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Theme details

Theme name: Monsoon
Theme designer: Will Woodgate
Product ID: 496543
Current version: 5.1
Last updated: 23rd March 2016
First released: 9th August 2010
Compatibility: RapidWeaver 6 & 7
GDPR / DSGVO 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

Support links

10 Minute Quickstart Guide
ThemeFlood Knowledgebase
1-to-1 Technical Support
RapidWeaver Classroom
RapidWeaver Community Forums

Free resources

Bootstrap code snippets
ExtraContent stack & snippet pack
FreeStyle banner stack
Pexels stock photography
Stockio free images & video
Unsplash stock photography

Monsoon updates

Updates for Monsoon are free for all existing users. Please see this Knowledgebase page for detailed information about obtaining and installing updates. To request an update for Monsoon, please click the button below (this launches your email app).
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This theme is primarily intended to offer a simple yet robust framework to build a broad variety of websites with. Many style and colour settings are offered in Monsoon, to make a wide number of theme customisations possible for both novice and elite RapidWeaver users, who demand quick, professional results. Choose between a single or double horizontal navigation bar, customise the header with your own images and change aspects like sidebar position, body background and theme width.


The upper header container in Monsoon is created using a FreeStyle banner container. This gives you a very flexible space in which to display eye-catching content above the page fold. This FreeStyle banner container can accommodate static images, slideshows and even video. If you have not worked with the FeeStyle concept before, then check the details in the theme user guide. Additionally, any image placed in ExtraContent3 will get rendered as the header background.

Title / Slogan

This sits within it's own box and is floated left or right at the top of the header region. The width and position of this title / slogan box can be customised in the theme style settings. It breaks from the norm and gives a slightly different way to present this content on the page.


Monsoon opts for the choice of either a simple sidebar block or split navigation layout. No drop-down menu is provided in this RapidWeaver theme. The split navigation layout lets you display parent page links (and optionally) second level links below the header container in horizontal bars. Third-level and lower links are displayed in the sidebar. If you instead opt for a block navigation layout, all page navigation links will be presented in the form of a simple site map, in the sidebar container.

The alignment of links placed immediately below the header in horizontal bars can be easily switched from left, centre or right alignment. The colours and other aspects of navigation link styling can also be changed within the theme.

On smaller screens, the horizontal navigation links 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.

Style settings

Monsoon includes a decent selection of useful theme style and colour settings. Aspects like the body background, body margin, font faces, text size, line spacing, width, navigation styling and sidebar positioning can all be changed quickly and effortlessly within the theme. The free demo version of Monsoon 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.

Social bar

Social media plays a vital role in promoting businesses organically via a virtual word-of-mouth. Monsoon 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.


Monsoon uses a modern 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 Monsoon load quickly and consume less bandwidth. To achieve this, most calls to Javascript files have been moved to the end of pages and these files have been minified. Monsoon is compatible with CSS consolidation in RapidWeaver and Gzip file compression on your web server.

Fully responsive

As you would expect, Monsoon 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.


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 Monsoon too, and these provide a choice of over 360 vector font icons which are retina-display compatible.

Because the structure of this theme is quite simple, Monsoon is also a RapidWeaver theme that adapts well to being modified. Unlike many other themes that break the moment you show them a code editor, Monsoon is safe to work with! In the past, many web developers have taken the basic Monsoon theme and built much more sophisticated RapidWeaver themes with it.


The free demo version of Monsoon can be downloaded using this link or the button towards the top of the page. You can install the theme in RapidWeaver 6.0 or later 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). Please see this knowledgebase article for more information about the free demo versions provided. Purchasing Monsoon using the button towards the top of this page provides you with a licensed copy of Monsoon; 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 Monsoon. 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.

If you have any other questions about Monsoon, please don't hesitate to ask.

* Purchases of Monsoon includes any applicable VAT payable. 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 law and you may claim-back any tax paid (if you are VAT registered or a charity / non-profit organisation exempt from paying VAT).
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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 and Stacks that your computer is compatible with.

License agreement
You may use this 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.

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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.

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