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Best themes for Ghost CMS

A compilation of the best themes for Ghost. Including free and premium options.
Best themes for Ghost CMS

Ghost is one of the best options to have a modern blog. And you're about to discover a whole lot of beautiful themes you can pick.

This article will have some of the best free themes for Ghost, as well as premium themes.

And there are themes for all tastes. Newsletter-first themes, themes podcasts, magazine/ news websites, minimalist themes.

So, get ready and keep reading. And if you're new to Ghost, this will be a fun one.


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TL;DR

You'll find almost 30 themes in this article. This number isn't big for the sake of having lots of themes.

Instead, I wanted to make sure I showed a lot of options. After all, some themes cost $149, and others are free. This way, you can see and pick from a list of great themes and cheaper alternatives.

Premium Ghost themes list

Name Info Price
Ubud minimalist and amazing $149
Mundana medium theme but for Ghost $28
Substation Substack style theme $59
Krabi news theme for Ghost $149
Hue Ghost podcast theme $149
Breek playful theme for Ghost $49
Easyart Ghost blog theme $39
Nurui food blog theme for Ghost $69
Flamingo cheap news theme for Ghost $30
Dashi multipurpose theme for Ghost $99
East minimalist theme for personal blogs $149
Melaka magazine theme for Ghost $149
Inostack minimalist newsletter theme for Ghost $49

Free Ghost themes list

Name Info Price
Edition minimalist theme for blogs and newsletters Free
Attila OG minimalist theme Free
The Journal clean blog theme Free
Digest newsletter theme with unusual home page Free
Dawn personal newsletter theme Free
Ease documentation style theme Free
Casper multipurpose Ghost theme Free

Premium Ghost Themes

This is a list of some premium themes from various developers.

Ubud - minimalist and amazing

Ubud theme home page.
Ubud home page

Ubud is a popular premium theme made by Aspire Themes.

It has a minimalist look and is suited for personal websites. So, Ubud will work well for blogs and newsletters.

Plus, you have 6 customization options for the home page.

At $149, Ubud has a hefty price, but the quality is there to justify it.

Under a closer look, there is a lot of documentation to help you customize the theme even further, and that's a time saver for sure.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: blogs and newsletters;
  • Dark theme: no.

Mundana - medium theme but for Ghost

Mundana theme for Ghost.
Mundana - a Medium style theme for Ghost

WowThemes is the creator of Mundana, a Medium-style theme for Ghost.

Medium is considered the standard of a beautiful blog by many. And Mundana can make your Ghost blog look similar to it.

This theme will work well for blogs, mainly if you use many pictures and bright colors.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: blogs;
  • Dark theme: no.

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Also, there is a free open-source alternative on Github. Find it by clicking on this link.

And At $28, Mundana is an absolute steal!

Substation - Substack style theme

Substation makes Ghost similar to Substack.
Substation theme home

Substack blew up in popularity and had a simple interface. Which you can mimic on Ghost with Substation theme.

Dan Rowden is the man behind Super Themes Co and Substation theme.

As you might expect from a theme inspired by Substack, this is a theme for a newsletter.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: newsletter;
  • Dark theme: yes

And at $39, it's an affordable option.

Krabi - news theme for Ghost

Krabi is a news theme for Ghost.
Krabi by Aspire Themes

Aspire Themes makes another appearance in this list (and not the last one) with the Krabi theme.

If you want to turn your Ghost blog on a news website, pick Krabi. It's built for that.

As with all Aspire themes, you can count on all the quality of the documentation.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: yes;
  • Best suited for: news/ blogs;
  • Dark theme: no.

Hue - Ghost podcast theme

Hue is a podcast theme for Ghost.
Podcast theme for Ghost

Don't worry, fellow podcaster, Aspire Themes got your back.

Hue is a podcasting theme for Ghost.

And in the hero section (main area on the home page), you have the social icons for the leading podcast apps.

The home layout is optimized for large images like thumbnails of each episode. And it has dark mode!

If you're a podcaster, this a quality stuff right here.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: yes;
  • Best suited for: podcasts;
  • Dark theme: yes.

Breek - playful theme for Ghost

Breek theme is a visual heavy theme for Ghost.
Colorful theme for Ghost

Breek is a colorful and playful theme made by Estudio Patagon.

This theme will work well if you want to use pictures with gradients or vibrant colors.

Breek looks different, and it's not dull for sure. And if this sounds a good fit for the brand of your blog, give them a go.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: yes;
  • Best suited for: newsletter, blog, podcast;
  • Dark theme: no.

Easyart - Ghost blog theme

Easyart theme for bloggers.
Easyart theme gives old-school vibes.

Easyart reminds me of the old WordPress layout for blogs of the mid-2010s.

The layout is dead simple and clean. It's a feed with a summary of each post and the main picture in large.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: blog;
  • Dark theme: no.

If this is your jam, give them a go.

Nurui - food blog theme for Ghost

Food theme for Ghost CMS.
Multipurpose theme, that works great for food bloggers

Nurui is made by Fueko, and you can buy their themes on the Ghost website.

This theme layout makes great for food blogs using Ghost. But also journal and lifestyle blogs.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: yes;
  • Best suited for: blogs;
  • Dark theme: yes.

Flamingo - cheap news theme for Ghost

Flamingo is a news theme for Ghost.
Cheap news theme for Ghost

Flamingo is a news/ magazine theme for Ghost and is the creation of Stylesheets.

This theme is visually appealing and looks good with a vibrant color in the navigation bar.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: news website;
  • Dark theme: no.

At $30, Flamingo and is a cheaper alternative to Krabi.

Dashi - multipurpose theme for Ghost

Dashi is a multipurpose theme for Ghost.
Dashi has filtering in the home page

Biron Themes created this stunning theme.

Dashi has a filtering option on the home page that readers can search only for a specific tag.

Also, the theme has 4 color schemes: light, dark, whitesmoke (beige colors), and midnight (dark neon colors).

Also, the documentation for the theme is excellent to help you customize further.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: yes;
  • Best suited for: newsletter, blog, podcast;
  • Dark theme: yes.

East - minimalist theme for personal blogs

East is a minimalist theme blog for Ghost.
East theme demo.

East looks great for minimalist personal blogs. And I love how it looks with monotone colors like in the demo.

This is a theme from the Aspire Themes and another piece of great work.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: yes;
  • Best suited for: personal blogs;
  • Dark theme: no.

Melaka - magazine theme for Ghost

Melaka is a magazine theme for Ghost CMS.
Melaka is a website with lots of pictures.

This is the final theme from Aspire Themes on this list (did you notice they have themes for all the main creator's areas?).

Melaka suits lifestyle, fashion, and design blogs that rely a lot on photos. And it has a modern layout.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled: yes;
  • Best suited for: blogs;
  • Dark theme: yes

InoStack - minimalist newsletter theme for Ghost

InoStack is a newsletter-first theme for Ghost.
InoStack is a super clean newsletter theme.

InoStack is a minimalist theme for a newsletter. And is the work of Visioun.

I include Inostack in the list because the home page is so freaking clean!

However, when I looked at their demo, I noticed that images posts need to be set to full width, or else they will be stretched vertically.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled:  no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: newsletters;
  • Dark theme: no.

Free Ghost themes

Ghost will provide you with some quality free themes. And you can find them on their marketplace.

Edition - minimalist theme for blogs and newsletters

Edition theme is a free Ghost theme for blogs and newsletters.
Edition theme is what I use for this website.

Edition is one of the official themes from Ghost, and you can install them for free on any Ghost website.

And it works well for blogs and newsletters.

At the time of writing, I used Edition on this website.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled:  no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: newsletters and blogs;
  • Dark theme: no.

Attila - OG minimalist theme

Dark minimalist theme for Ghost: Attilla.
Attila is an old-school minimalist theme for Ghost.

Attila is the minimalist theme most people get used to seeing and using.

Attila is best suited for personal blogs without images to keep the design minimal and clean.

Also, it has a dark and light mode that you can change on the footer.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: no;
  • Have search enabled:  yes;
  • Best suited for: blogs;
  • Dark theme: yes.

The Journal - clean blog theme

Tje Journal is a free theme for Ghost.
Modern and clean layout theme

The Journal is one of the newest themes released by Ghost. It's free and has a clean look.

This theme will work best for blogs that don't want to rely too much on images, especially since the home page is set to hide the featured images.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled:  no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: newsletters and personal blogs;
  • Dark theme: no.

Digest - newsletter theme with unusual home page

The home for Digest has a different look because readers have a recent issue already open.
Digest theme home page

Digest is another recent addition released by Ghost Foundation.

This is a newsletter-first theme and as a different approach to the home page.

On the home page, you find only one post that people get to read immediately. And if they want to access older posts, they need to scroll to the bottom.

If your posts are long, people will have to scroll all the way to the bottom or use the navigation menu.

I don't particularly like this theme, but I included it anyway as it might be a niche thing you want to test for your site.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled:  no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: newsletters;
  • Dark theme: no.

Dawn - personal newsletter theme

Dawn is a personal newsletter theme with dark mode.
Dawn theme in dark mode

Dawn is one of the official themes for Ghost. This means it's created by Ghost, and you can use it for free.

This is a theme for newsletters and has an immaculate home page. I love it!

Dawn was one of the themes I was considering when starting my Ghost adventure. Still, as my writing leans towards longer for posts, this newsletter-focused theme didn't fit perfectly.

Also, it has search enabled and dark mode!

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled:  yes;
  • Best suited for: newsletters;
  • Dark theme: yes.

Ease - documentation style theme

Ease theme looks familiar to devs.
Ease theme works well for documentation content

Ease will fit great if your audience is more tech-savvy, like developers. The homepage lays things in documentation style familiar to them.

This is another official theme developed by the Ghost Foundation and is completely free.

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Can you see I am a lover of minimalist themes? Also, I hate sidebars on blogs.

Ease was the first theme I used for Ghost as I wanted to divide my writing into categories, but as I wrote 1 piece per week, it looked terrible at the start, so I moved on.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled:  no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: newsletters, blogs;
  • Dark theme: no.

Casper - multipurpose Ghost theme

Casper is the default theme for Ghost CMS.
Casper in dark mode

Casper is the default theme for Ghost V4. It's the theme that comes installed on every single Ghost website.

Casper can be used for any kind of website. Lifestyle, travel, fashion, news, podcast, or even personal blogs.

This versatility is the reason I include it in the list, even if this is the default theme that everyone gets to see.

About the theme:

  • Support for Ghost memberships: yes;
  • Have search enabled:  no, you need to add yourself;
  • Best suited for: newsletters;
  • Dark theme: yes.

Where can you buy Ghost themes?

Here is a list of the main websites you can use to buy themes for your Ghost website.

You'll find marketplaces like Ghost marketplace or Theme Forest here. As well as independent developers like Aspire or Wow Themes.

Ghost theme sellers:

Final Considerations

As you can see, a Ghost blog can have lots of different looks and layouts.

And as Ghost CMS grows in popularity, there are more developers creating themes for it.

This is a flywheel effect as Ghost matures.

What I love the most is that there are themes for almost all tastes and prices.

Plus, as a rule, Ghost themes are cheaper than WordPress themes.

The reason behind this is Ghost is mostly a one-time payment, contrary to WP annual theme prices.

So, you don't have to break the bank to make your Ghost website look unique and beautiful.

Recap

Premium themes

Name Info Price
Ubud minimalist and amazing $149
Mundana medium theme but for Ghost $28
Substation Substack style theme $59
Krabi news theme for Ghost $149
Hue Ghost podcast theme $149
Breek playful theme for Ghost $49
Easyart Ghost blog theme $39
Nurui food blog theme for Ghost $69
Flamingo cheap news theme for Ghost $30
Dashi multipurpose theme for Ghost $99
East minimalist theme for personal blogs $149
Melaka magazine theme for Ghost $149
Inostack minimalist newsletter theme for Ghost $49

Free themes

Name Info Price
Edition minimalist theme for blogs and newsletters Free
Attila OG minimalist theme Free
The Journal clean blog theme Free
Digest newsletter theme with unusual home page Free
Dawn personal newsletter theme Free
Ease documentation style theme Free
Casper multipurpose Ghost theme Free

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