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  3. ⚙️ Custom Settings
  4. 💯 100/100 GScan Score
  5. 🌙 Dark Mode
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Crimson - The Best Newspaper and Magazine Theme for Ghost CMS in 2024

As a Ghost CMS user in 2024, you want your blog or publication to stand out with a sleek, modern design. Look no further than the Crimson Ghost theme. With its clean typography, bold colours, and easy customization, Crimson offers an eye-catching experience for your readers. 

In this article, you'll learn about the key features that make Crimson the best Ghost theme for news and magazine websites. We'll explore the built-in styles, responsive design, and how to tweak Crimson to match your brand. Whether you're a beginner looking for an out-of-the-box solution or a design pro seeking granular control, Crimson has you covered. 

Read on to see why this innovative theme is dominating the Ghost platform.

First, it is 100% compatible with the latest version of Ghost CMS. Now, read on.

100/100 score in Ghost GScan.

Introducing Crimson - The Best Ghost Theme for News Sites

Elegant Design

Crimson features a stylish design optimized for news and magazine websites. The clean layout, bold typography, and minimal aesthetic allow your content to shine through. Image galleries, embedded media, and callout boxes add visual interest while looking sleek and professional.

A news theme just like a Newspaper

Customization Options

While Crimson comes with a polished default design, it also provides ample opportunities for customization. The theme settings allow you to change fonts, colours, and layout easily. Crimson is built on Tailwind and JavaScript for advanced customization, so developers can customize nearly every aspect of the theme.

Feature Rich

Crimson includes everything you need to run a news publication website. It supports all Ghost editor cards. The theme includes contact forms, social sharing buttons, and a customizable footer with social links.

Optimized for SEO

With markup and JSON-LD, Crimson helps search engines fully understand your content. The code is clean, lean, and mobile-friendly to rank well in Google. URL patterns follow best practices for news sites to strengthen your internal linking structure.

Responsive and Fast

Crimson looks excellent and works well on any device. The responsive design adapts to mobile, tablet, laptop, and desktop devices, so your site visitors will have an optimal viewing experience no matter how they access your site.

Responsive design

By relying on Tailwind and keeping the code clean, Crimson ensures fast load times for a good user experience and SEO.

Google Page Speed Score

Active Development

Crimson is actively developed and maintained. Updates are released regularly to keep up with the latest version of Ghost, fix any issues, and improve the theme. The dedicated documentation provides helpful resources for getting started and making the most of Crimson's features.

Key Features of the Crimson Ghost News Theme

Dark Mode and Custom Color Options

The Crimson theme offers a stylish dark mode layout and a custom colour option, allowing you to choose a primary colour that suits your brand.

Dark mode

Crimson includes an optional trending news ticker that displays your most popular posts. You can display posts on the ticker by using an internal tag. The ticker auto-scrolls, drawing attention and encouraging clicks.

Trending News Ticker

Make it easy for readers to navigate your site with Crimson's dropdown menus. Dropdown menus work well on both desktop and mobile, providing an intuitive user experience. Adding a second-level menu directly from your Ghost Navigation settings is effortless without touching a line of code.

Dropdown Navigation Support

Sign Up CTAs

Crimson allows you to add custom call-to-action buttons, including signup forms for email newsletters or memberships. A signup CTA is shown prominently in your home hero, footer and post sidebar to grow your mailing list and increase reader engagement.

CTA form on the homepage hero section
CTA form on the homepage between tag sections
Sticky subscribe form in a post. This can be easily disabled by selecting a different post template.

Editors Choice 

Highlight your best content using the Editor's Choice section. Select posts by adding an internal tag. Readers can click through the posts, and you can change the selected content at any time through the Ghost Settings.

Editors Choice

Table of Contents

For long-form posts or guides, Crimson's table of contents feature provides an overview with links to each section. Readers can easily navigate to the content that interests them most. The table of contents automatically generates based on the headings in your post. If you want to hide the table of contents, you can do that easily from the Post Template type without any code changes.

Auto-generated Table of Content. This can be disabled by selecting a different post template.

Crimson's optional sticky sidebar sticks to the viewport as readers scroll, keeping the signup form visible. Using the post template, you can quickly turn the sticky sidebar on or off. No code changes are required to perform this change.

Sticky subscribe form for post. This can be disabled by choosing a different post template.

Custom Archive Pages

Crimson provides custom styling for your archive pages, such as the tags and author pages. It matches your site's design with featured images, excerpts, and consistent styling on every page. It also provided a very minimal yet robust Archive page to show all blogs grouped by Month and Year.

Archive Page

Customizing Crimson - Options to Make It Your Own

Crimson provides multiple customization options to make the theme uniquely your own. You can adjust the accent colour, select from font combinations, activate a contact form, and choose from various layouts for tag sections. These options allow you to craft your readers a personalized design and user experience.

Accent Color for Dark Mode

Crimson offers the ability to select an accent colour in dark mode. To update the accent colour in the theme settings, enter the HEX code of your desired colour or use the colour picker to select a shade. This small change can significantly impact the overall appearance of your site in dark mode.

Accent Color for Dark mode

Multiple Font Pairs

Crimson includes multiple Google fonts. To change the fonts, navigate to the Site-wide section under theme settings. Choosing complementary fonts helps create visual cohesion and reinforces your site's branding.

Font Pairs

Contact Form Endpoint from Formspree

To add a contact form to your Ghost site with Crimson, you must create an account with Formspree, a third-party form-handling service. After signing up for a free Formspree plan, locate your personal form endpoint in the Formspree dashboard. In the Crimson theme settings, under "Contact form endpoint," enter your form endpoint. This will activate the contact form on your contact page and enable readers to send messages from your site.

Contact Form
Formspree endpoint field in Ghost Settings

3 Layout Styles for Tag Sections

Crimson provides three layout options for tag sections on the homepage. You can change the layout by selecting the setting "Home tag section layout". It will allow you to show the blog cards in a single row or multiple layouts, like 1 on the left and 3 on the right or two on each side.

Tag slugs and Tag layout for homepage
Single row 1|1|1|1 format
1|3 format
2|2 format

In summary, Crimson's customization capabilities empower you to craft a Ghost site that is reflective of your brand and tailored to your audience. With a few setting changes, you can deploy an accent colour, select font pairs, activate a contact form, and choose layout styles for an engaging user experience. Crimson aims to give you the tools to make the theme your own.


As we have explored, Crimson is undoubtedly the premier news theme for Ghost CMS in 2024. With its sleek design, innovative features like dropdown menus, dar-mode, trending ticker, editor's choice section, and easy customization, Crimson helps bloggers and publishers create beautiful, functional sites their readers will love. 

Whether you're an established news outlet looking to refresh your online presence or a burgeoning blogger aiming to grow your readership, Crimson can elevate your Ghost site. The reasonable one-time pricing is the cherry on this modern, versatile theme. Give Crimson a try today to bring your online publication to the next level.