Ghost has enjoyed tons of excitement and press in the last year, but it still fits a particular audience. Keeping that in mind we've used specific preferences to define which themes are tops in the field. We're looking for Ghost themes that focus on typography, have a responsive design, are nimble in size, and lean towards a focus on an author (as opposed to a business). Other important features to consider would be built in menus, well structured metadata, minimal styling, font icons, feature images, and helpful tag usage. We've used those basic guidelines to compile the top free Ghost themes and Ghost skeletons available today.
The Best Free Ghost Themes
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While some of these may not be as well rounded as the favorites listed above, they're still very quality options. All of them have their strong points and several of these Ghost themes have unique inclusions that are worth becoming familiar with. Even if you don't love the whole theme, you may want to borrow a piece or two.
This Gavick offering is fully responsive, leans a little "metro" in ux styling, and aims to capture the restaurant blog market (if their demo is any indicator).Demo Perfetta
Not just another clever "ghost" pun, this theme aims to deliver your content in story book format. The concept is rich and would be a clever approach for anyone who wants to run with it.Detox
If you're looking for a clean theme with a focus on strong centered typography, give Detox a look. A striking layout focused on nothing but words. RecommendedDemo DetoxGhostentista
Ghostentista delivers an AJAX driven, responsive Ghost theme for the masses. Using LESS styling and bold slab headlines give your words high impact on a minimal layout.Demo GhostentistaGhostwriter
Winner for "favorite ghost pun" goes to Ghostwriter (...and no I didn't watch the show, I just like RJD2). This theme is notable for it's bold typo and boxy UI. Plus points for style.Demo GhostwriterIce Breaker
Very minimal, but a decent starting point. Wouldn't recommend it for a serious project (hasn't been updated in a while), but the structure is sound and can be a good starter for devs.Demo Ice BreakerSticko
Sticko keeps everything lightweight, but adds some flair. Off-canvas nav, Google Comments, FitVid.js, cover images, icon fonts, and a slick author inclusion are all nice touches that you don't see often. If you want to look at a variety of intuitive code, this is for you.Demo StickoSlimpost
Slimpost hits all the basics - Minimal design, Rich Snippets, Open Graph & Twitter Card meta, Disqus Comments, Syntax highlighting, Font Awesome icons, and a fullscreen image viewer. A little customization can really make this theme shine.Demo Slimpost
A Few Select Ghost Skeletons
Most web developers like to keep it simple and do the major customizing themselves. For those of you tinkerers out there, we've included a couple amazing Ghost skeletons that'll give a solid kickstart to any one-off project.
Ghost and Bootstrap are a solid combo and that's exactly what this starter theme offers. Great time saver and starting point for constructing more advanced projects.Ghost Bootstrap
If Bootstrap isn't your thing, another solid CSS library is Zurb's Foundation. Phantom Yeti brings brings that addition to the table producing a solid base to work from.Phantom Yeti
You can't go wrong with Bootstrap and this skeleton is built on HTML5 Boilerplate, using SASS, with Disqus comments, and a barebones design.Bootstrap Boilerplate
Ghost UIKit Theme
We're huge fans of UIKit and this theme gives you a good starting point to work from. The style is a little boxy for a blog, but that can be ironed out quickly and the structure is rock solid.Ghost UIKit Theme
San Diego hasn't cornered the market on class and this clean cut Ghost theme is proof of that. Simple, but thorough typo styling give you everything you need but the frame.The Classy
In the same vein as Linen, Ghost Blank offers a completely stripped starting point for any custom project. No frills - it's literally "just the basics".Ghost Blank
Hopefully our top free Ghost themes and Ghost skeletons will get you rolling on customizing your latest install. If you're looking to get a more comprehensive understand of how all those handlebars work, we've included a couple useful links below that are very helpful. If you've found this article useful, please be sure to share it with your fans. If you think we may have missed a strong contender out there, certainly drop us a message and as always - Thanks for stopping by.
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Greetings, I'm the lead designer and resident full stack web developer at Haeck Design. A majority of my time is spent creating beautiful logos, websites, print design, & staying up to date on all the tricks of the web development trade. (Matthew Haeck Bio Page)