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  • Created: December 29, 2020

via @rosano, the people behind GhostGhost
Ghost is an open source blogging and publishing platform.
More recently, it’s been calling itself a [[Headless CMS]]. You can use Ghost for its admin and editing interface for making blog posts and pages, and then use a different framework such as [[11ty]]1 on the front end to customize and display the content.
Ghost is now also being compared to SubstackSubstack
Substack is a publishing and paid subscription platform. It is most often thought of for newsletters, but it’s more of a combination newsletter + blogging platform.
It is a fully hosted, proprietary, free to start platform. They charge 10% of fees you collect.
As of October 2020, you can pay $50 one-time to add a custom domain.
[[Ghost]] has a Ghost vs. Substack page that goes into more detail to consider.
My personal recommendation if you’re going to use Substack, is to use it with a custom ...
, it has a Ghost vs. Substack Comparison Page. This is powered by Ghost’s membership / subscription features.
About Ghost
Ghost was crea...
are putting together Open Subscription Platforms:

A shared movement for independent subscription data. With everyone getting into subscriptions, it’s never been more important to be in control of your customer data.

And in the footer:

An open standards working group committed to data portability for independent subscription platforms

This is mainly about data exports, not platform risk – so no discussion about open source here. I thought GhostGhost
Ghost is an open source blogging and publishing platform.
More recently, it’s been calling itself a [[Headless CMS]]. You can use Ghost for its admin and editing interface for making blog posts and pages, and then use a different framework such as [[11ty]]1 on the front end to customize and display the content.
Ghost is now also being compared to SubstackSubstack
Substack is a publishing and paid subscription platform. It is most often thought of for newsletters, but it’s more of a combination newsletter + blogging platform.
It is a fully hosted, proprietary, free to start platform. They charge 10% of fees you collect.
As of October 2020, you can pay $50 one-time to add a custom domain.
[[Ghost]] has a Ghost vs. Substack page that goes into more detail to consider.
My personal recommendation if you’re going to use Substack, is to use it with a custom ...
, it has a Ghost vs. Substack Comparison Page. This is powered by Ghost’s membership / subscription features.
About Ghost
Ghost was crea...
and SubstackSubstack
Substack is a publishing and paid subscription platform. It is most often thought of for newsletters, but it’s more of a combination newsletter + blogging platform.
It is a fully hosted, proprietary, free to start platform. They charge 10% of fees you collect.
As of October 2020, you can pay $50 one-time to add a custom domain.
[[Ghost]] has a Ghost vs. Substack page that goes into more detail to consider.
My personal recommendation if you’re going to use Substack, is to use it with a custom ...
were pretty rivalrous, but Substack is listed right there as well.

Medium, Patreon, and ConvertKit get specifically called out as closed platforms.