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


API key for search function

You have to generate an API key to use in the theme. Without the API key the search function will not work. Please follow theses steps.

  • 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".
  • Now open "api-key.hbs" file which is located in partials folder.
  • Remove everything in that file and paste the API key you have copied from your admin dashboard.
  • Make sure there is no blank space or new line before or after your content API key. Save the file.

API key for search


Configure disqus comment

To enable disqus you need disqus_shotrname for your site. To setup the disqus comment properly please follow the steps below.

  • Go to disqus.com and sign up.
  • After log in go to admin dashboard.
  • Then follow the instruction and add your website there.
  • At the time of adding your site you will get a dishqus shortname, copy that.
  • Now open disqus-comment.hbs file which is located in partials folder. At line number 7 you will see below code
var disqus_shortname = 'example';
  • replace that example with your own shortcode. It will look like below.
var disqus_shortname = 'yourDisqusShortnameHere';
  • Now save the file.

Home page Configuration

In this theme The home page has custom layout. It shows featured posts, latest posts and there are 6 section to show post by tag / category. Which means you have to specify different tag for each section.
If you feature some post those posts will be shown in featured posts section ordered by published date.
At first let's see section numbering.

home page sections

Now you have to set tag for each Tag section one by one. Please follow the steps below.

  • Open "tag-section-1.hbs" file which is located in "partials > homepage" folder within the theme.
  • At line number 1 in that file, you will see this code
{{#get "posts" limit="4" filter="tag:business"}}
  • In that line change business with your own chosen tag slug.
    Go to tag page in your admin area and select a tag there. you will see information related to that selected tag at the right side of that page. See the image below to know which is tag name and which is tag slug.

  • Now you also have to add the tag name in that page to show as the heading of that section.
  • in the same file at line number 5 you will see following code.
<span>Business</span>
  • Replace Business In that line with the Tag name you have chosen. This will be shown as the heading of that section.
  • That is it. You have successfully setup the tag section 1 area with your own chosen tag.
  • Now repeat the above steps for each "tag-section" file in "partials > homepage" folder with different tags slug and name.

Please Follow the steps below.

  • Open footer.hbs file, located in partials folder, and then reorder the partials call.
  • To hide or remove any widget in footer just comment out that specific widget.
  • Then save the file

Widget area in footer.hbs will look like this.

<div class="col-md-3">
{{> widget-about}}
</div>
<div class="col-md-5">
{{> widget-tags}}
{{> widget-navigation}}
</div>
<div class="col-md-4">
{{> widget-subscribe}}
{{> widget-social}}
</div>

In partials folder you will find a file named "widget-about.hbs". Open that file and replace the demo text with your own text.


To add the actual social links to the icons in Follow Us widget, please follow the steps below.

  • open widget-social.hbs file located in partials folder.
  • Now replace the # for each href value with your own profile links.

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

<ul class="social-links">
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/twitter}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/facebook}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/instagram}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/dribbble}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/behance}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/medium}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/pinterest}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/youtube}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/google-plus}}</a></li>
<li><a href="#">{{> icons/linkedin}}</a></li>
</ul>

You don't have to edit this widget, it automatically shows same navigation links as header.


In footer, beside copyright text you will find some page links. Normally we may have some pages in our site which links we don't want to add at our main menu at top of the site, or we may want to link some external pages. Such as "Terms", "Privacy" erc.

We can use this links area to add those links.

If you open "custom-links.hbs" file which is located in partials folder you will see some links. like below example.

<a href="{{@blog_url}}/privacy/">Privacy</a>

In the above code {{@blog_url}} is used for your website's base URL. like yoursite.com.

/privacy/ is the post url i.e. post slug which you can found at the time of editing post or page at ghost admin.

To add a new link just copy one line there and then change the post URL part and also the text part which will be visible as link text to visitor.


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 free, monthly and yearly pricing plan. Please follow the steps below to edit the key point you want to show in your pricing table.

pricing table

Please follow the steps below to edit the above mentioned key points in each pricing table.

You will find following 3 files within the theme which are located in partials/members folder withinn the theme folder. These are three files for 3 different pricing plan.

  • pricing-table-free.hbs
  • 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>{{> icons/check-mark}} Access to all free private posts</li>
<li>{{> icons/check-mark}} Weekly updates with new content</li>
<li>{{> icons/check-mark}} Support independent publishing</li>
<li>{{> icons/check-mark}} No card details required</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 theme 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 world-times.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 image in post

Ghost supports featured/cover image in post natively, and this theme handle that nicely. Recommended image size is, minimum 1200px wide.


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.


Theme customization

If you need to add only small CSS then you can add using Ghost's Code Injection feature. In "blog header" box you can add CSS like below example. replace the CSS with your own CSS between the <style> tag.

<style>
.header-wrapper .text-logo {
color: #076eff;
}
</style>

How to change color or CSS

In the theme folder you will find "assets > scss" folder which contains all the theme styles written in SCSS.

To change any style / css you need to modify here. In SCSS folder you will find a folder named "components" which contains a bunch of .scss files which are part of the whole theme's style. and all those files are imported in a specific order in "screen.scss" file located in "scss" folder root outside of "components" folder. please don't edit that file.

To change the Theme color please follow the steps below.

  • Open the _color-and-font.scss file in your code editor.
  • Now you have to change the color hexcode (#xxxxxx) in this file and save the file.
  • If you have followed the above section of instruction ( Detail customization prerequisite), and already running terminal with the gulp command then the file changes will be detected and if there is no error in your file then it will be automatically compiled.

The _color-and-font.scss file looks like below.

/*=====================================================
Colors
=====================================================*/

/* different shades of gray used for text and other elements */
$color-dark: #161616;
$color-light: #AEAEAE;
$color-normal: #565656;
/* Other colors */
$link-color: #275beb; /* used for links in post content */
$border-color: #E0E0E0;
$white: #ffffff;
$black: #000000;
$success: #60bd0c;
$error: #e00543;

/*=====================================================
Fonts
=====================================================*/

$sans-serif: 'Lato', sans-serif;
$serif: 'PT Serif', serif;

After modifying the theme CSS when you are done and want to install the final theme in your live site, do the following.

  • Go to running terminal ( terminal is navigated to development theme folder and running gulp command to watch the file changes )
  • Press Ctrl + C or Cmd + C in your keyboard to end the running task.
  • After ending running task enter this command, gulp build. This command will build the production ready ( live site ready ) theme package within a folder named "build".
  • After doing the gulp build if you need you can configure the theme options ( such as disqus shortname, social links etc ) then use this command gulp zip. It will make a folder named "dist" and make a zip of the contents of "build" folder within "dist" folder.
  • Now you can upload this newly created zip in your ghost admin panel.

Changelog

V 2.3.1 - October 12, 2020

  • Fixed signin notification issue.
  • Updated search plugin.

V 2.3.0 - October 11, 2020

  • Added secondary navigation support in footer navigation widget.
  • Updated all dependency.
  • Refactored loading spinner and added to subscribe button and billing button.
  • Added new notifications.
  • Updated translation.

V 2.2.0 - August 02, 2020

  • Removed Googl+ share link.
  • Added Whatsapp share link.
  • Removed Googl+ social links from footer.
  • Changed Search plugin.

V 2.1.0 - April 18, 2020

  • Added support for responsive image.
  • Updated All development dependency to latest version.

V 2.0.0 - November 11, 2019

  • Replaced deprecated {{code}} helper with {{statusCode}} helper.
  • Updated API uses to v3.
  • Updated search functionality to use API v3.
  • Added new Membership feature.
  • Modified Subscribsion widget to use new members feature.
  • Added new custom pages Account, susccribe, Sign in pages.
  • Custom Call to action for membership and paid membership in single post.
  • Added exta translation.
  • Removed unused ghostHunter js plugin.

V 1.4.1 - October 04, 2019

  • Improved the Bookmark card style in desktop and mobile view.

V 1.4.0 - September 18, 2019

  • Added supporting css for new bookmark card.

V 1.3.0 - May 24, 2019

  • Replaced @blog to @site and {{lang}} to {{@site.lang}}.

V 1.2.1 - January 24, 2019

  • Fixed Small image in post content aligned left. Now it's aligned center.

V 1.2.0 - January 21, 2019

  • Fixed Search functionality breaks after releasing API V2. Now We need to set an API key ( please see the "API key for search function" in the documentation ).

V 1.1.0 - January 18, 2019

  • Theme now supports and uses Ghost content API version 2
  • Added missing google font css file.

V 1.0.1 - January 16, 2019

  • Fixed share links
  • Fixed image logo maximum width CSS

V 1.0.0 - January 06, 2019

  • Initial release