We need a SIM card to make our mobile work and in the same way a CMS is needed in order to create a website or blog. There are many different Blogging CMS out there on the Internet and to simplify Blogging, yet another CMS is being developed – “Gho.st”.
Gho.st is a simple blogging platform which is available in two variants just like WordPress CMS.
- Self-hosted (you’ll have to download & install it on your node.js enabled web server, just like WordPress.Org)
- Hosted (Like WordPress.Com)
Unfortunately, Gho.st CMS can’t be installed on any shared hosting servers for now and you should use only the servers that support node.js. Anyhow, it is not a wise move to install Gho.st CMS on a live server for now as it is still in the infant stage.
How to Install Ghost CMS on Local Server (PC)?
In order to install Gho.st Blogging Platform on your local computer, you’ll need Bitnami Ghost installer. In case if you like the CMS, you can easily deploy it to a live server from the same.
- Go to the Bitnami website and download Gho.st stack (~50MB).
- Once downloaded, install the stack by following the onscreen instructions.
- While doing so, you’ll be prompted to assign IP, admin account and password. For IP, you can either use the default address (127.0.0.1) or assign any available one.
It just takes less than 5 minutes for the installer to install Ghost blogging platform on your local server.
How to Work with Ghost Blogging Platform?
Working with Gho.st CMS is pretty easy. Unlike WordPress, Ghost dashboard will have two panes, one for composing the post and the other for previewing it.
In order to login to your admin panel, simply append /ghost/ at the end of your IP (provided in step 3).
You’ll be then forwarded to your login page where you’ll need to enter the admin details such as email & password.
To create a new post, simply click on the ‘+New Post’ option found in the menu bar. As Ghost uses an HTML composer, you’ll need to use the provided markups in order to style your content. You can access these markups from within the composer window itself.
Once you have finished writing your post, simply choose ‘Publish now’ option from the bottom-right menu and click on it again to make your post live.
If you’ve used Ghost blogging platform, please don’t forget to share your opinions or views in the comment section below.