Stream is a theme that has been used for all sorts of different purposes. In the past it has been used for news websites and blogs. Stream is a popular choice with educators, business owners and people in the legal profession. A few successful e-commerce websites have also been built using Stream. More recently, I've seen an excellent example of a real estate website built using Stream. Don't let the initial 'drab and dreary' appearance of this theme put you off! A broad range of both theme style and colour settings are built in already, giving you the flexibility to build distinctive websites to a professional standard.
Optional page banners in this RapidWeaver theme are achieved using the FreeStyle technique. A dedicated theme style setting is provided, letting you turn these banners on or off. The FreeStyle banner automatically resizes to fit the content. FreeStyle banners can be used for static images, slideshows or even video. 30 example banner images are included with the theme; these all being photographs reproduced from scanned slides, taken by my late grandfather. Images 1 - 20 are from Switzerland in 1983, images 20 - 30 are random images taken during the 1970's and 1980's. Feel free to use these images or replace them with your own. If you need more images of a particular subject, let me know.
Like many other ThemeFlood themes, Stream incorporates the complete Twitter Bootstrap toolkit, plus Font Awesome More icons. Bootstrap provides you with a 'sweetshop' of design and interface elements; distributed in the form of RapidWeaver code snippets and available to drag and drop straight into pages. Font Awesome More is an open source library of over 300 vector icons. These icons are embedded in the form of web fonts, ensuring icons are retina-enabled and can also be customised using basic CSS code.
As you would expect, Stream uses valid HTML5 code for its framework. Stream is a responsive RapidWeaver theme and adapts for display on different screen sizes, including desktop, tablet and smart phone. This theme incorporates RAFT (responsive adaptive framework for themes), giving you a user-friendly navigation structure on smaller handheld devices, and a great selection of options for adjusting how pages look and work on smaller screen sizes. As well as looking great on different screen sizes, websites built using Stream also print very nicely too!
It is strongly recommended you download and install the free demo version for this RapidWeaver theme, and play around with it yourself. There are lots of useful theme colour and style variations included. You might be surprised at what this theme can do.
Updates for the Stream (formally News Media) RapidWeaver theme are free for all existing users. Theme updates are periodically released to introduce new features and maintain compatibility with the latest RapidWeaver addons and and web browsers. You can tell if an update is available for Stream (formally News Media), by comparing the number shown next to the theme name in RapidWeaver, compared with the version number shown on the right. Generally theme updates are not sent out automatically, because previously it was found many of the emails went missing in junk or spam mail filters. Instead you are invited to check for Stream (formally News Media) updates yourself, and download them at a time convenient to you. Updates also get publicised via the RapidWeaver Addon website, the RapidWeaver Central newsletter and the free iCentral app.
Theme updates can be obtained using the original download link, emailed to you when you purchased Stream (formally News Media). If you no longer have this download link or you require an expired link to be reactivated, please send a quick email, and include the following information:
- Name of the theme you need an update for (in this case say that you need an update for Stream (formally News Media))
- The name and email address used when you purchased the theme
- The purchase method used (was it purchased through the website or as a direct order?)
- Any other useful information like the date, or invoice number
Once your purchase details have been located, you will be sent a new download link. Theme updates are recognised in RapidWeaver as new themes, so multiple versions of the same theme can be safely installed alongside each other. This means you can selectively update certain projects to use newer themes, and any customisations you've applied like custom code or images don't get deleted. For more information on updating themes, please see the theme user guide.