conceptdesign-logoToday we are pleased to release “CreativeMag“, an new and free WordPress theme designed and built to provide a light and unobtrusive reading experience. We wanted to release something unique and beautiful as a gift to the community. Some time ago we showcased our concept site design of new icanbeCREATIVE, since then we wanted something more different  so we decide to code this design on the popular WordPress platform, with the help from our friends over at CodeInWp, and release it for free to download so everybody can use it.

logo-codeinwpWhether you want to give your blog a new cool and modern look or craving for awesome usability, look no further CreativeMag is the theme for you. Great User Experience, simple way to present your content in an accessible, logical and beautiful manner are some of features that will make this theme stand from a crowd..

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This theme was designed with the main focus being on blog-magazine style, clean look and simplicity. Hopefully, you will be able to use it in your projects or at least use it as a foundation for your next projects. I really recommend using it for a web design blog. The theme is released especially for icanbeCreative and its readers.

Download The Theme For Free!

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Live Demo 

Download Theme (1.19MB)

You can use the theme for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The theme may not be resold, sublicensed or rented. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish, just don’t remove the credits in your footer.

Motivation Behind The Design

Here are some insights about the design process and development. This design was a quite different challenge for me, because we wanted something simple, beautiful and user-friendly. I created the CreativeMag theme to try and pump as much style and functionality into a WordPress theme to give people something they might not expect from their standard WordPress theme.

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There really is very few limits to what WordPress handle, so we’ve built in a lot of custom features and options to give people a little taste of what is possible, and how some small functionality tweaks can make a huge difference to the overall experience of browsing a blog. On top of that we’ve wrapped all that functionality up in a really cool and modern theme, with a nice stylish colour scheme.

Being a designer, it’s not very common to me to write too much; it’s better to present what this theme offers and how one can use it.

Screenshots

Below you’ll find more screenshots of the theme.

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Theme Configuration

Custom Logo

Add your own logo (222 x 65) :

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Custom Menus

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Create the menu header from “Appearance > Menus“. First create 3 types of menus: pages, categories and bottom links; and assign each one as in the picture below:

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Next go to the “Custom Links” menu from the left and add your pages, categories and the bottom links like in the picture below (don’t forget to click the “Save” button):

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Author Profile

You can edit your profile info from Users > Your Profile

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Sidebar Widgets

On the “Right Sidebar” section you can add the following widgets:

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Enter your site’s info in each box, like in the About Widget:

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Logo on Footer

Go to the widgets section and add “Ad image src” in “Logo placed in the footer“.

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Banner Ads

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Our WordPress theme comes with header banners ads in mind, it supports two main ads on header:

1) 728×90 – Adsense format

2) 239×90 – Self-promoting banner (ex: giveaways)

Go to the widgets section and add “Add banner” into “Header place for banner“, twice:

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Social Icons

Go to the widgets section and add “Social Icons” in “Social icons place (Header)“:

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Please let us know in the comments if this release meets your expectations. And if not, please let us know how we could improve the theme!





About the Author: Alex Roman

I’m a 23-year old independent graphic artist based in Romania, Bucharest. I design beautiful, engaging user experiences and intuitive user interfaces for the web. I really love what I do. Want to hire me? Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.





  • Sorin:

    Buna.Multumesc pentru raspuns.Este vreo sansa de afla cand se va rezolva problema cu update-ul?Ca idee tema cere un update apoi apare o eroare,blogul nu mai functioneaza deloc incat trebuie intrat in cpanel si stearsa tema din wp-content pentru a reveni la normal.Multumesc anticipat

    admin edit: am incercat sa reproducem eroarea pe WP 3.6, si totul functioneaza ok. esti sigur ca e de la tema si nu de la hostingul tau ?

  • Sorin:

    Nu merge.Adica are o eroare la update.

    admin edit: o sa incercam sa rezolvam eroarea.

  • kizi 2:

    this is very nice. i like it

  • slanglines:

    this is fabulous and witty and looks great!!!

  • Creativepundits:

    This is awesome. Looks elegant and stylish just like the magazines. Great work. Must see for all the designers.

  • Rochelle Dancel:

    I really appreciate that you guys give this things away for free, and this is beautiful!

  • Alex Roman:

    Thank you everyone for liking the theme. Its a great pleasure listening people praising your work :)

  • Bitka:

    Wow! This is really fantastic! Thank you!!

  • Guillaume:

    Very nice themes, work without problems. Beauty design, excellent!

  • Elizabeth:

    Awesome theme, neat and fresh !

  • Estellei Preuettb:

    I think the theme is great. It has a different style, with interesting colors. But still, it is eye-catching.

  • Glen Pridgen:

    I love this theme! The code is well written and well documented. The colors are interesting without looking silly. Great Job. I call this a Premium Free Them for sure! GREAT WORK!!!

  • Navjot Singh:

    Fresh and joyful, brilliant theme! I will use it straight away for a blog with friends, and test it out. Surely I’ll have something to learn ;)
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Adrianne:

    Wow what a wonderful theme. I recently added it to my website and it looks stunning!

  • Sébastien:

    nice theme! Great work!!!

  • Mira J.:

    Hey, great theme. Not sure how I stumbled on to it, but after looking at way too many themes I finally settled on this one. It’s great and after a small amount of customization even better.

  • grafik komputerowy:

    Very interesting web template. I like it from the graphic and functional. Thank you.

  • Matt Meeks:

    Splendid work! :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Luke Williams:

    That’s one great looking theme!

  • Elliott Stocks:

    This looks fantastic. Can’t wait to do some serious work with it.

  • Alex Patin:

    cool as hell! might use it for my upcoming blog.