I notice that Ghost Valet (ie the pay-per-use install / update service offered by the official Ghost people) is pretty much dead.
I wanted to offer an idea for an alternative service that could benefit both users and the Ghost Foundation. That is to offer a support service with monthly subscription price of around $10.
I base this on the following observations:
-I notice that there’s a Github sponsor plan that offers Slack access to Ghost core developers for $99 per month
-Ghost core members already help users for free on the Forum
-Ghost Foundation was at one point willing to run Valet (and the web page still says: check back soon)
This would be good for self-hosters and others who prefer to have their own instance (or managed by someone other than Ghost Pro).
This would also be a way to monetize people who are with other managed hosting providers. Such hosts have no control over the code itself, so some issues fall “between two chairs”.
Better yet, the support medium could be this Forum, rather than email (paying members could be assigned a badge).
You could have anti-abuse provisions and limit questions to maintenance rather than installation and also support people on a standard stack.
There are already people on the Forum like Vikas Potluri or Kevin Ansfield who actively answer a lot of questions for free…you might as well monetize it.