By now you’ve heard that Ghost was fully funded in less than one day via Kickstarter, which is an incredible accomplishment! If you haven’t heard of Ghost yet you should familiarize yourself with it, as it appears to be a potentially strong competitor to WordPress.
I say ‘appears’ because it isn’t actually ready yet and WordPress does have a ten year head start. Ghost, however, is gaining some ridiculous momentum and has many devout WordPressers excited.
So what is the team behind Ghost looking to do with the next 25 days of their Kickstarter campaign? They want to raise 250,000 Pounds, or roughly $388,800, for their stretch goal.
If Ghost hits their stretch goal, which frankly just might happen, every single backer of the Kickstarter campaign will get a free year of hosting for their Ghost site. A entire year, free! Not a bad deal if you ask me.
On top of this they will launch the Open Ghost Marketplace and their very own digital magazine, full of content published on Ghost. This is all open source and non-profit as well. It really does seem like a project for the people, not unlike WordPress in that sense.
Personally, I’m intrigued by the project and just backed it on Kickstarter. I’d love for Ghost to hit their stretch goal for a number of reasons, the least of which would be free hosting for a year.
But more importantly I would love to see Ghost come flying out of the gates and really rock the boat of what we’ve come to expect from open source blogging/CMS software. WordPress, I think, could use a healthy bit of competition from a young, fresh, modern looking platform.
Are going to back Ghost? Have you already? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and what you think it’s future might be. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, or if you’re feeling zealous, write up a post and send it our way!