Fancy Node.js-based blogging app Ghost goes live to backers

In the world of blogging, WordPress is the undisputed leader—the PHP-based application is everywhere. Once a light-weight blogging platform, WordPress has grown and mutated. It’s now more properly a full-fledged content management system than a simple blog, and it’s sprawled all over the Web. In fact, I guarantee you if you’re reading these words then you’ve been exposed to WordPress (Ars Technica switched to it as our CMS a couple of years ago). In the world of Web-based blogging apps, WordPress is the unchallenged king—we even have instructions on how to set it up yourself if you want to take that plunge. But WordPress draws fire for lots of reasons, not the least of which is the complexity that has come from attempting to be all things to all people. The WordPress dashboard is cluttered and can be extremely off-putting for a new user. Power users unconcerned about interface clutter are more likely to be put off by its PHP underpinning, because people love to hate PHP. There are alternatives—my own blog uses Octopress, a static site generator based on Jekyll—but they often require donning additional propeller-topped beanies to set up and maintain. Ghost’s main window, showing

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