Boris Mann

Open Source. Community. Decentralized Web. Building dev tools at Fission. Cooks & eats.

Home

Nov 20, 2020

  • November 20, 2020

I had a call today with Claire and Nandini of Check My Ads and Andrea.

Check My Ads currently runs the BRANDED newsletter on Substack and were interested in 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.
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...
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...
.

Andrea is starting a new business and communicating with a lot of people on a lot of different platforms, and was looking at a newsletter option of 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.
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...
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 ...
vs 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.
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...
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 generally owning her content.

I demo’d the Ghost editing interface using the DeployToHerokuDeployToHeroku
[[Heroku]] has a “Deploy to Heroku” button that lets people deploy apps using just a browser and the Heroku dashboard.
Creating a ‘Deploy to Heroku’ Button
The two base requirements are that the source code is on [[Github]] and that it contains an app.json file.

app.json schema is

version of Ghost + IPFS that I maintain for Fission.

I had spoken with CanTrust Hosting CoopCanTrust Hosting Coop
CanTrust is a Canadian web hosting co-operative.
, a Canadian hosting coop, and they don’t currently support Ghost. Cooperative web hosting, tech support, and open source software development consulting is something that I’m interested in seeing more of, as I wrote in Joining Social.CoopJoining Social.Coop

I’ve just finished getting onboarded into [[Social.Coop]] https://social.coop, a cooperative that maintains social media technology together, supported by member funding.
In particular, the main thing the co-op runs is a [[Mastodon]] instance. You can think of Mastodon as an open source Twitter, except spread across multiple individual servers. I’ve been meaning to setup an active Mastodon account again[[I ran my own single user Mastodon on Heroku for a while. Ultimately I want to see these ...
. I’ve had a good discussion with the team at CanTrust, some of which I’ll look at posting.

TLDR:

  • I created the 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.
    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...
    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.
    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...
    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 ...
    pages here to collect info on those systems.
  • I can recommend and support paying for Ghost’s commercial hosting – they are a non-profit foundation producing open source software.
  • If you’re going to use Substack, use a custom domain.
  • For those for whom even $29/month is too much money, the 1 click deploy works to get started for free if you set up a Heroku account. Not really recommended unless you’ve got a technical person to back you up or are yourself comfortable with Git and Heroku already