Theme details

Theme name: Black & White
Theme designer: Will Woodgate
Current version: 7.1
Last updated: 23rd March 2016
First released: 21st October 2006
Compatibility: RapidWeaver 7 & 8
GDPR / DSGVO / CCPA compliant: Not yet
Responsive: Yes
Doctype: Valid HTML5
Font Awesome version: 4.5.0
Bootstrap version: 4.0.0
Usage agreement: Click for details
Example website: View online
Download example website: Click here

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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 trial version of Black & White can be downloaded using this link. There is no time limit imposed on the demo version, but page navigation links are disabled in the demo version. Watermarks may appear in parts of the page (like the banner or footer). Purchasing Black & White provides you with a licensed copy of Black & White; without any demo restrictions applied.

Clicking 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 behaves. If you're interested to see how the demo website was built, the same project file can be downloaded here and opened in RapidWeaver. Feel free to use this file as the basis for a new website.

If you have any other questions about Black & White, please don't hesitate to get touch.
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System requirements
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System requirements
This theme requires RapidWeaver. It will not work with other platforms (like Wordpress).

We recommend you aim towards installing the latest version of RapidWeaver that your computer is capable of running (preferably RapidWeaver 7 or greater).

If you cannot get the free demo version of this theme to work, DO NOT proceed with purchasing this theme - please request technical assistance first.

License agreement

You may use this purchased theme an unlimited number of times in personal or commercial projects, request technical support and receive free updates in future.

This theme can be installed or synced onto all computers that you own. You are permitted to make archival backup copies of the theme.

You may not resell or make this theme available for download, remove copyright credits or license information.

The software is provided "as is" without any implied or expressed warranty of merchantability or fitness for purpose. In no event shall the authors or copyright holders be liable for any claim, damages or other liability, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise arising from, out of or in connection with the software or the use or other dealings in the software.

Refund policy
By purchasing this theme, you agree that your purchase will be available immediately via digital download and that you waive your statutory right of withdrawal.

All purchases are final and refunds will not be provided (we physically cannot un-download or remove themes from your computer).

You are reminded to make use of the free demo versions already provided on the website, to fully evaluate themes for compatibility and suitability before purchase.

If the free demo version does not work for you, kindly refrain from buying the theme.

Purchase process
The checkout system is provided by Paddle. An attempt is made to display prices in your local currency.

To complete your order, you must supply a valid email address. Your purchase receipt and download link will be sent to this address. If you do not receive your purchase shortly after completing it, please carefully check your spam or junk mail folders.

Your purchases are available to re-download at anytime, via this order lookup page.

Prices shown on the website exclude any applicable VAT. The final price payable is shown at the checkout. You will be sent a full receipt by email. Charitable and bulk discounts may be available on request. Please get in touch if you have any queries about our pricing.

Our order process is conducted by our online reseller is the Merchant of Record for all our orders. Paddle provides all customer service inquiries relating to order processing. Paddle also provides an order lookup system, commonly referred to as your Paddle Account.

Customer support
If you have questions that relate specifically to this theme, you should make contact via the contact page. We aim to answer all messages within 12 hours, Monday to Friday.

If you require a faster response at weekends or during public holidays, please post your question(s) to the RapidWeaver forums, where a support volunteer may be able to assist you quicker.