December 16, 2014
10 minutes with Ghost blogging platform: looks promising!
WordPress’ performance frustrates me sometimes, and Ghost received some good attention a while back. Time to take a look at Ghost!
- really easy to install for dev purposes. It can run with SQLite, no need to set up a database server
- it runs fast!
- I like the Markdown editor
- creating apps and themes looks simple compared to WordPress
- the WordPress exporter for moving posts into Ghost works most of the time
But it’s still missing WordPress features I rely on:
- Post revisions
- Searching for posts in admin area
- Automatically embedding YouTube videos & Meetup info from URLs (oembed?) http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/
I will give Ghost another try when I have time to look at the entire ecosystem and see what add-ons are out there, or if I can add the features I want. I appreciate that a fresh install of Ghost is fast and light, and hopefully adding some features I like will not slow it down much.
The good news is the team is very open about progress and changes. Here’s a blog post about what’s happening now, and here’s the Ghost roadmap on Trello.
What would moving from WordPress to Ghost be like?
- easy to import most WP post text with a WP plugin, but I did see some errors when moving JS embedded in WP posts into Ghost
- Ghost should be able to use the same URLs for posts as WP
- images in posts will have to be moved to another host like S3. The Ghost team recommends Cloudinary to automate that process
- could host site on Heroku, Digital Ocean, or another VPS provider. Not shared hosting