Welcome to Issue #8! Some of what we have in store:
- Our new tutorial shows you how to showcase your content by building the perfect post template
- Updates to CSS that will blow your mind 🤯
- Taking Ghost headless with Thimira
The art of the post template
It's the heart and soul of your theme. It's where authors bring their creative content to life, and where readers immerse themselves in these narratives.
It's the post template, and, in our latest tutorial, we cover everything you need to know to build one. We focus on the following:
- The basic anatomy of a post template
- Understanding the data available in the post context
- Steps to designing a captivating post header
- Bringing in your content
- Tips & tricks for creating a beautiful reading experience
Check it out 👉
But wait! There's more.
We also released tutorials on using custom settings and building custom sign-up forms.
Did you know we have a YouTube channel? Our most recent video includes a complete guide to using partials in Ghost. Don't forget to like and subscribe 😜
Just shipped 🚢
- Header cards got a massive upgrade, giving you more power to create beautiful pages and posts. (Header cards are full-width cards perfect for creating a division between sections or making a large call to action.)
- In the same spirit, it's now possible to hide the title and feature image for pages, making it possible to build radically different landing pages.
Ideas and tools 🛠️
- Meta recently launched Threads, its
- Core Web Vitals is a set of Google metrics for measuring your site's user experience. Harry Roberts discusses their implications for SEO.
- Probably more than you want to know about using emoji on the web 🍾🪤
- View transitions (or incredibly cool ways of showing and hiding content) are coming to the browser. Get ahead of the curve on this new API.
Getting technical with Thimira
Thimira Thenuwara recently relaunched Android Wedakarayo, a Sinhala publication about technology based in Sri Lanka. The relaunch is notable because Thimira shifted to using Ghost headlessly, implementing a Nuxt frontend with Tailwind styling, oAuth sign-in, and Algolia search. We'll explain all of this in a minute, but let's start at the beginning.
By day, Thimira is a Deputy Manager of Finance for a group of companies in Sri Lanka. By night, certified Ghost Expert 🦸
His foray into Ghost development began when Android Wedakarayo transitioned from WordPress to Ghost. At first, the publication used stock Casper (always a good place to start). Here and there, Thimira began customizing it to suit the publication's needs, eventually developing a totally bespoke theme.
Before hacking on his Ghost theme, Thimira didn't know web development at all! He taught himself HTML, CSS, and JS and says, "The platform taught me the ropes of web design." He also had a great support network to help him: another Ghost Expert, Kasun Jayarathna, got him up to speed on Ghost, Srilal Sachintha taught him Linux servers, and his fiancée, Shenaya Hewagama, cheered him on throughout.
Ghost is truly a fantastic gateway to learning web development. The cost of entry is low and the payoff is high: a totally customized, beautiful publication. Just be careful because before you know it, you'll be building a headless Ghost site with Nuxt, Algolia, oAuth, and a handful of other custom features 😏 Let's talk about what all this means.
Running Ghost headlessly means using Ghost's API with a frontend other than Ghost's native theme layer. While it enables advanced functionality, headless is not the way to go for most users. Ghost's theme layer, for example, includes the metadata that optimizes your site for SEO. Going headless means you need to code that functionality yourself.
Algolia is an advanced search-as-a-service. It can be used with any Ghost site, and we use it on our Tutorials site. Learn more about setting up Algolia on Ghost in our docs.
oAuth (open authorization) is a protocol that allows third-party apps to access user data without exposing user credentials. A common example, and the one Thimira implemented, is using Google or Apple to sign into a third-party website.
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