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Theme details

Theme name: Blow Up
Theme designer: Henk Vrieselaar
Current version: 7.1
Last updated: 12th August 2019
First released: 11th June 2011
Compatibility: RapidWeaver 7 & 8
GDPR / DSGVO / CCPA compliant: Yes
Responsive: Yes
Doctype: Valid HTML5
Font Awesome version: 5.10.0
Bootstrap version: 4.3.1
Usage agreement: Click for details
Example website: View online
Download example website: Click here

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A RapidWeaver theme with a distinctive poster / magazine flavour. Blow Up would not look out-of-place being used for a fashion website, photography portfolio, filmography website or a stunning, high-quality e-commerce website. As the name suggests, this theme is all about leaving a lasting impression on your readers.

Blow Up has quite a long history and is a theme originally created by Henk Vrieselaar. Original versions were fixed-width. A couple of additional 'speciality' versions became available over time; which had variations to the navigation layout or background content. There were various versions named things like 'HV-Blow-Up-2, 'Blow Up-Flickr', Blow-Up-YouTube and suchlike. In recent times, we have merged all the best features from these different themes into one single, simple theme named Blow Up. This new version of Blow Up is easy to use, fully mobile responsive, features a simple navigation layout and includes the option of a background slideshow.

As you can see from the live demo site, Blow Up really makes an impact! It's a lovely theme to work with. These completed webpages work reliably in all modern web browsers and across various devices. Blow Up will undoubtedly save you a huge amount of time and money; in trying to custom-build something similar with a blank theme and third-party addons. A vast choice of powerful style and colour setting exist in Blow Up, so you can make it look like your own! Newer versions are built on modern web technologies, like CSS FlexBox. Plus the theme includes a few extra features, like the complete Bootstrap framework and Font Awesome Icons.

Setup a background slider with Stacks

The background slider is very easy to configure with the Stacks plugin. You simply need to download and install the free Henk's Slider stack from this page. This stack requires the Stacks plugin, version 3 or above. Stacks is not included with Blow Up.

Install the stack into Stacks, by dragging and dropping the stack icon onto your RapidWeaver dock icon. Launch RapidWeaver and in your project file add a new Stacks page type (if you don't already have a Stacks page in your website). Open the Stacks library and search for Henk's Slider. Drag and drop a copy of the stack into your page. Click the blue '+' button to add images to your slider.

These should be images you've added to your project as Resources or already uploaded to a directory on your web server. Simply provide the links to these images. Ideally images should be less-than 500KB each, to promote faster page loading and smoother playback. Slideshow settings can be adjusted in the theme or the slideshow stack itself.

If using the slideshow, you may find the sample 'butterfly on bamboo leaf' image still shows on the right side or bottom side of the page. You can easily blank this out with some custom CSS code:

body {
background: #000000 !important;

Not using Stacks? No problem!

The homepage of demo project for Blow Up is using a snippet for the slider. This is good to use for page types like the RapidWeaver blog, styled text, Markdown, HTML code or contact form. Click through to Page Inspector > HTML > Header to view the code snippet.

Displaying a Single Background Image

This is the option most users of Blow Up use. Static images scale better and may prove less distracting to end uses. If you are using RapidWeaver 7 or above, just drag and drop a suitable image into the Banner Image box, in the page inspector. Within the theme background settings, you can opt to change the positing of the image. For older versions of RapidWeaver, and image can be set with custom CSS code like this:

body {
background-image: url(path/to/my/image.jpg);


ExtraContent allows you to add more content, compared to what RapidWeaver typically allows. There are a couple of ExtraContent containers built into the Blow Up theme.

Responsive Design

The traditional fixed width design doesn't work any more. Web design needs to be adaptive. The layout needs to be automatically adjusted to fit all display resolution and devices. Rest assured, Blow Up is a fully responsive theme that looks and works great across a wide range of devices and modern web browsers. Using a theme like Blow Up, you no longer need to build multiple websites for different screen sizes.


On mobile, Blow Up has a multi-level toggle accordion menu that is very touch-friendly and easy for your site users to access. On wider screens, a simplified drop-down menu layout is used. The caret or chevron icons displayed after pages with subpages can be created by adding Font Awesome markup after the page name:

<i class="arrow fas fa-caret-down"></i>
The addition of the extra 'arrow' class prevents display of the icon within breadcrumbs or the sitemap.

Font Awesome

As mentioned already, Blow Up includes the complete Font Awesome Icon library (the current version is shown in the theme details on this page). With Font Awesome you have several hundred icons at your disposal, in any colour and any size you like. No extra addons or plugins need to be purchased, to use basic Font Awesome icons in Blow Up.


The free demo version of Blow Up 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 periodically in parts of the page (like the banner or footer). Please see this knowledge base article for more information about the free demo versions provided. Purchasing Blow Up provides you with a licensed copy of Blow Up; without any demo restrictions applied.

Clicking this link will take you to a sample website published using Blow Up. 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 Blow Up, please don't hesitate to get touch.

* This price shown for Blow Up includes any applicable VAT or sales tax payable. We attempt to display the price in your local currency. 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 legislation. You may claim-back any tax paid (if you are VAT registered or a charity / non-profit organisation exempt from paying VAT) from your local tax office.
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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.