Just last week I released a free WordPress theme based on the Hybrid Theme Framework called Creatine.  It’s the theme that I am currently using on my blog.  If you would like to download a free copy, click this link:  Creatine Hybrid Child Theme.

As a Hybrid Child Theme, you will need Hybrid installed for this theme to work.  Information and instructions on how to install this theme can be found at the download page.

From the Hybrid Theme description:

Hybrid is a user-friendly, search-engine optimized theme framework, featuring 15 custom page templates and 8 widget-ready areas, allowing you to create any type of site you want.

If you’re looking for an excuse to upgrade/change your WordPress theme, look no further than this article on 10 Reasons to use the Hybrid Framework for WordPress.  The theme framework itself is designed by Justin Tadlock who provides timely personal support for theme related questions at his website support forum.

To take a step back, here’s a useful article about reasons to use a WordPress Theme Framework.

The Creatine child theme is based on the design of the Hybrid News theme.  I’ve customized this theme to include a larger front page slider, 2 headline columns instead of 1, nearly image-free CSS design for fast page loading, crisp typography, to accommodate a full 728×90 banner ad, and more of a blog-style rather than magazine appearance.

The Hybrid Theme Framework is open-source code, so it doesn’t cost you anything to use.  As well, Justin’s already completed a second beta version of Hybrid, so there will be an easy transition to take advantage of the features of WordPress 3.0 (expected release date over the next four weeks?).

Download: Get your free copy of Creatine (click link)

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Dr. Jarret Morrow, MD CCFP, is a licensed family physician currently practising in Edmonton, AB. He has a declared special interest in cosmetic dermatology.

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5 Thoughts to “Creatine: Hybrid Child Theme”

  1. Hey thanks, I spent a ton of time working on this theme since I don’t have a programming background, lol.

  2. naveen

    Excellent work on the theme and I can imagine the time you may have spent on, coming from non programming background. I am wondering on why gravatars are missing on your blog and if the same applies to the child theme as well.

  3. Naveen,

    Thank you for the feedback on the theme.

    I simply turned off the Gravatar function from the WordPress admin panel.

    Keeping the page load time down is one thing that I’ve tried to accomplish. Gravatars do slow down the load time of Wordress blogs. I guess they’re also a personal preference.

    As for the child theme, yes, it does support Gravatars.

  4. naveen

    Thank you Dr. Morrow. I am looking forward to use your child theme on one of my blogs. Please expect me to visit again.

    1. @Naveen, sounds good. If you have any questions regarding the installation or setup of this theme, let me know.

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