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Ghost CMS Newsletter '#2' — The New Ghost Portal and Email Design Settings

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Ahmad Ajmi

This is issue number #2 of Ghost Newsletter. I’m sharing some news about Ghost’s recent updates, including the new Portal and email design features. Plus, some helpful content.

Ghost Portal

I talked about this feature in the first newsletter issue, and it is now public for anyone to use.

Portal is the new membership interface. By using Portal, your Ghost website will be membership-ready regardless of which theme you use. In addition, you will no longer require custom code membership in your theme.

Portal was released in Ghost 3.37.0 (3 November 2020).

You can access Portal from your Ghost admin through Labs > Members > PORTAL > Portal settings.

Ghost CMS Portal

Portal comes with the following customization:

Select which subscription plan to show—the free, monthly, or yearly plan.

Ghost CMS Portal Settings

Design customization. This includes the accent color so you can match it with your website brand color. Also, the ability to show an icon, icon only, or both for the Portal widget button.

In Ghost 3.38.0 Portal has a new option to show or hide it on the website. Therefore, there is no need to do any configuration from the site config file.

Ghost CMS Portal Feel

Manage subscription account. This means that the subscriber cannot change his email, plan, billing information.

Ghost CMS Portal Account

One of the things I would like to see in the following versions of Portal is translation. Currently, no way to translate the text if you are using another language for the website other than English.

PS: I’m not a fan of adding a fixed widget at the bottom of mobile screens. This is fine for large screens, but on mobile, it annoys me, especially while reading. So, this is something that you may consider while adding Portal and changing the setting on which elements to use. Add only an icon will make it less distracting instead of adding an icon and text.

Ghost CMS Portal Sticky Icon

Email Design

With this new feature, you will be able to customize the email sent to your subscribers.

Ghost CMS Email Design

The current options are:

  • Show or hide the publication icon and the title
  • Set the font to be Serif or Sans-serif for the email body content
  • Add extra information to the email footer

You can access this from your Ghost admin through Labs > Members > EMAIL > Email design.


Sending a Newsletter to Free Members

Choose between sending emails to free or paid-only members or both. Released in Ghost 3.38.0.

Ghost CMS Sending Newsletter to Free Members

Node 14 support

Node.js 14 is now supported in Ghost 3.37.0.


One Month In - Lessons Learned From Starting a Blog

James Bedford shared 5 lessons worth reading about blogging and the tools he uses.


How To Set Up Transactional Emails in Ghost

Henry Black shared a helpful post about setting up transactional email in Ghost to stop your newsletter sign-up emails from going to spam.


That’s it for today, and I hope you find it useful. Feel free to share your findings and any exciting resource.

Stay safe!

Ahmad


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