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Ghost: The Future of Blogging?

Note from Editor: Although we write and share only about WordPress on JustWP.org, but the article from our guest author sounds encouraging to us to make it publish. The article talks about a project which was recently funded via Kickstarter dubbed as Ghost, non-profit and open-source blogging platform and lefts a question for you on what you think that does this platform will be the future of blogging in real or not?


In the present times, WordPress has sort of become synonymous with the self publishing and blogging industry. The impeccably feature rich blogging platform which just celebrated its 10 year anniversary recently has been customized to be used as the backend content management systems for various websites. The PHP and My SQL based development framework has undergone various revisions over the years and have now evolved as one of the leading blog publishing and website managing tools.

However, with every update and the revisions and the glorious additions to the existing CMS, the platform lost the nascent charm and innocence that it had as the quintessential blog publishing platform. Today, it competes with the likes of Drupal and Joomla etc and renders highly complex solutions to the website. But does it still have in itself the mantle to remain the top most blog publishing platform? With the introduction of the brand new Ghost platform and a kick starter campaign being right in its place to expedite the release of it, WordPress perhaps would want to pull up its socks and get ready for the competition.

Here is telling you all about the new platform, its features and how it might just take the ultimate blog publishing platform crown away from WordPress. Intrigued already? Discover more about the new platform below.

The Vision of an Extraordinary ex WP-Developer

For an avid WordPress fan, John O’Nolan is not just a designer or a developer; he is actually an extraordinary visionary who was actually the human force behind sustaining the WordPress platform for a long time, along with his colleagues of course. And now we have the same trustworthy soul backing up – actually initiating, implementing and taking the entire charge of this very new blogging platform. It was he who realized that WordPress has no longer remained a simple platform for the passionate bloggers to publish their content and so he embarked upon a self initiated crusade to develop a blogging platform which takes the focus back to the basics and bring the job back to the now monotonous and quite a technical world of blogging.

There are various features of this platform which are dedicated solely towards blogging and O’Nolan do not even intend to make this platform do anything more than that. So there will not be any backend website content management etc, the platform is going to support the plain, uber simple and classic blogging.

The dashboard that you would actually use

The current WordPress dashboard is too distracting and often we don’t even use most of its features. Now, Ghost provides a dashboard which is actually going to reduce the amount of backend work required and streamline all the processes. The dashboard of Ghost actually intends to tend to the pressing need of easy management.

The dashboard design is minimalistic, and allows the users to manage a host of activities, without getting lost in the myriad of tabs as it brings all the required information under one roof, which includes:

  • Data and time
  • New subscribers to your blog and subscriptions to social media
  • The list of subscribers whose Circles include you
  • The likes received by your blog
  • Information regarding the performance of the content
  • Documents which are ready, pending or saved as drafts and a lot more.


Marvelous Markdown Editor

Nothing kills the creativity and the chain of thoughts more than having to reach out to the mouse from the keyboard ever so often and perform manually all the required style changes, in order to better visualize the content. And then, let us not even talk about the backend editor of WordPress, which, with all due respect, is painfully boring.

With Markdown editor, you would not have to worry about the markup of the content, and would easily get to edit the content, and see its preview in the adjacent preview section. Thus even the minimally tech savvy person can easily pull up a fully edited, hyperlinked, and well organized content on their own, without any hassle.

A mobile App

The developers perhaps understand the fact that inspiration can hit you any minute and hence it has made available the mobile app to allow the users to draft and update the content even while they are sipping Mocha at Starbucks or taking a ferry ride back home. And yes, you still get to enjoy the markdown editor feature even if you go mobile.

Besides, the developers are really focused about the blog publishing. They plan for Ghost to run as a non-profit initiative and all the money that it would make would be used in further uplifting the platform. Although the popularity of WordPress is unshakable, this platform really appears to be a rather promising and inspiring blogging platform. Regardless of who wins the popularity votes, what it means to the bloggers is the advent of highly amazing features in these two platforms, for a sense of competition often inspires such a behavior. Let us know if you would like to try Ghost out and how excited you are about the same in the comments section below.

Migrating Your Site From Joomla, Drupal To WordPress Part -2

The article is a second part in a two-part series of migrating your Joomla / Drupal site to WordPress.

Part 2 – Migrating Your Drupal Website To WordPress

Drupal To WordPress

Migrating from Drupal to WordPress, you do find it’s difficult on selection of plugins to choose from to let you simplifying the task. But in actual the whole process requires a lot more work on your part than migrating from other popular content management systems although if you follow the steps, then it would not be that much difficult for you.

If your Drupal site is small in size, then it would not be much a difficult task as it is easier to manually copy and paste the whole of content into WordPress. Remember, make sure you do keep a note of the URLs of each of page and keep the track of all internal links using a spreadsheet. With this article, I tried to put all the points required for migration from Drupal to WordPress.

  1. In order to get started, first create your WordPress installation in the same database in which you have your Drupal installed.
  2. Truncate the data in the WordPress tables and clone the taxonomies of categories you had in Drupal.
  3. Now clone the posts, which involve retrieving of data from all three base drupal tables.
  4. It’s time to fix all the images and files URLs in the posts. Images usually get stores in the upload folder in WordPress while Drupal stores them in its default/files/site folder.
  5. Fix the post URL now as Drupal stores the complete URL while with WordPress, only the last part stores.
  6. Count on relationships in the Drupal tables and store them in the WordPress table.
  7. Follow by this, update the category count and straightforward now migrate all the comments you have in your Drupal site.
  8. Once updated, don’t forget on to define the redirection rules which will forward all requests to the previous URLs of your Drupal posts to the new URLs of your WordPress.

Migrating Your Site From Joomla, Drupal To WordPress Part -1

With the way WordPress moving and with the way people loving it, there is no doubt that WordPress do hold a strong future of content management systems – then whether it would you would be running your current website on either of Joomla or Drupal – somehow, some way you do wish to move your website to WordPress platform. The migration process comes different from CMS to CMS. With this two part series, we are sharing the best WordPress migration tips with you with which you can easily migrate your website – which would be running currently on Joomla and Drupal – to WordPress.

Joomla FG - Main

Part 1 – Migrating Your Joomla Website To WordPress

Joomla is a very popular content management system which being used by a lot of people to manage and publish their website. While, Joomla is a good CMS but still not everyone want to stick with it for longer time, especially ever since WordPress comes into existence. Just like others, and since you are on this article, I am sure that you too would be looking out ways by which you do the migration safely. In this – the part 1 of two part series – I will share with you on how you can do the migration of your website from Joomla to WordPress.

  1. Starting with, you need to choose a web host and install WordPress on it. Once you have WordPress installed and running, go to the WordPress admin area and select install new plugin.
  2. Search for FG Joomla To WordPress plugin and once found, install and activate it.
  3. Once done with activating the plugin, go to Tools > Import, you will see a list of import tools available for your WordPress installation. There, click on Joomla FG from the list.
  4. Selecting this means now you have reached the Joomla Importer for WordPress page. Here, you have to provide your Joomla website and database information.
  5. Go to your Joomla website’s administration area – Global Configuration » Server tab – and from there you can get the database settings which you would be required for the purpose. You can also get the database information in configuration.php file in your Joomla website’s root folder.
  6. Once you done with providing database information, scroll to “Behavior.”
  7. In case, if you want to import your Joomla website media files, such as images, video to your WordPress website, then make sure that you have checked Force media import option.
  8. Last, but not the least, finally click on “Import content from Joomla to WordPress” button.
  9. Done by the entire step above, the plugin then will run a script and start importing your content from Joomla to WordPress. The turnaround time will depend totally as per the data you want to transfer.
  10. Now, since you have all your content with you on your WordPress website, it’s time to fix all broken internal links. This you can do by scrolling down to the bottom of the plugin importer page and click on Modify internal link button.

FG Joomla to WordPress – Plugin In Use

Free Features:

  • migrates Joomla sections as categories
  • migrates categories as sub-categories
  • migrates Joomla posts
  • uploads all the posts media in WP uploads directories (as an option)
  • uploads external media (as an option)
  • modifies the post content to keep the media links
  • resizes images according to the sizes defined in WP
  • defines the thumbnail to be the first post image
  • keeps the alt image attribute
  • modifies the internal links
  • migrates meta keywords as tags
  • can import Joomla posts as posts or pages

Premium Features:

  • migrates authors and other users
  • SEO: redirects Joomla URLs to the new WordPress URLs
  • compatible with Joomla 1.0 and Mambo 4.5 and 4.6 (process {mosimages} and {mospagebreak})
  • migrates Joomla 1.0 static articles as pages
  • migrates Joomla 2.5+ featured images

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Note: This is first part of two-part series of migrating your Joomla / Drupal website to WordPress. The second part of the series can be found here.

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