WP Theme Review: Dark Black


UPDATE: 02/04/08
You can now download the Dark Black theme from my Downloads page via zip file. I still don’t have the customization kit but I’ll upload it right away as soon as I get it.

UPDATE: 08/05/07
I found out from Nemo’s comment that OneMoreRevision can’t be accessed at this time. If anyone wants to have this theme, just leave a comment with your email address and I’ll send the zip file to your inbox.

Dark Black is a beautiful theme scheme created by OneMoreRevision for the popular Dark theme by Bartelme. Dark Black works exactly as the original theme and the only difference is the color scheme.

The Dark Black theme has been tested on WordPress 2.1.3 and browsers like Firefox, Safari, IE 6 & 7. It’s been validated as XHTML 1.0 and CSS 2.0 compliant and supports the following WordPress plugins:

  • flickrRSS
  • Gravatar
  • Ultimate Tag Warrior
  • WP-PageNavi

You can also download the Dark Black customization kit to create a personalized logo. Right now, the kit doesn’t include instructions so you’ll have to figure it out yourself.

Screenshot:
WP Theme Dark Black

My Take:
The Dark Black is a beautiful “dark” WordPress theme. If you love dark themes, you’ll definitely love this one and I’m pretty sure you’ll be downloading it soon afterwards. Personally, I like it more than the original theme. I think the color scheme suits the design better. The author, Brad Bowen did a really good job with this theme.

When I first saw this theme, I was tempted to use it here on JaypeeOnline but changed my mind because I know some readers might have a hard time reading my posts with the dark background. IMO, this theme would be fine for personal blogs or photoblogs but not for blogs that have lengthy or wordy posts.

The only drawback that I can see for this theme is that it isn’t widget-ready. Although it might not be long before someone decides to make this theme widget-ready. So for those who use widgets, you’ll just have to wait. I give this theme a 4.5 out of 5.

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79 Comments

  1. asif eminov

    May 5, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    nice theme.
    I download for my one blog. thanks.

  2. JP Habaradas

    May 28, 2008 at 4:55 AM

    @Maik – Yes, this is one of my all-time favorite themes. However, I couldn’t use it here on my blog cause the dark background can make it difficult for some readers to read the posts.

    Thanks for the comment and for dropping by Maik! :)

  3. Maik

    May 28, 2008 at 4:50 AM

    Its a very nice Theme … I´m searched for a dark Theme and thats the best … :-)

    greeetz Maik

  4. JP Habaradas

    February 3, 2008 at 8:05 AM

    @tom – Hi! You can now download the Dark Black theme in my Downloads page. :)

  5. tom

    February 3, 2008 at 8:00 AM

    hi there. i also searched for this theme and like the others commenters before me – the website is down and downloading is impossible.

    if its okay for you pls send me a copy too, hope you dont mind that we all waiting for your emails :)

    the easiest way and fastest of course is, to offer the theme directly in this post. i found you via google search engine.

    thx in advance

  6. JP Habaradas

    February 1, 2008 at 4:45 AM

    @Sambhav – Thanks for the suggestion! Actually, I already had plans of doing it a long time ago, it’s just that I don’t have the time to finish it. Anyways, the theme is now available in my Downloads page. :)

  7. Sambhav

    February 1, 2008 at 4:44 AM

    Jaypee,

    Could you please mail me the Dark Black theme and the customization kit(when you get it)?

    A suggestion: Why not upload the zip somewhere and give a link to it in the post. It would save you the trouble of sending out the files to so many people.

  8. JP Habaradas

    January 20, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    @Swiftie – The Dark Black theme is now available for download in my Downloads page but I still don’t have the customization kit.

  9. Swiftie

    January 20, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Could you please send me this theme and the customization kit please?

  10. JP Habaradas

    January 18, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    @tyler – You can now download the theme from my Downloads page. :)

  11. tyler

    January 18, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Can you send me a Copy of this theme and the custom kit. The website link isn’t working …Thanks

  12. JP Habaradas

    December 20, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    @Amit – I already sent you a copy of the theme. Please check your inbox and let me know if you’ve received it or not. :)

  13. Amit

    December 20, 2007 at 2:05 AM

    Hi Jaypee, Can you please send me the template by Email. I would love to use this on one of my Blogs.

    Thanks in advance.

    Amit

  14. JP Habaradas

    November 10, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    @Darkness – Just sent you a copy of the theme. Sorry if it took me a while to reply. Enjoy! :)

  15. Darkness

    November 10, 2007 at 6:15 AM

    Could you please send a copy of the theme? Thank you.

  16. JP Habaradas

    October 10, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    @denice – Sorry but I don’t have the custom kit file here in my laptop. I have it in another computer which I left back in the East coast. I’ll send it to you as soon as I get it, ok? :)

  17. denice

    October 10, 2007 at 8:33 PM

    please send custom kit and thanks for the great site.

  18. JP Habaradas

    October 5, 2007 at 7:30 AM

    @Giode – I’m sorry but this theme is not widget-ready so you can’t use widgets. You’ll have to wait for someone to do it or ask someone to make it widget-ready for you. You’re welcome! :)

  19. Giode

    October 5, 2007 at 7:26 AM

    Thank you again.. I would ask you a thing.. How can i add to this theme the widgets?? Thanks..

  20. JP Habaradas

    October 4, 2007 at 1:55 AM

    @Hanna – That’s good, you’re welcome! :)

  21. Hanna

    October 4, 2007 at 1:51 AM

    I got the file ok. Thanks again!

  22. JP Habaradas

    October 3, 2007 at 4:50 AM

    @Hanna – Thanks for the compliment! I’ve sent a copy of the Dark Black theme to your email, please check if you receive the attached zip file. Sorry, I still couldn’t find the Orange mod. You’re welcome! :D

  23. Hanna

    October 3, 2007 at 4:49 AM

    Hey buddy, love the site. I’d be much obliged if you could send me a copy of this theme too. I was going to make my own mod of the dark theme, but now I don’t have to! Thanks in advance.

    Ps. If you also have the orange mod to this theme, I’d be super pleased if you’d pass that along too.

  24. JP Habaradas

    October 1, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    @Giode – Please check your inbox, I sent you a copy of the theme. You’re welcome! :)

  25. Giode

    October 1, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    please i need the theme dark black. Please can you send me zip file?? Thank you!!

  26. JP Habaradas

    September 18, 2007 at 1:20 AM

    @Cindy – I just sent you the Dark Black theme. I have the customization kit on a different machine so I’ll send it to you later. :)

  27. Cindy

    September 18, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Could you please send me the download for dark_black and the orange if you have it along with the customisation kit.

    I sincerely appreciate it.

    Kind thanks in advance.

  28. JP Habaradas

    September 17, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    @Francis – I’ve emailed you a copy of the theme. Yes, please do. I’m looking forward to see your theme mods. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  29. Francis

    September 17, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    I’d like the theme please…I have some great mod ideas for it.I’ll send you the link when I’m done. Thanks!

  30. JP Habaradas

    September 3, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    @wolfius – Hehe I know. I only did a review but didn’t expect to be sending out the theme to interested users. I think I also downloaded the Dark Orange but I’m not sure where I kept it. I’ll try to look for it and let you know. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  31. wolfius

    September 3, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    haha it seems that a lot of people is going to ask you for a copy of this theme from now on.. :P I donwloaded the dark black a while ago and still have it but I want to check it out the dark orange… do you have that one too?

  32. JP Habaradas

    September 2, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    @bRkDiStuRb3d – I’ve just sent you a copy of the theme. Unfortunately, this theme doesn’t support widgets.

  33. bRkDiStuRb3d

    September 2, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Could you send me one, also, Jay? This theme is awesome, but does it support widgets?

  34. JP Habaradas

    September 1, 2007 at 10:27 PM

    @Katzel – The one I have is version 1.3 and I think that’s the latest version released before the author’s site become inaccessible. I just sent you a copy. You’re welcome and glad to know you liked the review. :)

  35. Katzel

    August 30, 2007 at 8:03 PM

    Could someone tell me what version this theme is currently on? I would also appreciate an emailed copy. Thanks a lot for the review!

  36. JP Habaradas

    August 29, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    @Kadir – You’re welcome! Let me know when you’re using the theme so I can drop by your blog. :)

  37. Kadir

    August 29, 2007 at 8:14 AM

    thanks I received it.Good luck. :smile:

  38. JP Habaradas

    August 28, 2007 at 10:48 PM

    @Kadir – Thanks for the compliment! I’ve sent you a copy of the Dark Black theme so please check your inbox. Let me know if you receive the attachment. :)

  39. Kadir

    August 28, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    hi man great theme and great review thanks in advance ı am forward to meeting download this.please send it to me.

  40. JP Habaradas

    August 27, 2007 at 12:43 AM

    @Seb – You’re welcome! :)

  41. Seb

    August 26, 2007 at 6:19 AM

    Got it. Kudos to you Jaypee, thanks! :)

  42. JP Habaradas

    August 25, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    @Seb – Yeah, don’t know what happened to the author’s website. It seems that he just disappeared into thin air. Btw, your other comment had your email address so I had to delete it. A word of advice, next time you leave a comment, never post your email address.

    I’ve sent you a copy of the theme so please check your inbox and let me know if you receive it. Enjoy! :)

  43. Seb

    August 25, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    It’s really nice theme but sadly it’s no longer available for download. :/

    I can’t find it anywhere.

  44. JP Habaradas

    August 20, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    @kak – I don’t have the password or access to the author’s site. I can only send you the theme via email. :)

  45. kak

    August 19, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    I need a password to access to the download page :(

    Could you provide me the theme ?

  46. JP Habaradas

    August 15, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    @MaryJane – Glad to know that you got it. You’re welcome! :)

    I’ve seen that blog before and I believe he redesigned the theme but kept the credits at the bottom of the theme. He is taking credit for the CSS and customization of the theme’s design and not the theme itself so it’s okay. :)

  47. MaryJane

    August 12, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Browsing the internet and i ran across this theme done in another color. You can see it here:
    http://paulenderson.com/2007/0.....showcases/

    Unsure whether this guy is taking credit for the design. He left the original links in the footer but changed the way its worded. Apparently he got showcased for “his new design”. Nice colors though.

  48. MaryJane

    August 12, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    I got this theme just fine. Thank you for sending it to me. :grin:

  49. JP Habaradas

    August 10, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    @Wasney – Sent it again and hopefully this time you get the attachment. :)

  50. Wasney

    August 10, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Hmm…it didn’t come to my email…I got your email tho, just no attachment.

  51. JP Habaradas

    August 10, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    @MaryJane – Sent you a copy. Please let me know if you get it or not. :)

  52. MaryJane

    August 10, 2007 at 8:52 PM

    I would like this theme please. To bad you cant see it live on the website. :cry:

  53. JP Habaradas

    August 10, 2007 at 8:34 PM

    @Wasney – Also sent you a copy of the theme. Please check your mail box. :)

  54. Wasney

    August 10, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    I would love this theme:p A little email attachment would be awesome :D

  55. JP Habaradas

    August 10, 2007 at 5:00 AM

    @David – I sent it again to your email address. Please let me know if you received it.

  56. David

    August 10, 2007 at 4:19 AM

    Havent seen the theme arrive, might have got lost in the ether :) Can you resend or perhaps post it somewhere people can d/l it from ;)

  57. JP Habaradas

    August 8, 2007 at 8:31 PM

    @David – Dark Black theme sent!

  58. JP Habaradas

    August 8, 2007 at 8:25 PM

    @Lars – No sweat. You’re welcome! :)

  59. David

    August 8, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    hi nice review, i’d love a copy of this theme if you could email me one over.

    Thanks

  60. Lars

    August 8, 2007 at 4:59 AM

    Thanks Jaypee, damn nice of you……your the man!!

  61. JP Habaradas

    August 8, 2007 at 4:55 AM

    @Nemo – No problemo. You’re welcome! ;)

  62. Nemo

    August 8, 2007 at 2:46 AM

    Thanks!

  63. JP Habaradas

    August 8, 2007 at 2:40 AM

    @Lars – I’ve sent you the zip file. :)

  64. Lars

    August 8, 2007 at 2:34 AM

    Hi Jaypee,

    Boy I’d be happy if ya could email me the dark black zip buddy! I was gutted when I couldn’t get into his site:(

    Thanks man!

  65. JP Habaradas

    August 8, 2007 at 12:24 AM

    @Nemo – Check your inbox. I just sent you the Dark Black theme zip file. Enjoy! :)

  66. Nemo

    August 7, 2007 at 2:00 AM

    Okay ;)

  67. JP Habaradas

    August 7, 2007 at 12:36 AM

    @Nemo – I’ll send you the file as soon as I find them. I’m sure I have the Dark Black but I’m not sure if I have the Dark Orange. Anyways, I’ll send you whatever I have, okay? :)

  68. Nemo

    August 5, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Not at all Jaypee.

    So, could u send me the Dark Black Theme and, if you have it, also the Dark Orange Theme from the same author?

    Thanks in advance.

    PS: if I know something about OneMoreRevision, I’ll tell u.

  69. JP Habaradas

    August 5, 2007 at 7:54 AM

    @Nemo – Thanks for telling me about it. I didn’t know that his site was down until I read your comment. I tried accessing it and got the same authentication window like you.

    I really don’t know what happened to the site. It is strange. Let me know if you find out what happened. In the mean time, I’ll update this post and offer to send this theme to anyone who would like to have it.

    Again, thanks for the info. :)

  70. Nemo

    August 3, 2007 at 3:28 AM

    Hi,

    I get an Apache Authentication Window clicking on the link to download Dark Black. The same happen whenever I attempt to access to ‘onemorevision’ domain.

    Do you know what’s happened? Your post is not so old, just 18 days ago. It’s strange.

  71. JP Habaradas

    July 19, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    @K – Hehe..you should be and that should change your mind to have your own paid hosting. :D

    Yeah, I removed the bottom bar after giving it some thought. Your suggestion helped, so thanks!

    Btw, I think the text is fine but I did add the comment avatars. I’ve been meaning to do it but was too lazy then you mentioned about it so I went ahead and did it. :D

  72. K

    July 19, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    PS. can you make text a bit larger on this? Or some avatars on comment links? I think like my avatar, anyways. :roll:

  73. K

    July 19, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    This is one of the things I easily get jealous of… new THEMES in 4 columns huh?

    You’re right, text can be too painful to read on black background. I’d still prefer the whtite over black text, besides it blends well with your textads.

    I noticed, no more bottom archives. Looks neat.

  74. JP Habaradas

    July 17, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    @Karlo – Tricks of the trade. Hehe ;)

    You have paid hosting right? If you do, you can install WordPress and create a blog as your sandbox to test themes and plugins.

    Thanks for adding me up!

  75. Karlo.PinoyBlogero

    July 17, 2007 at 6:31 AM

    Wow! Where do you get these cool stuffs? Hahaha. Nice one.

    How I wish I have another blog on WordPress, so that I could play around with these themes. Sigh.

    BTW, already added you up to my blogroll!

  76. JP Habaradas

    July 17, 2007 at 3:30 AM

    @Ade – Yup, it’s one of the most beautiful dark WordPress themes available. :D

  77. Ade

    July 17, 2007 at 3:09 AM

    This theme is beautiful!

  78. JP Habaradas

    July 17, 2007 at 2:20 AM

    @Joni – Sexy huh? Hehe :D

  79. Joni

    July 17, 2007 at 2:17 AM

    Oooh. That’s nice! Very sexy. :cool:

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