There’s been a lot of discussion around John O’Nolan’s Ghost today. And there should be. It’s a beautiful, blog focused reimagining of the WordPress dashboard that provides an alternative to what they’ve done with the dashboard on WordPress.com.
A lot of the discussion is about how John would like to do this as a fork of WordPress. And while I think his efforts and ideas might help the WordPress UI Team more than a fork would, I’m really hoping that someone picks up and runs with his editor idea.
Maybe that’s influenced by the fact that I’ve been working in Markdown more and more lately. Still I really like the idea of a quick, split paned writing area with a live preview.
I’ve been looking for a clean, single-column, responsive WordPress theme that supports post formats (or at least asides) for the past few weeks now. And honestly, I was beginning to think I’d have to roll my own. Now, that isn’t really an issue — especially since I’m comfortable with theming — but site design is something that I don’t currently have the bandwidth for.
Then, I saw Jake Caputo’s Memoir. And even though it’s a ThemeForest theme, Jake’s track record (and the demo) immediately made it into a solid candidate. Especially when the other two options involve adding asides to either Anthem or Duet.