Corp Theme

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Corp is the latest responsive theme from Weaverthemes, home to the Shift, Autonomy and – still one of our favourites – the Stuffy theme. Corp is a deceptively simple theme with a light WordPress feel to it, and because it’s a ‘vanilla’ theme – think Flood – it’s extremely versatile and could be used for all manner of personal and business sites, from one-person bands right up to large companies.

Corp is responsive and has a particularly elegant mobile menu design which slides smoothly out from the side on smaller screens; on laptops and desktops it’s horizontal, ranged right and features a subtle gap between menu and submenu items, together with a small upwards pointer, so drop downs look like speech bubbles. It’s very neat.  Style-wise you get 15 included fonts in three sizes, a max width between 1,000 and 14000px, control over the sidebar appearance and position, control over body, header, navigation, banner, content and footer colours as well as a responsive lightbox.

Once you start to dig around inside Corp a bit, there’s plenty more to discover. For example, it includes the free Gridly stack which allows you to create simple, responsive grid layouts. It doesn’t have as many options as Adaptive Grid but it does cater for ‘distributed’ columns, for example three columns in a four column grid where one column is twice the width of the other two. Gridly also allows you to control the size of any Font Awesome icon placed inside it, directly from the HUD and is a great little extra to have. (Note: by default text in Gridly is set to white. Since the theme background defaults to white it may look like your columns aren’t appearing even though they are).

There are 15 built-in static banners or these can be replaced with a slideshow; you’ll need to refer to Weaverthemes’ online tutorial for this and if you’ve never used HTML before, now’s your chance. Images can be dropped into Rapidweaver’s resource folder or warehoused and linked via the HTML. One caveat – we couldn’t find a way to make the slider loop using the supplied code.

You’ll find there are dozens of lightweight CSS animations included in Corp’s code though again, these need to be implemented using HTML snippets. They’re excellent however and allow you to add animated captions to static images and to slides.

Corp is a smashing theme. Lightweight, elegant, versatile and – for those untroubled by HTML nerves – much more powerful than it looks.

Rob Beattie

Rob Beattie is a freelance copywriter who designs sites using Rapidweaver. He's been reviewing computer hardware, software and web services since 1981. Yes...that long. And he's also the author of 101 Things to Do in a Shed , Fishing: A Very Peculiar History , and The Bluffer's Guide to Fishing

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