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Theme name: Composition
Theme designer: Will Woodgate
Current version: 6.0
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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The concept of a 'light on dark' colour scheme is an aspect many web designers have used over the years. You don't have to look too hard through various website showcases to see examples of it. These inverted colour schemes create a distinctive feel to a website and put maximum emphasis on the site content. Probably one of the finest examples around currently is that of the Pixelmator website.

Composition started out life as a free RapidWeaver theme called Aperture, several years ago. It could be said that Aperture was the first 'light on dark' theme ever created for RapidWeaver. The original Aperture theme received a rapturous response from many RapidWeaver users, and a large number of feature requests were put forward. In 2006, the 'Composition' theme was released; a paid version of Aperture with significantly more features. Since then, Composition has always remained a must-have for many RapidWeaver users, and its popularity has never dwindled. The Composition theme is especially popular with bloggers, artists, film makers and software developers.

Style settings

Starting with the basics, Composition provides a bountiful array of theme colour settings. These allow you to change just about every colour of every theme element. So if you don't like the default colour scheme, you can change it to something more preferable. Several logo placement options are provided, so you can bring existing corporate branding into the theme.

Like many other ThemeFlood RapidWeaver themes, Composition provides options to customise the theme width, body background, sidebar width and position, heading fonts, content fonts and general font styles. A careful balance of theme settings is included, to provide enough basic functionality without turning the theme into a complicated monstrosity.

Responsive behaviour

Starting in version 4, Composition is now fully responsive. The theme displays content beautifully on large, cinematic monitors. On tablet devices (like the iPad and Nexus 7) the page layout scales smoothly to fit smaller screen sizes. Aspects of the design like the horizontal navigation (which would traditionally start to break on smaller screen sizes) reverts to a user-friendly toggle menu. The theme continues to scale down on smaller devices like smart phones, whereby stacks, columns and grids dissolve into a single column. Composition uses RAFT (responsive adaptive framework for themes), so you have the option to adjust how aspects of the page behave at different screen sizes. Just about everything you need to build a cross-device-compatible website is there.


The theme header is probably the most striking part of the theme design. It can be used to incorporate some gorgeous graphics, to grab the attention of website visitors and show-off products and services to their maximum. Honestly, you could so some incredibly inspirational things with the header in this theme. The header utilises FreeStyle technology, so it's basically a blank canvas to do whatever you want with. Static images, sliders, carousels, slideshows and even video can be embedded into the header. The header is fully responsive and expands vertically to incorporate your content. As a bonus, a banner content container (ExtraContent4) provides a useful space to incorporate written content, within a semi-transparent box.

Social bar

To further promote your website, Composition includes a useful social bar container (ExtraContent1) at the top of the page. Into this you can include important information (like contact details), links and social networking or bookmarking icons. Options exist to adjust the height and position of this social bar container.


Navigation is also an important factor in website design, and Composition provides a choice of simple navigation positioning options. Choose to have navigation links at the top in split-navigation format, or within the sidebar as a block navigation layout.

Pro features

For semi-expert RapidWeaver users, Composition provides a treasure-trove of options to take your design skills to the next level. To start with, Composition incorporates complete support for the entire Twitter Bootstrap Toolkit. This instantly empowers you and opens up vast avenues to incorporate various embellishments and page functionality. Have a look through the Bootstrap website to see what's feasible, and then download the free Bootstrap snippets pack, to use in RapidWeaver. Composition also incorporates the complete Font Awesome pack of icons, so you can spice-up your page designs with simple vector icons.


Composition has always been a strong RapidWeaver theme to work with. The simple two-column layout means the theme works reliably on all modern web browsers from IE7 upwards. Cosmetic embellishments like shadows and rounded corners render lightning-fast on newer web browsers (without the need for complicated Javascript code) and degrade safely on older versions of IE, where they're likely to not be missed.

Learn more

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. In the demo version, links between pages are disabled and some graphics may be watermarked. 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.


The free demo version of Composition 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 Composition provides you with a licensed copy of Composition; without any demo restrictions applied.

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

* This price shown for Composition 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.

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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.