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WordPress is more than just a blogging platform 8 Unusual and Surprising Uses for WordPress 8 Unusual and Surprising Uses for WordPress From social networks to intranets, from directories to RSS aggregators – WordPress has you covered. Between all of the free and paid themes and plugins, you can make your WordPress site pretty much anything you... Read More and that’s fantastic. But developer John O’Nolan wanted something simpler — he wanted “just a blogging platform”. And so he created Ghost, building it entirely on Javascript.

“Like a ghost writer, Ghost is your ghost publisher. It does the hard work anonymously, getting your content online so you can focus on the most important things: Your ideas. Your content,” O’Nolan says.

Now, Ghost.org is ready to let you sign up and download the new platform, which you can then install on your server.

You can’t currently host a blog on Ghost.org, but that feature is coming soon. Beta testers are already trying it out and it will be rolled out to all users in a few months. Right now, Ghost has tied up with Bitnami for a Ghost Installer, Digital Ocean for a Ghost Droplet and Rackspace for a Ghost Image, to make it easier for you to get started.

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Ghost 0.3 comes with a full, gorgeous Markdown editor and a stunning post management interface, along with a clean and simple personal blogging theme called Casper.

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It’s got a split view for managing content, which lists the post’s information (title, category, date, how many times read) on the left and previews the content on the right — a bit like how email clients do it right now. This saves you a page load with every preview and lets you manage everything in one window.

The dashboard pulls in all the relevant content about your blog that you want to see every time you log in, such as your traffic levels, your top content, your social media stats, how your authors are performing, etc.

Ghost also does not have a native commenting system, but can be integrated with existing commenting platforms like Disqus.

There’s a lot more to this new platform, which you can check out at Ghost.org.

Of course, Ghost is not the only new ‘pure blogging’ service. We recently reviewed and loved Roon.io Roon Is A Slick, Easy-To-Use Blogging Platform You May Want to Try Roon Is A Slick, Easy-To-Use Blogging Platform You May Want to Try While WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr dominate the blogging scene, there are a few minimalist platforms that strip down the blogging experience to focus entirely on simply sharing your writing. Roon keeps things simple, all blogs... Read More , and Postach.io Turn Evernote Into A Blogging Platform With Postach.io Turn Evernote Into A Blogging Platform With Postach.io There is certainly no shortage of blogging platforms available to users for free. WordPress and Tumblr alone are a great way to keep a blog, but there are a few creative alternatives out there. A... Read More can convert Evernote into a blog. So would you want to try out Ghost? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Ghost blog, John O’Nolan

  1. Kev Q
    October 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I've actually been keeping a very close eye on Ghost, so much so, that I was actually one of the many Kickstarter backers. I've been playing with my development build for quite a few weeks now, and it's awesome!

    What I really love about it, is the speed and simplicity of the setup. There's no complicated database at the back end to manage, and all of the extra gumph that comes with WordPress simply isn't there. So you really can concentrate on your writing.

    I'm personally waiting for it to mature a little more, then I may migrate my personal blog to it. For now though, I'll cary on playing around with it on my little Digital Ocean box. :-)

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