Ghost is a brand new blogging software which is something that WordPress was before it changed to the “best” open source CMS. It has one of the most simple admin panel which is really focused on the content rather than hundreds of menus with options which are not needed.
First things first.
Ghost uses node.js rather than PHP. This maybe is it’s first drawback. You can’t use just any hosting solution. Right now I’m using DigitalOCean which allow me to create really simple droplet (vps) with ghost ready on it with a few clicks. So if you have no knowledge of web development and system administration this is one of the simple options. The other one is Ghost Hosted Platform which is still not ready.
Ghost is still under development.
How it actually looks?
Ghost is using Markdown syntax instead of wysiwyg editor which really let’s you just write instead of clicking a lot of buttons and inserting code which will break your theme for example. Since it’s still under heavy development there are a lot of features down the line like plugins, dashboard with statistics from google and other.
If you are writer or blogger this is the perfect setup for you and you content. No distraction, just writing.
Currently I’m using Ghost for my personal blog (in bulgarian) and I really like it. But I see at least one pitfall – becoming WP on Node.js. Since the announcement of Ghost every possible online “media” has been trying to compare it to WordPress. On the other hand many people are asking about plugins and other stuff which in my opinion is kinda ruing the idea. Yes It’s good for developers to have opportunity to write something for the system but I’m quite sure that we will end of with Ghost Shopping Plugin or Ghost Social Network Plugin or something worse.
In the world of open source projects Ghost is a worth watching. It’s clean, it’s simple, it’s really easy to use. Ghost is perfect for bloggers and writers who have something to say. Only the future will tell who the project will grow. Right now Ghost is the only good blogging solution.