Theme name: Black & White
Current version: 5.4
Last updated: 20th November 2013
First released: 21st October 2006
Total sales: 447
Requirements: RapidWeaver 5.0 or later
Doctype: Valid HTML5
Font Awesome version: 4.0.0
Bootstrap version: 3.0.2
Usage agreement: Click for details
Example website: View online
Download example website: Click hereThis link will download the same RapidWeaver sandwich file we used for the example website. It may give you a good illustration of how the example website was created and a useful template to start building with.

Support links

10 minute theme quickstart guide
Complete theme user guide
One-to-one technical support


Bootstrap code snippets
ExtraContent addons pack
FreeStyle banner stack



As the name suggests, Black & White is a fairly minimalist RapidWeaver theme with a default black and white colour scheme. First released publicly in late 2006, Black & White has always maintained a strong following with bloggers, artists and photographers wanting a simple yet robust RapidWeaver theme to work with. The high contrasting colour scheme lends itself well to websites which are particularly content-heavy, and the minimalist style gives content that extra bit of breathing space.


Black & White is largely devoid of any graphics, so pages created with this RapidWeaver theme load very quickly, with minimal bandwidth. This theme is quite possibly one of the lightest addon RapidWeaver themes available on the market. Steps have been taken like calling Javascript code from the end of pages, to improve page rendering speed. Black & White is compatible with CSS consolidation and compression in RapidWeaver, together with Gzip compression on the web server.

Build bigger

The optimised nature of Black & White lends this theme well towards building larger websites of up-to several hundred pages. The option is provided in the theme style settings to switch between either a split or sidebar block navigation layout. Unlike a drop-down menu, these more primitive navigation layouts can handle many more page links and are easy for end users to find their way around.

Style settings

Just about every aspect of the Black & White theme can be customised. Numerous colour settings are provided which can be used to adjust almost every aspect of the page. A slew of other useful theme settings are included, such as title bar positioning, body background, font faces, font styles, logo placement, sidebar width and position, navigation layout and theme width. Useful miscellaneous theme style settings like fade-in allow you to have the page fade into view after loading, and settings like splash screen let you create an effective landing page at the entrance to your website.


Black & White does not have a true header or banner container as such, although ExtraContent4 can double-up as a convenient banner container, within the space above the content container. This ExtraContent container is also FreeStyle enabled, so it can be used with the standard FreeStyle code snippet or the free FreeStyle slideshow stack. To make Black & White a banner-less RapidWeaver theme was quite a bold design decision to make; but many existing users are appreciative of the extra speed and flexibility this has promoted.


This is a fully responsive RapidWeaver theme; meaning that you can opt for a maximum-width, which then scales down on smaller screens (without horizontal scrollbars appearing). Black & White harnesses the RAFT (Responsive Adaptive Framework for Themes) to provide excellent tablet and smart phone optimisations. Aspects of content like images and basic video can be set to behave responsively as well. So Black & White is very much a future-proofed RapidWeaver theme.

Be social

Black & White provides support for a social media bar. This ultra-flexible container utilises ExtraContent1 and can be configured to display a horizontal bar or a floating box of social networking links. Numerous positioning options are provided, so you can play-around with the social media bar and find a style combination that works perfectly for your website layout. Into the social bar, you can place icons for various social media and bookmarking services. This in turn provides a great method for people to share or bookmark your website easily.


Black & White is compatible with all major web browsers, including IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10, IE11, and the latest versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera too. It's also a theme that plays well with lots of popular RapidWeaver page style plugins and Stack elements. For people not afraid to delve into HTML code, both the Bootstrap 3.0 toolkit and Font Awesome 4.0 icons are supported in the latest versions of Black & White. These give you the ability to include extra functionality and embellishments in your page designs.

Get started

A free demo version of the theme is available for you to download using the button at the top right. This lets you install the theme in RapidWeaver and test it against real content, play around with all the different settings, throw the theme against different page styles and demonstrate the theme to clients. The theme is backed by expert customer support (you'll normally get an email response within 12 hours) and I can provide assistance with customising the theme, setup of banner containers and testing of your completed website in different web browsers and handheld devices at no extra cost.


Black & White 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 Black & White, please click onto the support page and click the 'purchasing help' tab for more information.

Updates for the Black & White 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 Black & White, by comparing the number shown next to the theme name in the RapidWeaver theme panel, compared with the version number shown on the right.

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 Black & White updates yourself, and download them at a time convenient to you. Updates also get publicised via the RapidWeaver Addon website, the RapidWeaver Central newsletter and the free iCentral app.

Theme updates can be obtained using the original download link, emailed to you when you purchased Black & White. If you no longer have this download link or you require an expired link to be reactivated, please send a quick email, and include the following information:

  • Name and version of the theme you need an update for (in this case say that you need Black & White 5.4)
  • The name and email address used when you purchased the theme
  • The purchase method used (was it purchased through the website or as a direct order?)
  • Any other useful information like the date, or invoice number

Once your purchase details have been located, you'll be sent a new download link. Theme updates are recognised in RapidWeaver as new themes, so multiple versions of the same theme can be safely installed alongside each other. This means you can selectively update certain projects to use newer themes, and any customisations you've applied like custom code or images don't get deleted. For more information on updating themes, please see the theme user guide.

Feel free to use this comment form to ask any questions about the theme, put forward ideas, submit feature requests or post links to awesome websites you've created using the theme. Comments are moderated, so it may take a little while before they show here. If you have an urgent or non-public question, simply contact me directly.

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