WordPress is one of the best content management systems available. It has evolved from a simple blogging platform to being a fully fledged CMS, with 66% of people using it for that purpose rather than blogging. John O’Nolan has proposed a beautiful minimal WordPress-based platform called Ghost that takes it back to its humble beginnings.
While using WordPress to create webpages for his clients (like us, he worked everyone from self-employed individuals to large fortune 500 companies), John became frustrated with how it had evolved into a full-fledged content management system. In his opinion, there was too much clutter, and too many options for basic blogging. So he came up with a simple concept to take it back to its roots.
WordPress no longer has a purpose. It’s no longer for anything specific, it’s for everything you can imagine doing with it.
- John O’Nolan
Getting back to basics
John’s concept for the platform is minimalist and we think it’s brilliant for a blogging platform. He uses clean lines and white space to highlight only the important aspects for blogging. All the redundant options and extras for the content management system are removed. A highlight of the platform is a split-view, which is used for displaying posts with mark down and preview on the same page, allowing you to edit both at the same time. There is also a great concept for just typing ‘(image)’ when you want to insert an uploaded image.
WordPress is for more than Blogging
Recently, it’s become even more evident that WordPress is heavily used as a content management system (CMS) with many more sites now using it to organize any kind of content rather than purely as a blog.
- Lance Willett, creator of the WordPress 2012 default theme
Being a London-based WordPress development agency, it’s nice to see users who are trying to get it back to its core. For us, this shows how much the platform has evolved.
- Ghost – John O’Nolan
- New Theme: Twenty Twelve - Lance Willett
- Ghost – Minimal Blogging Platform Concept
- Ghost: From Fiction to Function