Ghosting in the new year

New Year, new blogging platform.

I’ve been experimenting with a new blogging platform.

Do we really need a new blogging platform I hear you ask?

Especially when we have WordPress (which this blog is crafted upon).

Well some people think we do.

Why Ghost

I was pointed in the direction of Ghost by a colleague who also happens to be a JavaScript wrangler. No surprise then to discover that Ghost is built on node.js which is (and I quote):

a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

The upshot of all this is that it offers a very flexible platform for cleverer people than I to build awesome themes upon. Like this extremely excellent Ghost Stories theme.

Expensive?

It’s the now commonplace model of free if you download, or pay if you use their hosted solution. Installation on an Ubuntu box was not smooth but in the end this step-by-step guide was pretty good. Though don’t install the LAMP stack unless you have other needs for it. Node.js doesn’t need Apache and it gets in the way in horrible ways.

Probably the most obvious reason for firing up Ghost is that it enables you to write in markdown. If you like writing for the web then you will really love markdown.

I’ll let you know how I get on

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