RapidWeaver – How Good is it Really?

RapidWeaver is an easy made-for-Mac tool that designers at all levels can use to create websites quickly and easily. Many have been taken in by its easy interface and appealing set of plugins, to the point where they no longer acknowledge the software’s limitations, or overlook them altogether. Despite RapidWeaver’s immediate appeal, it is easy to forget that there is more to successful coding than first meets the eye.

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A good starting point in understanding the popularity of RapidWeaveris to examine the reasons for its success. It is a simple, go-to application both for accomplished programmers who normally use it to quickly put together uncomplicated sites, and novices who need little knowledge of programming use it. RapidWeaver also has basic hardware needs: requiring neither high-quality displays, nor a specific design environment.

It is with the latter group of users that things sometimes go wrong. Even if beginners have the ability to create impressive visuals, they often fall short on web-integration and coding skills. This is where RapidWeaver comes to the rescue, with good and not-so-good results.

Using RapidWeaver is like throwing a bunch of presets into a pot and hoping that outcome will work harmoniously. It often results I na surplus of codes, files, and directories that, put together, may produce a high-maintenance website that will costing more time than it’s worth. The software’s HTML codes are often not as smart and as economic alas they should be (and isn’t economy of detail is essentially what HTML is all about?!). Attempts to integrate advanced media such as music, videos, and social networking features, using php code and javascript, can therefore make for clunky interfaces and sluggish response.

So what are the alternatives to RapidWeaver?

First, anytext-based site owner (such as bloggers) should look into WordPress. The software has a plethora of widgets and themes on offer, which display well on large screens, as well as on notebooks and mobile devices. HTML video and audio are also supported. In many cases WordPress will do better justice to a simple site or blog.

Second,for more complicated sites and media, there are more advanced tools such as Web Studio and WebPlus. Codes used by these applications are not perfect, and sometimes have redundancy; however they are far superior in quality to RapidWeaver.

Third, purists maintain that the only true way to get a good looking website is to code it by hand. And in an ideal world we should all be using our own HTML scripts, rather than presets. If you know HTML, or have the ability to use the services of someone who does, this will work in your favor. Since the market is saturated with products to aid web design, we tend to forget that HTML is where things actually begin. And that is often the best place to start.

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14 Responses to “RapidWeaver – How Good is it Really?”

  1. Jana

    Oct 02. 2012

    Thanks for another great article avinash. I am using RapidWeaver on my Mac and built around 25 websites with it along. Thank you..

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    • Avinash

      Oct 07. 2012

      You are very welcome Jana 🙂

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  2. RapidWeaver

    Oct 03. 2012

    I was using RapidWeaver on my mac and was fascinated about its built in features. Its so easy to build a full-functional website with it along. Thanks for the review

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    • Avinash

      Oct 07. 2012

      RapidWeaver has really great features

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  3. London web design

    Oct 04. 2012

    Thanks for the Rapidweaver review. Using it since years, but not everybody knows it.

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    • Avinash

      Oct 07. 2012

      Thanks for commenting

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  4. ben edwards

    Oct 05. 2012

    I like the helpful info you provide on your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and test once more here regularly. I’m fairly sure I will be told plenty of new stuff proper right here! Good luck for the next!

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  5. Avinash

    Oct 07. 2012

    Thank you Ben 🙂

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  6. RapidWeaver

    Oct 11. 2012

    Keep functioning, terrific job more software reviews please

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  7. Sahal

    Oct 15. 2012

    Repidweaver is really a nice tool. Using it since some time quite successfully

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  8. Rapid Weaver Fan

    Oct 17. 2012

    Hi Avinash, just want to thank you for the RapidWeaver review. I like this app and use it often

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    • Avinash

      Oct 17. 2012

      Nice! Thanks a lot

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  9. Kris

    Oct 18. 2012

    Well, Avinash, I was one of many people who asked you to convert your great blog into a book. I, too, got the tip from Eric, and I already pre-ordered it.It better be good ;-)! Jacques

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  10. Alexander Vish

    Oct 21. 2012

    Used it some time ago too, but switched to wordpress as I personally like WP most.

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