IntroductionRapidWeaver themes don't always have to feature jazzy colour schemes and flashy animations! Sometimes people want a fairly subdued and minimalist-styled theme which puts maximum emphasis back on content. Snow is exactly that; a cool, crisp and contemporary-styled theme which does away with complicated layouts and styling. This theme is absolutely perfect for blogs and creative writers; basically anyone wanting to get back to basics and in need of a durable and performance-optimised RapidWeaver theme.
Newer versions of Snow are now fully responsive, and optimised for both tablet and smart phone devices. This means that as the browser window is made narrower, aspects of the page layout change. For example, the horizontal navigation menu reforms as a toggle navigation menu and the main page container scales down in size (without ugly horizontal scroll bars appearing).
Social networkingSnow includes the ThemeFlood standard 'social bar' settings. Utilising ExtraContent1, this container can be set to display as a floating box or a tagline container, towards the top of your pages. Into the social you can place icons to social networking or bookmarking websites, additional navigation links or contact details.
NavigationTwo navigation options are provided in this theme; those being split navigation or sidebar block navigation. Unlike drop-down menu's, these simplified navigation layouts can support many more page links and provide both a logical and reliable method for users to navigate your completed website. As mentioned already, on smaller screens the navigation can be set to render as a toggle navigation layout.
BannerSnow was one of the first ever RapidWeaver themes to pilot 'FreeStyle' banners. A FreeStyle banner is basically an empty responsive container, into which you can display just about any content. Commonly people use the banner for static images and video, but that is certainly not a limit to your creativity! To get content in the banner, you can use the standard FreeStyle code snippet (documented in the theme user guide) or the brilliant FreeStyle stack. Likewise any images placed in ExtraContent2 will also get rendered as a static image in the banner.
Content regionsThe content and sidebar regions in this theme are fairly typical of any RapidWeaver theme. An optional sidebar can be floated left or right of your main page content. This sidebar is available in a choice of proportionate widths, giving you a super-flexible grid system. The main content container in Snow can accommodate content generated using a increasingly wide variety of RapidWeaver page styles and stack elements.
Style settingsLike many other ThemeFlood RapidWeaver themes, Snow is loaded with lots of useful theme style and colour settings. These let you easily customise the style and appearance of your websites, and build designs that look unlike anything else. Use the saved style sets option in RapidWeaver to create awesome page designs and colour schemes which can be effortlessly applied to other pages or projects.
ExtraContentA total of eight ExtraContent containers are built into Snow, and these let you break-out of the normal RapidWeaver editable regions and create much richer page designs. ExtraContent1 in this RapidWeaver theme is designated as a 'social bar'. Once switched on in the theme style settings, this social bar can be used to display social networking links or icons, contact information and simple messages.
ExpandableSnow is brimming with lots of 'pro' features too. The splash screen option lets you create a simple landing page to welcome visitors to your website or display language choices or an important message. Incorporation of the Twitter Bootstrap toolkit gives you instant access to many professional user interface elements and other functionality; which looks stunning in Snow. Font Awesome icons let you add attractive retina-enabled icons to your webpages and navigation links.
Find out moreFeel free to look at the live demo site that was built using the Snow theme. The same sandwich file used to create this live demo site can be downloaded using the link towards the top right. I also use the Snow theme for my blog and personal homepages, and found it to be a perfect theme for this task. A free demo version of Snow is available for you to download and install on your computer (use the link at the top right of this page). If you have any questions about Snow, feel free to get in contact or post comments or feedback via the tab, towards the top of this page.
MoreThe free demo version of Snow 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 Snow using the button towards the top of this page provides you with a licensed copy of Snow; 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 Snow. 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.
Snow 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 Snow, please click onto the support page and click the 'purchasing help' tab for more information. Likewise if you have any other questions about Snow, please don't hesitate to ask.
* Purchases of Snow 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 Snow 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 Snow, 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 Snow 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 Snow, against the version number shown on this website. Waterfall will download and install the latest version of Snow; which will be ready the next time you restart RapidWeaver. Older versions of Snow 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 Snow and copies of Snow 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 Snow 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 Snow 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 Snow 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 Snow from this website.
Snow 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 Snow is responsive, you can expect it to work well on screens of various shapes and sizes. In particular, you can expect Snow 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
Snow 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 Snow. You should find pages published using Snow load quickly and consume less bandwidth, compared with many competing RapidWeaver themes.
Some scripts used by Snow are 'dual-called'. Using the example of jQuery, some special markup is used in Snow 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 Snow 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 Snow yourself; enabling you to run more detailed tests against specific content types or addons. We're happy to browser test completed websites published using Snow at no extra cost.