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John O’Nolan is the lead designer behind Ghost.org. Anyone interested in the widespread popularity of Content Management Systems (CMSs) will have likely heard about him in 2012 when he left his position as the deputy head of the WordPress User Experience team to set out on his own and create Ghost.org, a fully featured, elegant blogging platform.  It’s another one of the great free sites.

So what does this mean for you? Over the past few years since its inception, the services provided by Ghost.org have had time to mature. The breadth and depth of this blogging platform has expanded so much that it’s been referred to as a “WordPress killer” on more than one occasion. Lofty aspirations to be sure, but if there’s any competing platform that has a chance of accomplishing that goal, it’s probably Ghost.org.

Let’s find out why:

  • Simple account creation and setup. Ghost.org doesn’t waste much time before allowing you to begin building your site and blogging. After a typical account creation process—which does not require a credit card—you’ll have access to the backend of your website where you can customize its appearance, add useful plugins, and write posts.
  • Multiple pricing tiers—including free. Ghost.org offers a 14 day free trial and does not require a credit card. However, advanced users actually have the option to download the source code of the platform and install it on their own servers for free, forever. While this is a very unique offer, it does mean that you’ll have to conduct all maintenance yourself, and won’t have access to the customer support available with a Ghost(Pro) account.
  • Preloaded with themes. The Ghost.org backend allows you to choose from countless great looking, fully modifyable themes so that you can give your site a unique look that’s been tailerod to your specific goals.
  • Additional features. Ghost.org really shines when you get a look at some of the additional features and services the platform offers, such as fully automated updates and backups to protect your data. Ghost(Pro) accounts also utilize a Content Distribution Network (CDN) for lightning fast image loading.

As you might have gathered by this point, Ghost.org is ideal for aspiring bloggers. However, businesses or creatives looking for a clean, simple platform to display their portfolios will appreciate the robust set of features—especially if they’ve tried WordPress and didn’t like it. Thanks to the 14 day free trial of Ghost(Pro), which does not require a credit card, there’s little reason not to check out this elegant blogging platform. If the features and user design match your preferences, Ghost.org offers an affordable solution as the home for your website.

GoDaddy Makes Building WordPress Websites Easier With New Product Introduction

WordPress Websites helps small businesses – or anyone with an idea – create a powerful, scalable WordPress site.  Wordpress is one of the great free sites using absolutely free open source code.

According to PR Newswire as told to them by GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY), they’re the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures.  They recently announced WordPress Websites – the easiest way for those looking to build a WordPress website to get up and running quickly. The new offering features an exclusive WordPress Quick Start Wizard that simplifies the website creation process to get people started quickly, plus free, high-quality images for virtually any industry. It also includes professionally built premium themes, and a Visual Page Editor for easy drag and drop customization. Since it’s built on WordPress, the world’s most popular tool for creating websites, businesses have the ability to add new site features using the tens of thousands of free WordPress plugins that are available.

GoDaddy developed WordPress Websites for small business owners, and any looking to put their ideas online, who want a professional-looking WordPress website, but may not have experience with website development.

With the Quick Start Wizard, users can quickly get started with a choice of premium quality themes and layouts that include essential pages and features (e.g. blog, photo gallery, contact form, social integration with Facebook, Twitter and more) and access to a library of thousands of free images. From here, the Visual Page Editor allows you to edit text, drag and drop columns and rows, and insert images directly onto your page.

Faster Publishing with Scalable Solution

Small businesses are already seeing the benefits of this faster, more intuitive experience with new professionally designed themes. During the beta release, more than three times as many customers have been successful in publishing a website and the average time to publish a site has decreased by 73%. For additional data about how GoDaddy has made WordPress easier to use, their blog post on the GoDaddy Garage.

As their business needs grow, a small business’ GoDaddy WordPress website can also expand in functionality, via the installation of free feature plugins on WordPress.org. 45,000+ feature plugins are available to extend website capabilities to include the likes of online reservations, ticket sales and discussion forums. In the past nine months alone, GoDaddy has seen website builder plugins grow in usage by 60% across millions of GoDaddy-hosted WordPress websites.

Expert Managed WordPress Hosting Support

Powered by an optimized WordPress hosting platform, technical hosting tasks are also taken care of by GoDaddy including WordPress installation, server-side site load optimization, a multi-clustered server platform so websites are ready to scale for high traffic, and secured with automated software updates and free daily site backups. Customers also have access to GoDaddy’s free 24/7 expert support.

“WordPress is a massive ecosystem, powering over 25% of the top 10 million websites worldwide.  At GoDaddy over 50% of our Hosting customers use WordPress. It’s an incredibly popular platform, but it can be technically complex for business owners who want to create their own website,” said Jeff King, senior vice president of Hosting at GoDaddy. “Adding WordPress Websites to our portfolio helps provide a full range of DIY site building solutions for our small business customers. With them in mind, WordPress Websites is designed to be the easiest way to create a powerful, scalable WordPress website.”

Additional Features

Email signup form integrated with GoDaddy Email Marketing: Users can create mailing lists with a built-in email signup form, then send promotional campaigns and newsletters to drive sales and build influence. Additionally, GoDaddy provides the first 50 sends free, and on GoDaddy’s Up & Running and GoDaddy Pro plans, users can directly convert WordPress blog posts into email newsletters.

SEO Wizard: GoDaddy’s Search Engine Visibility is included with the Deluxe and Ultimate plans. This fully integrated, step-by-step SEO instruction prepares your site to get found on major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.

WP 101 Lessons: The videos allow users to learn the basics of WordPress website building.

Get Online Package: Includes a free Domain* and Microsoft Office 365 Business Class* email.
(*First year free, renews at list price.)

Pricing & Availability

WordPress Websites from GoDaddy has three different user options:

  • $7.99/mo Basic: 1 site, 10 GB storage, 25,000 monthly visitors
  • $9.99 mo Business: 1 site, 25 GB storage, 100,000 monthly visitors, SEO wizard, a site to test changes before publishing
  • $14.99 Ultimate: Up to 2 sites, 30 GB storage, 400,000 monthly visitors, SEO wizard, a site to test changes before publishing, Malware removal, SSL certificate for secure communications and transactions

Includes free Domain*, Business Class* email powered by Managed WordPress hosting. (*first year free, renews at list price.)

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 63 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

It’s an extremely exciting time in the web site creation industry.  Just as it’s become even more essential for a business to have a website, it’s become even easier to create a website.

In a release, Nicolas Fayon, CEO, HEEK said, “Our mission is to help SMB owners to be successful online. How? With the first intelligent robot that builds them the website of their dreams before their eyes, that gives daily advice and teaches best practice, all of which is of course 100% personalized. The more time passes, the cleverer the robot becomes, refining its expertise for the next user.”

In the same release, Olivier Heckmann, Multimania Co-Founder and Investor in HEEK, said, “HEEK has solved a problem faced by many companies: lack of time. It is truly a revolution in the field of website creation, and a product I would have loved to have 20 years ago with Multimania.”

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