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Ghost: blogging platform that could be the next WordPress

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Over the years, the WordPress platform has become quite sophisticated and focused on being a full website, so Ghost is about to launch, focused solely on blogs and minimalism, and the tech world is quite excited about a blogging platform for the first time in years.

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Ghost: first exciting thing to happen to blogging in years

Former Deputy Head of the WordPress User Interface Group and well known blogging thought leader, John O’Nolan has pulled together top talent to create Ghost, a new blogging platform in light of the renowned WordPress platform becoming more of a content management system and website platform and too complicated for some users to adopt or manage.

O’Nolan explains, “Every new technology has an expiration date, great technologists believe in the right tool for the job, but the fact remains that the relevancy of a technology is what tends to fade over time as technology re-invents itself at a faster pace each year. Right now the leading open source new media publishing projects are driven by PHP communities. It’s easy to see why, with a well-established and vibrant ecosystem, the PHP community is strong. But, it comes with its limitations, and recently other technologies have taken the lead on innovation.”


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Ghost is beautiful, minimalist, accessible, and free

Ghost will launch as a minimalist, elegant platform focused exclusively on blogging, and the team will file as a non-profit organization, with long term plans still unclear, although they say the goal is to do it for the passion, not the cash, a sentiment that has captured the technology community’s attention.

Ghost recently set up a Kickstarter page seeking £25,000, a goal that was met within the first 12 hours of going live. Since then, over £100,000 has been committed to the project, and O’Nolan has announced stretch goals to clarify what future pledges will garner.

While Ghost will not replace WordPress, and it would never work for a publication of the size of AGBeat, it will very likely become a popular alternative for die-hard bloggers, minimalists, and people new to the scene. It is open source and free to use and completely customizable.

O’Nolan explaining Ghost:

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. John O'Nolan

    May 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for the incredible write-up Marti 🙂

    “it would never work for a publication of the size of AGBeat” – We’ll see about that 😉 This is just the beginning.

    • agbenn

      May 9, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Ha ‘just the beginning’ that’s how we got BIG WordPress – It’d be interesting to see how Ghost could actually simplify operations, scale down the overhead in mysql etc… I can’t wait to test drive it.

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