RapidWeaver FAQ - Tutorials, Tips & Tricks


About the rapidweaverfaq.org website

I started to build this website at the beginning of 2009 after finding out that there are some things people want to be able to do when building their website but there are very few websites actually explaining them in a comprehensible way how to achieve them. Since then the number of discussed topics on the website and the number of visitors keep increasing.

On November 25th 2010 I published the
RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book (.pdf) which has seen a lot of updates since then.

In addition to the content of the RapidWeverFAQ.org website the RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book also includes instructions about:
Auto-Fading photos slideshow, Random text or images (or random anything else), Floating menu (or float anything else), Sliding image menu, Accordion menu, Background slideshow, Five Star rating system (Bonus Chapter) and much more… which are not discussed on the website.

You can buy my RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book here or download a free sample here.

Have a nice day,
Cédric -

Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

The list of the FAQs on this website is divided into categories. However some of the items on the list can be used for different purposes so you may also have a look at the items in other categories.

• Introductory and popular

General tips - Read them especially if you’re new to building websites
Basic web knowledge base - Here you will find all the basic informations you must know if you want to start building a website or are already building one...
Basic HTML Codes knowledge base - Here you will find some very useful HTML Codes knowledge...
Introduction to RapidWeaver (Basics) - Here you will find a brief introduction to RapidWeaver...
Known issues and general troubleshoot - Find a solution for almost any problem you may have with RapidWeaver

Backup and retrieve

How can I make a backup of my RapidWeaver website? How can I retrieve my website?

Transfer website
How do I transfer my website made with RapidWeaver from one computer to another?

Two computers
How do I edit one website from two computers?

How can I get my RapidWeaver created website to show up on Google? And what about Meta-Tags? (Also works for websites not made with RapidWeaver)

Statcounter and Google Analytics
I want to track my site visitors on all pages, and I'd like to use a service that tells me which pages visitors are looking at and what links they click etc. Is this possible with Rapidweaver and how?

Click counter
How can I see how many times a certain link is clicked or how many times a certain file was downloaded?

E-Commerce and business solutions
Selling stuff using RapidWeaver. Is that possible? Can I build a store? Any suggestions on how to do that?

• Publishing and hosting

Publishing, FTP and Hosting
How can I publish my site? What hosting or what server should I use?

Using HostGator

Using HostExcellence

Personal Domains on MobileMe
How do personal domains of the type of yourdomain.com work? How do I register them? Do I get personal e-mails too?

Multiple websites
Can I manage multiple websites in RapidWeaver? How?

Multilingual websites

I would like to have a website in multiple languages. How can I do that? And how can I have the buttons displaying in the right language?

Content for a friend
I have created and published a website for myself with RapidWeaver. I was so enthusiastic that I've now promised a friend that I will create one for her. I thought I could create this for her on my Mac save it to CD/DVD and give it to her to load onto her Mac so that she could finish it off and publish it from her Mac (while I reload and continue servicing my website in RapidWeaver on my Mac). How could I achieve this?

Website for a group
Not available yet

• Appearance

Where can I find more themes for RapidWeaver?

Empty blank page
How can I have an empty page? How can I have a totally blank page with no theme or template on it? I would like to start with a page with just nothing on it! No styles, nothing!

Text formatting
Here you can find a few text formatting tips in addition to those obvious RapidWeaver formattings. If you have any more tips that aren’t listed here please share them. Thank you.

Where can I change the background? How can I set an image which adapts to the window-size as the background and make it static or fixed?

Background slideshow
How can I have a slideshow as the background of my RapidWeaver website or page?

How can I have columns in RapidWeaver?

How can I add a table to my RapidWeaver created website?

• Navigation

Drop down menu
How can I add a drop down or slide down menu in RapidWeaver?

Tear down menu
How can I add a tear down menu in RapidWeaver?

Sliding image menu
How can I add an imageMenu to my website?

Accordion menu
How can I add an accordion menu in RapidWeaver?

Color fading menu
Not available yet

Image map
How can I add an imagemap to RapidWeaver? Can I have small windows (tooltips) popping up when people point their mouse over part of the image (on mouseover)? Can I have different parts of an image linking to different pages?

Rollover buttons or images
How can I add Rollover images or Rollover buttons to my RapidWeaver created site?

Floating menu (or float anything else)
How can I add a floating menu in RapidWeaver? What is that good for? How can I have some text floating? Links? An image?

How can I automatically redirect people from one of my pages to another page maybe even to a page of an external website? How can I make a redirect in RapidWeaver?

On one of my pages I would like to add a page-internal link. A link to a spot on the same page. How can I do that in RapidWeaver?

• Text and other content

Custom fonts on the web
How can I use custom fonts hence not web safe fonts on the web and keep them readable for search engines?

Wrap text around objects

How can I have text wrapping around images, movies, music players, other text, or anything else in RapidWeaver?

How can I add an iFrame to RapidWeaver?

Scrolling text and images
How can I have text or images which scroll automatically in RapidWeaver?

Auto-Fading text
How can I have text changing automatically with fade-in and out effect?

Different tabs with slide effect
How can I have different tabs on a page with a slide effect when changing from one slide to another?

Mixed contents slideshow
How can I have a slideshow with photos, text, a mix between photos and text all in one?

Toggle, Hide/Display
How can I add some content to my page which is hidden when the page loads and displays when people click on a link?

Popup windows
How can I add pop up windows to RapidWeaver?

How can I add a calendar to my RapidWeaver website?

Date and time
How can I have the current date and time displaying on my website? What about countdown or count-up timers?

Google Maps
How do I add a Google Map to my website? How can I add a map with a mark/pin, descriptions, lines and more on it?

Not yet available

• Photos and images

Highslide JS
How can I add something similar to LightBox to my RapidWeaver created website? What about Highslide?

How can I add Shadowbox to my RapidWeaver created website? What can I do with it?

How can I add Shadowbox to my RapidWeaver created website? What can I do with it?

Auto-Fading photos slideshow
How can I have a slideshow with photos changing automatically with a fade-in and out effect? How can I have people changing the photos manually?

What is the best way to add panoramic or high resolution photos in RapidWeaver? How can I add Zoomify to my website?

Simple scroll image gallery
Just one more way to present your photos...

Mouseover photo album
How can I have some thumbnails displaying at the top and the bottom of a bigger image and when people point their mouse over the thumbnails the image displays in the area of the bigger image?

Cover Flow
How can I add the cover flow effect to my website?

Random text or images (or random anything else)
How can I have a photo, some text, links or anything else changing on pageload so every time the page is reloaded the image or text changes randomly?

• Music and audio

Music and audio
How can I add music to my RapidWeaver created website? What about Flash players? What about HTML5 players? How can I have it to go on playing no matter what page the visitors are looking at?

The best Flash players

Sound on mouseover or click
How can I have a sound playing when people point their mouse over an image or some text? How can I have a sound playing on click?

• Video

Movies and Flash content
How can I embed any video content into my RapidWeaver website? How can I embed my videos using HTML5?

Can someone please tell me how to post a YouTube video to my RapidWeaver blog? Can I post a YouTube video to any other RapidWeaver page besides blog pages? Can I have multiple YouTube videos playing in the same area?

• Files

Files and downloads
I would like to add a .pdf (or any other file or folder) for visitors to download if they would like. How can I do this?

Google Docs
I would like to embed something like an excel document to my website which I could edit when I get new data. And be able do share a Word document with a friend of mine to be able to edit it both.

• Social networks and interactivity

Tell a friend widget and StumbleUpon
How can I add a Tell a friend widget to my RapidWeaver created website for people to easily send the link to one of my pages to their friends and bookmark it? What about StumbleUpon?

Facebook and Twitter
I’m a Facebook user. How can I get my visitors to add me as a friend? How can I create a fan page for my website to start a community? How can I have people sharing the URL of my website with their friends on FB? And much more…

How can I have users leaving me comments on my website? How can I have a comment functionality or feature on my RapidWeaver website?


How can I add Forms or Contact forms to RapidWeaver?

How can I add a poll to my website? I would like to ask questions to my visitors and have their answers in a simple and easy way.

How can I add a Guestbook to my RapidWeaver created website?

Forums or discussionboards
How can I add a Forum or a Discussion Board like vBulletin or PhpBB to RapidWeaver?

Does anyone know of an easy way to integrate an e-mail newsletter manager into RapidWeaver? I’d like one that is free, if possible. What’s the best way to manage the contacts? How can I build the Newsletter in RapidWeaver? How do I send it out?

Password protect and login form
How can I add a password to part of my website for it to not be visible for the public but only for people I allow? How can I add a login to my website and redirect people to a specific page or site? Can I do this in RapidWeaver?

Google Search Box
Can I add a Google search field (or search box) to my RapidWeaver created website? Can I have it searching within my own website?

Five Star rating system
How can I have a rating system with five stars in iWeb for people to rate different pages or products on my website?

• More

Plugins and add-ons
Where do I find plugins and add-ons for RapidWeaver?

Blogging and WordPress
Blogging on the road? I really like RapidWeaver blogs but the problem is that I’m planning to go on a trip through Europe and want to keep my friends and my family updated. I don’t want to take my computer with me. Can I update a blog from an internet café? From the office?

Is it possible to create the mouseover effect... When the mouse is hovering over a photo or a link text pops up indicating that its a link and when the mouse is pulled off the photo or link the text goes away? This effect is called Tooltips.

Many websites have little images before the http, like apple has the apple logo. How do you put one of these icons into your own website so you don't only have the blue dot?


What is a Widget? How do they work? Where do I find Widgets?


How can I add falling snow to my website?

Disable right-click
How can I disable the right-click on my website? I want to avoid people getting text or photos out of my website.

About RapidWeaver and mobile devices
Can I update my website from a mobile device? Do I have to offer a mobile version of my website? How?

MobileMe and iCloud
MobileMe vs. iCloud FAQ. What is iCloud? What happens with MobileMe? Where should I host my website after MobileMe?

Migrating from iWeb
I'm switching from iWeb to RapidWeaver. What's the best way to do that? Can I import my iWeb website into RapidWeaver?

This website is hosted by:


If you’re looking for a good hosting I would really recommend you to use HostGator since I’m using it for my own websites. It’s working great and their customer support is great too. They are definitely on the good side of the jungle. Also I think it’s really easy to use.

HostGator currently offers the following hosting packages:
Hatchling, Baby, Business, VPS.

Hatchling Plan

Recommended for:

People who plan to build only ONE website.


- Toll free support
- Unlimited space
- Unlimited monthly datatransfer
- Unlimited MySQL
- 1 Domain allowed

and more...

Signup for 3.96$/month

Baby Plan

Recommended for:

People who plan to build multiple websites.


- Toll free support
- Unlimited space
- Unlimited monthly datatransfer
- Unlimited MySQL
- Unlimited domains allowed

and more...

Signup for 6.36$/month

Business Plan

Recommended for:

People who plan to build multiple websites.


- Toll free support
- Unlimited space
- Unlimited monthly datatransfer
- Unlimited MySQL
- Unlimited domains allowed
- 1 dedicated IP address

and more...

Signup for 10.36$/month

All plans offer toll free customer support by Chat, Phone, Ticket and Forum.

Hatchling allows only one domain so it's only for people who want to build only one website. Baby allows unlimited domains hence unlimited websites. The Business Plan adds a dedicated IP address. A dedicated IP ensures faster response during periods of high traffic load and may also improve your website's ranking on search engines.

If you decide to use HostGator I would not recommend you to use the
Hatchling plan unless you want to build only one website since otherwise it's way too limited. I would recommend you to at least use the Baby plan but better use the Business plan (which is the one I use). Of course you can upgrade your plan at any time.

If you plan having a lot of different websites or a website with a lot of traffic then you may want to have a look at
VPS which offers more resources.

When you signup you can either choose a new domain or provide a domain you already own. You will also have to choose a username and a password. If you signup with an existing domain make sure to change the DNS Servers with the ones you will be provided by HostGator at your current registrar.

You will find a short review I wrote about HostGator as well as some basic instructions and FAQs on how to use HostGator on this page.

These FAQs are also discussed in my RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book (sample)

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