15 Top-Rated Ghost Themes (Premium)

A brand-new Ghost installation comes with a default theme called Casper. Other than this theme, there are 12 other official themes you can install on your Ghost website. If none of these themes suit you, you can install a theme developed by a third-party developer. We have curated the best premium Ghost themes you can install on your Ghost blog.

Just like other CMS platforms, theme is a Ghost component that governs the appearance (front-end) of your website. Homepage layout, header layout, footer layout, blog post layout. All are controlled by your theme.

In Ghost itself, the selection of theme plays a more vital role than other CMS platforms as Ghost offers extremely minimum customization options.

A little note before we continue. If your Ghost website is hosted on Ghost.org, you can’t install a custom theme (a theme developed by a third-party developer) unless you subscribe to the Creator plan or the higher plans. If you are looking for a managed Ghost hosting, you can consider Gloat and Midnight as a Ghost.org alternative.

Where to Download Ghost Themes

Ghost.org offers a marketplace whereby you can explore and download Ghost themes, including themes developed by third-party developers. However, the marketplace has no e-commerce functionality (maybe not yet) to allow you to make a purchase directly from it. Instead, when you click the Purchase button, you will be directed to an external website whereby a particular theme is marketed on (e.g., ThemeForest).

So far, the following websites are the best sources to find a Ghost theme.

Top-Rated Premium Ghost Themes

1. Artixi

  • Price: $39
  • Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Looking for an affordable Ghost theme? Artixi is one of the items you can consider, then. Artixi is a multipurpose theme, meaning that it’s not designed specifically for a certain website niche. The theme offers customized pages for the core Ghost pages such as membership page, account page for members, and so on. The theme also comes with customized static pages such as the about page and contact page. Furthermore, Artixi also offers customized archive pages (tag pages and author pages). Artixi is available in two versions: dark and light.

2. Clako

  • Price: $59
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

If you are looking for a Ghost theme that comes with a search feature, Clako is a great option to consider. The theme, which has a clean design just like other Ghost themes, has the focus on reading experience with a great selection of typography. Its blog post layout contains useful elements like estimated reading time, and social media sharing buttons (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn). Other notable features offered by Clako include sticky header and dark mode.

Want to start offering paid content on your Ghost blog? Clako comes with the following customized pages to make your job easier:

  • Login page
  • Subscribe page
  • Pricing page — complete with the pricing table
  • Account page

3. Ubud

  • Price: $149
  • Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Ghost is a CMS built specifically for professional blogging. It has a built-in email newsletter and membership features. You can design the appearance of the registration form using its built-in feature (called Portal). However, Ghost offers no option to create a custom email opt-in form or where you can place the form. If you are looking for a theme that offers an email opt-in form on its homepage, Ubud is a perfect option.

There is a static section — the hero section — on the homepage of the Ghost theme. This section contains an email opt-in form, as well as text and image, which you can use to write a short intro about yourself (or your blog). Ubud is a perfect theme for freelancers or professionals who want to own a blog. The theme also comes with well-designed archive pages.

4. Genki

  • Price: $69
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Do you want to create an online magazine with Ghost? Genki is a theme you can consider executing your plan. The theme is designed specifically for online magazines although you can also use it for a personal blog. Unlike other themes above, Genki comes with a drop-down menu to simplify the navigation on the header. There is a search icon on its header to make it easier for your visitors to search content on your website.

Genki is available in three versions: dark, light, and sepia.

Genki is also a great option if you want to offer a pleasurable reading experience for your visitors. First, it offers a sidebarless blog post layout just like other Ghost themes. Second, Genki offers a reading progress bar as well as estimated reading time. Also, you have several post header layout options to choose from:

  • Default with image
  • Default with background image
  • Background image
  • Box image
  • Box with background image
  • Full image
  • Full with background image

Genki also includes the customized static pages, including the contact page which already contains a contact form (powered by Formspree or Getform).

5. Pidkast

  • Price: $59
  • Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

One of the most complained things about Ghost is that users can’t create a sub-menu on the navigation menu. Also, there is no default search feature. If these two features matter to you, Pidcast is a perfect theme to choose. In addition to allowing you to create a drop-down menu, Pidcast also offers an off-canvas menu. Pidcast itself offers two homepage layouts you can choose from.

6. Krabi

  • Price: $149
  • Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

If you often write long-form articles on your blog, you might need a Ghost theme that comes with a table of contents (ToC) feature. ToC is a simple feature that offers a better reading experience, especially for long-form articles. Krabi is a Ghost theme that comes with this feature. Other than that, Krabi also comes with handy features such as back to top button, email opt-in form on the blog posts and social media sharing buttons (support Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn).

The default blog post layout of Krabi contains a sidebar on the right side, but you can disable it if you want to. Features like instant search and customized static pages (including pricing page) are also available.

7. Okiro

  • Price: $69
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Ghost has no built-in commenting feature like WordPress. If you want to add a commenting feature to your Ghost blog, you can use a third-party service like Disqus and Cove. If you need this feature and don’t want to be hassle dealing with integration, Okiro is a theme you can consider. The theme comes integrated with Disqus. Okiro itself is available in two versions: dark and light. The blog post layout of the theme contains elements like reading progress bar and estimated reading time in case they matter to you.

Furthermore, Okiro comes with features like a drop-down menu for simpler navigation, instant search to make it easier for your visitors to find your content, paddle icon for members-only content, and so on.

8. Shoji

  • Price: $69
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Looking for a Ghost theme that has a load more navigation feature? The load more navigation here refers to a button whereby when the button is clicked, it loads more articles. This type of button usually uses Ajax. Shoji is a Ghost theme that comes with this feature. You can find the load more button on the homepage of your blog. Another notable feature offered by Shoji is the proportional animation effects. You can see the animation affect by hovering your mouse over a post on the homepage.

Shoji is a perfect option if you have an online magazine (or a similar website) with multiple authors. There is a section on its homepage that displays the list of the authors on your website. Useful features like back to top button, reading progress bar, and estimated reading time are available.

9. Renge

  • Price: $69
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Renge is a well-designed Ghost theme that combines a classic font — Source Code Pro — and a bit more modern font — Mulish. This theme is available in three versions: light (with a white background), dark, and yellow. The developer also applies some animation effects — in a very proper portion — to make your Ghost blog looks more appealing. The noticeable features offered by Renge include:

  • Dropdown navigation menu
  • Reading progress bar
  • Estimated reading time
  • Search icon on the header

Renge also comes with customized static pages, including a contact page — complete with a contact form powered by Getform or Formspree.

10. Hue

  • Price: $149
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Are you a podcaster? It would be a great idea to create a website to make it easier for your audience to listen to your published podcast episodes. If you plan to create your podcast website with Ghost, Hue is a perfect theme to go. Hue is a Ghost theme developed specifically to create a podcast website. It automatically displays content/blog posts with the tag “podcast” on the homepage. While blog posts with the tag “blog” will be placed on a separate blog page (yourwebsite.com/blog).

Hue also makes your website look more modern thanks to its dark mode feature whereby your visitors can switch from a regular mode (light) to dark mode. The homepage of the Hue theme contains a static hero section which you can you to place an introduction text. You can also place Spotify or Apple Podcast icon here.

11. Auden

  • Price: $99
  • Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Auden is another great theme if you want to have some animation effects on your website. You can find the animation effects on the homepage of the theme. Auden is also a nice option if you want to offer a dark mode feature on your website. Your visitors can turn between the modes — light and dark — by simply clicking the button on the header. In addition to the dark mode button, you will also find a search icon on the header of the theme. Other notable features offered by Auden are drop-down navigation, load more button, and progress bar.

Do you accept ad banner? If yes, Auden makes it easy for you to install the banner. There is a banner spot on the homepage of the theme. Furthermore, Auden also includes customized static pages to ease your job in creating the core static pages on your Ghost website.

12. Korima

  • Price: $59
  • Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Are you a slider fan? If yes, Korima might is a suited theme for you. This theme has a slider section on its homepage which you can make use of to display your featured blog posts. Other blog posts will be displayed in a three-column grid beneath the slider. Korima comes integrated with Disqus in case you want to add a commenting feature to your blog. The comment box won’t appear until your visitors click a LOAD COMMENTS button. You will also find features like dark mode, reading progress bar, social share buttons, and so on.

13. Veen

  • Price: $39
  • Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Veen is a simple Ghost theme, which is great to use on a personal blog. It is also more affordable than most themes above. Veen is a great option if you are looking for a Ghost theme that has an integration with Disqus. On the post feed section on the homepage, there is a label that displays the number of comments every blog has acquired. A little animation effect — which will appear on hover — will make your website look more compelling to visitors.

14. Maido

  • Price: $59
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

If you think that animation effect can impress your website visitors, then Maido is a theme worth trying. There are at least two animation effects offered by Maido.

  • Entrance animation for blog posts on the homepage
  • Hover effect, which will take place when you hover your mouse over a blog post on the homepage

Maido itself gives you two options of how the blog posts to be displayed on the homepage. First, you can display the blog posts in a grid style. Second, you can choose to display them in a single column. Maido comes with customized static pages just like other themes above. Furthermore, the theme comes with features like circle reading progress bar and search.

15. Ikken

  • Price: $59
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Want to create a blog with an off-canvas menu? Ikken is a theme you can consider, then. The off-canvas menu offered by Ikken contains elements like navigation menu, search box, and sign in/sign out buttons. The rest, the features offered by Ikken are not much different from Maido above. It also comes with entrance animation effect and hover effect on post title. There is a slider section on the homepage to display the featured blog posts.

Ikken is available in two versions: dark and light. It supports all the default features of Ghost such as accent color, post navigation, tag cover, social media accounts, membership and subscription, and so on. The customized static pages are also included in the Ikken theme.

The Bottom Line

If you want to create a website/blog with Ghost, the selection of theme plays a more vital role than other CMS platforms. The reason is that Ghost offers extremely minimum customization options than, for instance, WordPress. Simplicity is the DNS of Ghost.

Unless you have JavaScript and CSS knowledge to develop your own theme, you need to notice every detail you want to have on your website. For instance, if you want your blog to have a search feature, you need to make sure that the theme you want to download has this feature. Ghost has no built-in search feature. Or, if you want your blog to have a simplified navigation menu in the form of drop-down menu, you also need to make sure your theme supports this as Ghost doesn’t allow you to create a drop-down menu by default.

Ghost itself is a great CMS for blogging. Its distraction-free editor is addictive to use. Its built-in SEO feature is also helpful a lot.

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