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Sinai - Ghost


Current Version: 1.0.0 - 7 Dec 2018



Theme Installation

  • Log into the admin section of your Ghost blog yourblog.com/ghost.
  • Select Design from the left-hand side of your admin area and go to the Themes section.
  • Click on the Upload a Theme green button.
  • An upload box will open, then choose the theme (sinai.zip) within the downloaded package.
  • Once uploaded. Click on Activate now button to activate the theme immediately or Close if you want to activate it later.

Enable the Ghost Public API

The Public API is important for some functionality like search, tags page, and the subscribe form to work. You can enable the Public API from the Ghost admin. Go to Labs > Beta features section and check the Public API mark to enable it.

enable-public-api


Static Pages

To create a static page, you can start creating a new story. While you are on the story editor page, there is a cog wheel icon () at the top right. Click on that icon, and check the Turn this post into a page box. This will convert your story to a static page.

static page


You can add, edit, delete and reorder menu links on your Ghost blog from the navigation in the admin area located at ghost/#/settings/design.

navigation menu

To include a static page on your navigation menu. First, type the name of the page as you’d like it to appear on your menu in the label field.

label field

Next, click on the URL field of the menu item and we can find that the blog URL is already auto-populate for us. We will need to add the page slug after the final /. Once satisfied with our page configurations. Clicking the blue Save button will add the page to the navigation menu.


For the search to work, please make sure that the Public API enabled.

The theme uses ghostHunter. Search is done for the post title and the content.

The supported languages in addition to English are Russian, French, Spanish, Germany, Portuguese, Italian, Finnish, Dutch and Danish.


Tags Page

To create the tags page:

  • Enable the Public API.
  • Create a new story and call it Tags for example.
  • Click the Turn this post into a static page checkbox.
  • Select the Tags template from the Template dropdown.
  • Publish the page.
  • To add the page to the navigation, please check the Navigation section above.

Ghost Tags Page


Contact Page

To create the Contact page:

  • Create a new post and call it Contact for example.
  • Add your content and the contact form code using FORMSPREE as a service. Please check the code example below.
  • Click the Turn this post into a static page checkbox.
  • Publish the page.
  • To add the page to the navigation, please check the Navigation section above.
<form action="https://formspree.io/your@email.com" method="POST">
  <input type="text" name="name" placeholder="Name">
  <input type="email" name="_replyto" placeholder="Email">
  <textarea name='message' placeholder="Message"></textarea>
  <input class='c-btn c-btn--small c-btn--active' type="submit" value="Send">
</form>

For more information, check the How to Add a Contact Form to Your Ghost Blog blog post.


Disqus Comments

Sinai Theme comes with Disqus comments enabled.

Open partials/disqus.hbs file. Change the aspirethemes-demos value for the disqus_shortname variable to match your Disqus account shortname.

var disqus_shortname = 'aspirethemes-demos';

So, if your Disqus shortname is exampleone, the final code above should be:

var disqus_shortname = 'exampleone';

That’s all you need to setup Disqus from the theme side. If you get any issue that comments are unable to load. First, make sure you have registered your website with Disqus (Step 1)

And also check Disqus troubleshooting guide if you still have issues.

Disable Disqus

If you want to disable Disqus comments. Open the post.hbs file and comment or delete the line contains the {{> disqus}} text (line 25).

Disable Disqus


Home Page Posts by Tag

Sinai Ghost theme Home Page Posts by Tags

With this feature, you can show posts at the home page by a specefic tag. To do this, open the partials/index-tags.hbs file and you fill find 3 code blocks, everyone look like the following screenshot:

Sinai Ghost theme Home Page Posts by Tags

They are already configured with some tags but you will need to change them according to your own existed tags.

  1. Tag slug
  2. Tag slug
  3. Tag Name

Sinai Ghost theme Home Page Posts by Tags


Instagram

The Instagram feed is working using Instafeed.js to show the photos.

First, you will need to get your account userId and accessToken from the following URLs:

Second, open the assets/js/instagram.js file and replace the userId and accessToken values.

var instagramFeed = new Instafeed({
  get: 'user',
  limit: 4,
  resolution: 'thumbnail',
  userId: '',
  accessToken: ''
});

You can control how much images to show by changing the limit number. Theme default is set to 6 images.


The next step is to add your Instagram URL and username to the partials/instagram.hbs file:

Instagram Partials Code


If you want to remove the Instagram Widget, you can remove or coment lines from 21 to 23 inside the index.hbs file.

Instagram Partials Code


Posts Per Page

You can control how many posts to show per page from the package.json file like this:

"config": {
  "posts_per_page": 12
}

Sinai theme default value is set to 12 posts per page.


Syntax Highlighting

You can add a fenced code block by placing triple backticks ``` before and after the code block. For example:

```
pre {
  background-color: #f4f4f4;
  max-width: 100%;
  overflow: auto;
}
```

Will produce the following gray look:

Sinai Ghost Theme Syntax Highlighting

To highlight a code block. Add the language alias like css or js to the code block. For example, the CSS code in the previous example will wrapp between ```css and ``` as following:

```css
pre {
  background-color: #f4f4f4;
  max-width: 100%;
  overflow: auto;
}
```

Will produce the following colored look:

Sinai Ghost Theme Syntax Highlighting with prismjs

To add an inline code, you can wrap the text between two backticks ` `, for example:

This inline code example `absolute="true"`

Will produce the following look:

Sinai Ghost Theme Syntax Highlighting with prismjs


Sinai shipped with Prism.js, a lightweight, robust, and elegant syntax highlighter.

The initial Prism package include some languages like Markup, CSS, C-like, and JavaScript.

You can add and support more languages. For example, to add support for PHP:

Get the PHP component script from Prism CDN.

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/prism/1.13.0/components/prism-php.js"></script>

Add the script to Ghost Code Injection Blog Footer section. Click Save button.

Sinai Ghost Theme Syntax Highlighting Code Injection PHP Prism


Related posts will be visible on the single post in case there are similar posts sharing the same tags.

Enabling the Public API required.


Google Analytics

To integrate Google Analytics. I would recommend reading Google Analytics integration steps by Ghost.


Responsive Tables

Responsive tables required and essential for adding tabular content and allows tables to be scrolled horizontally. You can make any table responsive across all viewports by wrapping a table with .responsive-table, for example:

<div class='responsive-table'>
  <table>
    ...
  </table>
</div>

Subscribe Form

Subscribers can be enabled via a checkbox on the Labs page (Labs > Beta features), in your Ghost admin panel:

enable subscribers

Once you enabled this feature, the form will appear in the footer.

You can read more about Subscribers Beta.


Social media links placed in the partials/social-icons.hbs file.

Ghost supports adding Facebook and Twitter profile URLs from the admin panel. Go to General > Social accounts and add your URLs. This will update Facebook and Twitter URLs within the footer social media section.

social-accounts

For using other social accounts, the theme is using Evil Icons to provide a very simple and clean icons. Here you can find a list of the social media icons to use:

Facebook

<span data-icon='ei-sc-facebook' data-size='s'></span>

GitHub

<span data-icon='ei-sc-github' data-size='s'></span>

Google Plus

<span data-icon='ei-sc-google-plus' data-size='s'></span>

Instagram

<span data-icon='ei-sc-instagram' data-size='s'></span>

LinkedIn

<span data-icon='ei-sc-linkedin' data-size='s'></span>

Odnoklassniki

<span data-icon='ei-sc-odnoklassniki' data-size='s'></span>

Pinterest

<span data-icon='ei-sc-pinterest' data-size='s'></span>

Skype

<span data-icon='ei-sc-skype' data-size='s'></span>

SoundCloud

<span data-icon='ei-sc-soundcloud' data-size='s'></span>

Telegram

<span data-icon='ei-sc-telegram' data-size='s'></span>

Tumblr

<span data-icon='ei-sc-tumblr' data-size='s'></span>

Twitter

<span data-icon='ei-sc-twitter' data-size='s'></span>

Vimeo

<span data-icon='ei-sc-vimeo' data-size='s'></span>

VK

<span data-icon='ei-sc-vk' data-size='s'></span>

Youtube

<span data-icon='ei-sc-youtube' data-size='s'></span>

To edit or update other existed and static social links, for example, the Instagram code block:

Facebook

<span data-icon='ei-sc-facebook' data-size='s'></span>

GitHub

<span data-icon='ei-sc-github' data-size='s'></span>

Google Plus

<span data-icon='ei-sc-google-plus' data-size='s'></span>

Instagram

<span data-icon='ei-sc-instagram' data-size='s'></span>

LinkedIn

<span data-icon='ei-sc-linkedin' data-size='s'></span>

Odnoklassniki

<span data-icon='ei-sc-odnoklassniki' data-size='s'></span>

Pinterest

<span data-icon='ei-sc-pinterest' data-size='s'></span>

Skype

<span data-icon='ei-sc-skype' data-size='s'></span>

SoundCloud

<span data-icon='ei-sc-soundcloud' data-size='s'></span>

Telegram

<span data-icon='ei-sc-telegram' data-size='s'></span>

Tumblr

<span data-icon='ei-sc-tumblr' data-size='s'></span>

Twitter

<span data-icon='ei-sc-twitter' data-size='s'></span>

Vimeo

<span data-icon='ei-sc-vimeo' data-size='s'></span>

VK

<span data-icon='ei-sc-vk' data-size='s'></span>

Youtube

<span data-icon='ei-sc-youtube' data-size='s'></span>

To edit or update other existed and static social links, for example, the Instagram code block:

<li class='c-social-icons__item'>
  <a href='#' aria-label='Instagram' target='_blank' rel='noopener'>
    <span class='c-social-icons__icon' data-icon='ei-sc-instagram' data-size='s'></span>
  </a>
</li>

The code above contains the ICON code from the above list, the social media link (a) within a list element (li).

Next, replace your Instagram full URL with the link href value so if your Instagram URL is:

https://www.instagram.com/ghost/

the new code will be:

<li class='c-social-icons__item'>
  <a href='https://www.instagram.com/ghost/' aria-label='Instagram' target='_blank' rel='noopener'>
    <span class='c-social-icons__icon' data-icon='ei-sc-instagram' data-size='s'></span>
  </a>
</li>

If you want to completely remove Instagram, you can delete all the code block, the li, a, and the icon.


Update Favicon

You can change the favicon in Ghost from the Blog settings from the Publication icon section.

Update favicon


Theme Translation

Sinai supports Ghost i18n and comes with German, Italian, Spanish, French Finnish, Portuguese Dutch and Danish translation.

To use another available language than English, go to Ghost’s Settings > General > Publication language and enter the Language Code Reference.

  • de for Germany
  • it for Italian
  • es for Spanish
  • fr for French
  • fi for Finnish
  • pt for Portuguese
  • du for Dutch
  • da for Danish

Ghost Publication Language Setting

Add New Language

To add a new language, you can follow the steps in the Official Ghost Documentation.

Edit Translation

To improve or edit a translation in a specific available language. You can open the language file under locales folder:

|____locales
| |____da.json
| |____de.json
| |____du.json
| |____en.json
| |____es.json
| |____fi.json
| |____fr.json
| |____it.json
| |____pt.json

For example the Germany translation file will look like:

{
  "More Posts": "Mehr Artikel",
  "Loading": "Beladung",
  "Page Not Found": "Seite nicht gefunden",
  "Recent Posts": "kürzliche Artikel",
  "Home Page": "Startseite",
  "Back": "Zurück",
  "Subscribe": "Abonnieren",
  "Subscribe to {blogtitle}": "Abonniere {blogtitle}",
  "Subscribed!": "Abonniert!",
  "with the email address": "mit der E-Mail-Adresse",
  "Email": "E-Mail",
  "Your email address": "Deine E-Mail-Adresse",
  "You've successfully subscribed to": "Du wurdest erfolgreich angemeldet für",
  "Featured Post": "Featured Artikel",
  "Share on Twitter": "Auf Twitter teilen",
  "Share on Facebook": "Auf Facebook teilen",
  "Share on LinkedIn": "Auf LinkedIn teilen",
  "Share on Pinterest": "Auf Pinterest teilen",
  "Share via Email": "Teilen Sie per E-Mail",
  "Copy link": "Link kopieren",
  "Link copied to clipboard": "Link in die Zwischenablage kopiert",
  "Search": "Suche",
  "Search {blogtitle}": "Suche {blogtitle}",
  "Type to Search": "Tippe um zu suchen",
  "Navigation": "Navigation",
  "Newsletter": "Newsletter",
  "Published with {ghostlink}": "Veröffentlicht mit {ghostlink}",
  "You Might Be Interested In": "Sie könnten daran interessiert sein",
  "Tags": "Stichworte",
  "Comments": "Bemerkungen",
  "1 min read": "1 minuten gelesen",
  "% min read": "% minuten gelesen"
}

Each line consist of a left key ("More Posts") and right value ("Mehr Artikel"). The key is a plain Englich which exist in all translation files and should not be changed. You can only change the value.

If you have suggestions to improve the current translations or added a new language. Please let me know. Instead, you can contribute to the online translations.


Theme Development

If you are a developer and need to do heavy customization work. The theme is using Gulp to compile Sass and JavaScript. This improves the development flow and making it much faster.

First, make sure you have Node.js, npm, and Bower installed. Run the following command in the theme root directory to install npm and bower dependencies.

npm install

To start Gulp, run:

gulp

This will compile Sass and JavaScript files, and start watching changes as you edit files.

Gulp will generate two files:

  • assets/js/app.min.js: The final main JavaScript file.
  • partials/compiled/inline-css.hbs: The final CSS file.

It’s recommended to avoid editing these files if you are working with Gulp. Instead, do customizations in assets/sass files for CSS or in assets/js/app.js for JavaScript. So, we can make sure the flow is going in the right direction and we never lost any changes.


Code Injection

Another option for customization, is to use the Ghost Code Injection feature. For a CSS example, you can use the following code to change the logo color as:

<style>
  .c-logo__link { color: #4550e5; }
</style>

To create a clean and small theme package. You can exclude different directories using the following command line:

zip -r sinai.zip sinai -x *node_modules* *bower_components* *git*

This will exclude node_modules, bower_components, and git directories from the final zip file.


Theme Update

You may be asking: How can I update my theme to the latest theme version from ThemeForest?

There are two options to update your theme:

  • Keep your current theme and only replace the changed files from the new version. You can find the changed files on the theme page Changelog.

  • Or, use the new version as a starting point and redo your theme changes and customizations.

One thing to reduce the need for redoing customization is to use the Code Injection tool. This is very helpful for adding custom CSS and tracking code for example. So, it’s always recommended to keep your custom CSS code with Code Injection.

I know that this might not be so practical and I feel you. There should be a better solution. I hope Ghost design a better workflow, something like child themes found in WordPress. You may reach the Ghost team and get their attention about this.


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