February 26, 2024
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Ghost is a free and open source blogging platform

Ghost is a free and open source blogging platform

Ghost is a free and open source blogging platform that advertises itself as being “simple, intuitive, and beautiful.”

 It was initially written in Node.js, but is now available for many different languages to run on any computer system with JavaScript support including Linux, macOS, Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris. To display blog entries, it uses Semantic UI which aids in semantics .

 Ghost is simple to install, but requires users to have some knowledge of configuring a web server

A notable feature of Ghost is that it does not store any data on the publisher’s computer. Instead, it stores and processes the data on a server and only redirects the user to view it.

 This avoids privacy issues where users run personal blogs with no privacy settings. 

While it is possible to run a blog using locally hosted software, most people prefer to use a hosting service such as GitHub Pages , WordPress .com , or Ghost .io .

Ghost has over 250 contributors who have contributed code or documentation to the project according to GitHub statistics.

About ghost (blogging platform) :

1. Ghost is about blogging, not running your blog on Ghost –

 But it is recommended that if you decide to use Ghost, you will need to run your blog on some kind of server.

2. Ghost is not just another static blogging platform –

 It was built for full-featured clients, and while static blogs are still supported, they are not its core focus.

 Yes, you can use the basic features of Ghost without needing to run any kind of server at all, but running blogs on Ghost is like running your blog on GitHub Pages : it helps you realize the full potential of the technology. (The technical term for this is “stabilizing” or “monetizing”.)

3. Ghost is open source –

 If you want to, you can see the source code for Ghost, and contribute to it. Ghost’s open source nature also means that anyone can fork and re-work it in whatever way they choose. 

Of course, the code will only be in good standing if it’s maintained by its original author.

4. Ghost is for you to run your blog on –

 If you’d like to run your blog on Ghost , but aren’t sure what to do next, I’ve compiled a list of possible next steps for you:

a) Run your blog on Ghost – 

If you are ready to run your blog on Ghost but don’t know how, please see the guide below.

b) Fork, re-work, and contribute – 

You can fork , re-work , or contribute to Ghost if you want to.

c) Install GIT –

 If you have not installed GIT , at this point you should go ahead and do so. 

This will allow you to check out the code for Ghost. 

You can install GIT on Windows or Mac OS X with the following command: sudo apt-get install git .

 To check that you have the correct version of Git installed with your system, run git –version from your command line. If it displays a version number, you have GIT installed correctly.

d) Run Ghost – 

And now you’re ready to start running your blog on Ghost! 

5. If you want to start blogging on Ghost –

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’re probably interested in running your own blog on Ghost . 

If you’re ready to start blogging but aren’t sure where to go from here, I’ve compiled a list of resources below that will help you get started:

a) Run your blog on Ghost – 

If you are ready to run your blog on Ghost but don’t know how, please see the guide below.

b) Fork, re-work, and contribute – 

You can fork , re-work , or contribute to Ghost if you want to. The code will only be in good standing if it’s maintained by its original author. 

c) Install GIT –

 If you have not installed GIT , at this point you should go ahead and do so. This will allow you to check out the code for Ghost. 

You can install GIT on Windows or Mac OS X with the following command: sudo apt-get install git . 

To check that you have the correct version of Git installed with your system, run git –version from your command line. If it displays a version number, you have GIT installed correctly.

d) Run Ghost – 

Now, you’re ready to start running your blog on Ghost! (If this is too much and you’d like to hire us to help you get everything set up, we can do that too!)

e) Install and use an alternative admin UI –

 While Semantic UI is beautiful and very functional, some users prefer another Admin UI .

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Aaron Finch

There are many labels that could be given to describe me, but one thing’s for certain: I am an entrepreneur with passion. Whether it's building websites and social media campaigns for new businesses or traveling the world on business trips - being entrepreneurs means constantly looking at yourself in a different light so as not get bored of your own success!

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