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.

  • Set the disqus_shotrname value to your won Disqus shotrname. To generate a disqus shortname...
    • Go to and signed up.
    • Then fullow the instruction and add your website there from dashboard.
    • You will get a dishqus shortname, copy that.
    • In config.hbs set disqus_shortname = 'yourDisqusShortnameHere';

The config.hbs file will look like below.


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

To add the actual social links to the icons at the footer please follow the steps below

  • open social-link.hbs file located in partials folder.
  • Now replace the # for each href value with your own profile links.
  • If you want to add any other icon then just copy one of the line there and only replace the fa-* class in that line. For list of available icons in fontawesome visit here.
  • No need to change the href value for rss.

The social-link.hbs file will look like below.

<!-- start social links -->
<div class="col-sm-6">
<ul class="social-links">
<li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-twitter"></i></a></li>
<li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-facebook"></i></a></li>
<li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-dribbble"></i></a></li>
<li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-instagram"></i></a></li>
<li><a href="/rss"><i class="fa fa-rss"></i></a></li>
<!-- end social links -->


Ones the necessary configuration is complete 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 completing upload activate the theme.

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 sylva.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 article in your blog and Then select it as static page.
  • Copy the URL for this post / 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

Now Ghost supports featured/cover image in post natively. and this theme handle that nicely.

If you want to add any embeded media like YouTube video, vimeo video, SoundCloud music or any other embeded iframe as featured media in your post then you have to wrape that in <featured>Your Embed code here...</featured> tag while writing the post. and make sure not to set a cover image in that post.

An example of YouTube video below...

<featured><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></featured>

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.


@theme-color: #ff6f00; // Theme color
@text-color: #707070; // Primary text color
@text-color-light: #bbbbbb; // Light text color
@text-color-dark: #202020; // Dark text color
@black: #000000; // Pure black
@white: #FFFFFF; // Pure White


V 2.3.0 - May 28, 2019

  • Added @site.lang
  • Replaced @blog with @site
  • added API v2 at package.json
  • Added CSS and Js for image gallery styling

V 2.2.0 - August 28, 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
  • Fixed Pinterest share link
  • Added Koenig Editor's Image card's different image width CSS class.
  • Added Koenig Editor's Embed card's support CSS.
  • Added keyword "ghost-theme" in package.json file

V 2.1.0 - April 20, 2018

  • 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 {{author}} helper and added new helper . Made required changes to few files to reflect this new feature.

V 2.0.0 - June 30, 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.
  • Removed analytics.hbs file. To add analytic code in your site, use Ghost's inbuilt code injection feature and add your code in blog footer area.
  • 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 li>

V 1.2 - September 11, 2015

  • Added Jquery library because Ghost removed jquery from core in version 0.7.0

V 1.1.0 - April 30, 2015

  • Added previous and next post link in single post view
  • Added new prev-next.hbs file and it contains the code for the Previous and next post link. This partial is called in post.hbs file below the post comment.
  • Added Required css for this.

V 1.0.0 - April 15, 2015

  • Initial release.