Thanks for the reply; I really appreciate it.
After spending three days solid looking into transitioning from WordPress to Ghost, I’m thinking that I will have to stick with WordPress, although I am still on the fence (wobbling over towards WordPress).
I have concluded that using Ghost is not suitable for anybody without some [serious] development skills. I am a designer. I of course work with code in WordPress, but basic CSS.
Not being a developer, your reply would take me a good while to decipher, so I’m drowning before I start. I don’t mean in any way to knock your response.
I appreciate that upon hearing that I am not a developer there may be some eye-rolling in the Ghost community, but Ghost lured me in with ‘Creating the future of online publishing’ and I didn’t pick up on skill level required to use Ghost.
I remember when I first joined the StudioPress forum nine years ago, I felt that the StudioPress support staff were very intolerant of me as a designer (not being a developer). This absolutely has changed over the years and now they talk ‘designer’, no doubt because the market is so vast and consists of more designers than developers, and people with neither design nor developer skills.
The Ghost community has been brilliant with me asking my questions. I am not suggesting that my experiences with the Ghost forum are similar to those I had with the StudioPress forum back in 2009, but there may be parallels in relation to the expectation of skillset of the user.
Being new to this, apologies if I am way off on any of this.
The biggest barriers for me (in case you are interested) are:
No easy way to avoid theme changes being overwritten upon theme updates (I played with a premium theme that came with very easy instructions how to change aspects such as footer credits, header intro text, subscribe text etc. - perfect for a designer like me)
No way to identify themes that are well supported, and therefore no way to feel confident in that what I am using is going to give me the futureproof theme I need to build a solid, serious blog, as a designer and not a developer. The marketplace (as @gander2112 points out: State of commercial themes) is a medley of new and old. I have had to really dig deep to find themes that provide confidence in both their ability and stability. Those that stand out are:
who are on the Marketplace.
With the Ghost Marketplace linking to Themeforest for many themes, it just isn’t confidence-inspiring. Especially when the sales (representative of popularity) are so low and the comments relating to support are old (representative of an absence of support).
A few other things have knocked my confidence in the Ghost core, such as:
- The Subscribe function, which is in no way GDPR compliant. I would have to use MailChimp to facilitate this (which is fine).
- No native search (I hear this is planned).
- Instagram not included. The feedback has been that it is not included because there are so many social media platforms available and Ghost cannot facilitate them all. I don’t buy this at all on the basis that Instagram is the largest platform of them all. It’s Instagram!
I also heard that WordPress is moving to the JS Library, so Ghost may well not have the edge over speed in the future? And Gutenberg is like the Ghost editing interface.
There is also no mention of Ghost and support for Retina (for example), so in terms of image use, I have no idea about how images are presented in the context of high resolution displays. I saw one theme that mentioned Retina but that was it.
I really, really want somebody to persuade me to use Ghost for my blog but I can’t quite see it.