Wondering if you should start blogging on Ghost?
This post might help you decide if Ghost is for you. I have been experimenting with Ghost for the past few months. After much research and trial, I've finally decided to move my blog site from WordPress to Ghost.
However, before I share why I am permanently moving to Ghost, let me share with you my experience with WordPress.
What's Wrong With WordPress?
Let me be clear; there is nothing wrong with WordPress.
I love WordPress and have been blogging (granted inconsistently) on the platform for several years. I created a self-hosted and customized website on WordPress sometime in 2018. It's a robust platform and offers a variety of features. Unfortunately, it had so many features that I got caught up with the bells and whistles of the platform and began to lose focus on why I started the website in the first place. Quite simply, to write online.
In 2023, I want to simplify my blogging process. I want to go back to experiencing the joy of writing online.
I was looking for a platform that was simple to use. No need for constant upgrades, no need for plugins. A platform that was ready to use for writing online.
I researched a couple of platforms and narrowed it down to Ghost.
Seven Reasons Why I Am Moving To Ghost.
#1: Simplicity -I love the simplicity that Ghost offers. It has a really clean interface. It's easy for someone with little technical know-how, like me, to navigate the site.
#2: Writing Experience - The editor is minimalistic but powerful. It supports markdown and countless embedded features. It's truly a joyful experience to write directly on the platform, and just press publish.
#3: No Plugins - Ghost is literally a plug-and-play platform for bloggers. I can't tell you how grateful I am that no plugins are required for features like newsletters and Unsplash.
#4: Newsletter Ready- When I was on WordPress, I used Convertkit. Honestly, I have less than 30 subscribers, so I don't need anything fancy. The native newsletter feature in Ghost serves my purpose for the small subscriber list I currently have.
#5: Easy to Setup - I've set up my current site (Yes! I. SET. THIS. SITE. UP. MYSELF) using a free theme. It's not the greatest-looking website, but it works for now, and I'm pretty happy with it.
#6: Dark Mode - If you love dark mode, you'll love that Ghost offers that option.
#7: Beautiful Themes - The themes are limited, but I love most of the themes that Ghost offers. The current theme I'm using is free, minimalistic in design, and focuses on the essays I share.
If you're looking for something hassle-free to create a website for blogging, I'd highly recommend Ghost. It's an all-in-one platform that allows you to publish content, collect subscribers and create newsletters with minimal effort.