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Theme details

Theme name: Nocturnal
Theme designer: Will Woodgate
Current version: 1.0
Last updated: 12th November 2019
First released: 12th November 2019
Compatibility: RapidWeaver 8 Only
GDPR / DSGVO / CCPA compliant: Yes
Responsive: Yes
Doctype: Valid HTML5
Font Awesome version: 5.10.2
Bootstrap version: 4.3.1
Usage agreement: Click for details
Example website: View online
Download example website: Click here

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A simply stunning theme design, which is sure to be a big-hit with fans of 'light on dark' web design! Nocturnal purposefully opts for a minimalist theme design that places maximum emphasis on the beautiful background artwork and your written content. This theme design would be a great-match for a creative showcase, performing arts or music website. As you would expect, Nocturnal is a fully mobile responsive theme design and compatible with all major web browsers.

Swapping the background for your own

The 'Welsh Mountains Under Stars' background image was created from a rather mundane smartphone snap on a hot sunny day! It was edited in Affinity Photo to introduce an HSL layer, a multiplied colour fill and imitation star field. This video here may help you. It would certainly be feasible to create your own image using a similar technique. We recommend an image 2000px wide and 1000px tall. Drag and drop your completed image into the Banner drop zone, within the RapidWeaver Page Inspector. For best results, use an image that fades-down to solid black. The animated blinking jet beacon and shooting star effect can be disabled in the theme Miscellaneous style settings, if they are not wanted.


Inverted colour schemes require bigger fonts with more spacing around the lettering and wording. Nocturnal meets this criteria through use of its embedded Open Sans Pro font face and generous font sizing. The text colour is purposefully a slightly off-white colour (#eaeaea) to make the text look less stark. Links are clearly shown in a deeply contrasting colour.

Slogan and sidebar

Both elements are hidden by default in the theme. If the slogan is enabled, this will be displayed towards the top of your webpage. The sidebar can be floated either left or right of the main content container on desktop screens. Separate colour settings exist for the sidebar.


Nocturnal is intended for smaller websites with less pages. On both mobile and desktop devices, the parent page links are shown in a fly-out menu, triggered using the button at the top right. Only parent page links are listed here. You can still build a website that contains subpages, but these will not be shown by the theme. You would need to manually create your own links to any subpages you want shown.


This theme has 14 ExtraContent containers you can use for the placement of additional content, outside the normal editable boundaries. ExtraContent 1 and ExtraContent 2 are both located within the menu container, and are ideal for some social media buttons. Other ExtraContent containers are located throughout the webpage. As always, use the Preview ExtraContent Containers option in the theme Miscellaneous settings to see where each one is located. The ones in the sidebar only show if the sidebar is enabled. You can follow the instructions in the Knowledgebase for getting content into these areas, via the stacks or code snippets.

Customising text labels

The text labels of items in Nocturnal are readily customisable with simple CSS code:

#menu_label:before {
content: 'Menu';

#lastUpdated:before {
content: 'Webpage updated: ';

#breadcrumb:before {
content: 'Currently viewing ';
This makes it easier to translate these text strings into different languages, for multilingual websites.

And just a small reminder...

Nocturnal is generously provided to you as a free RapidWeaver theme. You are welcome to download Nocturnal and use it for any personal or commercial projects. All that is politely request is that any credits remain intact. If you need the credits removed or want to show your appreciation for this theme, a small monetary contribution, Google Play voucher or UK iTunes voucher is massively appreciated!

Thanks! Please check the following:
System requirements
License agreement
Refund policy
Purchase process
Customer support

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.

Your purchases are available to re-download at anytime, via this order lookup page.

Prices shown on the website exclude any applicable VAT. The final price payable is shown at the checkout. You will be sent a full receipt by email. Charitable and bulk discounts may be available on request. Please get in touch if you have any queries about our pricing.

Our order process is conducted by our online reseller is the Merchant of Record for all our orders. Paddle provides all customer service inquiries relating to order processing. Paddle also provides an order lookup system, commonly referred to as your Paddle Account.

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.