As much as I enjoyed my time with Ghost, I don’t think it is quite good enough for prime time just yet. It failed on me and the only apparent solution seemed to be to reinstall. I don’t have such patience anymore.
Hello WordPress my old friend, I’ve come to speak with you again.
PS: You can now use markdown with WordPress using a plugin. Neat.
The First Update (to Ghost 0.11.1)
So, as a part of managing a blog, installing software updates and patches are important to keep your blog secure and relatively bug free.
I was greeted today in my Admin page that a new update to Ghost was out. This was Ghost 0.11.1. Frankly, I don’t even remember what version I was on.
Normally, I wouldn’t care for the update until it really brought some serious, crazy super-cow powers. But then this is not supposed to be normal. As a part of this experiment, I need to do this. So I headed to the "How to Upgrade Ghost" page and stared at it for 5 minutes before realising how much simpler this is on WordPress. I mean you just click "Update" and it takes a few minutes or seconds and you’re done (of course the ugly part of the process comes when plugins and themes start to misbehave at times but that happens only after a very major upgrade). But, dedicated to the experiment (for myself more than others, wait, others who?!), I decided to do it.
So, the process was not straightforward as a 1-click. It involved taking the blog offline, removing the engine files, making a copy of my content, extracting new files on to the web-server path, resolving dependencies and installing (this was just one command so that was good), realising that I need to also clear the cache, clearing the cache and finally seeing it work.
You’re now looking at a blog with the latest Ghost installed (as on this date it is 0.11.1). It won’t make much of difference to you (or to me for that matter) but it should be slightly improved, I guess. You can see the changelog here.
So yeah, that’s done.
The First Impression
The most noticeable feature that Ghost has, I mean in comparison with WordPress, is the clean Markdown text editor. I am slightly partial to Markdown over rich text editing for some reason.
The sheer simplicity of the engine makes me want to use it even more. I mean let’s face it, WordPress must have a trillion more plugins/ themes/ features, you’re almost spoilt for choice but this is so simple.
Getting it up was fairly simple. Install Node.js from their official repo, unpack Ghost (The most popular Node.js blog engine), set up the background process, map to port 80 in the httpd, and you’re done. Took a total of 35 minutes but it was 5 minutes, really.