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Theme name: Snow
Current version: 2.4
Last updated: 18th December 2013
First released: 30th May 2011
Total sales: 73
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

Resources

Bootstrap code snippets
ExtraContent addons pack
FreeStyle banner stack

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Introduction

RapidWeaver themes don't always have to feature jazzy colour schemes and flashy animations. Often 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 networking

Snow 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.

Navigation

Two 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.

Banner

Snow 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 regions

The 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 settings

Like 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.

ExtraContent

A 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.

Expandable

Snow 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.

Speedy

Speed is an important factor for your end users, and one of the criteria that search engines look at when ranking your webpages. With this in mind, Snow is very much optimised for faster loading pages. This is achieved by calling Javascript at the end of a page, compression of theme code, optimisation of theme graphics and compatibility with CSS consolidation in RapidWeaver.

Find out more

Feel 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.

More

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.

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 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 Snow 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 Snow. 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 Snow 2.4)
  • 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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