Ghost is not (just) an apparition of a dead person which is believed to appear or become manifest to the living. Ghost is also a light-weight open-source blogging platform for professional publishers like you. If you’re thinking of building a (new) blog, you should give Ghost a try. I promise you will love it.
Though not as popular as WordPress, Ghost has a cool easy to use interface with a great design. The main difference between Ghost and WordPress is that Ghost focuses on blogging. Ghost is a platform that cares only about publishing.
WordPress has evolved to become a serious CMS (Content Management System) in the last years. WordPress’ administrative area turned into a CMS, too complicated for simple blogs. So if your goal is to publish your articles in a simple, uncluttered interface, Ghost is a wise choice.
The main disadvantage for Ghost is the lack of one-click install option in hosting panels. This is why we recommend Digital Ocean and their one-click Ghost installation. You can have your own Ghost blog published in less than a minute.
Hand-Picked Ghost Themes
Ghost’s default theme, Casper, is a great starting point. But if you want something more unique, Ghost has some beautiful premium themes. Well, not as many as WordPress but maybe I should focus on that. They are usually affordable, between $16 and $29. Here is a list of hand-picked Ghost themes by design quality and features (no forest here).
$19 Mediumish - Ghost Blogging Theme
Mediumish is a Ghost Blogging Theme designed & developed by us. We’re not biased when we say that this is the best Ghost blogging theme for those who want a blog Medium like. Suitable for blogs and magazines, photography, personal, travel, hobby, lifestyle, web development etc.
$16 Nectaria - Ghost Blogging Theme
Nectaria is a Ghost Blogging Theme with a more feminine touch. Aimed at lifestyle bloggers, the generous header image, layout, colors & fonts make Nectaria a great Ghost theme choice for a more artistic approach.
$19 Forma - Ghost Blogging Theme
Forma is a Ghost Blogging Theme with a cool, modern design. Minimal, with a masonry layout, bold typography and trending web elements, this theme creates a visually powerful impression. It works best with content related but not limited to art, fashion, interior design, architecture.
$18 Grey - Ghost Blogging Theme
Grey is a Ghost Blogging Theme with vertical navigation menu. As any Ghost theme, it focuses on your content and awesome images. With fully responsive layout it is optimized to look and work flawlessly on all devices, from mobile phones to large screens, including Retina and 4k support.
$19 Horace - Ghost Blogging Theme
Horace is minimal Ghost Blogging Theme that focuses on content, without any clutter. Horace is ideal for web designers & developers who blog about coding (Prism syntax highlighter included) or just writers who want to express their ideas.
Free Saga - Ghost Blogging Theme
Saga is a Ghost Blogging Theme designed to look beautiful with your content, images and videos or with “that nice panorama you took yesterday” as author Gustav Lindqvist says. It is a a Ghost theme designed for photostories.
Free Ghost Writer - Ghost Blogging Theme
Ghost Writer is a clean minimalist Ghost Blogging Theme. Ghost Writer is an AJAX driven theme, fast loading, smooth transitions and SASS files included.
Free Attila - Ghost Blogging Theme
Attila by Peter Amende is another clean minimalist & beautiful Ghost Blogging Theme. With a discrete typography and simple background, Attila has got more personality than many noisy cluttered “wanna be all” themes.
Free Bleak - Ghost Blogging Theme
Bleak is a Ghost Blogging Theme also developed by Peter Amende. Bleak is an elegant AJAX driven theme, masonry style. It loads fast and it looks nice.
Free Innocent - Ghost Blogging Theme
Another Peter Amende Ghost Blogging Theme , Innocent is a minimalist AJAX driven theme focusing on the content. It’s really simple, but it may be appropriate for some of your projects.
$34.99 / YR Povelia - Ghost Blogging Theme
At HauntedThemes.com you can become a member for $34.99/Year and get access to 8+ Ghost themes. Povelia is one of them. Their Ghost themes are really beautifully designed and modern.
Free Casper - Ghost Blogging Theme
Casper is the official Ghost Blogging Theme, built by Ghost Foundation. If you develop Ghost themes, this should be your model.