Ghost quickly gained the reputation as ‘WordPress killer’. Ironically, Ghost was conceptualized by one of the key stakeholder from WordPress. WordPress was essentially a content management system and was bit complex for bloggers especially newbies. This led to development of Ghost as pure blogging platform in 2013. Since then, Ghost has become very popular among bloggers who want to get a head start to blogging.
Biggest advantage of Ghost is that it’s extremely light-weight framework designed using powerful Node.js. As it’s intended for professional bloggers, all the underlying complexity is cleverly hidden from the end users. Bloggers can simply focus on one thing – writing. On offer is a simple no fuss UI with all the controls needed by a blogger. One great feature about Ghost is the ‘Team Collaboration’. Although, WordPress allows to add users with different permissions, it’s more generic in nature. Ghost on the other hand offers a Collaboration feature specifically for a team of writers.
Another handy feature about Ghost UI is the Content Pane. You are able to see the content of an entire post in the same window just by selecting the post. It’s similar to Outlook where you select a mail and the content appears in the preview pane on right hand side.
There are numerous free ghost themes that you can readily use for your projects. In this post, we bring to you the best ghost themes out there which are free to use.
Free Ghost Themes
Ghostium, a 2 column ghost theme boasts a full size static image on the left pane with the content on the right pane. Sticko offers integration for OpenGraph. It comes with a collapsible menu on top left corner which gives more readability. Ghotium is designed to be cross browser & cross device compatible.
Ghostwriter offers a minimal layout with emphasis on reading. It makes use of SASS for styling and uses AJAX to provide transitional effects on posts & pages. Supports featured content on home page.
WebKid is more suited for news style blogs. WebKid seems like a traditional WordPress theme but it’s not. You get all the goodness of WordPress look n feel with the robustness of Ghost in WebKid.
Gunter takes the idea of cover image to the next level by offering cover image for each post. It enables you to make a stronger impact on your readers with featured cover image and strong typography.
Odin Ghost Theme
Odin is a perfect example of an extension of ghost framework. It extends the default Casper theme offer by Ghost and produces a stunning end result theme. It’s designed to be responsive and offers a great reading experience for mobile users.
Mapache Free Ghost Theme
Fan of material design? Mapache might be your best bet. Based on google’s material design, Mapache offers a stylish layout with all the features one might need on a blogging site like social media integration, search feature and responsiveness.
As the name suggests, Komik is suited for comic style blogs.
Masonry offers a gallery style layout for your blog. Well suited for Photography or Image centric blogs.
Yet another gallery style theme perfect for blogs with creative images.
UI Kit based Ghost Theme
Pure CSS based Ghost Theme
Solar is a bit off-track theme with dark background and light front end. Well suited for travel blogs.
GhostScroll One-page Scroll Theme
Bootstrap ghost theme