Ghost is live

Following months of anticipation the first public release of the Ghost blogging platform is finally live.

Released three weeks ago to the 6000 smart Kickstarters who backed the project, Ghost 0.3.2 is now available to everyone.

For anyone not following the saga, Ghost was first dreamt up a year ago by John O’Nolan, a WordPress specialist based in Austria. He then published a post, or perhaps a manifesto, as to what Ghost could and should be.

The aim of the project was to create a blogging platform that’s just for blogging. Inspired by the bloating of WordPress, Ghost was designed to cut out all the extras and get us back to the essence of blogging: writing great content.

The longer I work with WordPress…the more problems I have with it…What started out as a humble blogging platform targeted at enabling digital publishing for the masses, has evolved into a fully-fledged website CMS. — John O’Nolan

Ghost is a focussed response, geared entirely towards great content. It’s just about blogging.

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Ghost is innovative in several key areas: firstly, it’s fully responsive, which means every part of it will work on your phone, desktop, tablet, and soon your watch (if tech rumors are to be believed). Secondly, the navigation of content is structured around your content, not around arbitrary dates. Thirdly, the beautifully designed dashboard presents information about your content, not a bewildering array of stats about every plugin you have installed. Finally, Ghost allows you to write content in markdown, by far the fastest way to produce content for the web.

Essentially, Ghost is also open source and fully configurable. Theming is possible, and plugins can be added, ensuring that you are able to make it your own.

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Head over to Ghost.org right now to sign up. Initially, you’ll have to download the source code and host it yourself. However in the coming weeks you’ll be able to host with Ghost — even using your own domain name — and that’s the preferred option because it helps the platform to grow.

If you can’t wait to get started then you’ll still need to register in order to download Ghost’s source code. It’s built with JavaScript using Node.js, so you’ll need a server that will allow you to install it (which probably mean VPS), full instructions are provided here. Happily there are also several auto-install options from Bitnami, Digital Ocean, Rackspace, and more are bound to follow.

Ghost looks like being the next big thing in blogging, whether you’re interested in theming it, extending it, or just using it, now’s the time to get onboard.

Are you planning to use Ghost? Is WordPress still viable as a blogging platform? Let us know in the comments.

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  • penina

    Woosh! Zipped over and signed up. Because I don’t have enough blogs.

    I still love WordPress, but am really looking forward to test-driving Ghost.

  • http://enfuzed.com/ Enfuzed

    This is very cool. I agree that WordPress has become more than a blog and it can be confusing for people who are not looking for all of the features WordPress includes. This will be a great help for people who just want to blog, downloading it now!

  • buginsoup

    Is a WordPress to Ghost DB migration module available?

  • samson

    i don’t really understand. if you are an absolutely non-coder you can just install a wordpress theme and it’s done. there is nothing complicated about wordpress. but if you want to expand it you have endless possibilities, and that’s awesome about wordpress. i don’t see ghost as the future blogging platform.

  • Waiting

    WordPress.com != WordPress.org.
    Genuinely wishing good luck to Ghost, but aiming your sites at WordPress is an interesting way to start up a blogging platform, given the statistics

  • Matthew Beasley

    The dash board is simple and nice but the front end is almost just to simple. Would be great for a start up that just wants to share news with others.

  • http://www.coolwebsitedesigns.org/ Igor Ivankovic

    Ghost looks interesting and I know the idea is to have a blogging platform that is simple and modern, but with time people will want more as they are by nature and it will again turn to be a WordPress clone in a way. All the best luck to Ghost and I’ll be sure to give it a try :) Maybe for my http://www.coolwebsitedesigns.org in the future but WordPress is still the king in my eyes.

  • http://epinterestfollowers.com/ Tahmid Ahmed

    Every body be careful. Ghost is LIVE. I am scare about it; God knows what will happen?

  • Géant

    Looks like a great platform.

    Cant wait to starting using it.

  • Vishnu Haridas

    Anyways, the simplicity like Medium.com (http://medium.com/) publishing is to be the next big thing in Blogging/Publishing.

    Because we are enough with the themes and structures. Now we need it as simple as possible!

  • http://www.umairulhaque.com/ Umair Ulhaque

    Seems like a simple and content-first blogging platform so far.. I wanna ask that in which language it is written? I think it’s not developed with php

  • http://vbtechsupport.com/ GEORGE LIU

    Started my first Ghost blog and loving it http://ghost.centminmod.com !