The Revival WordPress Theme – Free Premium Dark Theme

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Posted in Featured , Free Themes , Wordpress Themes on 24 August 2009 56 comments


The Revival is a free dark and blue wordpress theme with premium features such as latest tweets, flickr photos, animated gallery, post thumbnail, social bookmark, popular posts and lots more. View the list of features below.

Type : Semi Magazine / Normal (Choose your preferred blogging style)
Functionality : Blog


  • Black + Blue as main colours
  • Fixed width, widget-ready and gravatar-ready
  • Tested on Chrome, FireFox, IE6, IE8, Opera, Safari.
  • PNG-24 Alpha Transparency support in MSIE
  • Tested and working properly up to WordPress 3.5
  • It beautifies your blog using Post Thumbnail and Post Image
  • Featured Posts displayed using animated slideshow
  • Tabbed Menu available
  • Ready for Google Analytics, Adsense and Webmaster Tools
  • Feedburner Integration (including showing off your feedcount)
  • Twitter Integration (show latest tweets at footer)
  • Flickr Integration (share your flickr photos at footer)
  • Built-in plugins such as page navigation and related posts.
  • Built-in social bookmark buttons to let your reader share your post easily
  • Auto determine and display popular posts at footer
  • Four ads spots in sidebar
  • Commented CSS files for easy editing
  • Custom Theme Options at Admin Panel


Preview The Revival (64321)


The Revival Wordpress Theme 1.4
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Check back soon, an important update (wordpress thumbnail feature and version checker) is rolling out to all Zenverse themes, starting from the latest theme.


Version 1.4
- Fixed the possible problem: site become blank after loading

Version 1.3.3
- Fixed padding for submit button of the searchboxes at footer and header

Version 1.3.2
- Added CSS definitions for form input and textarea (dark background color since it is a dark theme)
- Added CSS definitions for tables

Version 1.3.1
- xHTML validation passed
- Better page title in terms of SEO
- Added link to theme support forum in theme option page
- Added template files for category.php and search.php
- Simplified simple_recent_comments.php and wp-pagenavi.php
- Thumbnails for related posts now have fixed size (125 x 125)

Version 1.3
- Added and fixed google ads problem
- Fixed background colour of comment by admin
- Fixed some display bugs
- Files edited include header.php, comments.php, single.php, page.php, style.css, pagenavi-css.css and comments.css.

Version 1.2
- You can now choose to display excerpt or full post at blog index
- Some bugs were fixed
- Files edited include index.php, functions.php and style.css.

Recommendations for User

PNG-24 Support

Thanks to the IEPNGFIX, you can use PNG-24 image (with transparency) as the logo in this theme and it will work in Internet Explorer. If you want to add new DIVs to the theme at anywhere, you should apply class=”pngfix” to the element if it uses transparent PNG image as background.

Manual Excerpt

To make your blog looks better, you need to include a manual excerpt for every post (like my blog). You can add that while editing or adding new post. You can, however, leave your excerpt empty and wordpress will automatically make an excerpt for you, but all HTML tags would be auto removed.

Post Image & Thumbnails

Post Thumbnail is a square image of size 125 x 125 pixels, shown at blog index, related posts and search.
Post Image is an image of size 550 x 190 pixels, shown at single post page, below the post title.
To beautify your blog, try to include post thumbnails for every post (if possible).

Featured Category

In most cases, not all your featured posts are in the same category. You can create a new category (let’s say I called it : Featured) and choose it as the “Featured Category” at the theme option page.
Step-by-step guide to activate Featured Gallery

WP-PageNavi Plugin Conflict

Some users reported that WP-PageNavi plugin causes the sidebar and footer to be missing. If you have WP-PageNavi plugin installed, you should either deactivate the plugin or remove the built-in WP-PageNavi plugin to avoid conflict.

Theme Support / Edit / Add Features

Free theme support service has been stopped. If you need some tweaking or want to add features, please contact me. *Depending on the matter, you might need to buy me a cup of coffee or 3

Like this theme? Donate via Paypal

I spent a lot of time making themes and plugins. If you like this theme and would like to support my works, you can donate via PayPal using the button below.

Thank you.


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Free Wordpress Themes says:

Your theme is not at all working. the theme in the downloaded zip file not at all working. please check

.-= Free WordPress Themes´s last blog ..Free WordPress Blog Skins – Amerisense =-.

zen says:

@Free WordPress Themes, it works on my side.

Can you please provide screenshot if possible.

James says:

Thank you for sharing this WordPress template. I really love this and It will be used on my personal blog soon. Thank again!
.-= James´s last blog ..

zen says:

@Free WordPress Themes, I found that the problem is in MSIE. You must be using MSIE.

The files has been updated now. Please redownload the theme.

Thank you.

Mark says:

Nice lookin’ theme..
Really love it..

two thumbs up!

Velt says:

Nice theme, but I can’t seem to get the animated gallery to work on the home page. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

zen says:

1. Add Post Image to post while editing/adding new post
2. Choose a category as the “featured category” at theme option page.
3. Activate it at theme option page too.

business head says:

i tried these steps and indeed can see the the div for this now. it’s empty however. it’s not posting any posts. did i miss something? thanks :)
i really like this theme

Emperor says:

Very nice theme! But it doesn´t work for me. If I open my website, I can see the theme for a very short time…about half a second. After that it turns completely gray and I can´t see anything. Do you know what the problem is?


zen says:

@Emperor, Did you change anything? What browser you are using?

Emperor says:

I re-downloaded it, same problem. I only changed the options on my dashboard.
The browsers I tested were IE8, Firefox 3.5, Opera 10 and Safari 4….on all browsers the same.

zen says:

@Emperor, WEIRD! I tested on my site, no problem at all.

Try clearing the cache and test.

Did you edit the footer?

zen says:

@Emperor, download the latest version 1.1

Emperor says:

Thanks for your help! It´s a bit better now…but the gray thing is still there…but now it shifted downward as you can see on my screenshot. The right sidebar is missing, too. Here is the Screenshot:

zen says:

@Emperor, it did not happen to me.

What plugin you are using? try deactivating theme one by one to test.

Carrie says:

I like your theme’s and use one on another site of mine. So I thought I would try this one on my personal blogging site, and thought, wow it’s beautiful. But the links in the footer do not give you any credit and go to strange sites. Perhaps you should fix this so people can find you and we don’t have freaky links in our footer.
.-= Carrie´s last blog ..Black Tide…”Shout” =-.

zen says:

@Carrie, those links are the reason why this theme is free. cheers.

Carrie says:

@zen: But there is no link to you, just weird links. Just letting you know.

Carrie says:

Oh and another cool thing you could think of doing is having an option to either just show excerpts of posts like it is now, or have whole posts show up (unless someone uses the more code) etc.? I would do it myself but I think I would blow up something. HAH!

zen says:

@Carrie, maybe in version 1.2 (soon). Cheers.

Carrie says:

@zen: Thanks will be looking forward to it.
.-= Carrie´s last blog ..Black Tide…”Shout” =-.

zen says:

@Carrie, version 1.2 is out. You can now choose to display excerpt or full post at blog index.

Menezes says:

I need to change the ‘read more’ text in oneblog_btm_bg.png image, so which font type was used? Is there a way to change the footer’s links, maybe a donation could solve this?

zen says:

@Menezes, that font is Calibri. cheers.

Zanto says:

Thank for the theme

one question :
Where delete the Links on the Footerbar ?

The Revival designed by Auktionshaus   |   Online Magazin   |   Gewinnspiele   |   Abendmodeguide

Thank !

zen says:

@Zanto, this is a free theme so you can’t remove it.

ben says:

Hey, just wanted to say thanks for the great theme! I do want to point out 2 small errors. First, in the highlight section, the comment tally always shows up at 40 instead of showing the actual number of comments. Second, the “follow me on twitter” link on the sidebar does not link correctly. However, the twitter info that displays on the bottom is correct. These aren’t major issues, but I thought you might like to know. Again, this is a great theme. I appreciate you making available!

zen says:

@ben, thanks. fixed that in version 1.1.1. You can download it now.

No one told me about those careless mistakes :(

lavell says:

nice theme. great job!

however, it would be great if HTML was supported and not just plain text in the article summary. I want to show a video preview but it’s not possible the way it is now.

zen says:

@lavell, it is possible. You did not specify manual excerpt for your post.

If you let wordpress make an auto excerpt for your post, all HTML were removed.

But if you specify a manual excerpt in your post, you can use HTML.


Bernt says:

I really like this theme, but I can’t use it with site wide spam in the footer. Is there an option to buy a version without them?

Phi Tùng says:

How can I have nested comment like your site?

I checked “Enable threaded (nested) comments 5 levels deep” in Dashboard –> Settings –> Discussion . But it didn’t work for me.

zen says:

@Phi Tùng, frankly I don’t know whats that option (Enable threaded (nested) comment….) for.

I use WordPress Thread Comments. Cheers :)

kempozone says:

Im sure many of you are like me and one of the first things you do in the morning is head here and check out the new post. Along with seeing the new posts, I’m also always checking out the blog roll rss feed and watching them grow, or shrink sometimes. In one of my past …but all in all excellent site. Keep it up!

Vega says:

Is it possible to display only group of thumbnails on the index with links to the full post?

เอเจล says:

Good job! THANKS! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work.
best regards,

เอเจล says:

great ,thanks for share content.

games says:

Good job,nice themes

Marius says:

I’ve installed the theme… but i’ve one problem: how can i replace the name of my blog with the logo?
Nice job!

zen says:

You can do it at admin panel > appearance > theme options.

Doors says:

Thanks brother was very nice of page

Blogger Template Place says:

great themes

EihdraG says:

Hi. I’m using this template. Is it possible to make the font a little bigger? If yes, can you tell me how? newbie here at WP..Thanks..Hope to hear from you soon..

Courtney says:

these are really amazing themes. I’m going to try the revival, if i like what it looks like with my content i’ll be using it from now on, Thank you.

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic says:

Very Cool.I will told my friend about this. Thanks!

Mrinal Buddekar says:

Hey Zen,

I am using your theme. It’s really cool. I edited many portions of it. (ohh.. Don’t worry, I never touch Copyright).

People, please see the changes at and give some output here. (I am not spamming)

Changes I made:
1. Added WP125 Ad Management and removed the embedded one (as default one was always above all sidebar.
2. The Social Bookmarkings :-)
3. The Menu. The Biggest Headache. Removed the default one and added Custom support to theme. Took whole 1 Days.
4. Twitter new one.

If someone wants help in these above areas, I can. :-)

Thank you Zen for such a great work.

Mrinal Buddekar says:

And yeah,
Didn’t have much so donated whatever I had in PayPal.



Mrinal Buddekar says:

I previously contacted on zenverse email Id but mail are bouncing. I am using revival from long. I have changed the total feel & functions of the theme. I wanted to know is there any chance that I can remove copyright (say for small donations) or something like that.

Let me know.
God Bless

MovieBug says:

One of the best theme, I have used it soo long for my Movies blog.


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