Using the theme

To use the theme extract the main downloaded zip file.

After extracting you will find a folder named similar to theme name. That folder is the production ready ( live site ready ) theme. After the required setup you will make a zip of this folder's content ( all files and folders within this folder ) and upload it to your ghost site.

To set up the theme properly with several setting options, please read through the documentation.

Please edit theme files using a proper code editor. There are lots of free and opensource code editor available. You can choose any of those, some popular free code editor Visual Studio Code , Atom


Theme option configuration

To configure this theme properly for your site please follow below instruction.

open config.hbs file located in partials folder. Then replace the variable's value with your own values.

  1. Set the disqus_shotrname value to your won Disqus shotrname. To generate a disqus shortname...

    • Go to disqus.com and signed up.
    • Then follow the instruction and add your website there from disqus.com dashboard.
    • You will get a dishqus shortname, copy that.
    • In config.hbs set disqus_shortname = 'yourDisqusShortnameHere';
  2. Navbar setting

    • set the fixed_navbar to either true or false for fixed navbar or normal navbar. default value is false for normal navbar.
  3. Latest slider at header

    • Set the Latest_slider_post_count for number of post to display at the headline slider in header. Default value is 7.
  4. Facebook Page settings

    • Set your Facebook page URL facebook_page_url = 'YourFacebookPageURL';
  5. Configure special tagged post in home page.

    • There are 2 block in home page in this theme which are made for 2 special tagged posts. What this actually does? Well you have to define two tag name for these two block. Then the latest posts with those tag will be displayed in these blocks on home page. It's something like special category posts which you want to highlight on home page.
    • Set Special tag one value to a tag name which you will use in your posts. Remember to use tag name as it is. If the tag name not matched then it will not work.
    • Set tag_one_post_count to a number. The number you define here is the number of posts which will be shown in that block. Default value is 4.
    • Set special_tag_two and tag_two_post_count for second block of special tagged posts. These work same as previous options but for second block of posts. Default value of tag_two_post_count is 5.
  6. API key setting

    • Go to your admin dashboard and visit "Integrations" setting page.
    • Scroll Below and click on the "Add custom integration" button.
    • Give it a name ( anything you want, it does not matter). You can just name it "search"
    • Save that and copy the "Content API key". Please see the image below.
    • replace ADD-API-KEY-HERE with your API key which you have copied.

API key for search

The config.hbs file will look like below.

<script>
/*====================================================
THEME SETTINGS & GLOBAL VARIABLES
====================================================*/

// 1. Disqus comment settings
var disqus_shortname = 'example'; // required: replace example with your forum shortname

// 2. Fixed navbar
var fixed_navbar = false;

// 3. Latest slider Post count
var Latest_slider_post_count = 7;

// 4. Facebook Page Setting
var facebook_page_url = 'https://www.facebook.com/gbjsolution';

// 5. Special tag one
var special_tag_one = 'LIFESTYLE';
var tag_one_post_count = 4;

// 6. Special tag one
var special_tag_two = 'TECHNOLOGY';
var tag_two_post_count = 5;

// 7. Content API key ( it is required to work the theme perfectly)
var api_key = 'ADD-API-KEY-HERE';
</script>

You can add Facebook And Twitter page link from your dashboard. Go to General setting page and find social account settings. Add your social account link there and Facebook and twitter links will be shown there.

If you want other social icons and links beside Facebook and twitter, then you can add those manually in theme file.

To add other social links besides Facebook and twitter icons in header, please follow the steps below

  • open social-links.hbs file located in partials folder.
  • Now add your icon and link as the below code before the closing </ul> tag. Replace the fa-* class in that line. For list of available icons and there corresponding class name in fontawesome (the version used in this theme) visit here.
<li><a href="your-socil-link"><i class="fa fa-instagram"></i></a></li>

The sidebar is widgetized. You can move up and down or entirely remove any of theme if you wish. To do that you have to make very little changes in sidebar.hbs file which is located in partials folder.

All the widget files are separate in partials folder and named with prefix 'widget'. Example:- widget-facebook.hbs

Please Follow the steps below.

  • Open sidebar.hbs folder and then reorder the partials call.
  • To hide or remove any widget in sidebar just comment out that specific widget.
  • To comment out any widget you need to add a ! before > in that widget.
    Example:- If you want to hide {{> widget-twitter}} then add ! like this `{{!> widget-twitter}}
  • Then save the file

The sidebar.hbs will look like this..

<aside class="col-md-4">
<div class="sidebar">
{{> widget-tagcloud}}
{{> widget-ad}}
{{> widget-recentpost}}
{{> widget-facebook}}
{{> widget-twitter}}
</div>
</aside>

Manage the footer widgets by following the same process like sidebar. Open footer.hbs file and then make changes you need.


Twitter widget settings

Recently Twitter has changed their widget creation process. Please follow the steps below to setup the twitter widget. Visit publish.twitter.com

  • Then add your profile URL there. Example - http://www.twitter.com/gbjsolution .
  • Choose embeded timeline.
  • Click on customization option.
  • Set height as you wish. Around 300 to 400 looks good.
  • Click on Update and then copy code.
  • Now open "widget-twitter.hbs" file which is located in partials folder.
  • In place of "Add your twitter code here" in that file, add the code which you have copied from twitter's site.
  • Save the file and restart ghost.

Members

Ghost introduced Members feature in Ghost version 3.0.0. This members feature is fully supported by this theme.

You can enable this member feature from the lab page in your ghost dashboard. Before Uploading the theme to your site you have to edit the text ( key points ) in your monthly and yearly pricing plan. Please follow the steps below to edit the key point you want to show in your pricing table.

You will find following 2 files within the theme which are located in partials/members folder within the theme folder. These are two files for 2 different pricing plan.

  • pricing-table-monthly.hbs
  • pricing-table-yearly.hbs

Open First file start editing.

Starting from line number 10 in each file you will see those key points in each line one after one. See example as below.

<li>Full access to all private posts</li>
<li>Regular updates with new content</li>
<li>Support independent publishing</li>
<li>Simple, secure card payment</li>

Edit those sample text to add you own text. you can add as many line as you want.

When you are done with editing a file. Save that file and continue with the next file. Follow the same instruction to edit next file. Finish editing these files and you are ready to go to the next step.


Installation

Ones the necessary configuration is done, make a zip of the modified theme folder.

Now login to your admin area and go to Design. In that page scroll down and you can find "Upload a theme" button. Upload the theme zip which you have created while ago. After finishing upload, activate the theme.

You also have to upload another file routes.yaml in your ghost site to work all the membership related page correctly.

Go to lab page in your dashboard, scroll down and you will see an option for routes. There is a button to upload routes YAML and a link below that button to download the routes.yaml which is being used currently. Download that file and and keep as a backup.

In the downloaded zip you will find a routes.yaml file which comes with this file and specific for this theme.

Upload that file. Using "upload routes YAML" button.

Routs yaml upload

Please note, if you are using self hosted Ghost then may be a you need to restart ghost to take effect the new routes file. If you are using Ghost (pro). then you don't need to do anything here.

If you want to install the demo data to make your site as the preview then you can go to your-site-url/ghost/settings/labs/ and then import the daily-news.ghost.demo.json file there. This file is located in demo data folder in main download folder.


To add links to you static page please follow the steps below.

  • Post an page in your blog.
  • Copy the URL for this page.
  • Go to Design page in your admin dashboard.
  • Add a label and the URL and save it.
  • Now the theme will show newly added link in navigation.

Featured Media in post

Ghost supports featured/cover image in post natively, and this theme handel that nicely.

NOTE: If you use a blog cover, it will be shown as site's background image.


Author and tag archive

In this theme there are 2 custom template for Tag archive and Author Archive. To use those template please follow the steps below.

  • Create a new page.
  • Add a Title ( example: Authors or Authors Archive or any thing else you want).
  • Open page settings panel by clicking on the gear icon at top right corner of the page.
  • You can add an page image or keep it blank as it is.
  • Below that there is an dropdown selectable option called "template". Choose "author Archive" template option there.
  • Now save and publish the page.
  • Copy The "post-URL" and use it to create a menu link in design page in your admin area, as you normally do for other static page.
  • Save it and visit your site. If you did everything right then you will see your newly created link in your menu bar. Open to see all available author list.

For Tag archive page follow the same steps as author archive setting. At step 6 choose "Tag archive" option from dropdown select option. Then Follow all the remaining steps and you will be able to add a tag archive page in you site.


Theme translation

This theme supports translation. Please follow the steps below to translate this theme in your language.

  • Within theme folder, there is a folder named "locales". In that folder by default you will find a file named "en.json". This is the default file for English language and you have to use this file to create your own language file.
  • make a copy of en.json and give a name following this format [language_code].json ( example: for French fr.json for German i.e. Deutsch de.json for Russian ru.json etc. )
  • If you are not sure about what is you language code then you can visit this wiki page and see. Use the two letter (ISO 639-1) code.
  • Now open the newly created <your_language>.json file in text editor. You will see "KEY": "VALUE" format in each line.
  • In English language KEY and VALUE are same. Now you read the left part of the : i.e. KEY part and change the tight part i.e. VALUE part to your own language.
  • After finishing the translation Save the file and upload the theme to your site.
  • Go to your admin area, Visit "General setting" page and change the "publication Language" option. By default there is "en" for English. Add your own language code there in place of "en" and save the settings.
  • Visit your site, If everything goes right, you will see all the theme related text in your site is in your translated language.

If you translate the theme in any language, then please consider to share ( feel free to send me via email ) that language file. I will add that file to the theme, so that it will available to other users.


How to change color

To change the Theme color please follow the steps below.

  • First of all you need a LESS compiler. You can use koala app.
  • Add the css folder of your theme (located in /assets/) to less compiler.
  • Open the variables.less file in your code editor. This file is located in assets/css/less_parts folder.
  • Now you have to change the color hexcode (#xxxxxx) in this file and save the file.
  • Now compile the screen.less file using less compiler. This file is located in assets/css folder. This will rebuild the screen.css file.
  • At last Update the files in your server and restart ghost.

The variables.less file looks like below.

/*====================================================
COLOR VARIABLE FOR THEME
====================================================*/

@theme-color: #FF4444; // Primary color
@theme-color-secondary: #343334; // Primary color
@text-color: #707070; // Primary text color
@text-color-light: #b0b0b0; // Light text color
@text-color-dark: #393939; // Dark text color
@bg-color: #f0f0f0; // Background color
@dark-bg: #101010; // Dark background color
@light-bg: #fafafa; // Light background color
@border-color: #f0f0f0; // Border color
@black: #000000; // Pure black
@white: #FFFFFF; // Pure White
@success: #3eb751; // Success color
@error: #ec4444; // Success color`

Changelog

V 3.1.0 - October 15, 2020

  • Added subscription details in account page.
  • Modified loading spinner and added to more places.
  • Added new notifications.
  • Removed fuse Js and added ghostinsearch for search functionality.
  • Updated translation.

V 3.0.0 - November 08, 2019

  • Replaced deprecated {{code}} helper with {{statusCode}} helper.
  • Updated API uses to v3.
  • Added new Membership feature.
  • Modified Subscription widget to use new members feature.
  • Added new custom pages Account, subscribe, Sign in pages.
  • Custom Call to action for membership and paid membership in single post.
  • added extra translation.
  • Improved bookmark card css, added missing classes.
  • Removed google+ share icon.
  • Removed google+ social link icon from header.
  • Removed old mailchimp widget and it's setting.

V 2.6.0 - October 01, 2019

  • Added CSS for newly introduced bookmark card

V 2.5.0 - May 26, 2019

  • Replaced deprecated {{lang}} with new {{@site.lang}}.

V 2.4.0 - January 29, 2019

  • Theme now uses Content API version 2.
  • Added a new setting option "api_key" in config.hbs file ( please see "theme option" section in documentation ).
  • Replace GhostHunter with Fuse and rewrite Search function.
  • Modified CSS for search result.
  • Fixed issue, custom author archive was not showing authors list after updating API
  • Removed deprecated @blog helpers and added @site helpers in place of those.
  • Removed embeded iframe ( youtube, vimeo etc ) as featured media support. This feature was actually introduced in initial version of the theme which is no longer relevant now.

V 2.3.0 - October 15, 2018

  • Added CSS and Js to support Gallery card.

V 2.2.0 - August 24, 2018

  • Upgraded the theme to use with Ghost 2.0.0 and above. For older ghost version please use older version of the theme.
  • Removed cover-author.hbs file from partials folder. Added code of those file to author.hbs file.
  • Changed author helper in author.hbs to make it compatible with Ghost 2.0.0
  • Added Ghost's inbuilt subscribe support. New widget file is widget-subscribe.hbs
  • Renamed widget-newsletter.hbs file to widget-mailchimp.hbs. This file kept for old version users. By default this widget is not being used in new version of the theme.
  • Added Koenig Editior's Image card's different image width CSS class.
  • Added Koenig Editior's Embed card's support CSS.
  • Fix bug displaying special tag title in home page for tags more than one word.
  • Added keyword "ghost-theme" in package.json file

V 2.1.0 - April 03, 2018

  • Added two new custom template, custom-author-archive.hbs and custom-tag-archive.hbs
  • Added translation support.
  • Ghost 1.22.0 new feature multiple author on single post. Added support for showing multiple author on a single post view.
  • Ghost version 1.22.0 deprecated helper and added new helper . Made requirer changes to few files to replace this new feature.
  • Fixed automatically changing order of special category post group.
  • Fixed sometime breaking layout because of different post card height and showing white space, in "special category one" block on home page and author page, tag page and index page.

V - 2.0.0 - July 23, 2017

  • This version is a major update. It works with Ghost version >= 1.0.0. It will not work with older version of ghost ( ghost version < 1.0.0 ).
  • Removed favicon from default.hbs template. Ghost >= 1.0.0 automatically handle it. Upload publication icon from General setting page, in your dashboard.
  • Rewritten package.json to be compatible with ghost 1.0.0
  • Replaced all deprecated helpers and added new helpers in place of those old helpers.
  • Recent post widget now written using {{get}} helper. Removed old javascript method. For this reason, "recent_post_count" setting in config.hbs file also removed.
  • Added Author's twitter and Facebook link in about author area and author cover area.
  • Font Awesome and Bootstrap updated
  • jQuery library updated to v2.2.4

V 1.2.0 - August 05, 2016

  • Rewrite some javascript to use Ghost API instead of RSS feed. Now enabling public API under lab settings is required.
  • Modified tag cloud widget using ghost's get helper to show all available tags.
  • Changed Twitter widget to use twitter's new widget code. Removed Twitter settings from config.hbs.

V 1.1.0 - December 17, 2015

  • Fixed fix navbar display issue in Internet Explorer
  • Fixed, tag cloud, recent post etc. various features broken in Ghost - 0.7.3

V 1.0.0 - September 19, 2015

  • Initial release