The Future of Ghost and How to Help

Ghost is about 9 months old now and is on a very positive trajectory.

People have been quick to adopt Ghost since it’s public release in October last year. Hosting companies have also taken steps to make it easier to use Ghost on shared hosting.

Another indicator of popularity is the sizeable number of themes available for Ghost and their sales so far on marketplaces like ThemeForest.

All of these factors clearly validate the point that Ghost has successfully created a niche for itself in the crowded CMS market and is here to stay.


Did Ghost Make a Smart Choice With Markdown?

One of the features that has bloggers excited about Ghost is the super-clean interface for bloggers.

Ghost’s creators want to create an editor that is distraction free and prevents any interruptions to the flow of writing.

To help make that a reality, they also made the divisive choice to use markdown text format as the default writing option.

Let’s take a look at the Ghost editing experience, at markdown and let’s see if Ghost really is a step forward for bloggers.


How to Install Ghost on Digital Ocean

We’ve written several times about Ghost – a new blogging platform. Once Ghost is installed, it’s really easy to use.

However, being built on Node.js, which is a relatively new technology, installing Ghost is not as simple as installing WordPress.

That said, hosting companies and many developers have been quick to create one click installers and guides to help new Ghost users.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to install Ghost on the Digital Ocean platform.


WordPress Deployment with Deploy, Git and Bitbucket

In recent years, developers have used WordPress for more powerful and complex sites.

As WordPress sites have become more complex, developers have required better tools. It’s not common to version control and to have multiple deployment environments for production, staging or testing.

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you one way to manage and deploy WordPress sites professionally. We’re going to use Bitbucket, Deploy and Git to deploy a WordPress site.


The Basics of a Ghost Theme

We’ve talked about Ghost several times on this blog.

Most notably, we reviewed Ghost on it’s release in October last year and then we said that Ghost had the best chance of success amongst many new flat-file website builders. We also covered the release of version 0.4 in January.

What started as a Kickstarter Campaign last year now has over 100,000 downloads. Far from being a complete blogging software as showcased on Kickstarter, its progress nonetheless has been steady, with each version getting new features and performance optimization.


Advantage of a Web Design Process

I have often seen web designers complaining about how a project took more time to finish, dozens of edits they had to make, or client changing their mind at the last minute resulting in creating new designs from scratch.

Let’s face it, if like me you provide web design services to your customers, then these issues will continue to exist irrespective of whether you work for individuals, small businesses or multi-national companies.