BLT’s latest theme – Dexterity, defined as ‘skill in performing tasks’, is well-named. It’s a clean, responsive theme which includes a large banner area by default, sticky navigation and a funky, pulsing scroll-to-content navigation arrow that when clicked, rolls the banner out of the way to display your main page content. It includes a built-in slideshow that can be set to scroll horizontally, fade or – more unusually – scroll vertically; and if the slider’s not to your taste, you can easily use a third party alternative like Refined Slidr or Chillidog’s Image Slider.
For a theme that looks so simple, you get plenty of options – 19 heading fonts, nine content fonts, 16 title and slogan fonts, 12 toolbar fonts, and 15 footer fonts, three extra content areas, built-in social links and plenty of opacity and colour choices.There’s excellent attention to detail throughout Dexterity and support for retina devices, so long as you include two versions of your images to display on those devices that support the higher resolution. Elsewhere, we particularly like the styling of the Blog pages which in some themes feel chucked together at the minute like an afterthought; these include subtle borders round each entry and a tag cloud in the sidebar.As with other BLT themes, some of the fancier stuff is achieved via inserting code snippets which are available from the website. Although these are straightforward to apply for confident users, if you’re a newcomer to Rapidweaver you’d do well to read the instructions carefully, especially the bit about applying ‘Ignore formatting’ to your code. Rapidweaver 6 users get a sample project to make life easier but there’s nothing for us cautious types who are still sticking with 5.x.
We really like Dexterity. You can create a classy, responsive website quickly and easily , there are plenty of options and by tweaking the banner overlay opacity, colours, font and emphasis you can achieve some really stylish effects. One request? The ability to knock the size of the toolbar font down a bit if required. Apart from that, a solid thumbs up.