Majestic Theme

Majestic Theme | Elixir Graphics  | $30.00

Majestic has many of the characteristics that make Elixir Graphics’ themes so distinctive – good typography, clever use of Extra Content areas, wide choice of colour schemes, plus the odd bit of innovative on-screen ‘furniture’, for example per-page badges and a neat way of positioning pictures above individual blog entries – but the thing that stands out is the large, highly configurable header area and the unusual menu. Let’s take them in turn.

You can set Majestic’s header area to occupy anything between 100 and 700 pixels in height and choose from any of the included 25 banner images (high quality, more useful than most) or 20 preset colour gradients which radiate from top left to bottom right; alternatively, you can use your own banner image or design your own colour gradient. There’s no option to add a slideshow in this banner area but you do get Extra Content 8 where you can include stacks that sit on top of the image or gradient to produce a very nice ‘hero’ effect with a call to action and a simple button. Put these inside an animation stack and you’ve got a very effective opening page, almost right out of the box. The banner height can be set to 76 pixels on mobile devices or you can rig it to reflect whatever content is in Extra Content 8 – so again, it’s pretty flexible. 

Then there’s Majestic’s menu. This is a mobile-first menu so it behaves pretty much consistently whether a visitor views it on a 27″ display or an iPhone 5. In both cases by default, clicking/tapping the navigation button causes an off-screen vertical menu to slide in sneakily from the left (yes, the opposite side of the screen) so that visitors can access pages and sub-pages; while on very small screens, the menu slides over any content to occupy the entire width of the screen. You’ve got stacks of control over the menu and its appearance – there are four pre-baked ‘themes’ along with colour pickers and the ability to show/hide page counts for sub-pages – together with five icons choices for the navigation toggle button, which can also have its background set to translucent white or black. Traditionalists can also set the menu to open from the same side as the navigation button. The result is an unusual, highly configurable menu.

Elsewhere Majestic offers eight extra content areas, nine body fonts, five header fonts, four title and two slogan fonts. You can set the icon under the banner on a per page basis (there are over 100 to choose from) as well as defining the icon colour, background and bottom border of the banner. Unusually, there are additional colour pickers for the Rapidweaver Contact Form buttons – a simple touch but great for customising. 

Majestic is an excellent responsive theme with enough customisation options to enable you to produce distinctive-looking websites time and time again. We love the menu and banner area – and our only request would be the ability to replace those static images and gradients with a slideshow. Otherwise, Majestic gets top marks.  

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