I’ve been following Ghost project for quite some time, and I am big fan of the mission and the team.
I wanted to start simple free newsletter, so I tried both Wordpress where I had some experience and Ghost which I really wanted to try for some time already.
Honestly, experience was bit underwhelming, although my expectations were maybe too high for Ghost.
From looking at comparison between Wordpress and Ghost on the Ghost website I was expecting easier setup and better content creation experience for better price but find almost the opposite.
Wordpress was much cheaper for me than what is on the website. Right now I am using 5$ droplet for ghost and even cheaper one click setup for Wordpress with my local webhosting provider. Not sure where 115$ average a month for Worpdress comes from. Maybe for it’s for bigger websites?
Setting newsletter was more complicated. For some reason setting up through UI didn’t work for me and I wasn’t alone. In the end I’ve manually edited production config(found solution on this forum)
Content creation was same or better with Wordpress. Probably because I have an experience with it, and I am doing simple content creation so didn’t get to try advanced use cases.
Other Ghost advantages as Native SEO weren’t really that different as Ghost website seem to imply.
Wordpress still has much bigger ecosystem, was much easier to find some nice looking newsletter theme.
Please don’t get take this as negative rant. I love Ghost mission and I am fan of CEO and team. I think Ghost just isn’t for me and I am curious how could I benefit from it more. Would really love to use it,