Creatine WordPress Theme
[box type="important"]Update: 2011 and Beyond: I’m no longer able to update this theme! Sorry and thanks to those who tried it![/box]
Update: Creatine 0.3 version released 07/08/10
New version includes some minor CSS changes and now allows you to use the custom menu features of WordPress 3.0 for 1 or 2 tiers of navigation menus. Also addresses a bug fix for those who upgraded to WordPress 3.0, but were not using the custom front page. Note, you will need both WordPress 3.0 and Hybrid version 0.8 for Creatine version 0.3 to work properly.
Fuel your blog with creatine! (free WordPress theme)
Creatine is a free magazine/blog style child theme for the Hybrid Theme Framework which means that you need Hybrid installed in order for this theme to work. No need to worry as this doesn’t make the installation much more complicated. Since this is a child theme, you will get all of the benefits of the free Hybrid them framework including regular updates released for the parent theme along with the other features including:
- SEO optimized including features like breadcrumb navigation.
- Community support.
- Valid XHTML code (Yes, I know that my own site does not validate due to errors from the Feedburner opt-in form and another plugin.)
- Light, efficient code which is open-source
Creatine Theme Features:
- Front page slider – no need to add custom codes, just upload an image to your blog post.
- Custom front page – create a custom front page to show your slider/excerpt posts based on categories
- Other custom pages included: archives, HTML sitemap, author profile, and more.
- SEO-optimized including breadcrumb navigation and other useful features.
- Clean typography
- Light CSS for fast loading with few images used in design.
- Version 0.3 – supports WordPress 3.0 custom navigation menus for 1 or 2 tiers.
How to install Creatine
- Install the Hybrid theme first as this is required to run Creatine.
- Unzip the creatine.zip file (you’ve probably already done this).
- Upload the creatine folder to your /wp-content/themes directory.
- Go to Appearance > Themes in your WordPress admin.
- Activate the Creatine theme.
- Make sure to create a new page with the Front Page template (leave blank except for title–this will be the home page with your slider/user-defined layout.
- In WordPress admin, go to Settings>Reading settings, set your Front page to this new page as a static page.
- You will need to select “use the WordPress 3.0 Menu system” from Appearance/Hybrid Theme Settings from your WordPress Admin panel.
- You will then need to create 2 tiers of menus from Appearance/Menus as part of WP 3.0′s features.
Plugins required for this Hybrid Child Theme
- Hybrid Tabs – for tab widget
Theme Support and community:
- Okay, you probably have some questions. As good as the Hybrid Theme Framework is, it’s not quite as easy of an install as some other themes. If you have any questions on theme setup, feel free to contact me (use the contact form from the top navigation menu).