Single page websites are trending at the moment and I expect them to be with us for a while yet.
It is no surprise then that One Little Designer has released a single page theme called Sweep.
Sweep is a theme that, at the moment, is aimed specifically at Stacks pages. It works to an extent with standard RapidWeaver pages, the contact form works well for instance, but otherwise the results are not ideal – purely and simply because standard RapidWeaver pages have to be placed as external pages and not within the single page layout. Sweep includes a theme and three stacks. The stacks are Sweep Page, Sweep External Link and Sweep Slider.
Sweep Page is the primary stack – it holds your page contents. Each time you place a Sweep Page stack, a new page is added, vertically, to your site. Sweep Pages are configured – as are all one page sites – to fill 100% of the current viewport. It is important, therefore, to work within the restraints of this layout. Don't place too much information on each page, as it will be cut off at the bottom of the screen.
Sweep External Link is a link that will appear in your site's navigation bar, we shall look at the navigation later.
As you are probably aware, single page websites scroll vertically to the next or previous page.
Sweep Slider lets you position pages horizontally within a Sweep Page, you can then navigate to the left or right to view the next or the previous page.
Sweep allows you to choose between two different navigation forms in the theme settings. The navigation can be set either to a traditional navigation menu that remains static at the top of the page, or it can be set to a minimalistic vertical bullet menu.
Font Awesome is integrated into the theme. As such, the navigation can be set to display icons in both the traditional and the bullet menu. When either the navigation bar or the bullets are clicked, the display scrolls down to the appropriate Sweep Page and bounces to announce its arrival there.
Sweep theme offers a choice of 17 different fonts for both headlines and paragraphs. What surprised me, however, was the built-in lightbox, not because it is included, but the way it works. At first I couldn't find out how it was triggered. Jeremy's demo page uses 1LD's Responsive Grid to house his images. If you click on an image, a lightbox opens. Responsive Grid never did that on my pages!
I eventually worked out that if images are named 'lightbox-1', 'lightbox-2' etc. any image on the page will display inside the lightbox when clicked. Very impressive.
I like Sweep's simplicity. Impressive sites can be built quickly and personalised easily. I haven't used a 'prefabricated' theme in ages. This might just change in the near future.
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