The list of blogging platforms is quite long. And, it is increasing rapidly. But, everyone wants to work with the best one out of this long list. In this post, the battle is between WordPress and Ghost. WordPress has expanded its usability. Apart from blogging, it has started powering websites, e-commerce businesses and multiple online solutions. Having roots within the WordPress community, Ghost has emerged as a great competitor of WordPress.
So, which one is suitable for your blogging needs. Here is the comparison between a sought after solution named WordPress and a rising star Ghost. Choose the one after comparing the following aspects.
An Introduction To Ghost Blogging Platform
Ghost is an open source blogging platform that allows bloggers to easily publish their content with almost no learning curve. Ghost also aims to provide useful statistical insights into your content and give a real time preview of how your posts would appear on a live site.
The history behind Ghost
On November 2013, John O’Nolan posted on his blog an idea for a new blogging platform that focussed only on one thing, blogging. The post generated a lot of buzz and many acknowledged the need for a new blogging platform that reduced the steps to getting started and made digital publishing quicker and easier.
What started out as an idea to create a simpler and more focused fork of WordPress, turned into a huge project of its own and made its way to Kickstarter. The project received £190,000+ in backing and version 0.3 was successfully made available on 19th September 2013 to the early backers before releasing publicly few weeks later.
WordPress vs. Ghost
Let’s see which one is the best blogging platform for you:
WordPress dashboard offers multiple options. For new users, it proves to be intimidating. It offers easy navigation to create fresh posts, write first post, edit content, etc. But, the interface does not appear much clean.
Ghost dashboard earns points for its simplicity. The first thing appears after log in is the most recent post. If it is fresh installed, you can see the demo content. The menu owns three options, settings, new posts and content. This eases the way to write post.
As per dashboard simplicity Ghost emerges as the winner for beginners. Its dashboard is easier and clearer than WordPress. But, WordPress provides more flexibility and options.
For wordpress.org, you do not have to do registration for installing and downloading the CMS on the server.
Ghost.org demands registration. And, users find it frustrating to type username, passwords and email address. This further leads to receiving undesired e-mails. It is more distressing for the people who want to create different accounts for work, home or friends to keep things sorted.
WordPress has been built using PHP that leads to taking more time in request processing. But, the availability of different cache and optimization plugins enhances the speed.
Ghost has been built with Node.js. And, this makes it advantageous especially in terms of loading time. It gains more speed scoring than WordPress. Ghost responds to 19 requests while WordPress responds to mere 1 in this amount of time.
This blogging tool is new and due to this reason, its community is limited to countable support forums and developers. Though this number may increase in the future with its popularity. But, it is lagging behind WordPress presently.
If we discuss WordPress in terms of community, then it does not have competition. It owns a broad community of developers. Whether it is about getting help or finding forums, videos and blogs on WordPress, it is quite easy.
Layout and Design
There is not much difference in default themes for Ghost and WordPress. All of them are beautiful, functional and simple.
Due to blog-centric nature of Ghost, you get limited options in terms of design and layout. It brings great options for those who are clear about codes to customize themes. People who do not comprehend coding, then you have only limited options.
This platform comes with superb variation to try for layout and design. It offers a great monitoring capability over your website’s design without deep knowledge of coding. This provides flexibility to change backgrounds, container sizes, color schemes, fonts, etc. Adding to this, drag-and-drop plugins and themes work as icing on the cake. Themes and plugins allow users to create varied pages such as portfolio, landing pages, etc.
WordPress allows you to create varied types of posts and articles from standard to custom ones. The list includes testimonial, product, portfolio, staff, etc. Here, Ghost does not gain many marks. It does not offer many useful features.
Both Ghost and WordPress come with the flexibility to preview whatever you have written before final publishing. But, in WordPress, you require to alter editors from the text editor to visual editor. And, the last one is not quite correct as compared to Ghost platform. Ghost possesses a two-pane system which showcases the changes in live preview that you made.
In WordPress, for image uploading, you require to click the place wherever you wish to upload the image. Click the image directly or upload from the path of your computer or from a link or media library. You have flexibility to upload image from different means.
In Ghost, you merely require to complete an image element using Markdown. After this, with drag and drop, it is easy to drop the desired image directly on the built element.
Flexibility is the prime USP (Unique Selling Point) of WordPress. Being open source in nature, it offers the ease to build any sort of website. Thousands of plugins and themes are available to make a choice. In case, you need such functionality that WordPress does not fulfill, then plugins are available for it. Animated galleries, maintenance mode, etc can be accomplished with plugins.
This platform is for blogging. Therefore, things are quite different with it. There are some APIs/apps, but they do not go far beyond a stereotypical blogging requirements.
After evaluating the above factors, we can say that WordPress is an old player and Ghost is new one. But, it gives a tough competition when it comes to blogging. Thus, as per specific requirements both emerge as a winner. One can choose either one on the basis of particular requirements.
Tom Hardy is a renowned WordPress developer at Sparx IT Solutions: PSD to WordPress Conversion Company and keeps on searching the innovative ways to improve the speed of websites. He also likes to share the researched knowledge with the audience through engaging blogs.
Also published on Medium.