Getting Started with Stacker

A step by step guide to creating a portal with Stacker

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Introduction

It takes less than five minutes to setup a portal with Stacker. If you get stuck along the way then refer to the video above or contact us using the speech bubble in the bottom right hand corner and we'll be able to help you out.

Requirements for Stacker

To use Stacker you need to have an Airtable base. If you don't have an Airtable base you can sign up for Airtable and create a base. They have loads of templates to get you started. You don't need to be on a paid Airtable plan to use Stacker.

Whilst Stacker can be used on mobile devices the setup of a new Stacker portal requires some steps which are hard to complete on mobile. We recommend you use a larger screen (laptop, desktop) when going through this process.

Signing Up

Sign up for Stacker on our registration page.

You will need to enter:

  • Your name

  • Your email address

  • A password for your new Stacker account

Click Sign Up.

Portal Settings

On the screen that follows you'll be asked to pick a name for your portal, this will determine the web address of your portal.

Enter a name and click Next Step.

You will also be given the chance to:

  • Pick a brand color

  • Upload a logo

  • Upload a square logo

We use the square logo for the favicon of your site, and the other logo everywhere else.

When you are happy with your settings click Next Step.

Preparing Your Base

To use Stacker you need to have your users stored in your Airtable. We call this table your User Table. If you don't have a table of your users in Airtable, create this now. Make sure it includes an email address column.

Click I'm Ready.

Connecting to Airtable

To connect to Airtable we need two pieces of information:

We use the Airtable API key to connect to Airtable, and we use the Base Share Link to build your portal around the data structure you have in Airtable.

Click Start.

Once the import is complete. Click Next.

Selecting your User Table

Select the table that contains your users. Click Next.

Select the column that contains their email addresses. Click Next.

Enabling Tables

You can now pick which tables will be enabled in your portal. Don't worry you can re-enable any of these later on. Click Next.

Customizing Your Portal

Congratulations! Now you have a portal. It's time to make it your own. View our other videos to learn more about what Stacker can do, otherwise jump straight to editing your app.