Casper: A Free Ghost-Style WordPress Theme Based on Underscores

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Casper is a new theme for WordPress that is essentially a port of the default blogging theme for Ghost. Lacy Morrow built the theme using Underscores as a base. Morrow said that the goal for his theme was to approximate Ghost’s default theme while incorporating WordPress-specific features:

The goal of this project is to emulate the gorgeous theme while taking advantage of features exclusive to the WordPress framework.

Responsive images in the theme are handled by a lightweight (1kb) script that utilizes image replacement to load the correct image size for the visitor’s device.

The ability to add your own social URLs is built into the customizer, along with a handful of other options that enable you to:

  • Upload your own logo
  • Add a custom background image
  • Customize the header background, text, link and hover colors
  • Options to display header on all pages, make logo circular and frame logo image

While testing the theme, I noticed the header disappears on single posts. I’m not sure if its disappearance is a ghost-like feature or a bug. However, if you go into the customizer and select to display the header on all pages, the problem is easily solved.

Check out the live demo of Casper to see it in action. The theme also includes specific styling for quotes and code blocks. Morrow created the demo content using Jetpack’s Markdown module, but Markdown is not required in order to use the theme.

Casper is a fast-loading super minimalist WordPress theme that you can easily customize to add your own personality. Download it from github and upload the casper-wp folder to your WordPress themes directory. If you’d like to report a bug, request a feature or contribute to the code, get in touch with Lacy Morrow.

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  1. Wonderful to know a new theme! Its fonts look nice. Lacy Morrow is also using the theme himself. Theme is excellent to use as a one page site. It’s demo took little time to load, possibly because of huge visits. I’ll recommend to family and friends. Good share, Sarah and good job Lacy Morrow. -Best

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  2. lol, it’s funny to see things that make Ghost shine like the default theme be replicated in WordPress. One of these days, I’ll get around to using Ghost and then compile themes and plugins that allow you to Ghost with WordPress.

    The question then becomes, what draws people to use Ghost if you can make WordPress look and function like Ghost? I wonder how many use Ghost just because it’s NOT WordPress.

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    1. I’m excited about Ghost because it has a lightweight and modern codebase. WordPress is a mess. Plus, the UI is slick and focused. (I’ve long been a fan of Markdown for writing, and I already write in Markdown and convert it to HTML before pasting it into WordPress.)

      Themes aren’t typically something I care about in a blog platform, because I always make my own, anyway.

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  3. None of these themes are useful on an 11″ MacBook Air without reducing the type size (cmd-).
    But I am tired of doing that and i don’t understand why so many developers ape each other to produce unusable themes. In order to be “responsive” these themes have to respond to the MacBook Air too!

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  4. That’s a great theme! I’m using it on my own site, it was really easy to change it the way I wanted.

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