Almost there - not understanding how to control the content of a theme

So i make a new project in RW - I have installed Stacks, and also Foundation 6 Stacks, so the elements from both show in the list of stacks, and I also installed Blocks.

I make 2 pages - one with a Stack object in it, the other with a Block object in it; when I “preview” - I see the stack object content on one page and the block object content on the other page; but both pages have the theme content showing (what I would call a header). Why doesn’t the theme content (I just randomly chose Reason theme) - that is the photo in the header and the two menu tabs; why don’t they appear as objects on the two pages where I added a Stack on one and a Block on the other? Is the header only editable in the Page Styles?

I see that I can control some of the “header” content with the Page Styles - but how do I get rid of the header provided by the theme altogether and design my own? I want to have a completely different header than any of the example themes.

Thank you

Hi @AdrianB,

RapidWeaver can be used with themes - ready made websites that you fill with the content you make. The header images generally come with the theme. Some themes allow you to change them in the settings (the Master Style tab) while others do not.

If you want to build your own website, without being constraint to what the theme allows, you’d use something like Foundation (that you own). Foundation isn’t compatible with the themes out there, but instead uses its own, blank theme that comes with it. You can only use Foundation with that included theme, not with any of the other themes.

The stuff that’s managed by the theme otherwise, such as the header image, font selection, background colour and general layout, is now handled by the stacks that come with Foundation.

Blocks (assuming you mean the one by Yourhead Software) is an obsolete plugin that no longer works on modern Macs. I’d advise against using it.


Thank you much, now I understand the Foundation blank theme.

Too bad about Blocks - i was liking how precisely you could place and move around the boxes.

I noticed I had bought Foundry a few years back in 2019 - not sure what version. I see the current version is 3. Ok to install that? Looks like it has a lot of what may be useful tools.

Thank you, Adrian

That would be Foundry 2, as v3 came out a while after 2019. Foundry is a similar product to Foundation. Foundry is easier to start with than Foundation.

By the way, Foundry also comes with its own theme that you should use.


I upgaded to v3. Thanks for the theme tip - so can you use Foundry stack objects with Foundation blank theme and vice versa, or just works better keeping the respective stack objects to their own respective theme?

Most definitely only use Foundry Theme with Foundry stack items. Ditto with Foundation.

… on the other hand if you are bored and are looking to confuse and abuse yourself then go ahead and mix/match.

I think I’ll stick to simple…

So you could use a Foundation theme on one page of a project and Foundry on another - lets say one set of stacks had an object to do something that the other set didn’t…?

Is there a particular reason to use Foundation as opposed to Foundry or vice versa?

I see they both plan to support the upcoming Stacks Pro (which sounds like an alternative to RW Elements?) Kinda sounds like a split in directions is going to happen… good thing or bad thing??

Forgive me, here I am asking stuff that is being answered by reading the docs and watching the videos at the Foundry website…

Hi @AdrianB,

You can set themes on a per-page basis, but it’s a bit of a hassle to get the look and feel between those different pages looking the same if you so so. You can’t mix and match stacks from different frameworks on the same page (usually - there are a few exceptions).

You first set the theme for the entire project, and then make an exception for the page that you need to use a different theme on:

  • in the page list, select the page where the exception is needed
  • open the page inspector for that page
  • click on the Styles tab in the inspector
  • uncheck “Use Master Style
  • select a theme from the dropdown


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