Ghost and BitNami Bring One-Click Deployment of the KickStarter-Backed Ghost Blogging Platform to the Cloud

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Bloggers everywhere have eagerly awaited today’s launch of the Ghost Blogging Platform which blew away its fundraising goal on Kickstarter. Through a collaboration with BitNami, users can deploy blogs built with Ghost on their laptops or to the cloud in just one click.

Ghost, the Kickstarter crowd-funded blogging platform, and BitNami, developers of the BitNami Server App Store, have collaborated to bring Ghost’s brand new blogging platform to the cloud.

Ghost made waves when it raised nearly eight times the project’s original fundraising goal on Kickstarter in May - a grand total of more than $300,000. While many of the top blog platforms available today have evolved into complicated content management systems capable of building entire websites, Ghost aims to deliver a simple, elegant, mobile-friendly platform dedicated solely to publishing.

Ghost is a blogging platform boasting a number of user-friendly features including a dual-pane writing screen that shows markdown language on one side and a live preview on the other, a simplified, customizable analytics dashboard, a content management interface that is as familiar as an email inbox, and a number of social plug-ins. As an Open Source project, Ghost can be customized completely to meet a host of web publishing needs.

As the Ghost team prepares for their official launch, previews and initial demos have garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/andyellwood/2013/04/30/innovation-in-creation/), Wired (http://www.wired.com/design/2013/10/ghost-hopes-to-bring-blogging-back-from-the-dead/), TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/07/ghost-will-take-your-boring-blog-to-the-next-astral-plane/), Mashable (http://mashable.com/2013/05/25/ghost-kickstarter-blogging/), and many others.

BitNami has developed a free, one-click installer for Ghost that can get blogs up-and-running in minutes. BitNami lets Ghost users deploy their blog on their own servers, in popular clouds like those from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, or with BitNami Cloud Hosting. BitNami Cloud Hosting makes it easier for users to manage their apps on the Amazon Cloud by providing automatic backups and monitoring, as well as one-click resizing and other features. A free tier is available for users running lower-traffic blogs.

Download an installer, VM or cloud template for the BitNami Ghost stack at http://bitnami.com/stack/ghost

“Ghost exists to make publishing simple and pleasurable. BitNami makes getting Ghost up and running simple and pleasurable. We’re incredibly happy to be working with people who are able to improve the initial user experience for our users by such a large margin,” said John O’Nolan, founder of Ghost.

“At BitNami, we are focused on bringing the best open source web applications to users, whether they want to run them on a local machine or in the cloud. We’re very excited to support the Ghost platform out of the gate, and are grateful to the Ghost team for trusting us as launch partners to help spread their technology to their fans across the globe,” said Daniel Lopez Ridruejo, CEO of BitNami.

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About Ghost

Ghost allows users to write and publish their own blog, giving them the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. It's beautifully designed, completely customizable and completely Open Source. Ghost is simple, elegant, and designed so that everyone can spend less time messing with making a blog work, and more time blogging. Learn more at http://tryghost.org

About BitNami

BitNami simplifies the process of deploying web applications natively, virtually and in the cloud. BitNami Cloud Hosting provides a growing library of the most popular open source applications, ready to be launched with the click of a button. With BitNami Cloud Hosting, solution providers and businesses of all sizes can deploy and manage business applications such as JasperServer, SugarCRM, Ghost, Drupal and many more. To learn more, visit: http://www.bitnami.com/cloud

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