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Getting Started with Ghost

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Kezz Bracey, David Balderston, Andy Boutte

Reach out to the world and publish great content with the power of Ghost
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783985180
Paperback152 pages

About This Book

  •  Full, detailed explanations of how to use Ghost.
  • Setup Ghost on a dedicated host, or take full control by installing and configuring it on your VPS. 
  • Design and build fast, stylish and responsive themes to make your blog unique.

Who This Book Is For

If you are new to Ghost, this book is ideal for you. You might be completely new to content management systems or you might have experience with others such as WordPress. Some knowledge of web design basics such as HTML and CSS will be useful, but the book is designed so you can enter at the point relevant to you.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The First Steps with Ghost
Automated installation of Ghost
Creating a blog on Ghost(Pro)
Content management
Markdown, image upload, and inline HTML
Hosting Ghost on other providers
Summary
Chapter 2: Manual Installation and Configuration of Ghost
Manually installing Ghost on your local computer
Additional configuration for VPS usage
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 3: Preparing for Theme Development
Handlebars' logicless templating
Creating CSS via the Stylus preprocessor
Setting up your environment
Summary
Chapter 4: Beginning Ghost Theme Development
An overview of the currently available design options
Quick start theme quiz
Creating your theme shell
Adding test content and activating your theme
Summary
Chapter 5: Applying Design Choices and Visual Styling
Stylus files
Applying the quick start theme quiz choices
Adding unique visual styling
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Get to grips with the fundamentals of Ghost
  • Explore the various hosting options available
  • Install and configure Ghost on a VPS
  • Gain a greater understanding of how Ghost differs from older CMS systems
  • Interact with Ghost's theme API, including using Grunt and Stylus to manipulate Handlebars.js
  • Prepare a Ghost theme template you can use for any kind of theme
  • Develop your own fast and responsive theme that attracts more readers to your blog

In Detail

Designed to be fast, streamlined, and eminently customizable, Ghost allows you to focus on what really counts: publishing great content.

This book begins with a detailed overview of the Ghost blogging platform. You'll quickly learn how to use Ghost's sleek yet comprehensive approach to blog management. You can use the official dedicated hosting solution, a third-party host, or take control of everything using a VPS to install Ghost. Ghost's theme API exposes a rich array of customization based on the Handlebars.js template system. You'll learn the basics of Grunt and Stylus, which make theme customization easy, allowing you to create a great looking, responsive blog. By the end of this book, you'll have all you need to create a blog that's easy to use and attractive, enabling you to reach out to your audience like never before.

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