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Theme name: Media
Current version: 5.1
Last updated: 29th January 2015
First released: 21st October 2007
Compatibility: RapidWeaver 5.4 & 6+
Responsive: Yes
Doctype: Valid HTML5
Font Awesome version: 4.3.0
Bootstrap version: 3.3.2
Usage agreement: Click for details
Example website: View online
Download example website: Click hereThis link will download the same RapidWeaver sandwich file we used for the example website. It may give you a good illustration of how the example website was created and a useful template to start building with.

Support links

10 minute theme quickstart guide
Complete theme user guide
One-to-one technical support

Resources

Bootstrap code snippets
ExtraContent stack & snippet pack
FreeStyle banner stack

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* This price includes any applicable VAT, if you're buying from Europe.

Introduction

Recently updated, Media is a simple yet solid multipurpose RapidWeaver theme. This traditional two-column theme is ideal for a wide choice of different projects. A broad range of customisable theme style and colour settings are built into Media, giving you the convenience and ease to build effective websites.

Header

The prominent header container in Media is formed using a FreeStyle banner container. This gives you a very flexible space in which to display eye-catching media content above the page fold (hence where the name 'media' came from). This FreeStyle banner container can accommodate static images, slideshows and even video. If you have not encountered the FeeStyle concept before, then check the details in the theme user guide. Additionally, any image placed in ExtraContent3 will be rendered as the header background.

Navigation

As any web developer will tell you, navigation is arguably the most important factor when building websites. Media provides an attractive CSS-animated drop-down menu system by default (one that has since become a framework for many other RapidWeaver themes). Many aspects of this drop-down menu can be customised in the theme style settings; it is quite possibly the most customisable menu you will find in any RapidWeaver theme.

If you are not especially keen of drop-down menu's, then don't worry. Media also includes the option of split or sidebar block navigation layouts too, providing a wonderfully simple form of navigation.

On smaller screens, the drop-down menu can be set to revert to a toggle navigation type. This avoids breakage of the menu on smaller screens (like tablets and smartphones). The exact 'breakpoint' at which the toggle navigation menu is activated can be easily changed in the theme Toggle Navigation settings.

To display downward-pointing caret icons after parent page links like we have in the demo site, simply enter this code after the page names:

<i class='fa fa-caret-down indicator' style='font-size:18px;'></i>

Style settings

As you have come to expect in many ThemeFlood RapidWeaver themes, Media includes dozens of useful theme style and colour settings. These let modify and tweak many aspects of the theme appearance. The free demo version of Media available to download from this page will give you a full insight as to what's available. You may be pleasantly surprised at just how flexible this RapidWeaver theme actually is.

Content & Sidebar

Media has a simple two-column content and sidebar layout. Although quite a number of other RapidWeaver themes have moved away from this sort of setup, we still find it quite popular; as a way of displaying main content and complementary content.

The sidebar in this theme doesn't actually have a background. The grey background you see by default is actually the main container background visible from behind the sidebar. This setup gives the illusion of the sidebar being the same height as the content container, without the need for any messy code or Javascript hacks.

Social bar

Social media plays a vital role in promoting businesses organically via a virtual word-of-mouth. In a theme called 'Media', it would inappropriate to ignore this fact! With this in mind, Media incorporates an optional social bar container at the top of the page. This container (ExtraContent1) allows you to place useful links, icons and short extracts of information like contact details. The social bar styling can be adjusted and you can have the social fixed or static. You can also set the social box floating left or right as a box.

Future-proof

Media uses an HTML5 Doctype and has been tested and confirmed to work in IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10, IE11, Safari, Opera, Chrome and Firefox. The theme performs well on devices like the iPad, iPhone and Nexus 7. It also plays nicely with a wide variety of RapidWeaver page style plugins, like Stacks and WeaverPix (not included).

Much work has been done to ensure that websites built using Media load quickly with less bandwidth. To achieve this, most calls to Javascript files have been moved to the end of pages and these files have been minified. Media is compatible with CSS consolidation in RapidWeaver and Gzip file compression on your web server.

As you would expect, Media is a fully responsive theme with mobile adaptations. This means that you can build a single website for conventional desktop web browsers, which can also adjust to display beautifully on smaller handheld devices like smartphones and tablets. This is an important consideration nowadays when so much website traffic comes from mobile devices.

Extra tidbits

This RapidWeaver theme includes the complete Twitter Bootstrap Toolkit. Bootstrap is laden with useful style and layout modules you can use for building powerful websites and web apps. Font Awesome Icons have been added to Media too, and these provide a choice of over 360 vector font icons which are retina-display compatible.

More

The free demo version of Media can be downloaded using this link. You can install the theme in RapidWeaver 5.4 or RapidWeaver 6 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). Purchasing Media using the button towards the top of this page provides you with a licensed copy of Media; 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 Media. 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.

Media 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 Media, please click onto the support page and click the 'purchasing help' tab for more information. Likewise if you have any other questions about Media, please don't hesitate to ask.

* Purchases of Media includes any applicable VAT payable. EU customers are legally required to pay VAT on digital downloads and electronic services. A full VAT invoice will be provided, so that you may claim-back any tax paid (if you're VAT registered or a charity / non-profit organisation exempt from paying VAT).

Free theme updates

Updates for the Media RapidWeaver theme are free for all existing users. Theme updates are periodically released to introduce new features and maintain compatibility with the latest RapidWeaver addons and web browsers. You can tell if an update is available for Media, by comparing the number shown next to the theme name in the RapidWeaver theme panel, compared with the version number shown on this page. Generally theme updates are not sent out automatically, because previously it was found many of the emails went missing in junk or spam mail filters. Instead you're invited to check for Media updates yourself, and download them at a time convenient to you.


Updating using Waterfall

Waterfall is a small plugin for RapidWeaver 5 & 6, available to purchase from the Nimblehost website. Once installed and added to a project, Waterfall will check the version number of Media, against the version number shown on this website. Waterfall can download and install the latest version of Media; which will be ready the next time you restart RapidWeaver. Older versions of Media will be moved into the /Waterfall/Backups/ folder, in your RapidWeaver addons folder.

Please note that Waterfall update checking only works on themes installed after 10th January 2015. Free demo versions of Media and copies of Media installed before 10th January 2015 will not check for updates automatically. Waterfall will only update original themes; those which you have previously duplicated and renamed for modification will not be updated.


Updating using your Paddle locker

If you obtained Media on or after 10th January 2015, you were invited to provide your email address and a password during the checkout process. With these login credentials, you can access your Paddle Locker. Paddle is the payment and shopping cart provider used on the ThemeFlood and Stacks4Stacks websites. Once you're logged into your secure locker, you can easily re-download Media again. The download link always points to the latest version of the theme. You can change your email address or password at any time in your Paddle Locker too.


Updating manually

If you obtained your copy of Media before 10th January 2015, you may need to be issued with a new download link. E-Junkie download links no longer work. Please get in contact via email and provide details of the theme update you want and provide proof of purchase. Proof of purchase can comprise of your invoice or receipt; or alternatively the name and email address of the purchaser. If no proof of purchase can be located, please purchase the latest version of Media from this website.



Theme compatibility

Media has been diligently developed to work reliably with all major web browsers; ensuring your completed website will look and function to a high standard. Because Media is responsive, you can expect it to work well on screens of various shapes and sizes. In particular, you can expect Media to work well in the following web browsers, which we've tested the theme with:

  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari 8
  • Chrome 40
  • Firefox 35
  • Opera 27
  • Maxthon 4.4
  • TorBrowser 4.0

Media has been tested on various popular handheld devices, including a mixture of Apple and Android tablets, iPods and smartphones. Particular attention was paid towards how easy it is for users of these touch devices to navigate websites published using Media. You should find pages published using Media load quickly and consume less bandwidth, compared with many competing RapidWeaver themes.

Some scripts used by Media are 'dual-called'. Using the example of jQuery, some special markup is used in Media to determine what browser or version is viewing the webpage. We can then intelligently ensure the web browser is served the most compatible and optimised version of the script possible.

As always, final compatibility of completed webpages published with Media boils-down to several other important factors. The format of content or the type of addons used to build a page can have a significant impact on compatibility (for example, some web browsers do not support embedded video or sound files in particular formats or presentation). Additionally the web server hosting the website can also sometimes impact the compatibility of completed web pages. Likewise there may be occasions when plugins or extensions installed in a web browser cause issues; such as blocking social networking icons from displaying or blocking links from opening in new windows. As always, we invite you to download a free demo version of Media yourself; enabling you to run more detailed tests against specific content types or addons. We're happy to browser test completed websites published using Media at no extra cost.


Feel free to use this comment form to ask any questions about the theme, put forward ideas, submit feature requests or post links to awesome websites you've created using the theme. Comments are moderated, so it may take a little while before they show here. If you have an urgent or non-public question, simply contact me directly.

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