About Ghost

Ghost is a free open source blogging platform that enables businesses to launch their websites or utilize the content management system (CMS) to create an online presence without the need to rely on technical knowledge. It helps bloggers, journalists, YouTubers and podcasters to share their work with the world.

Ghost has a wide range of features that allow businesses to create and publish content effectively. Businesses can easily add custom themes and plugins that enable them to customize their sites and make them more professional looking than ever before. Ghost's built-in store enables businesses to sell merchandise directly from their website without having any technical knowledge about setting up an online store with other platforms like Shopify or Squarespace


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Alaister
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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Best open-source blogging software

Reviewed on 2022/07/16

After switching from WordPress to Ghost, we have gained more visitors and readers of our blog...

After switching from WordPress to Ghost, we have gained more visitors and readers of our blog posts, mainly due to better SEO, page loading time, and website theme design. Ghost also reduces our server load and so the cost.

Pros

The admin interface is very simple and user friendly. It has built-in membership system, SEO, signup/subscription forms, and newsletter features. The visual editor is clean and provides many cards and snippets we need. We can add custom integrations through Zapier such as PayPal (for subscription), SendInBlue (for newsletter), and Discord (for our community server).

Cons

To create multiple membership tiers, a Stripe account is required, even though we only use other payment methods like PayPal. The newsletter feature, again, limits to a specific provider: Mailgun, which is no longer free. Ghost should remove the Stripe and Mailgun requirements to make third-party integrations much easier.

Bark
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Ghost managed hosting combined with Ghost 4.0 is a towering achievement

Reviewed on 2021/03/30

Ghost gives me the tools to present our content and brand to viewers with confidence. They look at...

Ghost gives me the tools to present our content and brand to viewers with confidence. They look at our site and know that quality content will be presented. This allows us to stand out from the crowd.

Pros

Ghost managed hosting is more than just a blogging platform following the release of 4.0 in March 2021.

It is a membership site that helps our websites and blogs gain memberships that fund important projects for our journalists.

The best thing about Ghost is that they do not take a portion of your income. Other popular options both take a percentage of revenue but Ghost managed hosting only charges a low monthly fee.

The unique thing about managed hosting with Ghost is that Worldwide CDN is included, unlimited emails to members are included, managed updates of Ghost are included. Tons of additional features are available as well.

The editor in Ghost is so conducive to producing great content. For many months, users have been offering opinions on things that should happen in the new update. Ghost took so many of these ideas and combined them to create something great.

Ghost also has a unique look. The product and themes are very current, and it elevates the content because the website looks so good.

Finally, I have to mention money. Ghost allows journalists to be independent. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to know that we have monthly revenue that comes in other than advertisers. Multiple streams of revenue is very important.

Cons

Of course, I would like another 500 memberships added to each tier. But the price is very fair. With Ghost 4.0, a new $9 a month tier was added. Previously a $29 a month tier was the lowest price. So I don't have much to complain about. But we are on a high tier.

CEM
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

I GOT SCAMMED!

Reviewed on 2020/08/24

Highly dissappointed.

Highly dissappointed.

Pros

It's a great blog with easy to use features.

Cons

They changed my account plan without even asking! It's RIDICILOUS. When we check our finances we realised past 3 months we have paid double the amount of what we were paying without even knowing it! It's a big scam I cannot believe how they can do this without our approval. I will never use their platform ever again.

Timo
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

iOS of making websites - nice UI and it just works

Reviewed on 2021/07/30

I used WordPress when they launched years ago, because it was best then. But now came Ghost. I feel...

I used WordPress when they launched years ago, because it was best then. But now came Ghost. I feel like WordPress has transformed themselves into Microsoft - it's great thing if you like to use various plugins and whatever not. Ghost is as elegant as iPhone. All what's needed is there. Great UI, no extra fuss. While WordPress needs extra consulting to get it running, should you start anew.

Pros

I've been using it for a few years now and the latest version brings everything together you'd need for running a website: nice clean editor, member management, collecting payments (via Stripe), SEO customisation, newsletters. If you would like to do a similar thing on WordPress you'd need to patch it up with several 3rd party plugins. Ghost is easy-breezy.

Cons

Backing up the content itself is easy, but in-post images/media is still not supported.

Joseph
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Fairly simplistic, but better than WordPress

Reviewed on 2021/02/16

I used Ghost for a little while to manage my personal website. It worked fairly well for me and...

I used Ghost for a little while to manage my personal website. It worked fairly well for me and creating a theme wasn't too difficult. I really liked the configuration file paradigm to set up routing and redirection as opposed to a fancy & bloated editor or control panel.

Pros

Ghost is based on Node as opposed to PHP, and is much faster and modern compared to competitors like WordPress. The API is very robust as well, making it easy for developers to integrate with it. It also has built-in SEO optimization (if you use a Handlebars-based themes), which is a big plus. The developers at the support forum are also really friendly and helpful too.

Cons

It is a little bit simplistic, only allowing you to have posts, static pages, and tags, so it isn't suitable for more complex needs. There isn't any built-in search functionality either. It also lacks a native GraphQL API endpoint as well.

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Drupal

Reasons for Choosing Ghost

Security concerns—WordPress sites get hacked very easily.

Switched From

WordPress

Reasons for Switching to Ghost

Much simpler than Drupal and uses Node (as opposed to PHP).
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