There are three primary ways to work with third-party services in RockStage: using Zapier, editing your theme, or using the RockStage API.

Zapier

RockStage blogs are based on Ghost, so you can connect your RockStage site to over 1,000 external services using the integration with Zapier.

Zapier sets up automations with Triggers and Actions, which allows you to create and customise a wide range of connected applications.

Example: When someone new subscribes to a newsletter on a RockStage site (Trigger) then the contact information is automatically pushed into MailChimp (Action).

Here are the most popular RockStage<>Zapier automation templates:

Editing your theme

One of the biggest advantages of using RockStage over centralised platforms is that you have total control over the front end of your site. Either customise your existing theme, or create a new theme from scratch with Ghost’s Theme SDK.

You can integrate any front end code into a RockStage theme without restriction, and it will work just fine. No restrictions!

Here are some common examples:

  • Include comments on a RockStage blog with Disqus or Discourse
  • Implement MathJAX with a little bit of JavaScript
  • Add syntax highlighting to your code snippets using Prism.js
  • Integrate any dynamic forms from Google or Typeform to capture data
  • Just about anything which uses JavaScript, APIs and Markup.

Using the Public API

Each RockStage blog itself is driven by a set of core APIs, and so you can access the Public JSON API from external webpages or applications in order to pull data and display it in other places.

The RockStage blog API is thoroughly documented and straightforward to work with for developers of almost any level.

Alright, the last post in our welcome-series! If you're curious about creating your own RockStage theme from scratch, here are some more details on how that works.