• Free WordPress Theme: SketchyTheme

    Sketchy Theme is a 2 Column, widgetized, adsense ready WordPress theme. The theme comes with integrated Social Bookmarking icons, a customized footer, drop down CSS menu, integrated related posts, and comes equipped with room for adsense, and traditional advertisements.

    Sketchy Theme is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

    To install:

    Upload the “SketchyTheme” folder to your theme folder on your server. In wordpress, activate SketchyTheme. Thats it.

    You will also need to install the “Similar Posts” plugin, and the “Adsense Manager” plugin for the theme to work properly. Other than that, everything should work out of the box. If you would like to customize SketchyTheme, I’m including more indepth details below, and in the .zip file with the theme.

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    Customizing Sketchy Theme:

    To change the logo:

    Simple replace the “logo.jpg” file in the theme’s image folder. In the “extras” folder that comes with this theme, I have included a blank gradient for you to put your logo on top of. Simply save it, and upload to your image folder, overwriting the standard “logo.jpg” file.

    To change the “About the Author” section in the footer:

    Edit the “footer.php” file in your themes folder. To change the picture, overwrite the “authorpic.jpg” file in the theme’s images folder. (Try to make it the same size, 185px by 80px for best results without editing the CSS)

    To change the credit links in the footer:

    You must keep the following credit text and links: Theme designed by Think Design. To add to that, you can edit this section in the “footer.php” file in the theme’s folder.

    To change the menu colors:

    To change the main navigation color (the lime green navigation bar) you will need to overwrite the “top-nav-bg.jpg” file in the theme’s image folder. The image is a thin image set to tile, so you should replace it with the same, for the best results without editing the CSS.

    To change the hover gradient, overwrite the “top-nav-bg-hover.jpg” file in the images folder.

    (I have included editable gradients in the “Extras” folder so you can easily change the navigation)

    To change the Ads in the sidebar:

    To change out the ads, replace the files “ad1.jpg” and “ad2.jpg” in the themes images folder. To edit the link attached with the ads, go to the “sidebar.php” file, and you will see the following code:

    <div id=”sidebarads1″>

    <a href=”http://www.think-four.com”><div id=”ad1″></div></a>

    <a href=”http://www.sketchypremise.com”><div id=”ad2″></div></a>


    Change the web address associated with each ad. This is IF you do not use widgets. If you use widgets, just place the above code in a “text” widget, and you will get the same effect.

    Plug-Ins needed for this theme:

    Due to the adsense-ready areas, and the integrated “related posts,” there are 2 plug-ins you will need to make the theme work properly.

    1. Similar Posts (You will also need to install the plugin “Post-Plugin Library” which comes with Similar Posts)
    2. AdSense Manager

    Download both plug-ins, and activate. The similar posts plugin will work fine with no need for adjustment on your part.

    The set up your own adsense, install the AdSense Manager, and create an ad set. Then go to the “header.php” file. At the bottom you will see a code that looks like this:
    <?php adsensem_ad(‘sketchy-theme-top’); ?>

    Replace ‘sketchy-theme-top’ with the name of the adset you create in the AdSense Manager. Thats it. (Keep in mind, it can take up to about 10 minutes to see changes to AdSense)

    In the “Extras” Folder, you’ll find:

    - Blank logo gradient (So you can easily replace the header logo)
    - Editable gradients for the navigation (So you can easily change navigation colors)
    - Vector Version of Social Bookmarking Icons used (So you can have some cool free icons )

    Special Thanks:

    To Small Potatoes, for his wonderful tutorial on How to make a WP Theme. To Refueled.net, from which I got the majority of the dropdown CSS menu. To Bittbox.com, from which I got some icons and design elements used in this theme.

    Enjoy! Please leave comments if you use my theme, I’d love to check out some in use! If you have any questions, you can ask in comments, and I will try my best to answer them.

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    1. November 6th

      Nice theme… is the first time that I see it. I am going to write about this!


    2. November 6th

      @Cristian, Thanks, glad ya like it! Feel free to write about it :) And make sure you check back, because I’ll be releasing other cool free themes soon.

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    4. Nebbercracker
      January 26th

      Weird, I uploaded the theme, but it does not work. I keep getting errors.

      Fatal error: Call to undefined function: adsensem_ad() in /home/content/c/c/a/ccarifest/html/wp-content/themes/SketchyTheme/header.php on line 46

    5. Nebbercracker
      January 26th

      Ok, I figured it out now. Sorry. Thanks too :)

    6. David Calavitta
      February 4th

      Weird, I uploaded the theme, but it does not work. I keep getting errors.

      Fatal error: Call to undefined function: adsensem_ad() in /home/content/c/c/a/ccarifest/html/wp-content/themes/SketchyTheme/header.php on line 46
      ” mee too! What do I do?

    7. David Calavitta
      February 4th

      never mind!

    8. February 22nd

      I keep getting this message – I’ve installed all the required plugins but cant get rid of the message

      Fatal error: Call to undefined function: php_e() in /home/sites/raymondstclair.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/SketchyTheme/index.php on line 63

      Any ideas?

    9. February 27th

      I get same error Fatal error: Call to undefined function: adsensem_ad()

      can someone help me?

    10. March 16th

      For some strange reason my text doesn’t go nicely around the pictures..

    11. March 16th

      @Ray, Whats is the link to your site? Give me the link and I’ll check it out.

      @Melissa, Sorry about that! Can you give me a link to the problem site and I’ll see what I can do.

      @Theuntje, It just looks like you need to make sure the pictures are aligned left. Make sure you add ( align=”left” ) to your image code.

    12. March 16th


      They already were aigned left.. And that code is also there.. and I removed It and putted up again.. But it still won’t go..

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    15. May 21st

      Nice theme, thx for share!

    16. May 26th

      Hello, I am trying to install this theme but do not want the adsense part. Is there a way to get rid of it easily?

      Thank you!

    17. May 26th

      @Theuntje, Check to make sure the code is correct. It looked like you had it to say “aling=left”, which is incorrect. Make sure you have the correct coding. Add:


      to the image code.

      @Nic, Thanks! Glad you like it, and thanks for your comment!

      @Ramune, Yup, not a problem! Open up header.php file, find the following code div and remove it:
      (I removed the ‘< ' from the code so it would show up. The actual code will look slightly different)

      div id="topadsense"

      div align="center"/div


      That will take out the adsense section.

    18. June 1st

      In i explorer 6 i can´t view div class=”sidebar”

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    23. June 27th

      I like the layout & color choice.

    24. July 6th

      Such a nice design. wonderfull

    25. July 11th


      Thanks for the theme!

      I keep getting this message

      Fatal error: Call to undefined function: php_e() in /home/sites/raymondstclair.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/SketchyTheme/index.php on line 63

      Any ideas?

    26. July 11th


      I copied it :)
      Here the right error;

      Fatal error: Call to undefined function php_e() in /usr/home/deb18228n2/domains/homecinemaguide.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/SketchyTheme-v.1/SketchyTheme/index.php on line 63

    27. July 11th

      Never mind!
      Had to delete the category base name.

      thanks again

    28. July 14th

      I am new to wordpress and trying to learn it on my own. I added text to ‘About’ but it is not showing up. Any ideas? Also, I want to add text to the white space. Where in Editor can i do that? Please help

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    30. September 9th

      The wordpress theme sketchy looks very attractive and amazing with excellent features , Thanks for sharing

    31. rollie
      September 13th

      wow.. this is such a nice theme… im downloading this definitely… would it be possible to transfer the sidebar to the left?..

    32. laforge
      October 2nd

      I’m not sure if it’s just my install but this theme is producing invalid markup. In the ‘recent posts’ section at the bottom of the page links to other posts are structed as a list however there is no parent tag for the elements. Same issue on the Calendar. Both are simple edits in footer.php

      Other that that nice theme :)

    33. October 24th


      Great theme guys! I’m going to use it in my next project, simple, clean, and green… great combination ;)

      Thanks and greeting from Argentina!

    34. December 11th

      Great article, good looking blog, added it to my favorites.

    35. December 12th

      Exceptional theme! The post layout and footer are especially amazing! And I can’t stop staring at the top navigation bar!

      Thank you!


    36. December 20th

      dude, i need to do the exact same things as you can you email me/ reply when you have the correct info thanks

    37. Megan
      December 20th

      Awesome layout. However, how do you remove the share this post and related post divs without messing the layout up?


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    39. James
      January 21st

      Here is the error I am getting:

      Warning: fopen(/home/.eatings/ojhurst/keylimewebdesign.com/wp-content/themes/SketchyTheme-v.4/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/.eatings/ojhurst/keylimewebdesign.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3598

      Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/.eatings/ojhurst/keylimewebdesign.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3601

      Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/.eatings/ojhurst/keylimewebdesign.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3604

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    41. February 14th

      James, I get that exact same error on most of the templates I try to install in the wordpress dashboard. I wish I knew a fix but it seems that most of the templates I try just don’t work. I’ve also tried to upload the same templates via FTP with no luck either.

    42. February 15th

      Hi I´ve uploaded the theme in wordpress verision 2.9.2 and works but below the menu there is no content at all. What may happen?
      Thanks for the theme, simple, clean and functional!

    43. February 25th

      I tried to set-up the theme in 2.9.2 too, and I get the error that the theme is broken and there is a stylesheet missing.

      What can I do?

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    45. poetjane
      March 7th

      why is sketchytheme-blogger-template.blogspot.com loading *my photos* in its slideshow?!

    46. April 1st

      I have also tried to upload sketchy theme to wordpress 2.9.2

      It says the theme is broken and “Stylesheet is missing”.

      How do I fix this?

    47. April 11th

      clean and very nice wordpress theme i will use it

    48. April 15th

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    49. Marisabel
      May 31st


      I uploaded the theme but the same message keeps coming up…..

      The following themes are installed but incomplete. Themes must have a stylesheet and a template.
      Name Description
      SketchyTheme-v.1 Stylesheet is missing.
      SketchyTheme-v.12 Stylesheet is missing.

      Could you help me please?

    50. June 21st

      beautiful theme sir. Thank you

    51. August 6th


    52. September 30th

      Really nice theme! thanks!

    53. November 13th

      Great article, good looking blog, added it to my favorites.

    54. January 22nd

      Thanks your great theme

    55. January 27th

      Very nice theme. Thank you.

    56. February 1st

      attractive theme with eye catching colors ..nice one buddy…thanks for sharing

    57. March 26th

      hi – Blogger novice here and WPbeginner helped me with set up and theme choice. trying to upload my about page and getting error Fatal error: Call to undefined function adsensem_ad() in /home/thebala5/public_html/wp-content/themes/SketchyTheme-v.1/header.php on line 46

      help please????????????

    58. June 21st

      nice one buddy…

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    60. Dàibhidh
      October 3rd


      I’ve uploaded your theme to my wordpress blog, but I’ve got an issue with the position of the wrapper in IE 8…


      In IE, the background image displays above the wrapper for about 20/30px and the content is not aligned to the absolute top of the page.

      Any ideas what could be causing this? I displays fine in FireFox etc.

      Many thanks,


    61. July 31st

      Very nice theme. for wordpress .Thank you.

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