Whenever we hear the term blogging, WordPress is the first thing that comes to our minds. If you are up to date with the trends, your mind just brought it up, didn’t it? While it has made out a name for itself, there is a huge void still left unfilled. This void was made mainly due to the growing popularity of the platform and blogging as well. What WordPress started as was a simple clean framework for publishing the content to the web; now, it has grown into a full-fledged Content Management Service, which can easily tackle any kind of websites. So what about those bloggers who just want to publish to the web without having to go through a plethora of features? Well there is good news for you: recently a blogging platform was launched, named Ghost. Since its launch, a heated discussion has started, considering the viability of the simple interface of Ghost. So is Ghost really a WordPress killer? Let us have a look.
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Ghost has a lot of features in common with WordPress. For starters, they both began with the same intent i.e. the creation of a simple blogging system. Ghost boasts of a very simple interface, allowing users to see the live version of their post along with the editor. Now as WordPress grew, the interface became a little cluttered and users began to get frustrated while creating a blog. It might come as a surprise but this new contender, Ghost, was a pet project of a team member for WordPress UI. Ghost’s blog page puts it like this:
“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.”
WordPress was released in 2003, with the intent of making publishing to the web easy for everyone. It was built for bloggers but it grew to incorporate websites for small, medium and large corporations. It is very easy to use and easy to scale (you might need to play around with some plug-ins). Furthermore, the extensions collection for WordPress is astounding. Currently there are 29,407 plugins in the official repository and the numbers are growing with each passing day. Many of these plug-ins have been deemed as standards in WordPress development.
The response time on official forums is very good; you will get an answer in a matter of minutes or maybe even hours depending on the complexity of your query. Nonetheless, you will get a prompt answer. The WordPress Community is huge; loads of people will be at your service when you face a problem. Tons of freelancers are developing plug-ins and themes and each of them will help you out as much as they can.
WordPress is great for administration. Managing users is easy and efficient i.e. if the number of users remains under a safe limit; you’ll need a plugin if the number of users increase like that of a social network. Last but not the least, the platforms provides with great support for core coding. With one of the shortest updating frequencies, WordPress delivers simplicity & efficiency.
As discussed, Ghost is very similar to WordPress, but simpler. Not a lot of facts are known about this platform; all we can say about it is that this is developed for bloggers and is very easy to use. Official documentation states that scalability is not going to be a strong suite, but customizing it will be very easy. Officially, it will bear the same framework as WordPress making it great for extensions; furthermore, it is safe to assume that a great number of plug-ins will surface once this platform is open and free to the public.
Design is one of the strongest fortes of this platform. Although the current design is regular (aligned with the current design trends), what they have promised is what has people going. Have a look:
There is no way of knowing how big the community will be, as of yet. Last but not the least; the performance will depend on the way the platform is set up.
Weighing the facts, it would be safe to say that Ghost will be a critical blow to the blogging audience of WordPress, but WordPress is here to stay. This is not the end of WordPress, though Ghost will change the way people blog. Ghost might take blogging to a whole new level while WordPress retains the throne for other purposes.