on a per-page basis change the way a theme looks. Styles often override colours, fonts, or layouts.

Theme (.rwtheme or .rapidweavertheme)

The layout and design of a RapidWeaver Classic site is controlled by a theme. A theme is a type of addon made up of HTML, CSS and Javascript files. Given the ease of changing a theme in your project (a single click in the Theme browser is all it takes!).
RapidWeaver comes with over 50 themes pre-installed, you can also download and buy themes from third-party developers at the RapidWeaver Marketplace.