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Version 0.1Version 0.3 Demo Creatine

Update: 2011 and Beyond: I’m no longer able to update this theme! Sorry and thanks to those who tried it!

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:

  1. Front page slider – no need to add custom codes, just upload an image to your blog post.
  2. Custom front page – create a custom front page to show your slider/excerpt posts based on categories
  3. Other custom pages included:  archives, HTML sitemap, author profile, and more.
  4. SEO-optimized including breadcrumb navigation and other useful features.
  5. Clean typography
  6. Light CSS for fast loading with few images used in design.
  7. Version 0.3 – supports WordPress 3.0 custom navigation menus for 1 or 2 tiers.

How to install Creatine

  1. Install the Hybrid theme first as this is required to run Creatine.
  2. Unzip the file (you’ve probably already done this).
  3. Upload the creatine folder to your /wp-content/themes directory.
  4. Go to Appearance > Themes in your WordPress admin.
  5. Activate the Creatine theme.
  6. 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.
  7. In WordPress admin, go to Settings>Reading settings, set your Front page to this new page as a static page.
  8. You will need to select “use the WordPress 3.0 Menu system” from Appearance/Hybrid Theme Settings from your WordPress Admin panel.
  9. 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

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).

5 Thoughts to “Creatine WordPress Theme”

  1. Ricky Buchanan

    Nice theme! It’s always great to have more Hybrid child themes 🙂


    1. Hey Ricky,

      Thanks for your kind feedback. It’s really the first theme of any type that I’ve made. I’m going to continue to add improvements as I use the theme. I want to add the Showcase category tabs from the Old School Child theme, but I haven’t figured out how to do it yet.

      1. Ricky Buchanan

        I’m sure you’ll keep learning – learning by doing stuff, trying and failing and trying again and getting help and figuring it out is the BEST way to learn! If you ever want a hand, especially with the PHP side of things, drop me an email – I can’t promise I’ll be able to help as I’m not much past “newbie” myself but I like helping other people when I can.

        Best of luck,

  2. Hey everyone, I’ve just recently changed the CSS of my blog, so the demo doesn’t quite look the same as the download file. It’s the same theme, just with some changes to the Style.CSS file. The CSS on the download file has a dark background and a border around the main content area along with some other differences.

    Update: Issue with Hybrid Creatine Theme for those NOT using a static front page:

    I read about this issue at the Hybrid Forum. Justin Tadlock noted that a change in WordPress 3.0 will create issues for people using Hybrid News and in this case, Hybrid Creatine, if they don’t use the static front page with the slider.

    1. To fix this issue, you need to rename your “front-page.php’ file to “page-front-page.php” IF you don’t want to use the static front page with the excerpts and featured post slider.

    2. Next, look in the theme’s function.php file. Look for “is_page_template( ‘front-page.php’ )” which you should change to “is_page_template( ‘page-front-page.php’ )”

    Credit of course to Justin Tadlock, the Hybrid Framework creator for this fix.

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