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It’s been over a year since Ghost 1.0 rolled out and now the blogging platform is taking a bold leap forward with its 2.0 version. This update brings a lot of changes to Ghost. If you haven’t been keeping up with the platform, you might even struggle to recognize it in its current state.
In this article, we’re going to introduce you to Ghost 2.0 and talk about all the new features it offers, such as a brand new editor and multi-language support for your website. We have a lot of exciting functionality to talk about, so let’s get to it!
Introducing Ghost 2.0
If you’re already familiar with Ghost, you’ll be glad to know that while Ghost 2.0 brings a lot of significant changes to the table, the core of the platform remains the same. However, the 2.0 version does mean a huge step forward with numerous new features. For example, its editor has received a facelift, and you’re now no longer limited to only using markdown.
You can still blog using markdown if that’s your cup of tea, but the new Ghost editor is more approachable to users that prefer a more visual experience. Even so, the editor remains incredibly clean, and it still provides one of the best writing experiences we’ve had the pleasure of using.
However, the new editor is only the tip of the iceberg. Over the past year, Ghost has steadily added a number of interesting features, such as support for multi-author posts and several third-party integrations. In addition, the platform now supports custom post templates, and the ability to add social metadata to your content.
Those incremental updates, along with version 2.0, have helped turn Ghost into a serious contender among blogging platforms. Let’s talk about why this is and check out the new features included in 2.0!
5 New Features in Ghost 2.0
For this section, we’re going to take a look at the five most significant changes in 2.0 and why they’re an improvement. Let’s get spooked!
1. A Brand New Editor
We’ve already mentioned that Ghost 2.0 introduced a new editor, so let’s take a look at it:
When it comes to minimalistic editors, Ghost provides one of the best experiences you can find. With this new update, you can add elements manually, using the plus sign icon to the left. You can use this tool to add markdown directly to your posts, as well as images, HTML code, simple dividers, and more advanced elements:
You can add a lot of elements with a few clicks now, but they’re not so many that you feel overwhelmed, or make you feel like you’re using a website builder. The main takeaway here is that although the editor is changing, the Ghost team is determined to keep the core experience focused on writing.
If you haven’t used Ghost for a while, you’ll also notice the two-panel editor option is gone. After all, you can now add markup directly to your content, which renders the second panel unnecessary. However, even with all these changes, the Ghost editor remains incredibly intuitive.
2. Dynamic Content Blocks
Earlier, we showed you some of the new elements you can add to your Ghost posts, so let’s look a little closer at them now. If you were familiar with Ghost 1.0, you’ll notice you can now add dynamic content blocks to your content. This includes elements such as YouTube videos, posts from Twitter and Instagram, as well as embeds from other platforms:
Ghost even enables you to insert CodePen snippets and Unsplash pictures. If the type of content you want to embed isn’t available as a default option, you can click on the Other… button and paste its code there. It’s as simple as that:
Right now, the plan is to keep adding more dynamic content options to the editor, which will give you more options when it comes to publishing media-rich posts. Since we’re big fans of using different types of media within blog posts, this is a very welcome addition.
3. Multi-Language Support
In the past, if you wanted to use Ghost to set up a multilingual blog, you would have had a hard time. Fortunately, Ghost now supports multilingual sites out of the box. In fact, it already supports a large number of languages:
While the process of setting up a multilingual blog is easier than it used to be, you still need to do a bit of work to set it up. More specifically, you’ll need to make use of custom URLs to set up versions of your blog in other languages, which brings us to the next feature.
4. Custom URL Structures
Before Ghost 2.0, you weren’t able to make any changes to your blog’s URL structure. The platform set up URLs automatically for all your posts and pages and that was it. Now, Ghost has become a bit more flexible, and you can create any type of custom URL structure you want.
To alter one of your post or page URLs, you just have to click on the Post Settings button to the top right of the editor. This lets you specify the URL you want to use:
This is great news because you’ll be able to better categorize your content. For example, you can set up URLs such as /2018/johndoe/mylatestpost or tutorials/mylatestpost. Aside from the taxonomy benefits, you can also use custom URL structures to create multilingual websites, as we mentioned in the previous section.
5. More Sorting Options for Your Content
We’ve already discussed how custom URL structures open new possibilities when it comes to categorizing your posts. However, with 2.0, Ghost has also made sorting through your posts easier.
In the past, you could only show your posts in chronological order, but Ghost now enables you to set up any type of custom order you want. For example, you can have tutorials and news categories, then configure unique orders for their related content. It sounds like a small change, but it can make organizing and navigating your blog that much easier.
Ghost has been around for almost five years now, and the platform has evolved a lot in that time. The editor alone is leaps and bounds ahead of what it used to be, and it provides one of the best writing experiences we’ve tried so far.
Now, with Ghost 2.0, the platform feels a lot more mature, to the point where you could use it to run a professional blog. As you’re probably aware, we’re big fans of WordPress around here, but we’re not shy about recommending Ghost if you’re looking for a streamlined blogging experience.
What features would you like to see in future Ghost releases? Tell us where you think the platform should go next in the comments section below!
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