Buying a brand new car is cool but what’s the point if you don’t know what options it has? In one of my posts i showed you how to install and setup Ghost, today we will see how to move ahead with Ghost and find where some of the Ghost settings are.

There are some settings and features like RSS Subscription, Email Settings, Content Editor Options, Commenting System etc., that everyone would like to try in a blogging platform. Ghost is still in its early days and we have to setup some of the above mentioned stuff all by ourselves.

I have covered five basic Ghost Settings, or baby steps that can help you to explore Ghost further.

1) RSS and Home Page Ghost Settings

Ghost Home Button

Once you login into your Ghost Admin Panel, the first thing that needs to be changed is the URL of the icon beside the Content Icon. This small icon when clicked will take you to the home page of your Ghost Blog. This URL is defined in the config.js file found in your Ghost installation path(Example:E:\ARTIC POST\Articles\Ghost\ghost-0.3.3\config.js)

Open the config.js file in an editor of your choice. The config.js has configuration settings for both development and production. Locate the development section and the default value will be url: ‘http://my-ghost-blog.com’  so change it to url: ‘http://127.0.0.1:2368’

Save the config.js file and shutdown Ghost(Ctrl +C) from the Node.js command prompt and start Ghost again by issuing the command npm start

Now when you click on the icon it should take you to the Home Page of your Ghost Blog. And yes your RSS subscription should also be changed to http://127.0.0.1:2368/rss/

2) Fix the Yellow Notification Bar

When you login into the Ghost you might see a yellow notification bar as shown below that states that your Ghost currently is unable to send an email. Though you can close the notification bar, why not fix it once for all?

Unable to send email notification

You are getting this  notification because the email settings are not configured in the config.js file. In config.js file locate the mail settings, by default the code for mail settings will be commented, just uncomment the code and the notification should be gone forever. If you are on a production server ensure that you provide valid values in this section.

3) Insert images into your post

If you haven’t heard about Markdown then you will be hearing a lot about it in Ghost. Markdown is a text-to-HTML converter. With Markdown in Ghost  just type to get things done. As of now you don’t have an upload image control built into Ghost, but a simple markdown can bring you the image control.

Just type ![] in the Ghost content editor window (left pane) and on the preview window (right pane) you will find the image control. You can now upload an image from your local drive or provide an image URL for your image. The idea of using codes is really cool and we are already used to it, remember typing characters to get the smileys :-) ?

4) Use Disqus to Discuss

Ghost doesn’t have an inbuilt commenting system so you have integrate your own commenting system for now. Lets see how to integrate Disqus into Ghost.  To add the Disqus  commenting  system you need to make changes to the theme’s  post.hbs file, you should be able to find the file where you extracted Ghost files. For example mine is located at the below location:

E:\ARTIC POST\Articles\Ghost\ghost-0.3.3\content\themes\casper\post.hbs

Edit the file and locate the line {{content}} and paste the following code below it :

<div id=”disqus_thread”></div>

<script type=”text/javascript”>
/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */
var disqus_shortname = ‘http1270012368‘; // required: replace example with your forum shortname

/* * * DON’T EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */
(function() {
var dsq = document.createElement(‘script’); dsq.type = ‘text/javascript’; dsq.async = true;
dsq.src = ‘//’ + disqus_shortname + ‘.disqus.com/embed.js’;
(document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(‘body’)[0]).appendChild(dsq);
})();
</script>
<noscript>Please enable JavaScript to view the <a href=”http://disqus.com/?ref_noscript”>comments powered by Disqus.</a></noscript>
<a href=”http://disqus.com” class=”dsq-brlink”>comments powered by <span class=”logo-disqus”>Disqus</span></a>

In the above code make sure you replace the disqus_shortname variable value marked in red (http1270012368) with your own disqus shortname. Once you are done with the changes save the file and close it. You should now be able to see Disqus integrated in Ghost, check out how it looks below,

Disqus integrated with Ghost

5) Tags, Post URL and Author Box

If you are already using a blogging platform like WordPress then you should be well aware of what a Tag is, if you don’t then worry not.

A Tag is like an index that you find in any good book. It helps the users to easily locate information in your blog. So now lets get back on how to add a tag in Ghost.

When you create a new post, on the bottom of the window you should see a black horizontal bar. On the left side of the horizontal bar you should see a Tag icon. Now just click next to it and you should be able to type and add your Tags.

You will also see the exiting tags that you have already used suggested for you as you start typing.

Tags in Ghost

Now on the right corner of  the bar horizontal bar you should see a small icon. Click on that and you should be able to change your URL and publishing date of your post.

Ghost URL and Publishing Date

If you want the rest of the world to know who you are then you should probably hit the Your Profile option from the right top corner of your Ghost and enter some details in the Bio section and hit save button. Now your information will appear in all your blog posts. Don’t ask me how to get a picture beside that, i am still trying to find that one 😉

If you are looking out for more stuff like  Dashboard, Menus, Creating Pages, Creating Users etc. then you have to keep your fingers crossed as these are still in development phase and yet to be released. I have been hearing a lot about the Dashboard and can’t wait to see it.

Anything more you want to add to the above points? Comment Section is all yours.