On a personal level, I love Ghost and especially so with version 4.
I’ve been looking for an alternative to WordPress that not only provides nice looking themes, but also built in functionality for members and paying members. For that alone, I am grateful towards the Ghost dev team.
That said; I have never used Ghost until version 4 was released. I’ve been monitoring its progress and looking at it from time to time for several years – but I’ve never used it.
And with that said and after reviewing more or less every single file within the theme I am using and the platform itself, it will take me some time to get used to the coding and overall formatting.
My main reason before and even now, for choosing Ghost, is speed. I created a test site using their free 14 day trial and ran several speedtests on it using GTMetrix. I came in around 300-400ms in total no matter the URL. That’s great speed.
My thoughts so far is this;
- there’s a huge lack of “toggles” in terms of what to display and what not to display (people are asking for ON / OFF options and I fully understand them)
- a lack of customization options in terms of styling, words and phrases (this should be built into core)
- lack of social options (add / remove, facebook, twitter, instagram, github etc)
- lack of payment options (only monthly and yearly available)
- the option to turn of auto-renewal
There’s more, but I see no point in making the list into 20 or 30:ish points since the rest are subjective observations.
The points above more or less turns the platform into a “you either learn how to change and fix code yourself or you go with what we provide and how we choose to phrase things…”
Point being is this;
even though the platform is free and open source; if you want to gain more users and turn an even higher profit, make it easier to change things as that will convert your entire user base into “custom” users as in, “sites will have a more custom look and feel even though it’s all the same under the hood”.
There are two things I dislike the most right now . #1: “Publish with Ghost” (shows as a button on the bottom left when clicking on the subscribe button). #2: not being able to turn off auto renewal.
#1: When editing the newsletter setup, there’s an option to remove this. So why not add the same option for the subscribe opt-in? I really don’t get it and I especially do not understand why the official support is reluctant to provide a solution.
If we join forces, we’ll find out how to remove it. We can then publish that solution here. Let’s see how that makes the ghost dev team feel.
I honestly do not understand why they would push this on the blogger and even less so reader. If the argument is about “gaining more users”, that is the worst argument ever. Let the platform speak for itself and stop this bloated crap.
#2: only providing monthly and yearly payment options is, according to me, poor design. I obviously appreciate the effort that the ghost dev team put into making this - but why only provide those two options?