Getting Started with Ghost

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  • 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

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.

  •  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.
Page Count 152
Course Length 4 hours 33 minutes
ISBN 9781783985180
Date Of Publication 26 Dec 2014


Kezz Bracey

Kezz Bracey is a web designer and frontend developer from Australia who has been working in the field for the better part of a decade. Theme development kicked off for her in the early days on the Joomla! platform, moving on to creating themes and plugins for WordPress, and she began designing themes for the Ghost blogging platform at its release.

Andy Boutte

Andy Boutte worked in the Apple industry for 5 years where he received a dozen certifications and became an Apple certified computer technician and iPhone technician. He currently works for a leading software company, Shopatron, as a DevOps engineer and previously worked there as a quality assurance analyst. This led him to testing Ghost before its initial release and he began writing on and With his experience, he has developed the unique skill of breaking down technical topics into terms that are easy to understand, which he utilizes in his writing today.

David Balderston

David Balderston had early access to Ghost and started with Andy Boutte. From there, he helped to launch other sites related to Ghost, including,, and His background in IT helped with troubleshooting problems and portraying them in a way people can clearly understand. He has been around Ghost from the very beginning and has helped many people install and use the Ghost platform.