Site relaunch – Ghost & NodeJS!

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After thinking about it for far too long, I’d like to welcome you to my relaunched website.

As any regular visitors will have probably noticed, it hadn’t been updated for some time – and was starting to look a touch dated; meaning a facelift was rather in-order.

After a fresh look at WordPress, I’ve decided that the time has come for a change. We’re now running on the latest release of the fantastic new Ghost blogging platform with an all-new technology stack. Ghost runs on the unbelievably fast Node.JS, and is currently “fronted” by the equally fast Nginx webserver.

The winning combination of Nginx & Node provides an extremely scalable & powerful infrastructure for hosting the modern breed of Javascript based web applications; getting away from the bloated sledgehammer of a tool that WordPress has become and focusing on the core features needed to run a blog.

Some things are missing as Ghost is still very new, but with an active development team and a clear roadmap, I’m looking forwards to evolving this site over the coming months as new functionality becomes available.

It’s a breath of fresh air in terms of blogging.

Ghost has all of the fundamental features you need, yet doesn’t have any of the noise or “fluff” which a more general purpose platform such as WordPress offers. Ghost won’t suit everyone as it needs a reasonable level of technical knowledge to get up and running and doesn’t offer many of the features that WordPress provides as a standard.

That said, there’s enough in Ghost right now to build something great – and the platform as a whole is incredibly lightweight for resources with a small amount of CPU & memory going a very, very long way when compared to a full-on Apache, PHP & mySQL stack.

Here’s to the future… and it’s looking increasingly Javascript-shaped from client to server back-end.

I, for one, won’t be missing PHP.

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