Ghost is an open-source platform tailored for modern-day content creators, offering a comprehensive suite to publish, share, and monetize their content. Designed to cater to new-media creators, Ghost assists in not only website creation but also enables sending newsletters, publishing in various languages, and offering paid subscriptions to members.
- Integrated Editor with Markdown: Ghost’s editor has innate Markdown support with autocompletion, allowing for rich content creation.
- Flexible Content Presentation: Customize post titles, descriptions, and images for social media sharing. Also, enjoy a post-preview UI that visualizes content across various platforms.
- Advanced Tagging System: Beyond regular tagging, Ghost allows private categorization with #hashtags.
- Built-in SEO and Open Graph Optimizations: Achieve top-notch SEO without third-party plugins and adjust Open Graph content to enhance social media visibility.
- Versatile Membership Management: Convert visitors to paying members with Stripe integration and manage them using a comprehensive dashboard with stats, labels, and impersonate features.
- Collaborative Content Creation: Invite team members with differentiated roles, from Owner to Contributor, and manage their access.
- Customizable Themes: Access a broad spectrum of pre-made Ghost themes, all with built-in helpers for extensive customization.
- Headless CMS Capabilities: Ghost can function as a fully decoupled CMS, providing content to any app with powerful SDKs.
- Transparent Operations: Ghost is open source, meaning users can freely access and own all of its code.
Ghost caters to a wide audience, including:
- Creators: Offering a refined editor and intuitive admin panel, Ghost is ideal for individual content creators.
- Publishers: Empowering global businesses with its robust features, Ghost is the choice for several top-tier companies’ blogs.
- Businesses: Ghost supports brand journalism and modern company blogs, providing a platform for businesses to establish their online presence.
Ghost prides itself on its foundation as an open-source software, granting users the freedom to self-host without any associated costs. For those preferring a hosted solution, Ghost offers a 14-day free trial to explore its capabilities.
- Starter: This plan costs $9 per month when billed yearly and is designed for up to 500 members. It includes 1 staff user, free official Ghost themes, and standard built-in integrations.
- Creator: This plan costs $25 per month when billed yearly and is designed for up to 1,000 members. It includes everything in the Starter plan plus 2 staff users, unlimited custom themes, and over 1,000 Zapier integrations.
- Team: This plan costs $50 per month when billed yearly and is designed for up to 1,000 members. It includes everything in the Creator plan plus 5 staff users, priority support, and higher usage limits.
- Business: This plan costs $199 per month when billed yearly and is designed for up to 10,000 members. It includes everything in the Team plan plus unlimited staff users, advanced domain configurations, and a 99.9% uptime SLA.
You can check out their pricing page for more information about each plan to make the best decision for your business.
Ghost boasts a post-preview UI, showcasing how content appears across various platforms. It allows users to import content from diverse platforms and even images from external platforms. With Ghost’s decoupled architecture, it can function as a headless CMS, delivering content to any application.
Ghost offers direct Email support for users. Additionally, the Ghost Forum provides a community-driven platform for discussions and troubleshooting.
Note: Direct support may not be available for self-hosted installations; such users are advised to consult the community forums.
Community and Learning Resources
- Ghost Forum: A hub for support and user discussions, central to the Ghost community experience.
- Resource Library: Comprehensive materials to guide users in content sharing, audience growth, and building a subscription business.
- Tutorials: Step-by-step guides to help users craft unique publications and customize their platform.
Security and Reliability
Ghost emphasizes strong security measures including regular penetration testing, SSL, and following OWASP authentication standards. Ghost’s code prevents direct SQL string interpolations and adheres to best security practices. A 99.9% uptime SLA is guaranteed for business and enterprise plans.
- Direct integration with over 5,000 apps via Zapier.
- Seamless connectivity with platforms like Google Analytics, Stripe, and Slack.
- Ghost also supports custom client-side integrations via its JSON API and webhooks.