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1.1 What is Ghost?

When it comes to theming a blog or website, there are a lot of options, and some of them can get quite complicated, especially if you're just starting out. Sidebars, widgets, plugins, short codes, post formats—sometimes you just don't need any of this. Sometimes you just need a simple tool for publishing a blog.

This is where Ghost comes it. I think its motto says it all:

“Just a blogging platform.”

And it is. It’s easy to install, easy to use, and incredibly lightweight. The best thing about Ghost is that it allows you to focus on writing articles, and removes distractions.

It can also be customised with your own themes and that’s actually the purpose of this course. I’ll start with a quick tour, showing you how to install Ghost and how to use it, and then I’ll dive a little deeper and build a working theme.