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“Ghost” – The Future Of Blogging!

by sainath devulapalliOctober 17, 2013

For blogging, there are two main options available for us today. The first one is WordPress installation, customized with endless plugins, themes, analytics and settings. The second one is  Tumblr — a  very little way of making it your own. If an open source publishing platform with Markdown compatibility and a real-time preview features as well as a very robust statistics-gathering system is created, for sure it will be a new era in the blogging field.

 Ghost is the new blogging  platform dedicated to these features developed by  John O’Nolan (the founder and project leader of Ghost), who previously worked as an accomplished designer and developer in WordPress from 2005. From 2009 to 2011, he was the deputy head of the WordPress UI Group, and helped shape the platform’s look and feel.

In late 2012, John O’Nolan put together a post with some wireframes about his idea for a new blogging platform. After years of frustration building blogs with existing solutions, he wrote a concept for a fictional platform that would be once more about online publishing rather than building complex websites.

After a few hundred thousand pageviews in the space of a few days, he realised that other people were looking for the same thing.Six months later, after many hours of hard work, Ghost was revealed the public for the first time on Kickstarter. It raised more than $100,000 in the first 48 hours of funding, and went on to triple that figure within its 29 day funding period.

Having brought on Hannah Wolfe as the development lead for the project, the Ghost prototype received more attention than ever before as people finally saw the platform in action.Ghost is very beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source.

Features:

Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. It’s simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time messing with making your blog work – and more time blogging. 

Getting Started ( As Covered On Mashable ) : 

The first thing to know about Ghost is that for right now, the installation process requires a little more time and tech savvy than the average user may be accustomed. If you’re used to the one-click install world of WordPress on a shared host, trying out Ghost at this time may not be for you. 

Ghost is built in JavaScript using Node.js. Node.js is very cool technology but it’s not built for many of the shared web hosts that many users use. If you’re on a shared hosting plan (think the $5 to $10 a month types of plans) with companies such as GoDaddy, Bluehost or Dreamhost, you’re probably not going to be able to run Ghost on your server.

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Fortunately, there are a bunch of alternative ways to run and test Ghost. The first would be to use a VPS — or virtual private server — which allows users to control more of the software stack and have more resources on the system.VPS plans range in price — and many providers sell VPS hosting for the same rate as a shared hosting plan.

The big caveat is that this is unmanaged hosting, meaning the user is responsible for installing software and securing the environment. It also means most of the functions to access the web system will take place on the command line and not in a user-friendly control panel.

A good alternative for users who want to test Ghost out — but don’t necessarily want to run it on a live web server — is to install it locally on their own computer.

The Ghost project has a really good installation guide and there are even pre-configured installers from BitNami that make it really easy to set up Ghost on your Mac or PC. This is the option I’d suggest to anyone who is not comfortable with playing around and learning more about working with a web server.

Using BitNami, you can even deploy Ghost to an Amazon EC2 instance for free or for very little money (think a few dollars a month at most for a test instance).

Ghost also has pre-configured images for a number of other VPS companies. Popular cloud host Rackspace has a Ghost Image that can be easily deployed to its cloud in seconds.

New York-based startup DigitalOcean — which bills itself as being an inexpensive and fast VPS host — also has a pre-configured Ghost Droplet that can be used on any of their size options. DigitalOcean’s smallest plan is a 512MB VPS that is $5 a month, and that’s plenty of RAM for running Ghost.

Ghost aims to reboot the  boring  blogging and take it to the nest level. Let us wait and see, what kind of

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