Hi all. I’m Dan, a blogger on Ghost and a software developer.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about Ghost’s memberships and how amazing they are for publishers looking for a way to monetise their audience.
I noticed a lack of “community” though. It’s impossible to post new articles or newsletters to your members and get feedback or create discussions around your content.
This got me thinking.
Over the past three weeks I’ve built the first version of Cove, a commenting system for Ghost that sits on top of memberships. It lets members who are signed in (for example, any member who has clicked on their email confirmation) comment on your posts. It works for both paid and free memberships, and you can even hide comments from non-members entirely if you want.
Please check Cove out at cove.chat.
I’d love for anyone here to try it on your blogs. It’s a paid service as this is independent software, however as a token of thanks for any feedback or discussion you can provided about this idea on this thread, I’d love to offer anyone reading this 30% off a monthly plan with the code FORUM30 (which is available to use until the end of June 2020).
Unlike other players in the commenting market (like Disqus, Commento and CommentBox), Cove runs on your existing member accounts and Ghost’s built-in log in system. No need to ask readers to log in with their Google, Twitter or Facebook accounts or create yet another new account on an external service. Using Ghost’s authentication system, there are far fewer moving parts and we can also rely on a solid foundation that is standard across all Ghost blogs.
If you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them here!
Cheers, and hope you’re all doing well