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 5.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: support@electronthemes.com. Our support team will reply to you as soon as possible.

Template Information

  • Name: Menia
  • Author: Electronthemes
  • Platform: Ghost
  • Demo: Menia
  • Created: 12 June 19
  • Last Update: 14 November 2022
  • Version: 4.1.0

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 the ghost dashboard. to do this

  • Log in to your Ghost admin panel.
  • Go to Settings > Theme > Upload a theme and upload “newsportal.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.

General Setup

Publication Info

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

  • Title
  • Description
  • Site Timezone
  • Publication Language

We have used SVG Logo for the theme . You can change SVG Logo from Dashboard > Settings > 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


Favicon 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


Publication Cover

You can use the publication in your native language. To change the language of your publication site, your theme must have support for translation. To change langauge:


Language

This is for showing the site bookmark images. If you upload a cover image, it will be in your site bookmark. Go to Dashboard > Settings Icon > Design > Brand > Publication Cover

  1. Go to Settings > General > Publication Language and click on Expand
  2. Change the default language en with your language code
  3. You can find all the language code here: HTML Language Code Reference

Site Meta Settings

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

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

Social Accounts

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

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 > Settings > Navigation

Create a Post

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

  1. Feature Image
  2. Post Title
  3. Post content

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 > Settings > 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 fields for code injections. 1. Site Header and 2. Site Footer

  • Site Header is for load the scripts or style in the header
  • Site Footer will load the scripts or style in the footer

Go Dashboard > Settings > Code Injection

Integrations

Integrations are another cool feature of Ghost. You can connect a lot of third-party plugins or API using integrations. To check the integrations,

  1. Login to Admin panel
  2. Go to Dashboard > Settings > Integrations.
  3. Click on + Add custom integration button and add a name for creating integration
  4. You can use Content API Key or Admin API Key or API URL

Labs

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

  1. Import Content
  2. Export your content
  3. Delete All Content
  4. Redirects
  5. 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}/

Dark, Light and Auto Mode

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 and Auto version for default, you can change it from your custom settings. Auto version depend on your device color scheme mode. if the device has selected dark mode, you will get auto dark and device has selected light mode, you will get auto light. You will find the settings Settings > Design > Site Design > Site-WIde > Select Color Scheme

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.

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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

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

The membership page is helping your customer to understand the plan and compare the differences between your offers. Here are the step by step instructions:

Create Membership page

  1. Create a new page and open the page settings panel from the right side of the page
  2. Select the page template: Membership at the bottom dropdown
  3. Publish the page

Create Tiers and show on membership page

  1. Go to Settings > Membership in your Ghost Admin
  2. Go to MEMBERSHIP TIERS at the bottom
  3. Connect your Stripe Account if you don’t have Stripe connected
  4. Expand Premium position and click on +Add tier to add new tier name, description, list of benefits, price for monthly and yearly.
  5. Add tier to activate
  6. Now, go to portal settings, you can control enable and disable tiers appearing on the membership page.

Create Account Page

  1. Create a new page and open the page settings panel from the right side of the page
  2. Select the page template: Account at the bottom dropdown
  3. Publish the page

Search Options

If you install this theme in your ghost dashboard, Ghost Native Search will be activated automatically.

We have created third-party real-time search options for the theme file also. You can activate the search easily. When you install the theme file, you have configure and add content api key on code injection

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

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

Contact form

In the contact form, we have used Formspree for getting form data.

  1. You need to create Formspree account
  2. Collect form endpoint
  3. Add this to Settings > Design > Site Wide > Contact form endpoint URL

Comments

Ghost has a native comment system. Only members of your website can comment on your post. To activate native comment:

  1. Go to the Settings > Membership > Commenting in the Ghost Admin.
  2. Change the Commenting level to All members or Paid-members only.
  3. Click on Save button

If you want to use other comment feature like Cove or Disqus. You can use. 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

We have used discus comments for this theme. We have used our own disqus 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.
  4. Go to Settings > Design > Site Design > Post and Select Disqus from Select comment select option.
  5. Go to Settings > Design > Site Design > Post > Disqus shortname;
  6. Change with your shortname, in this case ‘example-shortname’;
  7. Save.

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

Github Deployment

Menia theme is ready for deployment on GitHub easily. You can read the articles on Github deployment

Development and Customization

In this theme, we have used SCSS to develop and style fast. You must have installed Nodejs and SASS on your computer.

  • Open theme file in your editor like VSCode or Sublime Text
  • Open terminal in the theme folder
  • Run command npm run sass



Alternatively, You can easily do it using Prepros. To edit SCSS code, follow the instruction:

  1. Unzip newsportal.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;
}

Changelog

VERSION – 4.1.0: Release on 14 November 2022
* ADDED: Compatible with ghost version 5.0
* ADDED: Added support for public preview posts for members only posts
* ADDED: Native search, Native comments
* ADDED: Support for new price plan helper
* ADDED: Table of content support
* ADDED: Auto color scheme (dark/light) support
* Updated deprecated functions
* Small css issues fixed
* performance improvements

[+] CHANGED FILES
    assets/css/style.css
    assets/scss/style.scss ( All scss file included)
    assets/js/scripts.j
    partials/footer.hb
    partials/comments/cove-comments.hb
    partials/header.hb
    partials/logo.hb
    partials/footer.hb
    partials/post-loop.hb
    partials/related-posts.hb
    partials/members/pricing-tables/pricing-free.hb
    partials/members/pricing-tables/pricing-table.hb
    partials/members/subscriber-information.hbs
    partials/navigation.hbs
    partials/members/paid-post-box.hbs
    partials/featured-slider.hbs
    partials/post-card.hbs
    partials/author-card.hbs
    custom-account.hbs
    custom-membership.hbs
    custom-contact.hbs
    default.hbs
    index.hbs
    tag.hbs
    post.hbs
    page.hbs
    package.json
        
[+] NEWLY ADDED FILES
    partials/comments/disqus-comment.hbs
    custom-subscribe.hbs
    partials/blog-social-meta.hbs
    partials/comments/cove-comments.hbs
    partials/comments/disqus-comment.hbs
    partials/post-full-content.hbs
    partials/page-header.hbs
    partials/post-header.hbs
    partials/comments/native-comments.hbs

[+] DELETED FILES
    partials/members/pricing-tables/pricing-monthly.hbs
    partials/members/pricing-tables/pricing-yearly.hbs
Version 3.0.2: Release on 25 August 20
[+] 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
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New Features
------------------
- Pricing table for membership
- Signin page
- Signup page
- Paid post feature
- Member only post feature
- Bookmark added
- Gallery zoom
- Secondary Menu

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Fixed: issues
------------------
- Style guide issues fixed
- post card style 
- Footer instagram removed
Version 1.0 – 12 June 19
- initial release

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