Oct 15

Ghost is Here, and Envato Has All the Resources You Need

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 03:40 — julie


You’ve probably heard of Ghost, a new blogging platform with a difference. It gained a lot of interest after appearing on Kickstarter in April, and has just been released. Read on to learn more about Ghost, and where to find resources for it on the Envato Marketplaces.

What Is Ghost?

What is Ghost? You’ll find a clear answer when visiting the official website: “Just a blogging platform.”

John O’Nolan, the founder of Ghost, went into detail about the platform on Webdesigntuts+ yesterday. In that article, he describes what makes Ghost different to it’s competition:

The biggest difference between Ghost and other platforms from a technological point of view is that it’s built entirely in JavaScript. A modern technology stack means that Ghost can push the boundaries of what’s possible with the web… We are doing things which haven’t yet been done before – and it’s incredibly exciting.

John O’Nolan

John O’Nolan

Japh’s Experiences with Ghost

We caught up with WordPress evangelist Japh Thomson recently. He took time out while traveling to the US (to attend the Envato LA meetup and PressNomics) to give us his thoughts about Ghost. Thanks Japh!

Are you excited about Ghost? Planning to use it?

I’m so excited about Ghost! Ghost is the brain-child of my good mate, John O’Nolan, and he’s been talking about something like this for years. From that point of view, it’s exciting to see all those thoughts and discussions being distilled into an actual open source project. It’s also exciting because of what this project will actually be doing: a simple to use, blogging-centric piece of software, managed by a not-for-profit organisation.

That’s actually incredible.

I’ve been running Ghost since mid-July, and even then it was so nice to use. I had been playing with Jekyll as an alternative to WordPress for simple sites/blogs, and Ghost is an even nicer alternative.

What makes Ghost different to the rest?

Currently, when you first log into Ghost, you see a list of your content on the left, with a preview on the right, and you’re ready to just get in an start writing.

Once you’re writing, you have your editor on the left, where you’ll be writing in sweet, sweet Markdown, and a preview on the right.

Writing in Markdown is so frictionless, and that’s really what I enjoy about Ghost. It just gets out of the way and lets you write. I have so many more draft and private posts than published posts.

Who should use Ghost?

Someone who just wants to write and get their thoughts out there should use Ghost. If you don’t want to have to get to grips with the technical stuff, and you don’t want your software getting in your way, just use Ghost.

If you don’t already know Markdown, it’s much simpler to learn than something like HTML, and you can just focus on writing.

Ghost on the Marketplaces

ThemeForest has a new category for Ghost Themes. It’s currently in beta, so unless you’re an author, you’ll get a 404 when visiting the page. If you’re a buyer, you’ll have a wait a few days. Rest assured that there are already submissions to the category that are being reviewed.

If you’re an author, we’re currently running an Envato’s Most Wanted for Ghost Themes. We’d like that category full as soon as possible, and we need your help. To get you’re attention, we’re offering a total of $5,000 to authors who get in quick, and authors who create the best themes. Learn more about it here.

Ghost on Tuts+

You can learn more about Ghost on the Tuts+ network. Webdesigntuts+ will be covering it all week. Here are the posts they’ve published so far, but check back regularly for more.

The process of building themes for Ghost is incredibly smooth, simple and very easy to learn. But before you start building an actual Ghost theme it’s important and helpful to understand the role themes play in the overall Ghost ecology so that you can design in the optimal way.

Have you been waiting anxiously for Ghost? What are you planning to use it for? Have you tried it yet? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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