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Why I like the Headline theme
For my personal site I wanted a dark mode theme that would work well for writing about a range of unrelated topics. I also go for months without writing anything at all, so I wanted a front page that could feature more "durable" content instead of whatever happened to be the most recent.
Changes I made to the Headline theme
The Headline theme was designed with local newspapers in mind, but with a few tweaks it also works well for personal sites. Here are the changes I've made so far. This list may get out of date over time!
- Since there’s only one author, author photos and bylines have been hidden.
- “Reading time” was hidden
- Allows admin to support Light, Dark or Auto in Settings
- Auto mode sets the color scheme based on user preference
- Titles on tag pages are “Title Case” instead of UPPERCASE.
- “Latest” items on home page has been replaced with “Featured” items.
- Less whitespace in the footer
- Smaller “header” area
- Narrower top bar
- Custom archive page to list every post.
Using my dark mode Headline theme
I have a the Github repo linked below for my fork, with more docs and instructions in the README there. This is a personal fork with no promises of how it will evolve over time. I recommend using it as inspiration for your own fork instead of using it directly!
Note: my changes are on the "markstos" branch, not the the "main" branch!
How I maintain my Ghost theme fork
I use Git to maintain my fork. When I want to merge in new changes that have been made from the official theme, I use
git rebase to replay my changes on top of the latest official theme and resolve any conflicts.
Automatically deploying theme changes
Currently, I manually upload a new theme "zip" file after making changes. But it's possible have a Ghost blog be automatically updated as soon as theme changes are pushed to Github. This post has the details of setting up the automation: