|Initial release||October 14, 2013|
The concept of the Ghost platform was first floated publicly in November 2012 in a blog post by project founder John O'Nolan, which generated enough response to justify coding a prototype version with collaborator Hannah Wolfe.
The first public version of Ghost, released October 2013, was financed by a successful Kickstarter campaign which achieved its initial funding goal of £25,000 in 11 hours and went on to raise a final total of £196,362 during the 29-day campaign.
The idea for the Ghost platform was first written about at the start of November 2012 in a blog post by project founder John O'Nolan, the former deputy lead for the WordPress User Interface team, after becoming frustrated with the complexity of using WordPress as a blog rather than a content management system.
Following considerable demand and positive feedback from the community on the initial blog post, O'Nolan recruited long-time friend Hannah Wolfe to help him create an initial prototype of the platform.
On April 29, 2013 - O'Nolan released a video of the prototype in a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter with a goal of £25,000 to fund the completion of initial development work. The project was successfully funded in 11 hours and went on to raise a final total of £196,362 during the 29 day campaign. The project relied on backing both from individuals as well as sponsorship from companies who had an interest in seeing the platform succeed. Notable backers included Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Darren Rowse, Tucker Max, major companies such as WooThemes, Envato and Microsoft.
The Ghost project is managed by a Nonprofit organization based in the UK called the Ghost Foundation, which was established following the Kickstarter campaign. The foundation currently employs 6 full-time members of staff to work on the Ghost project and the surrounding community infrastructure.
The Ghost blogging software is free to download and use. In addition, the Foundation offers a (paid) hosted platform for users who would like to run a live blog on the internet, as an alternative to configuring a server and running a manual install of the software package. For a monthly fee, users receive an account with fully managed Ghost blogs with automatic backups and updates as well as email support. As the hosted platform is owned and operated by the Ghost Foundation, all revenue generated from the service is subsequently used to fund further development of the Open Source software and the project's infrastructure.
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