Over the past week or so I’ve become intrigued by a relatively new blogging platform, Ghost. I’m a big fan of WordPress both in terms of what you can do with it and a fan of the company. That said I always want to learn new things, check out the bright shiny new thing (e.g. when I moved to Tumblr), and understand the technology behind it. I’m not comfortable moving my primary site bricin.net to Ghost yet so I am working on a few side projects. What I’ve learned so far:
- Ghost is very light. And by that I mean both speedy (good) and lacking features (uh oh). Ghost is sort of the Notepad as compared to Word. That may be good or bad depending on your need.
- Ghost is easy to install. There aren’t many settings to mess with (or mess up).
- Installing Ghost themes is so far out of reach (for me). For many this would be a deal-breaker; for me this is a nice learning chance.
- Very few plugins. This is where WordPress really shines. Want to change your blog? Great, find one of the million plugins that do something for you. I bet Ghost will begin to see this ecosystem soon. There are two reasons: first, Ghost is built on node.js and node.js is the current shining star in the geek galaxy and second, there is a gap in plugins so developers will start to earn money filling that gap.
- Ghost supports markdown. I’m a markdown junkie as I am *done* with tools that corrupt or change my formatting when I move my content around.
Unless you like tinkering with things or you are okay with a minimalist blog, Ghost isn’t for you. It’s getting better but if you want something full-featured stick with WordPress… for now. I think it’s good for everyone that there is a new choice and a team thinking about things differently.
- I moved http://sportsbriefdaily.com to http://www.flukeslap.com. I like the name better and think I will start writing a weekly topic or two on sports again. Daily was killing me, kudos to those who are able to publish every… single… day…
- I started www.monkeycorridor.com as a place to park various side projects. It was getting rough to bring up a new site for each new project.