FormsPlus, possibly the best forms stack for RapidWeaver

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Forms. Nobody particularly likes forms. Customers often loath filling in forms and the tortuous process of “the squiggly letters” at the end. Take a look at your analytics and the chances are that a contact form could be the biggest point of abandonment in your website. 

Likewise, forms are not especially popular with developers; as they are often difficult to get working. Forms have that tendency to randomly stop working or lose important messages; normally during a most critical time. Many of us would far rather stick with using a plain email address, to receive emails!

However a requirement still often arises to receive structured, templated messages from a website. Customers are often notorious for forgetting important details and quickly get agitated by the subsequent volley of emails back-n-forth. Likewise a customer may not even have email configured on their device or computer. Forms can still serve a useful purpose to guide a customer towards sending you the information you need.

RapidWeaver has really struggled to attract a decent forms solution. The basic contact form page type (that ships with RapidWeaver) has not received any changes (other than the addition of spam protection) in over a decade, in all the time I’ve been using RapidWeaver. I even went to the effort of writing a guide on some useful hacks to extend the RapidWeaver contact form further. As for the existing contact form addons out there, these typically receive very mixed reviews; with limited customisability, hit-or-miss reliability and poor customer support among the common complaints overheard from some users.

Thankfully the new FormsPlus stack from Chillidog Software finally gives us RapidWeavians a near-perfect forms solution we’ve been longing for. I am very excited by the prospects this new stack brings. I don’t normally get excited about contact forms. Therefore it is officially getting full ‘ThemeFlood recommendation’ status!

For a version one product, FormsPlus really packs a punch. This forms addon does not disappoint, with what it can create. 

Here are some of the key features I most like about FormsPlus:

Cheap and easy to configure

You don’t need a monthly subscription, databases or complicated server settings to make this stack work. Just drop it into a page, add some steps, create the form input fields and configure a bare-minimum of settings. Once published, the form works perfectly. It’s simple, and therefore there is little to go wrong. Simple is best.

Plenty of quality eye candy

FormsPlus lets you split a larger form over a series of steps. Not only do these optional steps improve the professional appearance of a form, but psychologically it helps guide a person more smoothly through the whole process. Form fields are extra large and support tabbing. The customisable buttons can be changed into any attractive colour scheme. It’s a form solution totally relevant for use in modern websites. Fantastic to use for online surveys.

Loads of supported form inputs

I love all the numerous supported form inputs available. So many options to collect data. Inputs like the date picker, drag-and-drop file inputs and range sliders are hard to find in other form addons. They will definitely work to make your forms better. Not forgetting the ability to put other basic stacks within the form, if you need to do things like display images or extra written content. A prime example of date inputs would be for tasks like booking enquiry forms.

Decent ‘live’ form validation

Validation is an essential requirement of almost any online form. Some forms make the mistake of only validating a form at the very end when a user clicks submit; whereas FormsPlus does it as a user progresses through the form. This means that any errors arising can be quickly detected and flagged in a friendly manner. No ugly popups or vague error messages. For legally-binding forms (like purchase orders), robust validation is essential. FormsPlus gets it right.

Customisable email templates

The messages you receive back to your inbox can be customised. This is useful if you’re setting up contact forms for clients and they want to be receiving messages that are easy to process. Potentially it could be integrated with a CRM too. You can configure FormsPlus to send copies of messages back to customers, store submissions as flat text files on the server or have forms mailed to multiple email addresses. Great if more than one person in a company needs to see the emails coming in.

Useful redirection

FormsPlus can be configured to automatically redirect users to another page, if the submission is successful. This might not sound like a very noteworthy feature, but it’s something the RapidWeaver contact form currently lacks. Now you can redirect users to a dedicated “thank you” page. And if you’re measuring website analytics, it’s absolutely vital for measuring traffic flow. A particularly desirable feature to have in e-commerce websites and product enquiry forms.

As a web developer who’s manually coded various contact forms in the past for clients, I can fully appreciate the immense time and massive effort that has been invested into developing this new addon. Developing any contact form is a no mean feat. Admittedly the editing interface does take a little getting used to; however it equally offers the most flexible forms solution available for RapidWeaver.

FormsPlus is priced competitively at just $29. So this stack could very easily pay for itself in a single project. In comparison, JotForms premium starts at $19 a month (capped at 1,000 submissions). MachForm is $15 a month or $59 if you go the self-hosted route. FormsPlus is totally unlimited, in regards to how many webpages you can use it in and the number of submissions you can receive.

Many of us are using the Stacks plugin for nearly all website pages. So the convenience of having FormsPlus in stack format is a major advantage. It removes the need to use the PlusKit plugin to @import the form into a Stacks page type and manually changing page extensions or page prefixes. FormsPlus is a tidy, drag-and-drop solution.

Without hesitation, FormsPlus is going to be one of the most useful and exciting new stacks to become available this year. For any RapidWeaver users wanting to get forms working in a website, this is definitely one of the better solutions out there. It’s going to be really interesting to see how this product evolves.

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Boutique theme updated to version 2.3

Monday 14th November 2016

Building a new web store this winter (or summer)? You might be looking for a strong and dependable RapidWeaver theme to use. Boutique is one of the best choices and is particularly well suited towards building attractive web stores with plugins like RapidCart Pro by Foreground. 

This latest free update announced today includes the following minor changes:

  • Fixed an HTML validation error
  • Updated Font Awesome Icons to version 4.7.0

  • Updated Bootstrap to the latest Alpha version of 4.0

This update can be obtained from your Paddle account or via Waterfall. If you are new to Boutique, please download the free demo version to test on your computer. As always, please get in contact if you have any questions about the theme.

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Het Yoga Centrum built with the Photogenic theme

Thursday 29th September 2016

A very good example of the Photogenic theme being used in the Het Yoga Centrum website: 

https://www.hetyogacentrum.nl/index.html

Lovely use of ‘earthy’ colour schemes, textured backgrounds and simple page navigation.

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Boutique updated to version 2.2

Tuesday 27th September 2016

This free theme update includes the following changes:

  • Updated Font Awesome to version 4.6.3
  • Updated jQuery Javascript to version 2.2.4
  • Switched 968px breakpoints to 992px, for better compliance with other grid systems
  • Fixed a menu bar whitespace wrapping bug that occurred in some situations
  • All levels of drop-down links are now aligned flush to the bottom of the menu bar
  • Labels like ‘menu’, 'last updated’ and 'currently viewing’ are now set using CSS for easier multilingual conversion
  • New font face settings for headings and body content
  • New font size settings
  • New letter spacing settings
  • Other minor changes to the underlying source code

Boutique is a fantastic RapidWeaver theme design to use in conjunction with the RapidCart Pro plugin; for building powerful and modern storefronts. However Boutique is also well-suited for lots of other projects. Currently it is one of the most popular theme designs we sell through ThemeFlood, and it’s easy to see why!

This update is available via your Paddle Locker or Waterfall. If you are interested in trying Boutique, please head over to the product page here to learn more.

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Welcoming seyDesign to the family!

Monday 19th September 2016

Just a quick note to say that in case you hadn’t heard yet, seyDesign (andRapidSearchPro and RWExtras) are now under my ownership. Themes and stacks (excluding Armadillo) are also joining us from Nimblehost.

This is a significant post-Brexit investment with a promise of many theme and stack updates in the coming months. These acquired businesses will signify anexciting expansion into the North American RapidWeaver addons market. Pricing is going to remain in USD and influential developers (like Tom Bristol) will be continuing to market their addons through websites like seyDesign.

Unlike previous acquisitions, these websites will be continuing to operate as they are (as separate entities), and will not be merged into the existingThemeFlood or Stacks4Stacks websites.

As part of contractual agreements, all previous customers will be entitled to support and updates going forward. Some theme updates have already started to become available, and many more are planned before the end of year.

To celebrate the relaunch, significant discounts are being offered across all themes and stacks until 23:59PM GMT on Wednesday 21st September 2016. All individual themes and stacks have 40% off, and the theme and stack bundles have 60% discounts applied. No coupon codes are required. Free demo versions are provided. This offer simply will NOT be extended or repeated again, so it would be wise to take full advantage of it straight away!

You can access the seyDesign and RapidSearchPro websites here.

-Will.

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Showcase: Andreas Reetz using the Avenue theme

Friday 2nd September 2016

A very good example of the Avenue theme by ThemeFlood being used by Andreas Reetz.

Website link: http://reetz-finanz.de

The world of finance and insurance products is now so complex that hardly anyone understands what is being sold and the consequences thereof. Therefore, people need an independent partner at their side who is not tied to a specific company. As an EU-certified financial advisor, Mr. Reetz offers independent and individually tailored solutions. With his experience he brings order and system in asset and pension matters.

Thanks for sharing the link with us and building such an excellent website with the Avenue theme!

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Limited support 24th August - 4th September

Thursday 18th August 2016

Just a quick heads-up to say that I’ll be away on holiday and attending my brothers wedding between Wednesday 24th August and Sunday 4th September.

The office will be closed during this period and there will be limited support available while I’m on the road (I’ll only have an old iPad with me). Lots of hiking and photography is planned - an opportunity to replenish my photo library ahead of some big product launches this autumn!

So if you have complex technical support requests, it would be wise to get them in before my departure on 24th August. Otherwise they might not get much of a response until early September.

Don’t forget that you can also post questions to the RapidWeaver forums about my RapidWeaver addons. Membership is free. There are often support volunteers who may be able to help you with questions you post there.

I’m also reachable on social media for quick questions. You can catch me on Ask.fm, Twitter, Facebook or Google+

It’s extremely rare that I take more than a few days off work. I don’t think I’ve had more than 7 consecutive days off work in over 12 years! I was even answering questions and modifying themes on Christmas day. I’m just posting this message here to quell any concerns you might have if you contact me but don’t get a response.

I hope you’re also enjoying your Summer (or winter) too and will be taking some time off!

-Will.

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Bootstrap theme updated to version 1.1

Sunday 31st July 2016

A free update for all existing users, available via Waterfall or your Paddle Locker. This update adds more choice for sidebar width and positioning, as seen in some of our premium ThemeFlood themes:

If you find this theme useful or want the footer credits removed, please make a contribution here: https://themeflood.com/contribute/

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Gala updated to version 1.1

Sunday 24th July 2016

This free update for the Gala theme includes the following changes:

  • Fixed an issue whereby the position of the sidebar was reversed to that stated in the theme style settings
  • The sidebar width has been increased from 20% to 30%

  • Updated Font Awesome Icons to the latest version (4.6.3) - which includes the new Instagram icon

This update is available from your Paddle Locker or via Waterfall.

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Free Theme Fridays - Introducing Vector

Friday 17th June 2016

A new or re-released free RapidWeaver theme design is being announced almost every Friday, as part of ‘Free Theme Fridays’. Announcements are publicised exclusively on this blog, the ThemeFlood website and via social media (like Twitter). The primary purpose of free themes is to help educate novice RapidWeaver users with common theming techniques and hopefully entice more people into investing into conventional, premium theme designs. Free themes are easy to use, contain a rich diversity of features and are totally compatible with RapidWeaver 5, 6, and 7.

With the UK referendum on EU membership taking place next Thursday, it seems slightly appropriate to go a bit patriotic this week and unveil the Vector theme; which boasts a Union Jack style vector background. I for one will be voting for independence and to leave the EU, but regardless of referendum outcome next week, here is a beautiful new theme to download and play with! 

Vector has a bright and very jazzy colour scheme, but you can easily create your own custom colour scheme using the built-in colour pickers. Expertly designed and developed, Vector is a simple theme which is fun to use and has numerous potential uses. It was enjoyable to design and code this new RapidWeaver theme.

Please visit the Vector product page for more information about this free theme and to obtain your copy.

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Free Theme Fridays - Introducing Wave

Friday 10th June 2016

A new or re-released free RapidWeaver theme design is being announced almost every Friday, as part of ‘Free Theme Fridays’. Announcements are publicised exclusively on this blog, the ThemeFlood website and via social media (like Twitter). The primary purpose of free themes is to help educate novice RapidWeaver users with common theming techniques and hopefully entice more people into investing into conventional, premium theme designs. Free themes are easy to use, contain a rich diversity of features and are totally compatible with RapidWeaver 5, 6, and 7.

‘Skinny’ web designs are becoming an extremely popular trend, amongst web designers and developers building smaller websites and online apps. The ability to squeeze content into narrower containers makes for a distinctive appearance. Research suggests it can also improve the clarity of written content, because it involves less horizontal eye movement. Whatever your reason for choosing to use a theme like Wave, you’ll find this to be a very stylish and fun theme to work with. Wave certainly would not look out-of-place used in a creative writing website, an e-commerce website, restaurant or eatery websites, smaller business websites, a personal homepage or as a template for online web apps. Wave is fully-responsive and uses valid HTML5 markup.

Please visit the Wave product page for more information about this free theme and to obtain a copy.

Got an idea for a new free or premium RapidWeaver theme design? Please let us know!

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Free Theme Fridays - Introducing Gala

Friday 3rd June 2016

A new or re-released free RapidWeaver theme design is being announced almost every Friday, as part of ‘Free Theme Fridays’. Announcements are publicised exclusively on this blog, the ThemeFlood website and via social media (like Twitter). The primary purpose of free themes is to help educate novice RapidWeaver users with common theming techniques and hopefully entice more people into investing into conventional, premium theme designs. Free themes are easy to use, contain a rich diversity of features and are totally compatible with RapidWeaver 5, 6, and 7.

It’s a beautiful warm and sunny day here in the UK; which made me think today would be a great day to release Gala! This new Gala theme is a bright, breezy and fresh free theme design for RapidWeaver 6 and RapidWeaver 7. Gala is well-equipped for quickly developing simple single-page or single-level websites. As you would expect, Gala works with all RapidWeaver page types, is really simple to setup and beautiful to look at. It includes the latest version of Font Awesome icons, retina image optimisation, Nivo lightbox, Google embedded web fonts and responsive video.

Please visit the Gala product page for more information about this free theme and to obtain a copy.

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Free Theme Fridays - Introducing Sahara

Friday 13th May 2016

A new or re-released free RapidWeaver theme design is being announced almost every Friday, as part of ‘Free Theme Fridays’. Announcements are publicised exclusively on this blog, the ThemeFlood website and via social media (like Twitter). The primary purpose of free themes is to help educate novice RapidWeaver users with common theming techniques and hopefully entice more people into investing into conventional, premium theme designs. Free themes are easy to use, contain a rich diversity of features and are totally compatible with RapidWeaver 5, 6, and 7.

Developing websites for apps, software or games? The Sahara theme might be exactly what you’re looking for! This theme opts for a more conventional ‘boxy’ appearance and an elegant drop-down menu system. This theme gets its name from the distinctive sandy colour scheme that is applied by default. Sahara is perfect for displaying mockups and screenshots of your products or services. A bountiful array of colour settings enable you to quickly change nearly all aspects of the theme colour scheme within a couple of clicks. Sahara works with nearly all RapidWeaver page types and loads of other addons. Built-in support for the complete Twitter Bootstrap framework, 20 ExtraContent containers, Nivo Lightbox, FitVids.js, retina image optimisation, jQuery and Font Awesome icons mean you can accomplish a huge amount with this theme. And the theme uses valid HTML5 markup too.

Visit the Sahara product page for more information about this free theme and to obtain a copy.

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Free Theme Fridays - Reintroducing Panoramic

Friday 6th May 2016

A new or re-released free RapidWeaver theme design is being announced almost every Friday, as part of ‘Free Theme Fridays’. Announcements are publicised exclusively on this blog, the ThemeFlood website and via social media (like Twitter). The primary purpose of free themes is to help educate novice RapidWeaver users with common theming techniques and hopefully entice more people into investing into conventional, premium theme designs. Free themes are easy to use, contain a rich diversity of features and are totally compatible with RapidWeaver 5, 6, and 7.

This theme hasn’t been available for a little while now, but is now back by popular demand! Panoramic has been totally rebuilt from the ground up and includes lots of new style settings, colour pickers and functionality. This makes Panoramic ideal for new RapidWeaver users who want a strong and good-looking theme design to get acquainted with. Of particular note, Panoramic now features and animated drop-down menu and toggle accordion menu; something which normally only premium themes contain. Panoramic also makes extensive use of embedded web font faces.

Visit the Panoramic product page for more information about this free theme and to obtain a copy.

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Earthquake 1.1 released

Monday 2nd May 2016

The changes in this free theme update tonight include:

  • Updated Font Awesome icons to version 4.6.1
  • New colour setting for the header fill
  • Fixed a couple of colour settings that were not working

More information: https://themeflood.com/earthquake

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Free Theme Fridays - Introducing Old Book

Friday 29th April 2016

A new or re-released free RapidWeaver theme design is being announced almost every Friday, as part of ‘Free Theme Fridays’. Announcements are publicised exclusively on this blog, the ThemeFlood website and via social media (like Twitter). The primary purpose of free themes is to help educate novice RapidWeaver users with common theming techniques and hopefully entice more people into investing into conventional, premium theme designs. Free themes are easy to use, contain a rich diversity of features and are totally compatible with RapidWeaver 5, 6, and 7.

On April 23rd 2016, it was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare; possibly one of the greatest English writers of all time. So while in a creative writing mood, it seems appropriate to unveil the Old Book theme this week. As the name suggests, this theme is intended to mimic the appearance of an old book or manuscript. The Old Book theme is remarkably simple in layout; making it great for small, simple websites. The embedded web font face is what really makes this theme design shine. Old Book purposefully has a “skinny” width, but one which can be customised within the theme style settings. As always, you’ll find a decent selection of other colour and style settings built into the theme, plus lots of useful functions like lightbox support, ExtraContent containers, Bootstrap and Font Awesome icons.

Visit the Old Book product page for more information about this free theme and to obtain a copy.

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Wilderness theme updated to Version 6.2

Monday 25th April 2016

A free update to the Wilderness RapidWeaver theme that includes the following changes, updates and improvements:

  • Added some more keywords to assist with finding the theme in RapidWeaver
  • Updated jQuery to version 2.2.2
  • Improved toggle navigation styling, with bigger tap regions and icons
  • Incorporated a fix to circumvent the RapidWeaver 6 split navigation bug (missing links)
  • New ‘none’ navigation option
  • Wilderness is now mobile first, so the old mobile settings have been removed
  • New style of 'back to top’ button now used (fades in as the page is scrolled down)
  • Updated the labels on the breadcrumb links to read 'currently viewing’
  • Updated Font Awesome icons to version 4.6.1
  • Added some more responsive theme width settings
  • New letter spacing settings
  • More text sizing options added
  • The site slogan is now positioned below the FreeStyle banner on screens less-than 568px wide
  • Improvements to the display of icons within the social bar

This is a FREE theme update for all existing users. The update can be obtained in the normal way. Don’t forget to also click onto the ThemeFlood Knowledgebase, as this resource contains loads of information about our theme designs and answers a great many frequently asked questions!

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Free Theme Fridays - Introducing Bootstrap

Friday 22nd April 2016

A new or re-released free RapidWeaver theme design is being announced almost every Friday, as part of ‘Free Theme Fridays’. Announcements are publicised exclusively on this blog, the ThemeFlood website and via social media (like Twitter). The primary purpose of free themes is to help educate novice RapidWeaver users with common theming techniques and hopefully entice more people into investing into conventional, premium theme designs. Free themes are easy to use, contain a rich diversity of features and are fully compatible with RapidWeaver 5, 6, and 7.

This week sees the announcement Bootstrap. The Twitter Bootstrap framework is by-far the most popular and successful of all web development frameworks. ThemeFlood was the first RapidWeaver theme company to pioneer the use of Bootstrap in themes, and to this day all of our theme designs continue to include Bootstrap. The new Bootstrap theme is a simple free theme that is built upon Bootstrap 4; the next major revision of Bootstrap. The theme includes a number of other expert features; together with lots of basic colour pickers and theme style settings.

Visit the Bootstrap product page for more information about this free theme and to obtain a copy.

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Free Theme Fridays - Introducing Doodle

Friday 15th April 2016

A new or re-released free RapidWeaver theme design is being announced almost every Friday, as part of ‘Free Theme Fridays’. Announcements are publicised exclusively on this blog, the ThemeFlood website and via social media (like Twitter). The primary purpose of free themes is to help educate novice RapidWeaver users with common theming techniques and hopefully entice more people into investing into conventional, premium theme designs. Free themes are easy to use, contain a rich diversity of features and are totally compatible with RapidWeaver 5, 6, and 7.

This week sees the announcement Doodle. This fun, hand-drawn design is a distinctive theme with the potential to be used is a wide variety of different projects. Doodle makes extensive use of embedded web fonts for headings and body content. A simple split navigation layout is used for parent pages and child subpages. And the addition of a FreeStyle banner provides a perfect blank canvas for static images, slideshows or embedded video.

Visit the Doodle product page for more information about this free theme and to obtain a copy.

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Haze updated to version 5.2

Monday 11th April 2016

A free update for the Haze RapidWeaver theme that includes the following changes and additions:

  • Updated jQuery to version 2.2.2
  • New theme preview icon
  • Changed the default breakpoint from 968px to 992px
  • Fixed an issue whereby theme banner images may not correctly position under the navigation menu bar
  • Changed the naming and ordering of some style settings
  • New content letter spacing settings
  • New content alignment settings
  • New footer alignment settings
  • New footer padding settings
  • New drop-down navigation padding settings
  • New miscellaneous style setting to hide the site title and slogan
  • Added support for banner filters
  • Button style ‘back to top’ link
  • Changes to the width and positioning of some footer elements
  • Option to toggle-off the display of a breadcrumb, if it’s not required
  • Changed some aspects of the default theme colour scheme
  • Fixed an issue relating to the wrapping of longer links in drop-down menu’s
  • Other minor tweaks and optimisations to the underlying theme source code

Haze remains a popular multi-purpose theme design for many different projects. This theme design is simple to use and boasts a wide variety of both colour and style settings. More information about Haze (including a free downloadable demo version) is available from the Haze page.

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Minalicious is back!

Tuesday 5th April 2016

Remember the Minalicious theme for RapidWeaver? This was the first ThemeFlood theme design ever released, way-back in 2006. It’s always been provided as a free theme and was the basis for some of the other popular themes that later became available. Minalicious hasn’t been available for a while, owing to the fact the last version was not mobile responsive and a lot of work was required to bring it up to modern standard.

Within the last couple of weeks, the theme has been totally overhauled. I’m pleased to confirm that Minalicious is, once again, available to download and use. A lot of impressive new style and colour settings have gone into Minalicious, although the original default colour scheme remains the same as before. This theme is now built on Bootstrap 4 and includes some exciting features like lightbox support, retina optimised images, a FreeStyle banner, responsive video, 10 ExtraContent containers, a social bar, embedded web fonts and Font Awesome icons.

Please check the product page for Minalicious, take a look at the example website and download a copy if you’re interested in using this theme design. Minalicious is perfect for anyone new to RapidWeaver and wanting to expand their theme collection or anybody wanting to experiment with a more feature-rich theme, ahead of investing into some premium ThemeFlood themes.

Minalicious is compatible with RapidWeaver 5 & 6, and is optimised for RapidWeaver 7.

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Introducing the all-new Earthquake theme for RapidWeaver

Monday 4th April 2016

Excluding a few custom themes I’ve built for private individual clients, Earthquake is quite possibly by-far the most sophisticated RapidWeaver theme I’ve ever developed. I wasn’t sure if Earthquake might have been too ambitious from the outset and the idea of shelving the theme had been considered on more than one occasion! But I persevered and I think you’ll agree the completed theme is a staggering achievement, which really breaks the mould of RapidWeaver theme design. A perfect synergy between design and structure.

Let me start by saying that this theme design has over 55 groups of style and colour settings! The emphasis of Earthquake is on presenting blocks of content within slanting (angled) containers on the page. This gives Earthquake a quirky and distinctive appearance, but again there are enough customisable settings in this theme to “make it look like your own”. Earthquake is ideal for e-commerce websites, online campaigns, festivals, business sites, marketing and advertising. The theme is optimised for RapidCart Pro and WeaverPix too.

One of the main objectives with this theme was to create a design which purposefully has loads of style options. Therefore potential users can utilise the theme as a robust framework. Despite boasting such a massive feature set, you should find the theme is extremely fast (both within RapidWeaver and on published websites). The optional slanting containers are all formed with pure CSS; instead of slow and difficult-to-edit graphics, which would otherwise seriously handicap the flexibility of this theme design.

Earthquake is a conventional RapidWeaver theme. Logical ordering of style and colour settings makes theme modification super-simple. Built-in support for the Bootstrap 4 web development framework, Font Awesome icons, jQuery 2, the opensource Nivo Lightbox, retina display optimised images and FitVids responsive video combine to give you an immensely powerful theme to work with. The banner region above the page fold is FreeStyle enabled; making it suitable for static images, sliders or even video.

Earthquake is available to purchase from the ThemeFlood website starting today, for just £20. As always, a free demo version of the theme is provided for download, so you can install the theme into RapidWeaver and play around with all the available options. Earthquake requires RapidWeaver 5.4 or later, and works great with 6.3 and 7.0 too.

> Earthquake product page

> Example of a website published with Earthquake

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Volcano 3.3 released

Sunday 27th March 2016

Changes in this free update include:

  • Deleted some surplus theme style and colour settings that were no longer required
  • Changed the order and grouping of a few theme style settings
  • New option to animate the opening of pages, with a choice of effects

  • The RapidWeaver contact form is now inheriting Bootstrap 4 styling
  • New miscellaneous style setting to hide the website title
  • New letter spacing style settings
  • New banner filter effects, for instantly applying simple filters to banner images (like monochrome, sepia and high-contrast)
  • The built-in Nivo lightbox now has a darker window shade for improved clarity
  • New miscellaneous options to make the site title and headings uppercase
  • New content alignment settings
  • Improvements to print and PDF output

See the Volcano product page for more information about this theme design. If you’re an existing owner of the Volcano theme, you can download the latest update from your secure Paddle Locker

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Minalicious 9 is shaping up nicely

Saturday 26th March 2016

One of several free RapidWeaver theme designs I’ve been updating over the last few days. Minalicious hasn’t been available for a little while, but is now undergoing a major update in readiness for a re-release. It should be available soon (and will remain a free theme). For the time being, this is what the latest version looks like…

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Go grab your Bootstrap 4 snippets now!

Friday 25th March 2016

Over the past couple of weeks, all free and paid ThemeFlood themes have been updated with support for Twitter Bootstrap 4. This ‘version 4’ update is a significant update to what is already by-far the most popular frontend web development framework available. 

As part of the Bootstrap 4 update, some components have been removed and new ones have been added. Additionally some existing components remain but have required updating (in reflection of HTML or Javascript changes).

It should be emphasised again that Bootstrap 4 is still currently provided as an Alpha (pre-release). However we’ve been using it for several months in important projects, and it’s worked flawlessly. There are some very exciting new additions in Bootstrap 4, and that’s our reason for getting it added to our themes and into circulation right now. It will also tie-in nicely with the release cycle of RapidWeaver and compliments other changes that have been made to our theme designs in recent weeks.

For several years (since we first started using Bootstrap in our themes) a free RapidWeaver 'Snippets Pack’ has been available. These 30 or so code snippets get installed into RapidWeaver and let you quickly drag-and-drop Bootstrap components directly into your webpages. Without question, this has saved our theme customers a fortune in otherwise needing to buy extra RapidWeaver addons to accomplish simple things.

About three-quarters of the code snippets were found to still work perfectly under Bootstrap 4, but several others failed to work. This week we’ve completed comprehensive testing and updates to the snippets pack; therefore ensuring everything is 100% Bootstrap 4 compatible for you. Many thanks to those of you who helped with the testing! A few snippets have been deleted (to correspond with components being removed from Bootstrap 4) and a couple of new ones (like Cards and Masonry Grid) have been added.

The revised snippets pack is now available to download. You can grab it using the link on any theme product page or head over the the official GitHub page. The snippets pack remains totally free of charge to download.

Obviously some people will still be using our older versions of themes and Bootstrap 3. To avoid the inevitable problem of new snippets overwriting old ones (or users accidentally placing new snippets in old themes and finding they don’t work) all these updated snippets are now prefixed Bootstrap 4 in your snippets window. So you should be able to quickly identify older snippets and see the new ones in your RapidWeaver snippets window.

We are still distributing the older Bootstrap 3 snippets. When you download and uncompress the snippets pack, there is a sub-folder inside marked ’Older Snippets For Bootstrap 3’. Those are the snippets to continue using with our older themes.

It’s hoped that these snippets will continue to be of use to users of ThemeFlood themes. If you’ve developed any Bootstrap code snippets yourself which you think might be of use to other people, please forward them along and we’ll try to include them in the snippets pack (and provide full credit). Bootstrap is a completely opensource framework, and the ability for people to create and share snippets really elevates Bootstrap as a collaborative effort.

Hey Will, any news on your new Bootstrap theme yet?! Since word slipped I was working on a free Bootstrap theme (developed for Bootstrap 4) I’ve been asked repeatedly about it! The theme is complete and I hope to get the demo site and product page up for it very shortly. In the meantime, here’s a pretty screenshot of it:

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Flood theme updated to version 5.1

Thursday 24th March 2016

Changes in this free Flood theme update include the following:

  • New defaults for Banner Content (EC5) colours and background opacity
  • New option to animate the opening of pages, with a choice of effects
  • The RapidWeaver contact form is now inheriting Bootstrap 4 styling
  • New Miscellaneous theme style settings to safely hide the website title and / or slogan
  • New banner filter effects, for instantly applying simple filters to banner images
  • New footer height settings
  • New content letter spacing options
  • Renamed and reordered a few style settings
  • Improvements to print and PDF output
  • The built-in Nivo lightbox now has a darker window shade for improved clarity

The cycle of theme updates is continuing and updates are currently being released almost daily to many of our free and paid themes. The focus is on adding new theme style / colour settings and adding some super-secret stuff in readiness for future versions of RapidWeaver! Flood is just one example of a theme we’ve added new features to. Some of these features listed above are likely to find there way into other themes too - so please keep checking back on the website.

Several new theme designs (both free and paid themes) have been completed and will be added to the website very shortly. These new themes are absolutely stunning and some are radically different to anything that has previously been seen on the RapidWeaver platform before.

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The final theme updates in this run

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Concluding “Operation Spring Clean”, today we’re releasing the final theme updates in this run; including Photogenic, Snow, Solstice, Splash, Storm, Stream, Summit, Tornado, Torrent, Volcano, White and Wilderness.

Version numbers for these themes can be found on the ThemeFlood website to compare with. See the blog post published on Monday for a summary of what’s changed in these theme updates.


These are completely free theme updates for all existing users. Please login to your secure Paddle Locker to download the latest versions or use Waterfall. If you purchased any of these themes before 1st January 2015 and need them added to your Paddle Locker, please simply get in contact via email with proof of purchase attached. These themes are all compatible with RapidWeaver 5 and later. If you encounter any problems with the updates, please contact me direct via email.

The release of all these theme updates within the past 3 days ensures that all of our theme updates are compatible with RapidWeaver 5 and all newer versions going forward. These updated themes are all now using the latest versions of Font Awesome icons, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap and FreeStyle. We’ll continue to periodically update individual themes with new features. Feature requests or ideas for new themes are always welcomed.

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More theme updates!

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Continuing with “Operation Spring Clean”, today we’re releasing free RapidWeaver theme updates for Breeze, Composition, Dawn, Dusk, Flood, Flourish, Forest, Haze, Industry, Lake, Longitude, Meadow, Media, Monsoon, Ocean and Paradise.

Version numbers for these themes can be found on the ThemeFlood website to compare with. See the blog post published yesterday for a summary of what’s changed in these theme updates.


These are completely free theme updates for all existing users. Please login to your secure Paddle Locker to download the latest versions or use Waterfall. If you purchased any of these themes before 1st January 2015 and need them added to your Paddle Locker, please simply get in contact via email with proof of purchase attached. These themes are all compatible with RapidWeaver 5 and later. If you encounter any problems with the updates, please contact me direct via email.

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Altitude, Avenue, Basic Blue, Black, Blank and Boutique themes updated

Monday 7th March 2016

As part of the ongoing “Operation Spring Clean” over the next several days, we’re updating all ThemeFlood RapidWeaver themes. These theme updates are being released in small batches as they’re completed. Today Altitude, Avenue, Basic Blue, Black, Blank and Boutique themes have been updated and are available to download.

Please see the website for the latest version numbers. Changes in these themes include the following:

  • Fixed all known bugs and other issues that have been previously reported by theme users
  • Optimised all theme images
  • Updated Font Awesome icons to version 4.5.0
  • Updated Bootstrap to version 4.0.0, which carries many new features and is 17% smaller (compared to version 3)
  • Updated jQuery to version 2.2.0
  • Updated FreeStyle to version 2.0 (the version that supports dragged and dropped named images)
  • Ditched support for Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8
  • Added the necessary CSS code to support animated Font Awesome icons
  • Fixed a few potential warnings that might occur when running HTML5 validation tests
  • The webpage now no longer specifies the content language or document encoding
  • Numerous other minor underlying changes to the theme source code and preferences

These are completely free theme updates for all existing users. Please login to your secure Paddle Locker to download the latest versions or use Waterfall. If you purchased any of these themes before 1st January 2015 and need them added to your Paddle Locker, please simply get in contact via email with proof of purchase attached. These themes are all compatible with RapidWeaver 5 and later. If you encounter any problems with the updates, please contact me direct via email.

Bootstrap 4.0.0 is currently available as an Alpha release. However I’ve been using it for several months in some important websites and it’s worked flawlessly for me. Most of the unfixed bugs in Bootstrap 4.0.0 relate to things like CSS pre-processing, which 99.9% of RapidWeaver users are never going to encounter. The speed, security and extra features that Bootstrap 4.0.0 offers makes it a sensible addition to build into our themes and start using right now. The Bootstrap code snippets offered on the website are currently for Bootstrap 3 - some work in Bootstrap 4 but others don’t - so we’ll be testing and updating the snippets shortly.

Additional documentation (regarding aspects like animated Font Awesome icons) will be added to the new Knowledgebase within the next couple of weeks. A number of other new articles have been drafted out and will be added to the Knowledgebase soon.

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New ThemeFlood knowledgebase now online!

Sunday 6th March 2016

Link: https://themeflood.com/knowledgebase

For a couple of years I’ve had all the ThemeFlood theme documentation hosted in a Wiki site attached to the main website. The ability to split (what would otherwise be one gigantically long and boring PDF) into separate illustrated articles (which can be updated at any time within seconds and found from search engines) was a major advantage. It made things 10x easier. Certainly the feedback from my customers was very positive.

But the truth is that MediaWiki (which powered the old Wiki support site) was becoming a real pain to work with. MediaWiki is a magnet for hackers; as indicated by all the suspicious activity and login attempts on the admin login page. The other issue is that MediaWiki frequently gets updated (to thwart the hackers) but these updates are incredibly difficult to apply - something nearly always breaks - so you either have to revert updates or live with things missing or broken. For example, the last update I applied broke mobile support, and the update before that trashed syntax (code) highlighting. MediaWiki started to become pretty stressful to work with and I had to question if it was worth all the hassle.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve completely rebuilt the support site. Now branded as ‘The Knowledgebase’, I am using Pulse CMS (from fellow RapidWeaver developer Michael Frankland) as the backend for the website. This means I can write all the knowledgebase articles in Markdown (I normally draft them all in Mou). There’s nolonger any database for hackers to break into and the flat-file system means updates and site backups are seconds to perform each time. So far it’s been a dream to setup and work with.

The opportunity to build this new support resource has also opened the ability to add some new articles and update a lot of others with new information and links. Over 50 new images have been added and some articles also feature video tutorials for the first time. 

I’m using a custom Pulse CMS theme I developed for the knowledgebase (which I’m aiming to make available for others soon). Features have been added to this theme like social sharing buttons and dedicated print stylesheets. We’ve also got a neat little feedback system setup; to collect comments from knowledgebase users at the footer of every article. Altogether it’s fast, clean, very modern and totally made for the job!

Please bookmark the new knowledgebase (themeflood.com/knowledgebase or themeflood.com/kb) and make use of it. Just about everything you could possibly need to know about ThemeFlood RapidWeaver themes is contained in this single resource. 

The old wiki site will be permanently shutting-down soon. I’m also planning to close-down my blog at willwoodgate.com and move the most popular RapidWeaver articles across into the knowledgebase. So please treat the knowledgebase as your first source of information from now on, when using our themes.

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