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 20+ Top Free Ghost Themes

20+ Top Free Ghost Themes

In the battle for CMS supremacy, Ghost has made waves as a solid ultralight option. Like any other web tool it does need to look good though, that's why we compiled the top free Ghost themes for newbies & pros alike.

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 Absolute Best Free Ghost Themes

  • Ghostium - Top Free Ghost Themes


    Ghostium utilizes an off-canvas for the navigation and keeps the primary images to the left (as opposed to the top). It's fully responsive, with rich Microdata, Prism highlighting, Open Graph and Twitter Card meta, AJAX, DNS prefetching, and Disqus comments... All in a very minimal package.

    Demo Ghostium
  • Vapor - Top Free Ghost Themes


    If you're looking for a theme with a focus on typography, this is a killer option. Minimal design, plenty of white-space, built with all the latest industry bells and whistles, and a very clever vertically collapsing menu. Very solid theme from front to back.

    Demo Vapor
  • Readium - Top Free Ghost Themes


    Very Medium in style, which is probably where the name came from. Also handles the fixed header image better then any other, which is extra awesome since it pulls corresponding images to each post. Add in the Microdata, tag wrangling, Highlight.js, Open Graph & Twitter Cards, and Font Awesome icons. Score.

    Demo Readium
  • Willsong - Top Free Ghost Themes


    A simple responsive Ghost theme that covers all the bases. Featuring a fixed header image, intelligent tag integration, a little advanced customization, and Prettify to clean up your syntax while working. My one word review for this theme would be - "Solid".

    Demo Willsong
  • Portfolio - Top Free Ghost Themes


    The bright folks over at Gavick released a couple free Ghost themes and this is my favorite. It features an "image card" layout that finally brings your pictures into the mix. The hover effect adds a nice touch and including post tags below each feature image eases navigation quite a bit. Minimal in style and (as you'd expect) solidly coded across the board.

    Demo Portfolio
  • Ghost Scroll - Top Free Ghost Themes

    Ghost Scroll

    This theme rides the parallax layout trend, without feeling at all dated. It includes Font Awesome for you UI geeks out there and a unique sticky navigation that will give your scrolling fingers a quick break. If your looking to build a modern one-page scroll website, this will be your best option.

    Demo Ghost Scroll
  • Magnum - Top Free Ghost Themes


    Magnum is a simple / responsive theme that hits all the marks and cleans up the default theme in a few noticeable areas. Although I'm not a fan of the color they selected for the demo page, that color is easily customizable, and it adds just the right amount of punch to any design.

    Demo Magnum
  • Solar - Top Free Ghost Themes


    This theme stands out for being the only free Ghost theme I could find with a dark layout. It keeps a small sidebar, which is a nice touch since most Ghost projects are "blog-centric". Solar is fully responsive, uses Prism for syntax highlighting, and offers both light & dark options for those who love customization.

More Incredible Ghost Themes...

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.

  • Perfetta

    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).

  • Ghost Stories

    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. Recommended

  • Ghostentista

    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.

  • Ghostwriter

    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.

  • Ice 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.

  • Sticko

    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.

  • Aura

    Aura is a solid offering from the folks over at InspectElement. The style really leans a little bit modern, but does add more color then most. A few more features and we'd chalk this one up as a top 5 - without a doubt. High potential for growth here.

  • Slimpost

    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.

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 Bootstrap

    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.

  • Phantom Yeti

    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.

  • Bootstrap Boilerplate

    You can't go wrong with Bootstrap and this skeleton is built on HTML5 Boilerplate, using SASS, with Disqus comments, and a barebones design.

  • 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 & the structure is rock solid.

  • The Classy

    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.

  • Ghost Blank

    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".

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. We'd also suggest checking out our own incredibly coded Triangle Ghost Theme if you're looking for an impressive place to start your Ghost project. If you've found this article useful, please share it with your fans. If you think we may have missed a strong contender out there, drop us a message.

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