Panoramic Theme

Panoramic Theme | Themeflood | £FREE

Panoramic is a free (yes, completely free) responsive theme for Rapidweaver that bears more than a passing resemblance to the kind of site beginner’s build when they’re getting to grips with the popular free-form Foundation theme – simple horizontal navigation that can stick to the top of the browser, full width banner, that kind of thing. It’s actually a cut-down version of the same developer’s Forest Theme  with fewer options, but remains perfectly capable of producing a good-looking site that would suit a small business, consultancy or personal blog.

Just because it’s free doesn’t mean there’s not very much to this theme. You get nine ExtraContent areas for a start (including one at the top of the browser that’s very useful for social icons or contact information) and decent control over the colours of your text, links, menus, titles, slogans, backgrounds, sidebar colours and more. You can fix the horizontal menu to the top of the screen, add navigation links in the footer, toggle the ‘last updated’ stamp and ‘back to top’ arrow and remove the social bar on screens smaller than 586 pixels wide; and although you only get two fonts – Raleway for headers and Lora (a nice serif) for the body text you can always over-ride these using the free Fontstack stack which fetches Google webfonts.

The theme is also built to take advantage of Stacks4Stacks‘ free Freestyle2 all-purpose slider, banner, header creator; when this is dropped into ExtraContent area 4 with some images applied, it produces a smooth slideshow. Even better, the Rapidweaver’s slogan sits on top of the banner arranged between two horizontal lines (on small screens, the slogan re-locates to a position above the banner area). Behind the scenes, Panoramic also includes the Twitter Bootstrap front end framwork, the Nivo lightbox effect, support for responsive video as well as the Font Awesome icon set.

Panoramic may be used on personal and commercial sites for free, but you’ll have to make a contribution in order to have the Themeflood credit in the footer removed. We’d recommend you do because this theme looks great – and if you find it’s not quite enough for your needs, then for £15.00 you can upgrade to the aforementioned Forest theme to get even more features and options.

Highly recommended, especially for new Rapidweavers who are trying to understand how different themes and theme options work and may not have a lot of money to spend. Yet. 

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