Banx Theme

Banx Theme | Henk Vriesellar | $19.50

Although this responsive theme has been designed to work with Rapidweaver 7 and take advantage of its new Banner Image option, users of the older RW6 can still take advantage of a theme that offers a wide range of typefaces, a big, bold header and fancy animated drop down menus.

Like Henk Vriesellar’s other themes, Banx is surprisingly lightweight for such a feature-rich theme, which includes four Extra Content areas (one over the banner, one between the main content and the footer, one under the sidebar and the other reserved for RW6 users who want to add their own banner, video or slideshow). You get 24 content fonts and 20 for everything else including title, slogan, menu and EC fonts; there are four different widths out of the box, 15 banner heights as well as plenty of control over font sizes.

The desktop menu’s striking and features a clever pulsing effect on mouse hover – which extends to sub-pages in the drop down menu; you can also control the kind of background the menu sits on so you can ‘pull it out’ of a background image if necessary. The mobile menu is functional, rather than flashy but copes with three levels of menu items with ease.

The design of the built in blog page – often (like the blog plugin itself) a neglected feature – is excellent. It’s smart without being fussy and each entry is neatly distinguished from the next with a simple border.

As usual, Vrieselaar provides a comprehensive BANX Manual which is always worth a read, if only for the additional CSS snippets which expand the capability of the theme – so for example you can ‘stick’ the menu to the top of the page.

Despite the slightly adventurous typographical choices on offer here, Banx would make a great choice for a professional website – a business consultancy, real estate, lawyer, dental practice…that kind of thing; but like most of Vrieselaar’s themes, there’s enough flexibility baked in that means it’ll do a job for a wide range of businesses and market sectors. Impressive stuff.

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.