The first thing to understand about using a theme to build your website is that it's going to limit your design choices. If you're just starting out - or if you don't know anything about design - this is a good thing. The people who build Rapidweaver themes know their stuff and will pick a selection of fonts, colours, menu styles and other bits of screen 'furniture' that fit together properly and will work well across a range of different devices and screen sizes.
This saves you a tremendous amount of effort, so it's worth taking the time to choose the right theme.
The big things to consider are:
- do you want your menu to run along the top of the website, down one side or appear as a full-screen overlay?
- what do you want the mobile menu to look like?
- what kind of typography and colour scheme do you want (do you have to fit in with your existing brand, for example)?
- do you want it to be a single page site that keeps scrolling down or have multiple, different pages?
- and how much money do you want to spend - most themes start at £20.00, but prices range from $20.00 to $80.00
We don't necessarily want to recommend one theme developer over another, so instead, here's a selection of themes we've used that represent a few of the typical styles on offer.
Strata is a great example of a flexible theme that includes a vertical menu
Natural shows a theme with a large 'hero' banner and a mobile-style menu that's also used for desktop devices
Voyager Pro has a similar layout but clicking on the menu opens a full-screen overlay menu on all devices
Flood is a brilliant example of a super-simple theme that can be used to create all sorts of different sites
Streamline meanwhile is a theme that's designed to showcase visuals and has excellent typography
This is just a small selection of the kinds of pre-built themes you can buy for Rapidweaver.