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GhostSolo Theme

A Ghost theme for solo bloggers. See it in action: lukelowrey.com

Example

 

Features

#pinned Posts on the homepage

The homepage will render any posts with the internal tag "#pinned" as cards. Tip: add a "Pinned" tag filter to your Ghost dashboard. Ghost pinned

Membership support

GhostSolo recommends you use the Portal functionality to handle membership. If membership is enabled the home page and footer will render a sign up form.

You can also update routes.yaml and use the (legacy) ghost solo membership pages.GhostSolo currently supports free membership. You must upload the routes.yaml fille" which will be used when people click the subscribe button in the header.

Menus

The standard ghost navigation will render in the nav bar at the top of the page. Secondary navigation will render in the footer.

Twitter / Facebook

The site twitter and facebook (soon) links will render as buttons in the homepage header.

Author profile

The author profile bio and twitter will render at the end of each post.

Inline post content tag template

GhostSolo supports an inline content version of the tag template "tag-inline-content". It will enabled a view where posts for a tag content displays in the list. I use it for short snippets on luklowrey.com but it could be useful for changelogs an other things. To enabled it you need to change th routes.yaml of your blog (see below).

Table of contents post template

To enabled a table of contents us the Table of Contents template when writing your post. The contents will update based on headings.

Upload routes.yaml

To enable the membership functionality you will need to upload the routes.yaml file located in GhostSolo.zip to your Ghost site (Settings > Labs > Routes).

collections:
  /:
    permalink: /{slug}/
    template: index

#example of using the 'tag-inline-content' template for posts tagged "note" but none other
  /:
    permalink: /{slug}/
    template: index
    filter: 'tag:-note'    
  /notes/:
    permalink: /{slug}/
    template: tag-inline-content
    filter: 'tag:note'  
    data: tag.note

taxonomies:
  tag: /tag/{slug}/
  author: /author/{slug}/


#not recommended, use ghost Portal functionality
routes:
  /signup/: members\signup
  /signin/: members\signin
  /account/: members\account

Customise

Theme

GhostSolo uses CSS variables for overriding the theme and dark/light modes.

The default theme can be found in assets/css/vars.css. This can be easily overridden with a style tag in your ghost code injection settings.

html:root {
    --accent-color: #543fd7;
    --bs-font-sans-serif: "Inter", system-ui, -apple-system, "Segoe UI", Roboto, "Helvetica Neue", Arial, "Noto Sans", sans-serif, "Apple Color Emoji", "Segoe UI Emoji", "Segoe UI Symbol", "Noto Color Emoji";
    --bs-font-serif: Georgia, serif;
    --bs-font-monospace: SFMono-Regular, Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, "Liberation Mono", "Courier New", monospace;
}

html[data-theme='light'] {
    --background-color: #fff;
    --alternate-background-colour: #f7f7f9;
    --text-color: #121416d8;
    --text-color-light: #777676bb;
    --link-color: var(--accent-color);
    --masthead-color: var(--accent-color);
    --masthead-text: #fff;
    --button-color: #263238;
    --button-text: #fff;
}

html[data-theme='dark'] {
    --background-color: #212a2e;
    --alternate-background-colour: #263238;
    --text-color: #F7F8F8;
    --text-color-light: #8A8F98;
    --link-color: #828fff;
    --masthead-color: #212a2e;
    --masthead-text: #fff;
    --button-color: var(--accent-color);
    --button-text: #fff;
}

Dark mode

GhostSolo includes a simple toggle for enabling the dark/light modes. The toggle adds data-theme='dark/light' to the html element. It will automatically detect a user's preferred dark mode setting. When customising the theme be use to include both data-theme='dark' and data-theme='light' entries.

Theme toggle

Include Inter (or other) font

The base css theme uses the 'Inter' font. To include this in your blog add the following the your site header:

<link href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Inter:wght@400;500;700&display=swap" rel="stylesheet">

If you override the base font be sure to include it in the header.

Include Prism Syntax Highlighting

Include Prism syntax highlighting by adding the following to your Ghost blog code injection:

In site header:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/prism/1.20.0/themes/prism-twilight.min.css" integrity="sha256-rAcsWTglHtCcQgu1Lat/fUZqB+uBsYR+4dHZJUQ5Fug=" crossorigin="anonymous" />

In site footer
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/prism/1.20.0/components/prism-core.min.js" integrity="sha256-9h14mWYYiQGkeAKg2JtijbqApb56kgw57WN6sI6dwH0=" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/prism/1.20.0/plugins/autoloader/prism-autoloader.min.js" integrity="sha256-3S2PESHNt0YNL65z57WuHPHIv12fibpBDXepyCGHftw=" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>

Development

GhostSolo uses Bootstrap 5 for its base CSS. Styles are compiled using gulp, sass and PostCSS. You'll need Nodeand Gulp installed globally. After that, from the theme's root directory:

# Install
npm run install

# Run build & watch for changes
npm run dev

Now you can edit /assets/css/ files, which will be compiled to /assets/built/ automatically.

The zip Gulp task packages the theme files into dist/ghostsolo.zip, which you can then upload to your site.

npm run zip