What is Ghost?
Ghost is an Open Source software project. What does that mean, exactly?
Firstly: It means that the Ghost application is free. Free to use, free to modify, free to share, free to redistribute. You can do anything you like with the software, without legal restriction. When you download a copy of Ghost, you own it. It’s completely yours.
Secondly: It means that Ghost is created almost entirely by volunteers. The project is organised and run by a small, Non-Profit Organisation called the Ghost Foundation – but it is developed in public, by a large group of contributors all over the world who donate their time and skills to creating a blogging platform for everyone. You can help!
Ghost is an application which is created for and made possible by its community of users.
How to Install Ghost by HowtoForge.
Google plans to rename Picasa and Blogger. Picasa will become Google Photos. Blogger will become Google Blogs. This is all part of an effort to rebrand some of the older Google products with a Google name on them. Picasa was acquired by Google in 2004, while Blogger was acquired back in 2003. I still think Google made a mistake by buying Blogger, albeit WordPress was first released on May 27, 2003. Clearly, WordPress is the better blog platform now. Read more about the rebranding of Picasa and Blogger from Mashable.
Drupal 7 was released today. Drupal is an open-source content management system that powers millions of websites and applications including the White House, InfoWorld, Examiner and cloud-based CMS Drupal Gardens. Drupal 7 enhancements are focused mainly in areas of usability and scalability.
In terms of usability, Drupal 7 comes with a much improved user interface. Drupal 7 also improved in the area of scability. Drupal might be a bit slower than its predecessor Drupal 6, but it can run bigger websites. Examiner.com, who recently moved from ColdFusion to Drupal 7, has over 22.4 million unique visitors monthly.
So, I downloaded and installed Drupal 7 today on my development system running on my laptop. One of the nicer enhancements of Drupal 7 has over the previous versions is that is now faster and cleaner to install. It’s not quite the same as the WordPress’ famous 5 minute install, but it comes very close.
Drupal 7 also comes with OpenID support as well as revamped contact form.
If you’re fortunate enough to be near one of these 900 Drupal release parties, I say go to one of them. I’m planning on going.
One last thing, Mashable made Drupal, one of the top 10 websites in 2011.