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Ghost, The Self Hosted Blog Of The Future?

Ghost, The Self Hosted Blog Of The Future

You may have already heard about it, it’s been a while that the team communicates around the project through his page kick starter, so far we had the right to a few videos, but I’m suspicious of these crap of cheated presentations from where I have never spoken.

But obviously they have released a first alpha version for those in a hurry, and we must recognize that it is more of the baloche

But what is Ghost?

Ghost is a blog platform like WordPress, Drupal, etc … but unlike them, has the ultimate goal of remaining a simple blog platform.

Indeed, the designers of Ghost think (rightly in my opinion) that WordPress type blogs have become real CMS and have moved too far from the original goal to know: blogger.

Ghost is therefore a MIT-licensed alternative that pushes the damn far way on the ease of editing: markdown syntax, drag and drop upload directly to the article, real-time preview, full ajax, responsive and sexy with all that ^ ^.

Well, do not pack either, it’s still a blog …

But a blog delivered to the taste of the day, using technos known for their lightness and speed (nodejs + sqlite), what strikes me is that each screen is damn chiaded while remaining relatively simple to understand, the screen the most loaded is still the dashboard.

A big positive: editing is super nice, everything is done to make you want to blog: no buttons and fuss everywhere, a syntax in markdown super simple with integrated help and shortcuts keys, the final rendering in real time …

The management of images is really better than on other blogs: type! [] And you will have an image block “empty” as below.

You can then drag an image from your desktop directly (and hop, image uploaded and integrated without popup in all directions or slowdowns to the WordPress), you can also go for an url image by clicking on the lil 8 in bottom right of the image block.

Personally I am more fan of the drag & drop, it’s been a while that I’m looking for something in this vein, WordPress integrates this techno but we go through a horrible ultra slow popup, we lose all the interest of the d & d.

Also the possibility of doing some advanced stuff like integrate html, I find it a little risky and damn useless for once.

The tag management is also great: a click in the bottom bar, and you can add what you want, with auto completion, a comma creating a new tag.

Also a lot of options offered by the buttons located on the edges of the screen

Not comfortable with the syntax markdown? A click on “?” Offers you a relatively clear help

Even the user profile page is chiadee, I feel like on Facebook (ok that’s not necessarily a plus point ^^) we can even do totally useless stuff like put his sweetheart in the background (always in drag and drop) or circularize his thrombin (still and always in dra …)

Ok it’s kitsch and useless but everything remains fluid and simple so if the authors want to have fun on some things we forgive them

Obviously, the whole thing is responsive, on smartphone as on tablet it is rather well thought out

but I’ll let you test

to summarize

The project is still a little young to replace my good old WordPress right now, some features are missing as the ability to plan an article or comments (but what are new bloggers to sulk comments? my side, the articles are often less interesting than the comments that accompany them).

In addition, the strengths of the blog are also its weaknesses: if sqlite and nodejs allow to gain speed / perf, they are less simple to integrate with our little subscriptions OVH personal short can not really cut: to use Ghost in production , we need a dedicated server.

Finally still some small bugs on this alpha (but hey forgive) including this put ## $$ shortcuts key that prevents the “[” yet necessary for the integration of images.

Well that said, it remains very promising, still some efforts on the part of the developers and I migrate all the above (but first will have me a dedicated more reliable than my old home server).

How to test that?

Good after you drool a bit (at least I hope), I will not leave you like that , let’s see how to test the buzin !!

I assume that you have not installed nodejs on your pc, so do not dump everyone from the start.

Sorry I’m a big Windows user everyday, for Linux it’s the same manipulation but catching the binary for Linux.

First, install nodejs : go on the nodejs site > click install and install the downloaded .msi.

Once nodejs installed, open a Windows command line and type “node”, if you have no error is that nodejs is installed.