WordPress is great, worldwide famous, efficient, easily customisable and multipurpose. Even under these circumstances some people are still not fully satisfied with it and ask for more. Right now, the forums dedicated to this CMS are full of harsh debates about what features should contain the next version, WordPress 3.8. Asking for more is written in the human DNA and somehow, it’s the base of our evolution as human race. I have no doubts that WordPress will be here for years and any new critics will motivate more the designers and developers to improve it.
Altogether, another part of the web design community seems to become irremediably bored with WordPress and searched for new solutions. One of the most recent WordPress competitors is Ghost that impresses everyone with its simplicity. Many people consider WordPress a dead cause because of its complexity hidden behind the concept of simplicity. They state that this platform has so many features and plugins that transformed it into an “elephant with feet of clay”.
Nowadays, WordPress is no more a blogging support, it’s a platform for every type of websites! We have online stores, portfolios, official websites of companies and so on, all WordPress based! The initial purpose of it was to allow blogging and definitely, it deviated way too much! Ghost is a platform that wants to resolve a single task: make blogging easier!
Ghost is a Kickstarter project that promises to make blogging simple and really let the content speaks for itself. To paraphrase the Microsoft motto- “content before chrome”, in the case of Ghost it’s “content and just content”. Definitely, there is still much work to do in order to make Ghost a reliable and efficient blogging support, but its start is pretty interesting. I bet that in the next year, Ghost will be a very trendy term and lots of designers will pay closer attention to it. Some of them already created appealing themes that will delight the future users.
If you don’t know too many things about Ghost, I strongly recommend checking their website and stay in touch with us. I guess that you are curious to see how the designers imagined the Ghost themes and as a result, here are 20 impressive flat themes. Enjoy them and don’t forget to share with us which is your favourite!
Ghost themes are much simpler that WordPress ones due to the idea that nothing should distract the reader. Still, just a pale white background isn’t the best solution, but a good design may be simple. Phantom is a wonderful Ghost theme that will impress any viewer with its color combination. The huge header is red, the footer blue while the content is white- definitely not an original concept, but one that works extremely well in this case.
Spacex is looking similar to the previous theme, but there are still some major differences. The most important fact regarding this theme is that the idea of simplicity and focus on content is fully respected- this theme contains only necessary items for reading- nothing more, nothing less! Definitely, another plus is the high readability of the fonts used.
Ghost is created for the modern user, the one that is always having a smartphone or a handheld device at hand. It means that a good theme is responsive and designed taking into account the new devices. Toffee is a responsive flat theme that has a Pinterest inspired layout, therefore the navigation is a real pleasure.
No matter how interesting the articles from a blog are, unless it contains some delimitations to make reading easier, then it’s extremely probable that the potential readers will run away! The same as in WordPress, a good image will catch the attention of the visitors. This theme combines the already famous simplicity of Ghost themes with the boldness of some very good looking images and the result is awesome.
Banquo is impressive! It’s a theme that must be seen, everything is at the superlative level and surely, it will represent a huge success for the creators. It’s a flat theme that is focused on creating a better environment for the reader, but apart from other solutions, it isn’t minimalist. The design is bold, but it doesn’t annoy the readers.
This is another memorable Ghost theme. The originality of this theme is represented by the huge background- you should scroll to see the content and it’s extremely rare amongst other Ghost themes. Anyway, it is a smart idea!
Comparing this Ghost theme with the previous ones, you may say that is has nothing special. Thinking more deeply, you will conclude that it is a high quality theme that will let the readers enjoy the content. Taking into account that Google strongly emphasized in the last years the importance of content, it may represent a good idea for a very discrete theme.
The slogan of this theme is “simple and sexy” and I think that the layout is really respecting this idea. It’s specially created for mobile devices including the ones using retina display screens.
I believe that Ghost will expand its services not only for blogging but also for news magazine…It’s true, Ghost is a platform for blogging, but I think that the pure idea behind this support is the rediscovery of the written content. Ghostwall is an impressive theme that sustains my idea; obviously, it may be used for blogging.
Kuntilanak is probably the most exotic Ghost theme from this collection. The posts are rendered into a rectangular shape- it’s a flat representation of a book! Definitely, a creative idea and surely it will attract the paper books lovers!
It’s another very elegant Ghost theme. The colors of the huge header match with the color of the paragraphs, the same greenish approach. Other two advantages of this theme is the extreme readability of the fonts and the system of displaying the date of publishing.
Bluebird is another theme that follows the already “traditional” pattern: simple items, extreme readability of the fonts used, and focus on content. The theme combines all of these aspects and voila, here is another superb layout.
Fairy is a beautiful clean theme that is looking very similar to a WordPress one. It has a sidebar while the huge majority of the Ghost themes lack it. In spite of that, it will be appreciated by readers because of its simplicity and good readability.
One of the most stringent issues for Ghost team is how to add more content in less space. A solution is the use of a special sidebar, as this theme or other Ghost themes have included into the layouts. In this way, the user has better conditions to “scan” some previous articles. It’s a good idea to keep the user on the webpage for more time, isn’t it?
Recently, web designers fundamentally changed an old mentality. They considered that the users don’t like scrolling, but slowly this idea was removed. Writr is a theme that sustains my point of view, to access the content you should scroll. The idea is that a wonderful background will captivate the reader and he will be tempted to have a longer visit.
Eidolon is a theme that is really created having the user in mind. The width of a post is larger than we used to have in WordPress themes and the effect is really cool. I have no doubts that the reading will be a real pleasure for everyone, so take this theme into account when you will buy one eventually.
The huge majority of the Ghost themes from this list, and also generally speaking, use white backgrounds. Inky is an original solution. It has a black background and also the website chromatic is dark. Anyway, the theme is extremely interesting!
Journalist is a beautiful theme that inspires intimacy and discretion. The theme is based on a relaxing grey and white combination in addition to same shades of green. This approach is the base of a wonderful environment for reading and you should take this into consideration.
Curri is a very nice theme that comes in five versions of layouts and it’s fully responsive also for retina display. Another interesting feature is the discrete mini drop down menu from the header- negligible when using a desktop, but extremely important for handheld devices.
Helios is the theme having the most powerful contrast from this list and by sure, it represents an important factor for users. Usually, a low contrast doesn’t let the viewers see which message is the most important, while a too powerful one fatigues the eyes. Fortunately, the theme creator achieved the perfect dosage and the reading would be a real pleasure.
I hope that we satisfied your curiosity regarding the Ghost themes and it will be very nice to have a feedback from you. What do you think? Will we see people massively moving from WordPress to Ghost? Or is Ghost just a simple idea that will die in few months?