IntroductionThis 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.
HeaderThe 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 / SloganThis 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.
NavigationMonsoon 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 settingsMonsoon 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 barSocial 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.
StrongerMonsoon 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).
Fully responsiveAs 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.
Tweak-proofThis 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.
MoreThe 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 5.4 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.
Monsoon 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 Monsoon, please click onto the support page and click the 'purchasing help' tab for more information. Likewise 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're VAT registered or a charity / non-profit organisation exempt from paying VAT).