Since WordPress needs no more introductions, let’s first see what Ghost is all about.
Basically, Ghost is a blogging platform that was established through the initiative of John Nolan, who put up a Kickstarter campaign to fund the movement. Needless to say, the campaign was a success and generated nearly 200,000 USD.
By observing the platform, we can really tell that it is solely made for blogging— no plugins, no complex settings, no anything. Everything is straight to the point. As the introduction text on the official website says, “Just a blogging platform”.
Just like any other publishing platforms, Ghost allows you to add and edit posts, include pictures, and add keywords and tags. You can personalize the blog title, description, theme, and logo. Honestly, in just under five minutes, your blog is good to go.
Now that we have the general idea of what Ghost is all about, let’s proceed to evaluating the differences and similarities between WordPress and Ghost. Take notes and be ready to come up with your own Venn diagram after this!
Both platforms offer free source code. Get the codes running by yourself and use them as much as you need to and as much as you can. The difference is this: Ghost, unlike WordPress, does not come with a free hosted service.
Ghost offers four different plan types: Personal, Advanced, Team, and Business.
For only 8 USD a month, you can manage one blog and enjoy up to 25,000 views with the Personal Plan. The Advanced Plan can be availed for 24 USD monthly, allowing you to manage three blogs and enjoy a combined view total of 100,000. For greater needs, the Team Plan gives you 10 blogs along with 350,000 combined views for 80 USD a month. For huge businesses and agencies that manage a lot of websites, the best plan to consider is the Business Plan that can be availed for a whopping 200 USD a month. It comes with unlimited blogs and combined views of up to one million.
On the other hand, WordPress offers a basic plan that is free and allows you to manage unlimited websites.
However, for customized domains, you might have to throw in some cash.
With the Premium Plan, which costs 99 USD annually, you can get a custom domain and customization options.
If you want the cheaper option, WordPress allows you to map your domain for only 13 USD annually.
Writing and Posting
In terms of posting, there is definitely a huge difference between the two platforms.
Ghost prides itself in offering Markdown writing. However, WordPress also offers Markdown; you just need to enable it in your settings. For self-hosted websites, plugins such as WP-Markdown are required.
Both Ghost and WordPress have preview options while you work on your content. Ghost, however, has a better preview system. Its editor comes with a two-pane system, allowing you to see real-time how the content will look like on the website as you write and edit. WordPress requires you to switch from one panel to another in order to see the preview.
These two have a wide array of themes to customize the look of your websites with. For WordPress websites, various themes can be availed for free at WordPress.org. You can also buy exclusive themes from online shops such as Themeforest, WPMU DEV, Themelsle, and Elegant Themes.
On the other hand, Ghost offers over 100 free themes at Ghost Marketplace. There are also about 300 premium themes to choose from.
Presently, WordPress’ default theme is Twenty Fifteen while Ghost’s default theme is Casper. (See what they did there?)
In terms of installing a theme, some users favor WordPress since the process is much easier. You can install them right away.
For Ghost, you still need to upload your chosen theme into the content folder of the installation.
Have you picked a favorite yet? Anyway, whatever platform or service you avail, it is important to realize how fast the internet landscape is growing! This is a clear indication of how fast-paced the innovation transpires and we can only be hopeful that the rise of such competition will help us thrive towards various approaches on modernization. Happy blogging!