Hi group, I’m new to RW finally produced my first website. thanks to your help and Nick Cates for his stacks and theme.
I’m trying to get a site for my photobooth business, I want to have a black background with an image of a spotlight I have which also has a black background.
I am trying to use Iris from Nick Cates (sent an email) but so far I’ve tried about 4 other themes and all say adding a banner is not available on this theme. NC support says to add a background to the banner box in general so I’m a little confused.
Hope someone can help, seems pretty easy but not for me.
Bit confused as to what you are trying to achieve. A banner is generally regarded as a large image at the top of the page whereas a full page background is literally that - there all the time with your content scrolling over it. You seem to use the two interchangeably.
With the IRIS theme, if you have a background image it will largely be obscured by the page content which is a solid colour - see for example the ‘options’ page for the IRIS demo. Hence a background image for this type of theme will need to be abstract rather than a definite image.
If you want the page background to be an image with your text / photos etc sitting on top you will need a theme that supports such an approach. Henk Vrieselaar made several such themes and although now ‘retired’ from RW, his work is continued by https://www.themeflood.com - you can see some inexpensive examples there including Blow up, Fluid and Foton - all of which I think have a semi transparent content area. XXL2 also supports this approach.
You need to ensure that the page is responsive in a way that maintains all of the image on all screen sizes. Some are better for abstract images due to the way they respond.
I understand what you’re saying about the banner but the iris support site said I can add a background image via the banner in general settings, however as I noted RW 7.5 says none of my themes (I tried about 8) and all said I cannot add a banner image.
Per Nick’s support for iris page:
If you have RapidWeaver 7, go Settings > General, and drop your image into the Banner input box, done.
Have you tried using the RW 6 instructions for adding a custom background image, rather than the instructions for RW 7?
I appreciate that you are using RW 7, but the instructions for RW 6 work fine for me in spite of the fact that I am also using RW 7.
I happen to use the Nick Cates ‘Open’ theme on my site, and it also shows the same message “The theme you have selected does not support banner images” in RW 7. However, I simply use the method for displaying images that is normally used for RW 6 and it still works fine.
Please note that I warehouse the images on my server, rather than dragging them into the resources panel in RW.
By the way, I also use the ‘Codex’ theme by Michael David Design on my site, which is excellent, and it is worth pointing out that you can have multiple themes on the same site concurrently (but not on the same page obviously).
This bit on information was lost on me for my first few years of using RW, and I thought that I had to choose “The One Theme to Rule Them All” that would do everything I wanted for every page. However, once I discovered that I can actually have Nick Cate’s ‘Open’ theme for most of the standard pages, but also use Michael David’s ‘Codex’ theme for the flashier pages that needed something a bit special, I was liberated. Indeed, I use three themes across my site now.
I was hoping I could use Jack to do it, but no luck.
What I’m unclear on, is, can I place a stack over Eclipse or Impact? I have your Moving Box, and NCD’s Superflex. I want a simple responsive page with site title, menu, a background image and slide show that links the images deeper into the website.
Yeah. The theme is constraining Jack to be inside that small content area. With that sort of theme, Eclipse may work best. I dont know what theme that is, maybe we can test Eclipse for you if we have it.
Alternatively, what stock themes “set Jack free” ie allow Jack to set the full page background image. I ran through several, including “Simple” and “Simple Business” but all confined Jack to the content area.