Awaken WordPress Theme

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Awaken is an elegant, clean, responsive, retina ready WordPress theme created for magazines and blogs. If you are looking for a modern style theme with great customization and monetization options this would be perfect for you. It has a great magazine layout with three different style post block widgets, enabling you to display posts in different categories or display latest posts. Theme customizer panel lets you to easily customize the site without any extra effort.



This theme is built with twitter bootstrap framework. So this theme can be viewed on any viewing environment like mobile phones, tabs and desktops perfectly.


Awaken has featured widgets to display posts in different styles in the magazine layout. Following is a list of widgets included with this theme.

  • Awaken Single Category Posts Widget.
  • Awaken Two Block Posts Widget.
  • Awaken Three Block Posts Widget.
  • Awaken Popular Posts, Comments, Tags Widget.
  • Awaken 300×250 Ad Widget.
  • Awaken Youtube video Widget.


Awaken theme has included a featured posts area to display posts in modern style. It is made with flexslider to display posts in a responsive slider.


Customizer panel facilitates you to easily customize your theme without any extra effort. Go to “Appearance > Customize” from your dashboard to customize your site.


This theme like our other themes  released under general public license. It lets you to change the code and customize your theme as you wish without any restriction.

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        1. Hi Daniel,

          Just clear the browser cache. And if you are using any caching plugin like w3 total cache or wp super cache please clear the caches through the plugin settings of those plugins.

          Thank You.

  1. This is a very beautifule theme but i couldnt make some things(slider and featured post).This theme dont have a documentation.Puting a doc will be much easier for me.

    1. Thanks Anton, Unfortunately that feature is not included with the free version. But the Awaken Pro has that feature along with so many features and the pro version will be out very soon.

  2. Awaken is literally my favorite theme! Everything is so easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. I can not find a theme that compares to yours. I have on question that I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out though. I was wondering if there was a was a way to use a feature image, but not have that image show up in your post/article… basically I can’t figure out how to get rid of the image with out completely deleting the feature image. With other themes I have used in the past I know there was an option to use the featured image only as the link image and once the article was opened a different image could be selected. Basically i don’t want the feature image in my article, i don’t want a image at all.

      1. Hi there! I have just installed Awaken and am wondering the same thing, is there a way to fix this to stop images duplicating at the top of posts?
        I would also like to put the Main Sidebar inside a light grey box (I had this in my previous theme, Apprise). Do you have any suggestions on how to do this in the CSS?
        Thank you.

        1. Ok, I figured both of those out fairly quickly in the CSS – but I have one more issue, sorry!

          If you look at the homepage for my blog, you’ll see the first two posts show the images as different sizes. But they should both be the same. For some reason, the most recent image has added “388×220” to the end of the filename, changing the size completely. Any ideas on fixing this?

  3. Hello. why in the admin panel for the post is not displayed block “format”? because of this, I can’t insert the slider on the magazine homepage. tell me, how can I fix it? how to insert slider? how to implement the format of the post? thank you.

    1. Hi artem, are you talking about the post format block? If yes, free version of this theme supports standard posts only. If you want to display images in the slider, set featured images for posts. And set a category for posts. Then go to the awaken options > Home Settings > Select the slider category from the dropdown. Featured images of posts of the selected category will be displayed in the slider.

      1. but I have no “Featured Image” metabox on the Edit Post and Edit Page screens. and I have no Featured Image in the screen options on the top right. could the theme be installed correctly? is this theme compatible for WP 4.1? please send me the link to download the working file for the theme Awaken. thank you.

        1. There is a dropdown at top right in the post edit screen called “Screen Options”. click that. Now you will see a checkbox called “Featured Image”. Check that checkbox. Now you can see a “Featured Image” metabox in the edit post screen. Hope this helps.


          1. In “Screen Options” I have “Thumbnail post” and I have no “Featured Image”. how to make “Featured Image” for “Screen Options”?

  4. I concluded the thumbnails to the posts, but the images in the slider and not displayed. the checkbox for the slider, I did, but the slider all early is not displayed. please help.

    1. I understand why the slider does not appear. simply was not connected JQuery Library. initially in the template was not connected JQuery.

  5. Hello great theme you have made :). One thing is not working. When I choose a background image the whole body is transparent. I have un-ticked the (Transparent) box still it is transparent.

  6. Pubudu Today I just updated my theme to version 1.0.7 it will be great if you please update the changelog because in that way we know what we are doing. 🙂 thank you.

    1. Hi thank you for remembering me. I updated it. Now you can view the editor typography same as the post typography with the new theme update.

  7. Hi,

    Is there somewhere I can put my logo or a header image? I can’t find that option in the customizer.

    Thanks for your help.



    1. Hi Kimberly, There is great option panel included with the theme.You can put your logo image from there. Did you install the “Redux Framework” plugin? If you have already installed that you will see a menu item called “Awaken Options” at the admin bar and the main menu. Go to that and change your settings. Click here to go to redux framework plugin.

  8. Thanks! It works with the plugin. However, I can’t get the slider to work. I have featured images set and the right category selected, but nothing shows up. I even tried switching categories, but it still didn’t work. Any suggestions or tips on how to get the slider going?

      1. OK, here is my url: I have gotten the slider to work. However, for some reason, the heading underneath that should say “Latest Posts” isn’t there. I don’t know why it’s not showing up. Could you give me some advice on how to fix that, please? Also, in the “Latest Posts” is there a way to make it so that the posts listed there do not repeat what is already in the featured posts and the slider? Let me know if my question isn’t clear. I really appreciate your time and help with this. Thank you so much!

    1. I understand why the slider does not appear. simply was not connected JQuery Library. initially in the template was not connected JQuery.

  9. I have uploaded my images in the top slider and feature section of the theme, can you help me to remove image captions which shows up on top of the slider and feature images.


  10. Hi,

    How can I make the second navigation bar (main navigation) the width of the screen (same as the top navigation) without affecting the body or content area? Also, how could I place my logo or site name on the top navigation bar?


        1. Thank you, now its ok.
          I have few more questions (the first two are very important to me):
          1. When i put a post on facebook, it takes the wrong photo. Instead of taking the main photo of the post, facebook takes a photo from the side bar. How can i fix it? Its very important to me because its a news site that uses facebook as a platform.
          2. There is a way to put “share” “like” and “tweet” icons in the posts?
          3. How can i change the font of the site?

          1. Hi Yonatan,

            1. That problem faced me also a long time ago. That is not a problem with the theme itself. I faced that problem because of a seo plugin. After disabling the social option in that seo plugin and using the jetpack social sharing my problem solved. And you also should find that why that problem occurs for you.
            2. Yes use great jetpack plugin to do that.
            3. “Awaken Pro” theme has features to change fonts and font sizes and so many options. But unfortunately “Awaken” doesn’t have that feature. If you want to do it with Awaken you have to do it manually.

            Thank you.

  11. Hi there, is the slider still working with the magazine homepage only? If so, how can I get it to work and use it to diplay my latest posts? Please, do let me know.

    Thanks in advance.

  12. Hi,

    I’ve tried to add comment box under post. In discussion setting, I already set to Comment author must fill out name and e-mail, but in my page still need to login for leave a comment.

    Please advise.


  13. Hi there, ignore my previous message about the slider, that is sorted now.
    I still have two problems with the Awaken theme and I was wondering if you could help me solve them?
    My website is
    1) Sometimes the mobile version of the website appears on desktop and some of the pages have a basic blue design rather than the Awaken theme on them.
    2) When I share my homepage URL on Facebook, the thumbnail pulls out the pictures in the slider – is there any way I can set my website logo as a thumbnail instead?
    Please, let me know.

    Thanks in advance,

    1. Hi yes, use a logo that has any width but 135px height. But it’s your preference. If you want you can use any width and height.

  14. Thank you very much for the awaken template – it is amathing.
    But now I had one question: as I remember in mobile version three pictures (slider and two featured posts) were displaced one under another and all these three pictures had the same width, now first image (slider) is ok, but images from the posts organased in two column under slider picture, so they are two small. have any thing been changed? Or I just missed something and it always was like this?

    Looking forward to get the answer.

  15. Hi there,

    I left many comments on this thread and never got a reply, any particular reason why? My theme keeps switching from the normal Awaken layout to a plain blue design that doesn’t feature any slider or featured images, and I still don’t understand why. Could you please advice?


    1. I am sorry about that I have never answered at least one of your questions. But I cannot see a blue design in your theme. It looks great for my end. If it happens again just put me a mail – . I will check it at that moment.


    1. Hi Nuria,

      First create a post. Put a featured image to that post. Then assign that post into a category. Then go to Awaken Options > Home Settings > Activate Slider. Check the check box. Then under that setting there is a setting called “select the slider category”. Choose the category that you assign earlier from the dropdown and save changes. the slider will be displayed in your homepage.


      1. Hi! I’m loving this theme. Now it is working.
        I have one more question.
        How can I take the comments box out of the posts?
        Thank you very much.

          1. Hi Nuria, Featured images size should be more than 752px in width and 440px in height in order to display slider images properly. crop images using regenerate thumbnail plugin. Thats it.

  16. Hi,

    We want to make background at widgets and content other, than whole site (now it’s transparent). How can we achieve this?

    Or maybe Pro version makes it possible?


    1. Hi aleks,

      Yes because Awaken WordPress theme is in full width, when you apply background image for the site it appears in the whole site. It seems as the whole site is transparent. But Awaken Pro has two layouts. One is full width and other one is boxed. In the boxed layout you can make a background image for the site. It displays nicely. But if you want different background images for different parts you have to write css.


  17. . hi , this is a great theme, im new at this sorry, i installed regenerate thumbnail plugin but still the slider not fit with the height of featured post on the side. it looked like the slider is too long.. please advice thank you

    1. In order to work regenerate thumbnail plugin your featured image should have a 752px minimum width and 440px minimum height. Images that haven’t the stated width and height are not cropped by the plugin.


      1. ,HI is there anyway to edit that? because most of the pic i use dont reach the 752px in width and 440px in height standard, thank you

  18. Hi, after the last update i’ve some issues with the text editor: can’t find anymore the “heading” button, can’t insert any link in the text.
    Please help me

    1. Hello Daria, Could you please explain this a little bit? Updating the theme does not effect the text editor.


      1. the link button doesn’t work anymore. I don’t know what i can say more. But, I can’t insert link in a post

  19. Hi Pubudu,

    The theme was awesome, I have recently started using this theme. I have a problem in changing the front page. I have added a new page & I want to make this page as front. So, please let me know what i have to do?

    Thanks in advance…..

  20. One more question, how to make a specific page as my Home page. I want to show the different category posts when user in home which should display when user accessed the site. I have tried in many ways by changing home page settings in theme options.


  21. Hi!
    Sorry for bothering you again, but my post comments disappeared for my blog : eventhough I checked the option “show comments” in the parameters.
    Can you help me please? I tried disactivating plugins but still no comments.
    Oh and I see the comments when I’m connected as Admin.

    I wonder if this is related to the last theme update.
    Thank you very much for your help.

  22. When i install the theme. Error appear

    Broken Themes

    The following themes are installed but incomplete. Themes must have a stylesheet and a template.

    Name Description
    Awaken Template is missing.

    How do i fix it ? Pls answer to me. Where is the index.php file ?

  23. Hello Pubudu … nice to meet you!

    Where is saying “NO IMAGE” is the slide, and its 752×440 right?
    And the thumb is 726×410 scaled to 388×219 but … what size should I use in featured image of every post ? 726×410 and it will be scaled to 388×219?

    What will happen when i choose the categories to put in the slide? i mean… how will the template knows the image will be 752×440? will be it scaled from featured image from post, or how?

    Thank you!

  24. hello.

    I updated this theme today.(2015.08.15) after updating I found something is changed. I like sliding post but I don’t wanna use ‘Leave a Reply’ which is placed on the bottom of every posting .
    How can I remove that form?

    I hope to hear answer!
    Thank you


    1. Dear Trent,

      Please activate the redux framework plugin. After that it will work as normal. And also there is a new update from today( 2015-08-20 – Version 1.1.3 ). So please update to the latest version.


  25. Hello! I noticed that the slider disappeared randomly disappeared today, while editing. (Site is not live yet, as I want to fully set it up before I re-launch). I tried switching the slider on and off a few times, but no luck. I also went back to replace the .css sheets that I had edited with the originals, but the slider will still not show up.

    Any ideas?


  26. Hello Pubudu, I am using the free version of the Awaken theme and love it. Under Settings -> Reading I have a Static Front Page set and it’s configured to the Magazine Template. Under Magazine 2 I am using the Awaken Single Category Post Widget.

    My question is: How do I get the all of the content of my post to display while using the Awaken Single Category Post widget. I’d like to show the entire post vs the excerpt of the post. I’ve set the widget to pull a specific category which is assigned to only one specific post.

    I know can use the Default Template but I lose the great Magazine features.

    Thanks in advance!

  27. Thanks for a great theme! I have a suggestion though. On a mobile device, the names of the menus are hardcoded to ‘Top Menu’ and ‘Main Menu’. Since the menu names are VERY dominant on the mobile version It would be great if you let these names be fetched from the actual menu names set in admin. I had to create a child theme and change the names.

    Thanks for listening.

  28. Hi, I really love this theme but have a few issues. One is that I keep getting “thumbnail not available” for posts that are displayed in the magazine and sidebar areas. What do I need to do?

    1. Please run the regenerate thumbnail plugin once to show all the images. This happens because the theme uses optimized images.


  29. I’m trying to add a pagination plugin and I need to edit some code from the existing pagination. Where would I find the pagination code to edit?

    1. Hello Jessie,

      Please read the plugin documentation. Most probably the index.php and the archive.php files. Plugin should have provided details about which files to edit.


  30. Hi,

    I have a website that deals with news and test of mobile applications. I would like to create different sections in the menu such as “Test”, “News”, “Good Deals”, etc. and that every section only show specific categories of articles. Is it possible ? It looks like we can only create one “blog” page. Am I right ?

    1. Hello Florian,

      Yes it is possible. Different category articles will display in the “blog” layout. Just add your categories to the menu by appearance > menus. But you cannot have more than one “magazine” layouts.


  31. Hello,

    I used this theme for a website a year or so ago, and am using it again for a new website.

    I remember before I could customize the magazine template of each Page separately. I don’t see that as an option anymore. Is that only available in the Pro version now?

    In case I need to be more clear with what I am asking, I recall being able to add the “three block” or “two block” widgets to Magazine 1 or Magazine 2, and I could specify on which page they would show up.

  32. Hello admin,

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful theme with us. Its really nice. I have just one query… is it possible to add to 728x90px advertisement div or code in the header top right? If yes, then how to do it? There is no option mentioned to do this in the customize theme option. Kindly help me out with this asap as I have finished working on it on local and ready to upload.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mohd. SAQIB

  33. Is there a way to remove the sidebar widgets from the designated posts page? The template option is removed on the given page’s backend.

  34. Hello Admin,

    How to delete the small thing before the date ? Because I want to hide the Date, and comments of my website :

    I pasted this on the CSS:

    .comments-link {
    display: none;

    .entry-date {
    display: none;

    And how to delete the Author of the article : Tendances-blook.

    Please let me know, have a good day !

    1. Hi Quoc,

      I am sorry there is not a xml file. Please read the documentation to learn how to setup the theme.

      Thank You,
      Best Regards,

  35. Hi Pubudu,

    We love the Awaken theme and are currently using the free one as a sort of trial. We are using it for setting up a Movie and TV review site. We have the ability to set the colour of the background in customizer to black, which is what we want. However the text colour is grey and is too dark. We would like to make all the text and the comments, titles, categories etc white. Can we do this in the free theme, or do we need to purchase the Pro version. Also can we even do this in the Pro version. Next question is can we actually purchase the Pro version, if it’s possible to change all the text to white, upgrade and keep our changes so far, or do we have to start again when we install or upgrade to the Pro version.

    Warmest regards,


    1. Hi Pubudu,

      How can I delete the small thing before the date ? Because I want to hide the Date, and comments of my website :

      I pasted this on the CSS:

      .comments-link {
      display: none;

      .entry-date {
      display: none;

      And how to delete the Author of the article : Tendances-blook ?

      Please let me know,
      have a good day !

  36. Hi Pubudu,
    I am using Awaken free version. My problem is – when I have created a div inside my child theme’s index.php it shows no output for that.
    Any suggestion?

  37. I have a post with a .png file as featured image with a transparent background. When it appears in the slider on the frontpage it has a white background though. I assume it gets this somewhere in the CSS but I can’t find it so far. Any ideas?

  38. hii,
    how can i change the language?
    i see that the translation file is allready added but i cant find where to change it..

    i hop you can help because i really like your template

  39. Hi, thanks for a great theme..
    I can’t use in the footer widget, can that be true?
    Thank you in advance.

      1. Jesus, the post remove ever thing in ><.
        What i'm trying to say is, how can i make the text size bigger in the footer widget after i chose a text box.

  40. Hi Pubudu,

    I am using the free version and I encountered an issue which the slider is not working.
    I uploaded an image to the post and it doesn’t shown in the slider. It shown “No Image” instead.
    I have choose the correct category under the slider.

    Any solution?

      1. Hi Pubudu,

        The website is currently under development, yet to publish.
        If you don’t mind, I would like to print screen and email you.

        Thank you.

  41. Hello! Can you change the color of the menu, the black footer background, and the orange headers? And what is the major difference between the free and pro version? Thanks!

  42. I love the Awaken Theme – however, in the latest update the social buttons (particularly Facebook and LinkedIn) look a bit odd – they have a square surrounding the symbol which makes them look a bit crowded. This is something you may want to fix for the next update.

    Otherwise, I have nothing but praise for the Awaken theme – it is exactly what I look for in a theme – versatile, responsive and beautifully designed.

    1. Hi,

      I think you are talking about the sharing buttons in your site’s posts that is built from a some plugin that you are using. New update didn’t make any changes to the FontAwesome font. You should ask it from the particular plugin author.


  43. Hello,
    I’m using the free version of Awaken to do a multilingual website.
    How can I have the magazine homepage in two different languages ? I’m using the WPML plugin to translate pages.

    Thanks for your hepl

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    1. Hi Stiplet,

      Just clear the browser cache. And if you are using any caching plugin clear the caches. I can see your slider very well. So I think it is just your browser cache.

      Thank You.

    1. Hi Abhishek,

      That is because your image sizes are lower than the recommended. However we have a better solution for this in the latest theme. Please update your theme. After updating clear your caches in browser and clear caches of your site if you are using any caching plugin.

      Thank You.

  45. What a great theme. One question, is there a way for the hyperlink in the carousel to link to an offsite? Our organization partners with many events and instead of creating pages for these events with a hyperlink on a second page, linking to somewhere else would be great.


  46. Hi

    If i purchase the pro version of this theme and install it, will my settings and pages from the demo version still be as they are now or will i need to redo/remake everything? Also, how do I remove or edit a pages title?

    1. Hi Sydneyreal,

      Your settings or pages will not be lost with the Awaken Pro installation. Things you may have to do again are re-save the menu and/or add widgets to widget areas. Those tasks will not take more than 2mins.

      Thank You.

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- Version 1.0.1
Fixed a issue in mobile menu.
Added social media feature.
Changed redux framework embeded option to plugin option.

- Version 1.0.2
Fixed a issue in featured slider.

- Version 1.0.4
Changed files calling method (__FILE__ to get_template_directory())

- Version 1.0.5
Changed slider locations.

- Version 1.0.6
Added linkedin social link to the header.

- Version 1.0.7
Added Editor Stylesheet to the theme. 

- Version 1.0.8
Added Right to Left language support to the theme. (RTL support)

- Version 1.0.9
Added Post options section to Awaken Options Panel. Now you can turn off featured images in single posts.

- Version 1.1.1
Added switches to turn on or off comments on pages or posts.

- Version 1.1.2
Small update to fix html validation issues.

- Version 1.1.3
Fixed some translation issues. 
Fixed some issues in comments activate deactivate methodology.

- Version 2.0.1
Removed theme options panel.
Added options and settings to the theme customizer.
Added a theme info page.
Updated the default.po file.
Added title tag support.

- Version 2.0.2
Fixed the slider and footer not displaying issue.

- Version 2.0.3
Changed archive title for categories and tags.
Fixed Google Plus icon not displaying issue.

- Version 2.0.4
Removed checking useragent for html5shiv and used wp_script_add_data instead.
Removed unwanted file_exists check for admin-config.php. 

- Version 2.0.5
Added a method to display sticky posts for the two featured posts that are just next to the slider.

- Version 2.0.6
Removed old theme filtering tags and added new tags.

- Version 2.0.7
Added "header ad" widget area to header.
Added a checkbox to show/hide search box on navigation. ( Appearance > Customize > General Settins. )
Updated font awesome font.

- Version 2.0.8
Changed widget post titles "h1" tags to "h3"
Changed blog listing titles "h1" tags to "h2"
Fixed undefined variable issue in magazine widgets.
Added the previously removed theme section again to the customizer.

- Version 2.0.9
Changed slider h1 tags to h3.
Passed fonts url to editor stylesheet.
Added some stylings to the search form.

- Version 2.1.0
Fine tuned the slider.

- Version 2.1.1
Fixed a small slider issue.

- Version 2.1.2
Added Woo Commerce Support

- Version 2.1.3
Added Woo Commerce 3.0 Support.

- Version 2.1.4
Added the WordPress default date formatting support for posts widgets.

- Version 2.1.5
Fixed a issue in navigation for RTL language.
Modified widgets for customizer display.
Added slider support for magazine template.

- Version 2.1.6
Fixed structured data errors showing on Google search console report.

- Version 2.1.7
Added theme starter content support.
Added customize selective refresh support for widgets.
Changed sidebar widget title "h2" tags to "h3"