Fundamentally Ghost and AnchorCMS are very similar. Both are writing focused platforms aimed at blogging. Both favor markdown over WYSIWYG editors and both are modern versions of what WordPress once was.
WordPress has become the internets shotgun, a catch all often used for purposes well beyond its original purpose. At its core WordPress is a blogging platform, now its a CMS tack on top of a blogging platform. As a result several potential usurpers have arrived on the scene.
Ghost and Anchor are just two options for blogging platforms. I find Harp.js and its hosted version Harp.io an excellent choice for a static site generator and blog. I currently host this site with Harp.io and host a back up on Github.
For many users, static site generators are intimidating. So if you want something new, you have a more limited set of choices.
Ghost or AnchorCMS
AnchorCMS is an Open Source php powered blogging platform, significantly lighter than WordPress with many of the same features. Posts are written in Markdown or HTML allowing for Art Directed Posts.
This biggest advantage of AnchorCMS and the fact that it is written in PHP is how easy it is to find hosting and get up and running. Virtually any hosting provider supports AnchorCMS and getting it installed merely requires a new database.
AnchorCMS is much further along in development than Ghost, nearing a 1.0 and includes custom fields, feature images and many of the other perks of a CMS that has had more time in the oven.
Templating is simple and uses relatively simple php. The theme structure is concise and easy to organize and there are a growing number of themes to choose from at Anchor Themes (Including mine, Ancora recently updated to Bootstrap 3.0).
The only thing, Anchor is missing (but is currently in development) is a media manager for managing asset files.
Ghost is the other contender to unseat WordPress' blogging dominance. Like AnchorCMS, Ghost offers a Markdown editing, simple and streamlined user interface but lacks the potential for Art Directed Posts.
Ghost gained substatial internet fame with its successful Kickstarter Campaign. It was released for download in mid-October to much fanfare. One click installers for sever VPS services including Digital Ocean popped up making it more accessible than was anticipated due to Ghost's Node.js backend.
Templating is done with Handlebars and is easy to use for anyone who has written a WordPress themes.
Ghost is very early in development and lacks a number of features, including media management, custom fields and even static pages. Many of these items are included in the roadmap.
Unfortunately for AnchorCMS, Ghost has one advantage, while sparse the Ghost user experience has been excellent.
Or don't but either way its time to move past WordPress. There are a ton of options include some excellent static site generators like Harp.js and I can promise the Blog boilerplate will keep getting better. As soon as I have a little time to knock out some more updates.
If you want to check out Ghost before you commit to installing you can see that back end of my install.
The site is at: http://ghost.jordancauley.com
Login at http://ghost.jordancauley.com/ghost
Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
WordPress is at a crossroads. Automattic has choices to make if they want to stay on top. WordPress has become slow and slugish and the user interface has gotten unweildy. WordPress in becoming the BlackBerry of the Web and if they don't choose to refresh the code base and user experience.
If you are ready to move beyond WordPress, I have some great options for you.
Squarespace is probably the best all around CMS available online. For bloggers, small business, and really anyone who is currently using WordPress, Squarespace may be a better choice.
Every site template available is responsive. Built in analytics and SEO will help you track and improve traffic. Hosting and SSL are included at any entry price of $8 a month.
Squarespace prides itself on its award winning customer service. Real people are available 24/7 to help.
There is extensive support for external service integrations including Mailchimp, Open Table, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Maps and More.
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Shopify is a premier eCommerce platform.
Shopify, like Sqaurespace, integrates hosting, ssl and processing into a single monthly fee that starts at $14.
Shopify integrates with many services, drop shippers, email marketing, 70+ payment gateways and more. These plugins greatly enhance your ability to do business.
Other features include built in SEO support, including meta tags, friendly urls and automatically generated sitemaps. These SEO tools will save you time and help you sell more online.
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Anchor is the spiritual successor to WordPress. Written for the modern web Anchor is fast, stable and lightweight.
As an open platform AnchorCMS has rapidly gained developer interest and support. AnchorCMS is developer friendly with documentation, and an active forums for community support.
AnchorCMS can run on any hosting that runs WordPress and while there isn't the automated installations you often find for WordPress it is still dead simple to install.
Anchor also encourages Art-Directed Blogging. Crafting posts and articles that incorporate unique and interesting reading experiences.
AnchorCMS is primary a blogging platform but can easily be adapted for small business.
Ghost is the bleeding edge of blogging technology. Built using Node.js, its fast and extensible.
Designed to make blogging easy, Ghost makes it easy to find and edit posts and keeps you from having to click around an unwieldy interface.
The Dashboard which you are getting a look at here provides detailed information for you at a glance.
Ghost is another Open platform so you can host it yourself but it will probably be easier for most users to use their hosting services.
As of today this platform isn't even widely available. It opens up on Monday, and I will update my post to give more when I've had a chance to use it.
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This fact has crippled my efforts to establish a continually accessible site. Rather than fight it, I have elected to embrace that constant dissatisfaction going forward.
Rather than build an launch something only to be unhappy with what I have, I'm electing for continual enhancement.
I built this site using Harp.js and that gives me the opportunity to turn it into an R&D tool.
I can add features or change layouts continually while still providing a functional and accessible site.
This is good for me. I get to hone my craft, learn new things and practice what I preach.
And you can see the whole process here and in my GitHub Repo
Its a slightly different take on progressive enhancement.
I love the the ability to learn nearly anything instantly. I love the tools it provides and the opportunities.
The proliferation of Open Sourch Software and sites like Github create a community driven network of builders and helpers.
Obviously, not everywhere on the internet is so charitable, but much of Github shows the good people can do for others.
A better web is about more than how websites and online tools look and the services they provide but the way they create community where none existed. Opportunity at (relatively) low cost of entry.
I provide for my family with little more than a laptop and a basiclaly rudimentary understanding of the internet.
I'm a North Carolina native. My wife and I moved to Greensboro in 2012 hoping to build a better future for our family.
Begining in January 2013 I started taking freelance web development work from a few local digital agencies. Almost 100% WordPress sites at that point I was really a WordPress theme developer. Since January I have rapidly honed my skills and with a few projects in the spring outside of the WordPress bubble I realized that I was a Front End Developer.
I could figure out how to craft html and html around the elements provided by any CMS or platform that I needed.
In August I started to dive into the tools and power of Node.js with Less, Grunt etc.
These tools are incredible and I'm now using them every day to increase productivity and make my work just a little easier.