Podium Theme

Henk Vrieselaar

For his latest theme, long-time Rapidweaver developer Henk Vrieslaar has combined a couple of design motifs which are currently popular – split screen themes where one side of the page is static and single page themes, where clicking a menu item in the navigation bar scrolls you down the page.

So, along with the standard version of Podium, you also get Podium One included in the price; both themes have the same general options and theme styles (these are extensive, too) but the latter is geared towards producing single page websites. We’ll come onto that a bit later on.

With both variations, your main page content goes in the right hand side, while the stuff you want to appear on every page – your logo, page title, slogan and so on – sits in the left hand panel. You get four Extra Content areas – three in the left, one in the right – and by default, the main menu is hidden behind a ‘hamburger’ icon, even on wide displays.

If you prefer the more conventional approach it is possible to display a vertical menu and only have the hamburger appear on small screens. You can set the content width to anything from 500px to 900px (or auto) there are 16 fonts, excellent control over the sidebar and what’s in it (you can place it above the main content area, for example as well as applying several transparency effects) and there are plenty of options for controlling font size, alignment, colours and so on. As with other HV themes, there’s a manual included and we’d recommend you get acquainted with it – not because the theme is difficult to use but because it includes so many options and extras.

Setting up the menus for the one page Podium One theme up requires a bit of D-I-Y but it’s nothing too strenuous (though it does look to us as though there are some missing linebreak codes after each menu item). Essentially you set up as many HTML items as you need for the menu and then link these to anchor points in your page. These appear as crossheads and the theme scrolls smoothly between them to create a classic single page theme. This variation also gives you an additional EC area in the main content which can be used for a responsive slideshow or static image.

Podium/Podium One is a lot of theme for your money. Its distinctive look and feel won’t necessarily be to everyone’s taste but there’s so much flexibility here that if you like the static pane, scrolling content approach (and the added ability to create a single page site) then we’re pretty sure that Podium will deliver.

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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