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RapidWeaver
RapidWeaver
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RapidWeaver free download for Mac

RapidWeaver

Create template-based websites rapidly.

RapidWeaver overview

RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML- and CSS-based websites.

One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick-looking website that takes very little effort.

RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead for some little tools to help spice up your website in RapidWeaver.

What’s new in version 8.9.3

Updated on Nov 02 2021

Version 8.9.3:
  • Fixed an issue with Publishing via SFTP
View older RapidWeaver updates

Information

License

Shareware

Size

102.8 MB

Downloads

301547

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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What needs improvements

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RapidWeaver qualities

Value
3.0
Ease of use
3.0
Features
2.5
Reliability
4.5
Customer support
4.0
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Pogmoor
Pogmoor
Mar 5 2022
8.9.3
0.0
Mar 5 2022
0.0
Version: 8.9.3
Having abandoned Sandvox a couple of years ago when it was clear that development had stalled I looked at all the other MacOS desktop web builders before settling on RapidWeaver as clearly the best for my needs. It is not cheap and some of the add-ons that give extra functionality are also expensive but if you are serious about building an attractive and responsive website without coding there is nothing to beat it. There is an active community of add-on developers and the app itself is frequently updated - version 9 is expected soon.
Zen22
Zen22
Feb 20 2022
8.9.3
1.0
Feb 20 2022
1.0
Version: 8.9.3
Welcome to the RapidWeaver platform. Where you spend $100 to get a barebones app and then the developers themselves encourage the use of a bunch of addons that cost hundreds of more dollars. Seriously. What can this app do on its own? Such a waste of time. The makers of the self-proclaimed "best web DESIGN software for Mac" can't even DESIGN their own website without the help of third party software IN THEIR OWN app. Sure, RapidWeaver has been around for two decades. And what's been developed in that time is a glorified (and non user friendly) TEMPLATE EDITOR which comes with about 8 modern usable templates. How funny this WEB DESIGN app can't do web design at all. This is clearly a company comfortable with its position, surrounded by add-on creators equally comfortable. There's no innovation here. What's the web without innovation? Every little detail costs extra.
Paolo-Tramannoni
Paolo-Tramannoni
Dec 5 2021
8.9.3
0.0
Dec 5 2021
0.0
Version: 8.9.3
RapidWeaver is just the foundation of a modular web development system. As is, you can create simple web sites and blogs, easy do design, publish and update. I've managed to develop some not-so-simple web sites during the years, with just the help of some manual coding (that can easily be done). Add Stacks, and you get more advanced page layout features. Add Foundry or Foundation, and you get an advanced web development tool, with which you can design the most sophisticate page layouts. Add other modules (or 'stacks'), add templates, and you get a lot for any type of personal and commercial web site. Costs grow depending on the complexity of the requested task. It not mandatory, even if tempting, to let it grow. In the end, RW+Stacks+Foundry/Foundation are some 200€, well deserved for an advanced development tool with great support.
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
Apr 8 2021
8.8.1
0.0
Apr 8 2021
0.0
Version: 8.8.1
There's little info in why you'd want to use this if you can actually code HTML/CSS already. There are frameworks for getting off the ground building compete sites and staying ahead. A tool like this would appear to just get in the way and not mesh well with all developer tools and frameworks out there.
neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
Mar 21 2020
8.5.1
1.0
Mar 21 2020
1.0
Version: 8.5.1
What a joke that this application cannot open or import existing html files! And when copying the html code from a rather simple html file with nothing but three small tables into a new Rapidweaver project there is nothing but crap to be seen. Downloaded, installed, tried, deleted.
neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
Mar 21 2020
8.5.1
1.0
Mar 21 2020
1.0
Version: 8.5.1
What a joke that this application cannot open or import existing html files!
neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
Mar 21 2020
8.5.1
1.0
Mar 21 2020
1.0
Version: 8.5.1
What a joke that this application cannot open existing html files!
pl-svn
pl-svn
Feb 2 2020
8.5.1
0.0
Feb 2 2020
0.0
Version: 8.5.1
Click "Download" and... what you get is v8.3, not 8.5.1 :-/
Bluebird
Bluebird
Jan 28 2019
8.1.1
5.0
Jan 28 2019
5.0
Version: 8.1.1
Rapidweaver just keeps getting better with each update. Those who are negative here are obviously not enjoying the added benefit of using Stacks with Foundation or Foundry. These magical additions are critical to getting serious development from Rapidweaver. They cost extra, but WELL worth the SMALL investment to easily achieve amazing sites. Purchasing extra Stacks to achieve a particular feature is just common sense. No web authoring app can provide everything out of the box to suit your desires. With Stacks you can add almost anything spectacular to complete a dazzling site. Rapidweaver with Stacks and Foundation or Foundry is the way to go.
Zx81
Zx81
Dec 6 2018
8.0.3
0.0
Dec 6 2018
0.0
Version: 8.0.3
OMG, I have to pay...again! This is insane!
iamdavid
iamdavid
Dec 5 2018
8.0.3
1.0
Dec 5 2018
1.0
Version: 8.0.3
Rapidweaver 8.1 was issued 3. weeks ago. What is wrong with this site? Nearly everything on it is one or more versions behind.
mzulgis
mzulgis
Apr 15 2018
7.5.5
0.0
Apr 15 2018
0.0
Version: 7.5.5
I was considering this product, but reading comments here that so many additional plugins/addons need to be purchased to get it working right put me off. I'll keep looking until I find something fairly priced which doesn't have all these hidden costs. Considering either Sandvox or Everweb, not sure which produces the best looking sites. I already have Everweb so I can upgrade to the latest version, but if Sandvox is better maybe I'll go for that.
tognans
tognans
Dec 28 2017
7.5.5
4.0
Dec 28 2017
4.0
Version: 7.5.5
Purchased to replace an iWEB. Boy Scout Site as we needed to migrate to Sierra and iWeb is not compatible (would not work on ours) Although I could have wished for an easier and more intuitive interface, the videos quickly gave me what I needed to replace a multi paged and detailed website entirely in a few hours. The new site is ALMOST exactly what we wanted and we haven't even begun to learn RapidWeaver. Once we learn more I believe we will be able to manipulate the spaces more precisely and be even more happy with the product. Right now, Very pleased to replace the iWeb site so easily.
misterjspencer
misterjspencer
Dec 4 2017
7.5.4
1.0
Dec 4 2017
1.0
Version: 7.5.4
I used Rapidweaver for many years, then came paid upgrades, plugin creators out of business and I realised I had been had...here was an app purporting to create websites with ease that actually I needed more paid plugins and a decent paid theme to create a reasonable site. Is that really the future of simple website building. so I tried Sandvox, and a weight was lifted from my shoulders.
Quest4sanity
Quest4sanity
Nov 15 2017
7.5.2
5.0
Nov 15 2017
5.0
Version: 7.5.2
Since version 3, Rapidweaver has allowed me to manage several websites for years, updating their designs to integrate stores, add responsiveness and keep things modern with out having to delve heavily into code (though you can if you want). It's an indispensable tool for my business. Rapidweaver is one of the apps that keeps me a Mac user. I can't recommend it, or the community of developers surrounding it enough.
john-348
john-348
Nov 5 2017
7.5.2
4.5
Nov 5 2017
4.5
Version: 7.5.2
I've used RapidWeaver since ver. 5 and I have to admit changing from Adobe DreamWeaver was very positive. I have upgraded to version 6 and now 7 I must admit that a lot of addons are unnecessary, but you decide for yourself what to download/use - my favorite is TotalCMS I've just bought a brand new iMac and there have been challenges to install Addons, but I found out that I could find hidden files by way of Forklift and by the way copy Addons from the old to the new one - very simple and fast.
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
Sep 4 2017
7.4.1
0.5
Sep 4 2017
0.5
Version: 7.4.1
I wouldn't use it even if they gave me a license for free. Out of date approach.

If you just want something up and running with the least amount of hassles and don't want to learn to code, wordpress.com, squarespace.com, wix.com, etc. any hosted solutions are much easier, quicker, and more powerful than Rapidweaver. Your site could be up and running before you can finish paying for Rapidweaver and get a license, free of charge with some options.

If you want a custom website, there is no way around learning HTML and CSS. It's just a markup language. It's not that hard to learn, and you will have the level of flexibility and ability to create something that Rapidweaver will never be able to achieve.

Save your $99 and look elsewhere.
Ptk3
Ptk3
Jun 7 2017
7.4.1
1.5
Jun 7 2017
1.5
Version: 7.4.1
Seems like RapidWeaver is not next-gen app anymore, but seems to be old-gen app, nor its design neither its business model. There are LOT of solutions to make good looking websites without paying for a lot of plugins just to make it work. LOT of CMS do the job MUCH BETTER for free and if you don't like Wordpress, try Concrete5 which is WYSIWYG and FrontEnd… and as CMS, easy to update, even from your phone! Even try WIX, or the unkown web builder of your webhoster… But if you like better an app on your mac, there are also MANY apps MUCH BETTER designed, with lot of better possibilities to built and enhance your site (though RW need a paid plugin for… everything), and with better code, much understandable and maintainable… by you, with a learning curve equal that the one to learn RW: try Pinegrow for half the price of RW naked (which need much more money to be just functional), of Flux for the same price, but both are MUCH POWERFULL than RW, Boy, Girl, Man, Women, Trans, QUIT this app that costed so much money to recover the freedom of web site development with the standard of webdesign, and spread the word: this app sucks your money the old fashion way, and stucks you to the past… Or better, if you have time: take a course of HTML and CSS at Udemy of OpenClassrooms (for free), and discover the pleasure of coding with tools like Sublime Text, Atom or Brackets. I really use to love RW years ago, but enough is enough; this app takes you away from what the web is now…
Kihoalu
Kihoalu
Mar 10 2017
7.3
0.0
Mar 10 2017
0.0
Version: 7.3
Scott C - partially in respone to your Feb 1, 2017 comment:

Vers 7.3 seems pretty good, but that’s based upon not being able
to pinpoint the exact source of a litany of problems I encounter. Overall, the idea is good.

To do what I am trying to do with some of the add-ons -- would take expert knowledge to handle in straight code. That said, its far from painless much of the time if you are trying to get the tool to match your vision, vs simply accepting canned effects & being impressed.

I’ve spent way too much to find out even the best add-ons are generally not simple. I find that every time I fix a thing, or more likely - have one thing fixed --> two others break.

I’ve poured hundreds into a tool that I can’t seem to get & keep humming.

The biggest irritation is that most sales pitches for RW (maybe mostly its add-ons) have no solid subject in the sentences; they’re all freakin’ STACKS of adjectives!

Either people would need to be doing something basic & standard (making RW a disproportional investment at full price), alternately I concur with your conclusion that it requires a lot of coding knowledge to do anything special & custom.

Oe can get on the bus & ride. But one also needs to know when the hell to get off it.
Kihoalu
Kihoalu
Jan 24 2017
7.2.2
0.0
Jan 24 2017
0.0
Version: 7.2.2
Purely my opinion & after some frustration, so take that into consideration:

Rapidweaver has some interesting features & you can construct a basic site quickly. The developer is helpful & responsive.

It is a tool for professional, or semi-pro (unpaid hobbyist) developers, imo. Dilettantes can manage to create a basic site well enough. (An involved test drive is warranted).

That said, RW has a few quirks. While the core product is good, it seems to be a framework in which a lot of people sell additional bells & whistles. Some of those that I've seen are excellent. Those can add up if you dive into them & not all work equally well together.

Experiences with add-ons can color general feelings about Rapidweaver itself. If you have a good experience there - great. If not -- well you won't be as happy with RW.

Sorting through similar competing add-ons can be baffling at first. Some of these 3rd party tools are very well documented, others, not so much. Keep in mind these are 3rd party tools. Some of the tool modules may be server-side only. Or look at MAMP as another way to save projects locally, after installing your usual server-side software on your computer.

If you plan on building sites without any hint of coding on your own, make sure you mock-up a representative version of your final site to thoroughly test in a demo copy. Figure out how you feel about the Edit/Preview mode flipping, or keep a browser open to see your outcome.

First & foremost, consider buying a product called "Stacks" immediately, an add-on that helps create drag & drop placement. (Not to be confused with small features in the application which are also referred to as "stacks" lowercase). That can be a near essential add-on, although there are other options, too. There are 3rd party CMS tools available, same as one might find in Wordpress.

Complicated sites are perhaps not AS easy to generate in every case.
If you find a theme that is precisely what you want without much tweaking, that is great & prices vary, though most run abt $30. Beyond finding a canned theme, you may have to make adjustments to text color, etc & save that out as a custom theme variant.

There are a lot of questions to ask & answer if you step into this cold.
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