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. 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 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. 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 Monsoon 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 Monsoon, 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 Monsoon updates yourself, and download them at a time convenient to you.
Updating using Waterfall
Waterfall is a small plugin for RapidWeaver 6, available to purchase from the Nimblehost website. Once installed and added to a project, Waterfall will check the version number of Monsoon, against the version number shown on this website. Waterfall will download and install the latest version of Monsoon; which will be ready the next time you restart RapidWeaver. Older versions of Monsoon 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 Monsoon and copies of Monsoon 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 Monsoon 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 Monsoon 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.
If you obtained your copy of Monsoon 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 Monsoon from this website.
Monsoon 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 Monsoon is responsive, you can expect it to work well on screens of various shapes and sizes. In particular, you can expect Monsoon 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
Monsoon 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 Monsoon. You should find pages published using Monsoon load quickly and consume less bandwidth, compared with many competing RapidWeaver themes.
Some scripts used by Monsoon are 'dual-called'. Using the example of jQuery, some special markup is used in Monsoon 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 Monsoon 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 Monsoon yourself; enabling you to run more detailed tests against specific content types or addons. We're happy to browser test completed websites published using Monsoon at no extra cost.