Yes, I know that Shopify exists, and that Ghost is designed primarily for blogging/publishing content
But look, here’s how it is:
- Shopify sucks.
- Ghost doesn’t suck.
But seriously, I can’t see any good reason not to use Ghost for a small online store. I’m looking at doing this because:
I’m building a little online store for an elderly person who I’ve already shown how to use Ghost, which she is currently using for her blog website. So this would save her from having to learn how to navigate a new UI, and probably save me many hours doing unpaid tech support over the phone.
I have a strong preference for self-hosting and having full control over all of the code and infrastructure.
It costs about $5/month to run a Ghost instance on DigitalOcean. Shopify, on the other hand, begins at about $30/month, and whilst that’s likely a trivial expense to many ecommerce operations, the person I am developing this website for is on a limited budget.
Squarespace starts at a similar price as Shopify and self-hosting is also not an option there either.
She has around 15 - 20 different products in her range. So my tentative plan is to create a theme, possibly based on Casper (as that is the theme I am most familiar with, and it’s a pretty good foundation to build on) and have these 15 - 20 products featured on the index page (instead of blog posts).
I’m just putting this out there to see if anybody else might be interested, or have any suggestions.