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Mike Mahoney is a veteran communications manager, with experience in web, social media, content management, issues management and executive communications.

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Why I'm a Ghost(.org) writer, Part 2 - Responsive themes!


It's responsive right out of the box!

If you've alread read Part 1 of my Ghost journey, you might suspect I've just scratched the surface of blogging and website content with Ghost.

You're right! But the folks at Ghost.org have enhanced the product without overcomplicating it.

Did I say responsive? Yes!

Right out of the gate, Ghost works well on monitors, tablets and phones, and most of the themes and templates work well on all platforms, too, thanks to the 12-column Twitter-Bootstrap environment for creating responsive sites. It looks great without a ton of work.

Of course, you need to choose a Ghost theme that really hums in a responsive way. You can find Ghost themes at Envato Theme Forest, and the Ghost.org website has its own listing of themes, which it calls Marketplace.

Once you find a theme you like, you should test it out on your tablet and phone. Use the responsive view tools provided by Firefox or Google Chrome, and don't forget to test the theme for all the major browsers.

You can test before buying a theme, but of course you need to test responsiveness all over again after you've customized things. The size of your images, logo, color choices, typeface and headings can all look different on mobile phones, which is how most of your viewers typically look at the web these days.

Here are some more major features:

It's easy on so many levels - Between the ease of use of the Markdown writing language, the hundreds of themes available, there just isn't much I wanted to do that was beyond my simple grasp.

It's a great learning tool - If you're new to blogging, have some social media going and want your first (or second or third) website to look and feel expensive without being expensive, using Ghost will not only work, it will also teach you some of the design, style sheets and behind-the-scenes file structures of contemporary websites and blogs.

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Mike Mahoney

Mike Mahoney is a veteran communications manager, with experience in web, social media, content management, issues management and executive communications.

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