Banoffee Pi - We love WordPress, so why aren't we using it?

Ghost is a better, lighter, faster and sharper alternative for content that is dynamically created, rather than our main website on WordPress.

Banoffee Pi - We love WordPress, so why aren't we using it?
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If you don't know yet our blog here, Banoffee Pi, is run on GhostCMS. Ghost is a content management system created in NodeJS. But it's much more than just a CMS. It's a platform for creativity.

Being website designers, we're used to working with WordPress because it's what we use as a foundation for most of our designs. WordPress is heavily regarded as the most popular blogging platform on planet Earth. Not only that, it now powers more than 42% of all websites on the Internet. Wow! That's some feat!

But sometimes a workman requires different tools. Our main website for example is custom built on top of WordPress, as are 97% of all the designs we create for our clients. As a platform it's exactly what we want – easily customisable, accessible and supported by a select number of professionally designed plugins to suit our requirements, it's almost perfect. But that's where it ends. Ironically, we didn't want to use WordPress for the blogging features. Ghost is a better, lighter, faster and sharper alternative for content that is dynamically created, rather than our main website on WordPress. Much of which will not dynamically change and will be fairly static, something we can cache heavily on the backend and speed up for our visitors on the front-end – simple.

So, why Ghost for the blog?

Quite simply, because it's SUPER fast. It's rapid. Like, Usain Bolt rapid. We also love the framework. Written beautifully in a language like Node, it also means it's on the bleeding edge. It's very well maintained, feature packed yet simple. Not overly bloated with old code and features that we don't need. It takes advantage of the Zapier API to integrate with other services, meaning there isn't a ton of overheads from plugins, like WordPress.

We took Capser, the default Ghost theme, and modified it to our own requirements. But prior to all this, we spent £100's on many of the premium themes on offer. Whilst we enjoyed them and really liked the look of them, we always felt the minimalistic look and feel of Casper was much better. Plus, putting our own stamp on it makes it feel much more personal to us.

What does the future hold?

We'll be blogging and content writing with Ghost for the foreseeable future. We love using WordPress for building websites, along with Elementor. If you're interested in web design or perhaps looking at having a website created for your business, check us out and stay glued to the blog for tips and tricks.