Theme name: Photogenic
Current version: 2.1
Last updated: 11th December 2013
First released: 19th December 2010
Total sales: 313
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



A stunning, distinctive and highly customisable RapidWeaver theme with a minimalist taste. Photogenic started as a free RapidWeaver theme called Natural World. Many feature requests were put forward and so the theme was further developed into a full premium theme for RapidWeaver. No compromises have been made during the development of this theme, and Photogenic boasts a comprehensive list of professional features, some of which have not been seen in a RapidWeaver theme before.


Photogenic supports unlimited stretched body background images. To setup these backgrounds, simply put your images in ExtraContent1 or use the FreeStyle technique:

<div id="fs"><img src="%pathto(images/editable_images/5.jpg)%" alt="Image" /></div>

To help you get started, Photogenic includes 46 example background images. You can either use these images or bring-along your own custom images to use in the theme. The Background Placement group of theme style settings let you change how the background images are positioned and scaled on the page. Options are also provided to apply background overlays, which act like filters and help tone-down brighter images.


Photogenic uses a drop-down menu. Most aspects of the menu styling can be customised using the theme style settings. This theme is using the same animated drop-down menu plugin found in other themes like Flood, Haze and Media.

Toggle navigation settings allow you to hide the conventional drop-down menu on smaller screens (like smartphones) and display a simplified toggle navigation layout instead. This avoids breakage of the menu on smaller screens and gives end users a more convenient method to navigate your completed website.

Container & Sidebar

This region of the page is formed using a simple block container. Background colour and opacity of the theme header, sidebar and content container can be modified in the theme style settings. All the normal font style and colour settings you would expect to find in ThemeFlood themes are present in Photogenic. The sidebar container can be floated either right or left, and is available in a choice of different widths to suit your content. A unique feature of the Photogenic theme is the ability to float the entire central content container either left or right, and specify a width in percent.


Despite Photogenic looking like a complicated RapidWeaver theme, it performs remarkably well across a wide range of different devices and screen sizes. This theme displays content beautifully on large, cinematic monitors. On mobile devices, the layout reforms to a simple stacked layout. Everything you need to build a cross-device-compatible website is there. Photogenic helps you develop websites that work on multiple devices; avoiding the complex and often time consuming task of building multiple websites for different devices to view.

Pro features

For semi-expert RapidWeaver users, Photogenic provides a treasure-trove of options to take your design skills to the next level. To start with, Photogenic incorporates complete support for the entire Twitter Bootstrap Toolkit. This instantly empowers you and opens up vast avenues to incorporate various embellishments and page functionality. Have a look through the Bootstrap website to see what's feasible, and then download the free Bootstrap snippets pack, to use in RapidWeaver. Photogenic also incorporates the complete Font Awesome pack of icons, so you can spice-up your page designs with simple vector icons.


Photogenic has always been a strong RapidWeaver theme to work with. The simple two-column layout means the theme works reliably on all modern web browsers from IE7 upwards. Cosmetic embellishments like shadows and rounded corners render lightning-fast on newer web browsers (without the need for complicated Javascript code) and degrade safely on older versions of IE, where they're unlikely to be missed.

Learn more

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. In the demo version, links between pages are disabled and some graphics may be watermarked. 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 stetted background images and testing of your completed website in different web browsers and handheld devices.


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

Updates for the Photogenic 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 Photogenic, 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 Photogenic 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 Photogenic. 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 Photogenic 2.1)
  • 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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