Kutak - Ghost Theme Documentation

Welcome to Kutak documentation. Kutak is a Minimal Blog & Magazine Ghost Theme.

This theme is extremely beginner friendly but if there is something that isn't in the documentation or isn't clear to you please emails us at [email protected] and ask your question. It would help if you provide also your site link.

Check it out at https://ghost.apalodi.com/landing/kutak/

Check the changelog to see what's new.

Getting Started

Since this is a Ghost theme documentation, it is assumed that you have a basic knowledge of how to use Ghost.

If you're just starting out with Ghost, it is best to see the guides in the official Ghost Help Center - check this out and you'll have all the information that is available.


Follow the steps below to upload the theme:

  1. Log in to your publication admin section at yoursite.com/ghost/
  2. Go to Settings > Design ( yoursite.com/ghost/#/settings/design/ )
  3. Click Change theme and then click Upload theme and select the kutak.zip file.
  4. After the upload is complete click Activate


Before installing a new version of this theme please do not forget to make a backup of the version you are currently using.

If you have not modified any files in the theme folder previously, you can simply upload the new file kutak.zip in the Ghost Admin and that's it.

However, if you have made changes to some files previously, you must apply those changes to the files in the folder corresponding to the latest version, otherwise your changes will be overwritten.


Dark Mode

When you go to Settings > Design > Site Wide you can enable dark mode. There are 3 options to choose from.

You can also add a custom logo for dark mode.

Dark Mode Accent Color

Sometimes your accent color won't work nicely with the dark mode so we added a way for you to change the accent color on dark mode.

Go to Settings > Code injection and enter custom style setting that will add custom color.

    :root {
        --kutak--dark-mode--color--accent: #f00;

Classic/Modern Header

This theme comes with 2 different header styles that you can switch in the Settings > Design > Site-wide

Classic Header (default)

Menu Background Images

There are 3 types that can have custom background images.


To add image for the homepage you need to set your Publication cover inside Settings > Design > Brand


For the pages just set the Featured image


For the tags set the Tag image.


To create a submenu all you need is to wrap your items with [submenu] and closing [/submenu].

The previous menu item will become the parent item and link will be removed from it as that item will be converted to a button that when you click on mobile it opens the submenu.

Featured Posts

Featured posts will load always the latest 4 featured. All you need to do is go into the post and in the sidebar click Feature this post

Custom Templates

Theme adds custom templates for the pages and posts. All you need to do is go to the post/page sidebar and select the template.

Tags Template

To present all tags from your publication you can create a new page (call it how you want) and select the page template Tags. Add featured image and excerpt to show as description.

Post Settings

When you go to Settings > Design > Post you can choose what things you would like to display on the post. Authors, sharing buttons and related posts.


First you need to enable Subscriptions in Settings > Membership.

By default theme adds a Newsletter box to the posts. To customize the text you can change it in the Settings > Design > Post section.

If you remove the text and leave the field empty it will remove the Newsletter box from the posts.


Theme support native Ghost comments which you can enable if you go to Settings > Membership and choosing who can post a comment.

Post Excerpts

Theme is displaying the excerpts by default in the grid. If you didn't add a custom excerpt it will get the first 25 words from your content and auto generate the excerpt.


Infinite Scroll

To enable infinite scroll you need to go to Settings > Code injection and enter custom script setting that will enable it.

    var kutak_infinite_scroll = true;

Accent Color

When you go to Settings > Design > Brand you can select your accent color that is used for buttons and links.

Copyright Text

To customize the copyright text you can do it by going to Settings > Design > Site-wide and using the Copyright text setting.

There are few placeholders that can help you to insert dynamic things.

Social Icons

Ghost by default supports only Facebook and Twitter. You can change those by going to Settings > General and expanding the Social accounts section.

Theme adds support for 4 more: Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and LinkedIn. To add them you need to go to Settings > Design > Site-wide and add the urls.

Theme has support for many different social icons but you would have to manually add links for them by modifying the template partials/socials.hbs. All the icons are inside the partials/icons/socials/

E.g if we can to add a new social link for Mastadon

<a href="https://mastodon.social/@example" aria-label="'Follow on Mastadon'" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="socials__link" data-social="mastadom">{{> 'icons/socials/mastadon'}}</a>

Logo Height

To change max logo size go to the Settings > Code injection > Site Header and paste the code below. Change the 25px to your desired height.

    :root {
        --kutak--size--logo: 25px;


Theme comes with a partials/helpers/fonts.hbs that enables you to easily change the fonts to any font you like.

We have used self-hosted fonts but you can easily replace them with just a link to e.g. Google Fonts.

When you have replaced the fonts you need to now use those names so the theme recognizes them. We have added those custom CSS properties inside the file for you to easy change.

Posts per Page

The posts_per_page defines the number of posts that appear in your collections until it's paginated. For example, the value of posts_per_page is used on the homepage, tag, and author templates.

By default, this is set to 12, but you can change it in the package.json file:

"config": {
    "posts_per_page": 12


If you want to make more advanced changes to the theme, or you want to develop your components, the theme comes with a developer-friendly setup.

All the assets are combined and minified for better speed and performance using the amazing Vite. To customize the theme make sure you have Node.js and npm installed.

Follow the official guide for installing Ghost locally. After you have installed Ghost and put the theme directory inside the content/themes/ directory.

In the package.json under scripts section you can see all the commands available to you that you can run when you are inside the theme directory.

To install dependencies.

npm install

To start development and watch the files for changes.

npm start

To build the final assets.

npm run build

Theme comes with predefined linting rules for CSS and JS and are requirement for the build. As seen here all linting scritps are run before actually building theme assets.

"build": "run-s --silent lint:* build:production",

But you can easily use a command that doesn't require linting to pass.

npm run build:production

To help you fix linting errors use either

npm run lint:fix

To fix all linting errors at once (probably needs to be run few times).

Or try to fix individually things e.g.

npm run lint:js:fix
npm run lint:css:fix


Version 1.2 (9 September 2023)
Version 1.1 (19 May 2023)
Version 1.0 (1 February 2023)