Getting Started

Menia is a responsive minimal and clean ghost blogging theme specially designed for Magazine, Blog, personal. It is a totally new design, extreme features and supported all the features of Ghost 3.x.x. This theme is built with SASS, Handlebars, and a lot of options.

Support

If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please feel free to send your questions to our support email: electronthemes@gmail.com Our support team will reply you within 6 hours.

Support includes

  • Responding to questions or problems regarding the item and its features
  • Fixing bugs and reported issues
  • Feature Request
  • Providing updates to ensure compatibility with new software versions

Item support does not include

  • Customization and installation services. (You can ask for paid support; electronthemes@gmail.com)
  • Support for third party software and plug-ins

Template Information

  • Name: Menia
  • Author: Electronthemes
  • Platform: Ghost
  • Demo: Menia
  • Created: 12 June 19
  • Last Update: 25 August 20
  • Version: 3.0.2

Theme Setup

Menia theme setup is very easy. If you have already installed a server for Ghost you can easily setup Menia theme. If you don’t have server suported with Ghost, you can set up reading Ghost Install. When you have the server, follow the instructions for setting up the theme.

Upload the theme

You can upload the theme file from ghost dashboard. to do this

  • Log in into your Ghost admin panel.
  • Go to settings (design section) and upload “menia.zip
  • Click Activate.

Uploading the theme via (FTP)

Follow the instructions

  • Login to your FTP account.
  • Unzip the menia.zip file and copy Menia folder to your /ghost_installation/content/themes
  • Restart your installation if necessary. You can ask for help from your hosting provider if you don’t know how to do this step.
  • Login to your ghost admin panel.
  • Go to settings (general) and select theme “Menia
  • Click Save.

Here I have used Cyberduck to upload file on server and I used subdomain. That is why I used Docslab Folder

General Setup

Publication Info

To change publication info, go to Dashboard > General > Publication Info. Here you can change the followings:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Site Timezone
  • Publication Language

You can change Logo from Dashboard > Settings Icon > Design > Brand > Publication Logo

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Favicon Icon or Publication Icon

Ghost shows his ghost logo in your site by default. You can change Favicon Icon or Publication Icon from Dashboard > Settings Icon > Design > Brand > Publication Icon

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Publication Cover

This is for showing site bookmark image. If you upload a cover image, it will in your site bookmark or go to Dashboard > Settings Icon > Design > Publication Cover

Site Meta Settings

This is for Meta data. It will help to get on search using search engine. You can add also Twitter and Facebook card image, content here.

You can add/edit the content from Dashboard > General > Site Meta Settings

Social Accounts

Social account section is for showing Facebook, Twitter links of your site. Go to Dashboard > Settings > Social Accounts

Primary Navigation

Ghost only support two types of Navigation. Primary and Secondary Navigation Menu. On header, primary navigation is showing and On Footer secondary navigation is showing. Go to Dashboard > Design > Navigation

Secondary Navigation

You can change menu item on secondary Design > Secondary Navigation

Create a Post

Ghost has a beautiful dashboard design. You can easily create a post. Go to Dashboard > Posts > New Post

  • Post Title
  • Post Contents
  • Feature image
  • Tags
  • Authors

Create a page

As like as post, you can create a new page from Dashboard > Pages > New Page. You can add:

  • Title
  • Contents
  • Tags
  • Authors
  • Feature Image
  • Excerpt
  • more…

Featured Post

Ghost has awesome featured posts option to show some of your chosen posts as featured for the visitors. To add a post as featured, go to Post > Settings and scroll down. Select the checkbox Feature this post

Create Tag

To create a new tag, go to Dashboard > Tags > New Tag

Create Author

You can create multiple author in your site from dashboard. Go to Dashboard > Stuff > Invite people

Click on Invite people and you will get a new popup. You have to add Email Address and select the staff Role. Lastly click on Send Invitation now button. An email notification will be sent to create an account on the specific Role.

Code Injection

Code injection is a great feature on Ghost. You can easily write styles and scripts for your site without editing the theme file. You can add various plugins code here like Google analytics

Here you will two text field for code injections. 1. Site Header and 2. Site Footer

Site Header

If you write scripts on site header, it will show in <head> tag of header. It will load first in your site

Site Footer

If you write scripts on site footer, it will show at the closing of <body> tag. It will load last in your site

Integrations and Custom Integrations

Integrations are another cool feature of Ghost. You can connect a lot of thirdparty plugins or API using integrations. To check the integrations, go to Dashboard > Integrations. You will get some inbuilt integrations and custom integrations options

Custom integrations

To create custom integrations, click on + Add custom integration at the bottom of the page and you will get a popup and add a name of the integration and Create. I have create here Search and Github Deploy integration

Labs

Labs is another very important and beta tester parts of Ghost. Here your will get some core features as follows: Go to Dashboard > Labs

  1. Membership
  2. Import Content
  3. Export your content
  4. Delete All Content
  5. Night shift
  6. Redirects
  7. Routes

Members

If you want to get subscriptions and paid customers, you can use Members option in this panel. When you click on this you will get in details

Migration Options

You will get some options here like Import content, export content and delete content options

Routes

Routes is another important part. When you want to use different path link or custom files for pages and different homepage, you can use routes.yaml file to do that. Here is default .yaml for ghost.

routes:

collections:
  /:
    permalink: /{slug}/
    template: index

taxonomies:
  tag: /tag/{slug}/
  author: /author/{slug}/

Headers

For header, we have used {{> header}} partials in folder partials/ header.hbs. In this file you can change the followings:

  1. Logo
  2. Primary Navigation
  3. Dark Light Icon
  4. Search
  5. Signin/Signup

You can change the site main logo follow the instruction: Settings > Design > Site Design > Brand > Publication Logo

Dark Logo Mode

If you want to use Dark logo, you can change it from your custom settings. You will find the settings :

Settings > Design > Site Design > Site-Wide > Dark Mode Logo

Primary Navigation

For Primary navigation, go to Dashboard > Design > Primary Navigation

Dark and Light version 

We have used dark version by default. When you will install the theme file on your ghost server, you will get your website as dark version.

If you want to use Light version for default, you can change it from your custom settings. You will find the settings Settings > Design > Site Design > Site-WIde > Select Color Scheme

Search

For activating search option, see this

Footer

We used very minimal footer in our theme. You will get all footer code partials > footer.hbs file. Here are the following parts:

  1. Secondary Menu
  2. Footer Social Profiles
Footer Social Profiles

Change footer social profile links at partials > footer.hbs and you can add more links aftre copying this. Change # with your links. Line number 11 to 27

<li>
    <a href="#">
        {{> icons/social-icons/instagram}}
    </a>
</li>

If you want to add new social icons, go to partials > icons > social-icons folder. I have used svg icons from Feathericons. Download icons from here and add it in the folder. Change the icon’s extension .svg to .hbs

facebook.svg --> facebook.hbs 
Secondary menu

Useful Link comes from the secondary menu. You can change the secondary menu link from Dashboard > Design > Secondary Menu

Copyright text

You can change footer copyright text from Dashboard > Settings Icon > Design > Site-Wide > Site Footer

if you change the site footer box text . you will get the output on footer copyright text.

Homepage

In homepage, you will get some sections.

  1. Featured Posts
  2. Daily Update News

Featured Posts

We have shown a slider on homepage will the featured posts. If you set a post as featured, it will be added automatically in the slider.

If you want to display off /on Featured Post from homepage, please go to Settings > Design > Homepage > Show featured Post
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Daily Update News

Daily update news comes with latest posts of the dashboard. We have shown 9 latest posts.


Pagination Type

If you want you can change the pagination type ( Button Mode default ) just select one. You will find the settings: :

Settings > Design > Homepage > pagination Type

Post Layout

Show Author

If you want to display show / hide  Author from your single post , please go to Settings > Design > Post > Show author

If you want to display off /on Show Related Posts from post, please go to Settings > Design > Post > Show Related Posts

Related Posts Title

You can change the Related Posts Title from custom settings. You will find the settings:

Settings > Design > Post > Related Posts Title

You get the change output below single post page :

Custom Settings

From v4.2.0, we have released custom settings for Site-Wide, Homepage, Post. You can easily select your options from Settings > Design > Site Design

Site-Wide Settings

  • Dark Mode Logo: You can Upload from here Dark Mode Logo. For enable dark mode logo you have upload first publication logo (light mode logo) for default.
  • color scheme: You can change your theme color from Dark to Light or Light to Dark for default
  • Search content API: Add your content API for the search field. When you add to this field, your search option will show and work.
  • Site footer: You can change footer copyright text.

Homepage Settings

  • Show featured posts: You can off/on hompage featured slider by this option.
  • Select pagination: You can select Pagination or Load More. By default, Load more option will work

Post Settings

  • Show author: You can show/hide your author from your single post by this option.
  • Comments Type: By default we are use cove comment for the posts. You can change your comment Disqus or Cove.
  • Comment title: You can change title of comment section
  • Disqus shortname: If you select Disqus Comment for your comment option, you need to add Disqus Shortname. You can learn more from [Comments Section]
  • Cove publication id: Add your cove publication ID from this field. To get cove publication id, create account to Cove
  • Show related posts: You can show/hide related posts section by this option.
  • Related posts title: You can change title of relates articles section

Custom Templates

Custom template is a default setting on Ghost. It can be page template and post template. We have created some custom page and post template for the theme. The page template are as follows:

Page Template

  • Membership
  • Account
  • Contact
  • Authors
  • Tags
  • Signin
  • Signup
Selecting page template
  1. Create a new page
  2. Click on Settings to the right side and scroll down
  3. Select page template i.e. “Membership”
Page url

When you create page, please keep page slug like this.

Page titlePage URl
Membership/membership/
Account/account/
Signin/signin/
Signup/signup/

Membership and Subscriptions

This is an awesome features of Ghost. If you want to make money with publications, you can use Membership features of Ghost. To enable members, go to Dashboard > Labs > Members

Stripe connection 

Connect your stripe account to get the payment from your subscribers

Subscription Pricing

Add or change your subscription pricing from here

Post Access

When you enable members, you can manage your posts who will see your default posts.

Pricing Tables

Here we have used 3 pricing plans.

  1. Free/Basic Plan
  2. Monthly Plan
  3. Yearly Plan

Change the text inside <li>{{t "..."}}</li>

Free/Basic Plan: For changing basic plan {{> members/pricing-tables/plan-free}} partials is used. You will find partials > members > pricing-tables > pricing-free.hbs

<ul>
                <li>{{t "Free articles to read"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Free updates"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Weekly notifications"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "No discount"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Weekly Support"}}</li>
</ul>

Monthly Plan: For monthly plan {{> members/pricing-tables/plan-monthly}} partials is used. You will find partials > members > pricing-tables > pricing-monthly.hbs

<ul>
                <li>{{t "Full access to articles"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Daily updates"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Support independent publishing"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Secure Payments"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "No advertisement"}}</li>
</ul>

Yearly Plan: For yearly plan {{> members/pricing-table/plan-yearly}} partials is used. You will find partials > members > pricing-tables > pricing-yearly.hbs

<ul>
                <li>{{t "Full access to articles"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Daily updates"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Support independent publishing"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "Secure Payments"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "No advertisement"}}</li>
                <li>{{t "One step way to pay"}}</li>
</ul>

Account Informations

Free Subscriber information

You can change the account information text on header page also. To change the information, go to free-subscriber-information.hbs file and you can change the information.

Paid subscriber information

You can change the account information text on header page also. To change the information, go to partials > members > subscriber-information.hbs

Third Party Plugins

We have created real time search options and Formspree for contact form.

Search Options

We have used Fuse.io for creating real time search. When you will type, you will get instant results. When you install the theme file, you have configure and add content api key on condeinjection

  1. Create a custom integrations
  2. Copy Content Api Key from your created custom integration

3. After collect the Content Api Key we go to : Settings > Design > Site-Wide and insert to below search content API box.

Comments

Ghost has no default comment sytem. We need to third-party comment box like Disqus or Cove. This theme supports both comment box. You will find both comment box in the partials folder in the theme file.

Cove Comment

Cove is popular comment system for ghost. You can easily manage comments for members and paid members posts. It is a premium comment sytem. We have a setup for cove comments. You easily change with your comments.

  • Create account in Cove.chat and Login
  • Click on +Create a New Account and add a name
  • Copy the publication ID and paste it in Settings > Design > Site Design > Post
  • Publication ID. Copy this ID and paste to Cove publication field.
  • Replace publication id with your account code

Disqus Comment box

We have used discus comments for this theme. We have used our own discuss account. You can change easily with your Disqus shortname. Follow the process to create your disqus account and get a short-name.

  1. You can create your Disqus code in the next url: http://disqus.com/admin/create/
  2. Add a short-name for Website Name
  3. Your unique “Disqus URL” is your shortname copy that name and click finish registration.
  • Go to the directory where is your template.
  • Go to /content/themes/menia/partials/disqus and open the next file: disqus-comment.hbs and git to line number 11 for disqus_shortname = “menia”;
  • Change with your shortname, in this case ‘example-shortname’;
  • Save the file and upload to your ghost installation.
  • Optional, you can verify if all is correct clicking Verify on disqus steps (where we get our shortname).

Disable Comments from site

If you want to disable comments from your posts, select Disable from Settings > Design > Site Design > Post > Select Comment. If will disable comments from your site

Comment Title

You can change the Comment Title  text from custom settings. You will find the settings:

Settings > Design > Post > Comment Title

You get the change output below single post page :

Development and Customization

In this theme, we have used SCSS to develop and style fast. You can easily do it using Prepros. To edit SCSS code, follow the instruction:

  1. Unzip newsvolt.zip (this is the template only file) and remember where is the folder location.
  2. Install a SASS compiler, we recommend you to use Prepos 6, you can download it here.
  3. Click on “Browse” to add project on the middle side.

Changing Primary and Secondary colors

You can change easily primarysecondary, text color and other colors from _variable.scss file. Open assets/scss/_variables.scss file and change the color that you want, example:

// Primary and Secondary Color
:root {
    --color-primary: #1e272e;
    --color-text: #4f5b6d;
    --color-heading: #192536;
}

Credits

Version 3.0.2: Release on 25 August 20

------------ VERSION - 3.0.2: Release on 25 AUG 2020 ------------
[+] Dark Version added

CHANGED FILES
[+] _variables.scss
[+] All SCSS files
[+] assets/js/scripts.js
[+] partials/header.hbs
[+] partials/author-card.hbs
[+] partials/search.hbs
[+] partials/featured-slider.hbs
[+] partials/footer.hbs
[+] post.hbs
[+] error.hbs
[+] custom-authors.hbs
[+] custom-tags.hbs
[+] default.hbs
[+] assets/js/plugins.min.js
[+] assets/js/scripts.js

ADDED NEW FILES
[+] partials/icons/moon.hbs
[+] partials/icons/sun.hbs
[+] partials/members/free-subscriber-information.hbs
[+] partials/members/subscriber-information.hbs
[+] partials/members/notification.hbs
[+] partials/members/paid-post-box.hbs
[+] partials/members/visibility-content.hbs
[+] partials/members/pricing-tables/plan-free.hbs
[+] partials/members/pricing-tables/plan-monthly.hbs
[+] partials/members/pricing-tables/plan-yearly.hbs
[+] partials/disqus-comment.hbs
[+] _dark-version.scss
[+] custom-signin.hbs
[+] custom-signup.hbs
[+] custom-membership.hbs
[+] custom-account.hbs
[+] custom-contact.hbs
[+] partials/icons/dark.hbs
[+] partials/icons/light.hbs

DELETED FILES
[-] routes.yaml
[-] gulpfile.js

Version 3.0.1 – 09/04/2020

    ------------------
    New Features
    ------------------
    - Pricing table for membership
    - Signin page
    - Signup page
    - Paid post feature
    - Member only post feature
    - Bookmark added
    - Gallery zoom
    - Secondary Menu

    ------------------
    Fixed: issues
    ------------------
    - Style guide issues fixed
    - post card style 
    - Footer instagram removed

    - initial release

Version 1.0 – 12 June 19

    - initial release