Henk Vrieselaar’s Elite Theme

Henk describes his latest theme as “clean, elegant, responsive with a beautiful drop down menu” and we wouldn’t disagree. Henk has a reputation for producing high quality, rock solid themes that are simple on the surface but have a lot of style and flexibility, making them suitable for a wide range of web projects, and Elite is no exception. 

There’s a single extra content area which appears above the site title (useful for attention grabbing, social media icons or contact info) and a second one which can be assigned to a full width static image or slideshow; there’s no built-in slideshow which is unusual these days but there are so many excellent third party ones that it shouldn’t be a problem. 

You get a choice of content widths – from 800px to 1300px (or auto) – a range of font sizes, line spacing and 13 built-in fonts; and colour control over pretty much everything. The Elite theme defaults to centering title, slogan, menu and footer which works well for responsive sites and makes life easier when you’re laying out pages. 

In a world where so many Rapidweaver users are graduating towards free-form themes like Foundation and Freestack, it’s actually rather nice to work with a theme with relatively few options but enough controls so that you can create something distinctive. This, it seems to us, is what Rapidweaver was created for. 

In desktop mode, the drop down menus are a delight. Smoothly animated, they slide up into view and you can add gradients and shadows to enhance the effect. The mobile menu lacks the same pizazz (a observation we’d make about most mobile menus to be honest) but is perfectly functional – and again, you get good colour controls.

Like Themeflood’s Flood and Weaverthemes Stuffy, the Elite theme lays down just enough stylistic markers to keep you on the straight and narrow while giving you as close to a blank canvas as many of us feel comfortable with. We’re sure this will be a theme that gets used time and time again. 

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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