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Theme details

Theme name: Black & White
Current version: 7.1
Last updated: 23rd March 2016
First released: 21st October 2006
Compatibility: RapidWeaver 5, 6 & 7
Responsive: Yes
Doctype: Valid HTML5
Font Awesome version: 4.5.0
Bootstrap version: 4.0.0
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Example website: View online
Download example website: Click here

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Free resources

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ExtraContent stack & snippet pack
FreeStyle banner stack
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Black & White updates

Updates for Black & White are FREE for all existing customers. Please refer to this Knowledgebase article for detailed information about obtaining and installing updates.



As the name suggests, Black & White is a fairly minimalist RapidWeaver theme with a default black and white colour scheme. First released publicly in late 2006, Black & White has always maintained a strong following with bloggers, artists and photographers wanting a simple yet robust RapidWeaver theme to work with. The high contrasting colour scheme lends itself well to websites which are particularly content-heavy, and the minimalist style gives content that extra bit of breathing space.


Black & White is largely devoid of any graphics, so pages created with this RapidWeaver theme load very quickly, with minimal bandwidth. This theme is quite possibly one of the lightest addon RapidWeaver themes available on the market. Steps have been taken like calling Javascript code from the end of pages, to improve page rendering speed. Black & White is compatible with CSS consolidation and compression in RapidWeaver, together with Gzip compression on the web server.

Build bigger

The optimised nature of Black & White lends this theme well towards building larger websites of up-to several hundred pages. The option is provided in the theme style settings to switch between either a split or sidebar block navigation layout. Unlike a drop-down menu, these more primitive navigation layouts can handle many more page links and are easy for end users to find their way around.

Style settings

Just about every aspect of the Black & White theme can be customised. Numerous colour settings are provided which can be used to adjust almost every aspect of the page. A slew of other useful theme settings are included, such as title bar positioning, body background, font faces, font styles, logo placement, sidebar width and position, navigation layout and theme width. Useful miscellaneous theme style settings like fade-in allow you to have the page fade into view after loading, and settings like splash screen let you create an effective landing page at the entrance to your website.


Black & White does not have a true header or banner container as such, although ExtraContent4 can double-up as a convenient banner container, within the space above the content container. This ExtraContent container is also FreeStyle enabled, so it can be used with the standard FreeStyle code snippet or the free FreeStyle slideshow stack. To make Black & White a banner-less RapidWeaver theme was quite a bold design decision to make; but many existing users are appreciative of the extra speed and flexibility this has promoted.


This is a fully responsive RapidWeaver theme; meaning that you can opt for a maximum-width, which then scales down on smaller screens (without horizontal scrollbars appearing). Black & White harnesses the RAFT (Responsive Adaptive Framework for Themes) to provide excellent tablet and smart phone optimisations. Aspects of content like images and basic video can be set to behave responsively as well. So Black & White is very much a future-proofed RapidWeaver theme.

Be social

Black & White provides support for a social media bar. This ultra-flexible container utilises ExtraContent1 and can be configured to display a horizontal bar or a floating box of social networking links. Numerous positioning options are provided, so you can play-around with the social media bar and find a style combination that works perfectly for your website layout. Into the social bar, you can place icons for various social media and bookmarking services. This in turn provides a great method for people to share or bookmark your website easily.


Black & White is compatible with all major web browsers, including IE9, IE10, IE11, Edge, and the latest versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera too. It's also a theme that plays well with lots of popular RapidWeaver page style plugins and Stack elements. For people not afraid to delve into HTML code, both the Bootstrap toolkit and Font Awesome 4.0 icons are supported in the latest versions of Black & White. These give you the ability to include extra functionality and embellishments in your page designs.

Get started

A free demo version of the theme is available for you to download using the button at the top right. This lets you install the theme in RapidWeaver and test it against real content, play around with all the different settings, throw the theme against different page styles and demonstrate the theme to clients. The theme is backed by expert customer support (you'll normally get an email response within 12 hours) and I can provide assistance with customising the theme, setup of banner containers and testing of your completed website in different web browsers and handheld devices at no extra cost.


The free demo version of Black & White can be downloaded using this link or the button towards the top of the page. You can install the theme in RapidWeaver 5.4 or later to experiment with the theme, explore all the settings provided and test it against real content and plugins. There is no time limit imposed on the demo version, but page navigation links are disabled in the demo version. Watermarks may appear periodically in parts of the page (like the banner or footer). Please see this knowledgebase article for more information about the free demo versions provided. Purchasing Black & White using the button towards the top of this page provides you with a licensed copy of Black & White; without any demo restrictions applied.

Clicking the banner at the top of this page or this link will take you to a sample website published using Black & White. This may give you a better insight into how this theme looks and responds. If you're interested to see how the demo website was built, the same project file can be downloaded here and opened in RapidWeaver, on your computer. Some people find this very useful to use.

Black & White is currently supplied with a 15% discount code for the latest version of WeaverPix. The theme also includes free usage of the FreeStyle banner stack, which normally retails at £10.00 GBP. If you require help with purchasing Black & White, please click onto the support page and click the 'purchasing help' tab for more information. Likewise if you have any other questions about Black & White, please don't hesitate to ask.

* Purchases of Black & White includes any applicable VAT payable. As of 1st January 2015, all EU customers are legally required to pay VAT on all digital downloads or electronic services, and receive a full VAT invoice with each purchase. We fully comply with this law and you may claim-back any tax paid (if you're VAT registered or a charity / non-profit organisation exempt from paying VAT).


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