Revolution 2 Now Live – Free WordPress Themes

November 6, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park  

revolution themeAs I mentioned a couple weeks back, Brian Gardner of Revolution Theme is taking a new approach to his WordPress theme business. He’s going open source. In other words, all of his amazing magazine-style themes are now available to you for FREE.

You might have noticed that Winning the Web uses a customized version of the Revolution City Theme, which is no longer available for sale. Once the old Revolution site was taken down, all of Brian’s previous themes went down with it. In a way, I’m actually glad this happened because it means that my theme is more exclusive and that less people will be using it around the web. Not bad for a $60 investment on my part.

The new Revolution themes simply look amazing. It’s actually pretty crazy that Brian is giving them away for free.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Revolution Black Canvas – This one uses WordPress as a photo portfolio site. Great for photographers looking to showcase their work.

Revolution Lifestyle – This is actually pretty similar to the theme I’m using here at Winning the Web, but with some added features and vibrant colors.

Revolution Office – The tabbed navigation in this theme is just beautiful. Something like this would work extremely well for an article site.

Revolution TV – Wow, now you can use WordPress as a video review site. It’s sleek and clean and like nothing I’ve ever seen before on the WordPress platform.

As you can probably tell, I’m totally a fan of Revolution themes and plan on using them for many of my new sites. It doesn’t get any better than this. I highly recommend you check it out as well.

In case you were wondering how Brian Gardner makes money from his new business, he’s offering support memberships that go along with his free open-source themes. Benefits include unlimited theme support from the Revolution experts, customization techniques with detailed theme tutorials and professional design services.

If you’re looking to customize your Revolution theme, you should get a support membership with it. The Pro Package costs $99.95 per year and the Pro Plus Package offers the same benefits only you get lifetime access for $149.95.

Take a look at the Revolution 2 WordPress themes.

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19 Responses to “Revolution 2 Now Live – Free WordPress Themes”

Patrick K. O'Brien on November 6th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

While I agree that the new themes do look nice, I’m still a fan of the Thesis Theme by Chris Pearson.

Gyutae Park on November 6th, 2008

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Thesis theme and for good reason. It’s probably one of the best themes out there in terms of customization features. However, I like the Revolution theme mainly because it uses WordPress as a content management system (i.e. turning the traditional blog into a magazine-style site).

Patrick K. O'Brien on November 6th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Yeah, I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Pearson can pull a rabbit out of his hat when he adds the “Cosmo Theme” capability to Thesis. The original idea was that Cosmo would be the magazine-style theme.

But now he is talking about simply making Thesis even more customizable so that the magazine-style capability will simply be built into the next Thesis release. So there will not be a separate Cosmo theme, all you need to get is Thesis.

No matter how that turns out, I think this is all good for consumers who are looking for top quality WordPress themes. They now have a few professional options to look into that are way less expensive than hiring a designer.

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ZK@Internet Marketing Blog on November 6th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I am not in awe of the revolution theme..maybe its just my opinion

Gyutae Park on November 7th, 2008

People have different tastes I guess. Nothing wrong with that. What’s your favorite theme?

Mike Henry on November 9th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I don’t know. They all pretty much look the same.

eric tan on November 7th, 2008

awesome…. i was looking for a new look for my blog… perfect timing.

Gyutae Park on November 7th, 2008

Great, glad that I could lead you to them. Which theme are you most interested in?

eric tan on November 7th, 2008

I am actually interested in the White Canvas… I am looking at launching a new photo site. Maybe you can tell me somehting, I viewed the demo and it was loading pretty slow, that probably from the size of the pics in there right?

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Mike Henry on November 9th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

The site itself is pretty slow due to getting hammered with traffic.

Ann Arbor Web Design on November 10th, 2008

You are quite correct, those are some good themes there. I have to say I liked revolution TV the best.

Frank on November 10th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

WOW. Revolution Lifestyle is so nice!

John on November 12th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I don’t see that these themes are free — I think they’re all premium themes that cost money to buy.

Mike Henry on November 12th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Rev Two these are 100% free. They offer memberships for support on customizing them. They’re packaged, IMHO, in a way that frustrates the user and makes them want to purchase support.

Desk Coder on November 14th, 2008

@Mike – I see a lot of that going around. Go to and download one of their themes. NONE of them work out of the box. I think they do that so you have to buy their support just to get their FREE themes up and running. They are nice themes, but that is a shady business practice.

Daves Affiliate Marketing on November 17th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

From my point of view they look great. However if the not so tech savvy marketers like me need to pay for support, then perhaps I should look for something else. Any suggestions on good free, user friendly themes for WordPress? (I admit it. I am using Blogger at the moment.)


Montres Casio on November 22nd, 2008

Perfect timing! I’m just about to install a blog on my ecommerce web site.

Michael R. Bernstein on November 28th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Please don’t misuse the term ‘Open Source’ in this way. None of these themes seem to be under an OSI-approved license, nor does it seem that they otherwise grant any of the copyright permissions implied by the term ‘Open Source’.

Colin Mabb on December 3rd, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

So, the theme is free, but now you just get stitched up with the support? Same old same old.

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