This is Massively, a text-heavy, article-oriented design built around a huge background image and scroll effects powered by Scrollex. Originally created by @ajlkn for HTML5 UP and later ported to Ghost
Ghost uses a simple templating language called Handlebars for its themes.
We've documented our default theme pretty heavily so that it should be fairly easy to work out what's going on just by reading the code and the comments. Once you feel comfortable with how everything works, we also have full theme API documentation which explains every possible Handlebars helper and template.
The main files are:
default.hbs- The main template file
index.hbs- Used for the home page
post.hbs- Used for individual posts
page.hbs- Used for individual pages
tag.hbs- Used for tag archives
author.hbs- Used for author archives
One neat trick is that you can also create custom one-off templates just by adding the slug of a page to a template file. For example:
page-about.hbs- Custom template for the
tag-news.hbs- Custom template for
author-ali.hbs- Custom template for
This implementation tries to stay as true as possible to the original template without making too many modifications. The original code is unmodified, preserving the ability to update it later.
There are two main changes compared to the original template files:
- The original template contained separate
/imagesdirectories. Ghost Themes require that all assets be nested under a top-level
/assetsdirectory, so these are moved to
- In order to make minor modifications and add some new custom styles, one additional SaSS file is added under
/assets/main/sass/layout/ghost.sassand included at the bottom of the
To work on styles in this theme, you'll need to run a local development environment to build/watch for changes. Once cloned and installed with npm/yarn, the following
gulp build tasks are available:
# Build files locally and watch for changes
# Build production zip locally and save to /dist
# Run compatibility test against latest version of Ghost
Original template files and design by @ajlkn
Copyright (c) 2013-2022 HTML5 UP & Ghost Foundation - This theme is licensed under both the MIT and Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Please note that the terms of the Creative Commons license require that you maintain the footer attribution to freely use this theme.