A newsletter-first theme for Ghost.

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Introduction to Substation

I built this theme to enable newsletter-first publications on Ghost.

Newsletters (free and paid) are becoming more popular, and in response Ghost now has built-in member and email newsletter features. This allows you to send out new content to subscribers every time you publish, along with premium content features and subscriber log-ins.

Most Ghost themes are great for normal blogs but Substation puts your newsletter first. The homepage displays a simple subscription box, with posts listed in an archive page. Members are fully supported, so you can lock content from non-members or put your content behind a membership paywall.


  • the homepage is a simple subscription box and introduction
  • the full archive of posts is shown at /archive/
  • supports free and paid memberships
  • customisable post list: easily show or hide excerpts, authors and tags
  • automatic dark mode
  • lock and unlock icons reflect current user's access
  • built-in optional commenting with Cove
  • easy-to-edit HTML-based theme files