Getting Started with RapidWeaver Classic

This getting started guide will walk you through step-by-step in building and publishing your first website with RapidWeaver Classic.

Welcome to RapidWeaver

When you launch RapidWeaver the Project Window will appear.

When the Projects window is shown for the first time, RapidWeaver takes you to the Examples tab. This area shows the five included example projects, built by some of the best third-party addon developers. Each project highlights one of the modern, responsive themes included with RapidWeaver and includes a selection of different pages, meaning you can use these examples as a starting point for your own projects.

Any projects you create in RapidWeaver will appear in the Recent tab - and for ease of use, RapidWeaver will remember your selection upon the next launch.

Step 1. Start a new Project

Let’s start by building a project from scratch so that you can understand how the example sites are made, so choose Create a new RapidWeaver Project in the Projects window. You can also use the File menu’s New Project option or the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Shift-N.

The new project is empty right now, so let’s add a page to the project. There are multiple page types you can add:

  • Blog
  • Contact Form
  • File Sharing
  • HTML code
  • iFrame
  • Markdown
  • Offsite Page
  • Photo Album
  • Sitemap
  • Styled Text
  • Stacks (recommended third-party plugin)

Step 2. Add a new page

Let’s get started by adding a Styled Text page.

Step 3. Choose a Theme

RapidWeaver includes over fifty varying templates known as “themes”, including a number of modern responsive designs that you can use.

With a page now added to your project, choose Preview on the main toolbar to get your bearings (you can also toggle Preview mode with the keyboard shortcut Cmd-R). By default, RapidWeaver will apply the “Offroad” theme to your site to preview your content. We’re going to browse the available themes by toggling the Themes option on the main toolbar.

The Theme Browser allows you to apply any theme with a single click - you can customize each theme further once it’s selected. The Theme Browser allows you to search, select a specific folder (for example, to only show the more modern themes), and duplicate the themes to make modifications.

Step 4. Updating site details

Step 5. Adding Your Hosting Details

Depending on who your hosting provider is, you may need to tweak a few options in RapidWeaver before you publish your website. This is entirely normal and is simply due to web hosts having different requirements when publishing your site.

Most importantly, you’ll need to remember that the details you enter into RapidWeaver are supplied by your hosting provider, not RapidWeaver or Realmac Software.

Step 6. Publishing Your Website

Publishing your site is an exciting moment: you’ll be able to enter a website address into Safari and see the fruits of your work.


This document is a work-in-progress.