RapidWeaver is the all-in-one Mac app that enables you to easily build modern websites. Whether it’s a company site, an online store, portfolio, blog, or personal website, RapidWeaver allows you to do it faster than ever before without writing a line of code.
RapidWeaver is also arguably the most well know web design app on the Mac. Each release has been designed to make building website even faster and easier than ever before.
Best of all RapidWeaver grows with you, thanks to the vibrant third-party developer community.
We've put together some free video tutorials to show you how to get started in RapidWeaver 8.
Next steps in RapidWeaver
This tutorial will show you how to create a fully modern and responsive website using Stacks and Foundry for RapidWeaver.
Under the hood of RapidWeaver
RapidWeaver is basically a templating system. It combines the code of a theme with the content from a page, provided by a plug-in. While the system is intended to be used as-is – meaning never looking at the underlying code – most of the theme designers and plugin developers produce code that is “tinkering friendly”. And by that we mean that it’s not compressed into a mass of gibberish. There are some automatically generated names, but I think you’ll find that they’re few and many can be overridden with more friendly names.
The newer RapidWeaver themes, for example, are based on Bootstrap (a popular framework) and seem pretty easy to understand. We highly recommend exporting a few pages to see how the code looks if you're interested in that kind of thing.
There are 3rd party theme developers and 3rd party plugin developers. If you see some part of the system where the code is not up to your standards – grab the API and build the code you want to see!
That said, the system is “one way”. Meaning that changes you make to the code will not be re-incorporated back into the site the next time you hit publish. To make changes permanent you would likely have to build/modify your own theme.