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Ghost vs WordPress: What are the differences?

Ghost: Just a blogging platform. Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do; WordPress: A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.

Ghost and WordPress can be primarily classified as "Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS" tools.

"Beautiful" is the primary reason why developers consider Ghost over the competitors, whereas "Customizable" was stated as the key factor in picking WordPress.

Ghost and WordPress are both open source tools. Ghost with 30.2K GitHub stars and 6.52K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than WordPress with 12.6K GitHub stars and 7.64K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, WordPress has a broader approval, being mentioned in 5281 company stacks & 1353 developers stacks; compared to Ghost, which is listed in 60 company stacks and 39 developer stacks.

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Hi Stackers, We are planning to build a product information portal that also provides useful articles and blogs. Application Frontend is going to be built on Next.js with Authentication and Product Database helped by Firebase. But for the Blog / Article we are debating between WordPress/GraphQL plug-in or Strapi.

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I would recommend that you create a firestore collection for all the blogs that you use. You do not need Graph QL, wordpress or Strapi because you are using next.js. Just use ISR(incremental static regeneration) to make a blog.

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Decisions about Ghost and WordPress
Kamaldeep Singh

I usually take a slightly different tack because the technical level of people I usually am dealing with is lower. I tend to be pitching to decision makers and not tech people. A bit of my standard answer is below.

Wix and Squarespace are proprietary systems meant for unsophisticated users who want to build their own websites quickly and easily. While they are good for that specific use case, they do not offer any way to move beyond that if your needs arise. Since they are proprietary closed systems if you need something more advanced at some point your only option is to start over.

WordPress is an Open Source CMS that allows much more freedom. It is not quite as simple to setup and create a new site but if you are talking to me then you are not looking to build it yourself so that is really a non-issue. The main benefit of WordPress is freedom. You can host it on virtually any decent web hosting service and since it uses PHP and MySQL you can have virtually any developer take over a project without problem.

I believe in open source because of that freedom. It is good for me as a developer and it is good for my clients. If something were to happen to me or my company you would have no problem finding another qualified WordPress developer to take over the site in a totally seamless fashion. There would be no need to start from scratch.

Additionally the extensible nature of WordPress means that no matter what your future needs, WordPress can handle it. Adding things like e-commerce and custom quoting systems are just two examples of advanced solution's that I have added to WordPress sites years after they were first built.

WordPress is used by tiny one person businesses all the way up to major websites like the NY Times and I think it is right for this project as well.

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Xander Groesbeek
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So many choices for CMSs these days. So then what do you choose if speed, security and customization are key? Headless for one. Consuming your own APIs for content is absolute key. It makes designing pages in the front-end a breeze. Leaving Ghost and Cockpit. If I then looked at the footprint and impact on server load, Cockpit definitely wins that battle.

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10 Years ago I have started to check more about the online sphere and I have decided to make a website. There were a few CMS available at that time like WordPress or Joomla that you can use to have your website. At that point, I have decided to use WordPress as it was the easiest and I am glad I have made a good decision. Now WordPress is the most used CMS. Later I have created also a site about WordPress: https://www.wpdoze.com

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Pros of Ghost
Pros of WordPress
  • 43
    Beautiful
  • 33
    Fast
  • 28
    Quick/simple post styling
  • 18
    Non-profit
  • 18
    Live Post Preview
  • 17
    Open source
  • 15
    Seamless writing
  • 5
    Node.js
  • 4
    Javascript
  • 4
    Fast and Performatic
  • 3
    Simplest
  • 2
    Handlebars
  • 2
    Wonderful UI
  • 2
    Full Control
  • 1
    Clean
  • 1
    Magic
  • 410
    Customizable
  • 361
    Easy to manage
  • 350
    Plugins & themes
  • 258
    Non-tech colleagues can update website content
  • 246
    Really powerful
  • 144
    Rapid website development
  • 77
    Best documentation
  • 51
    Codex
  • 44
    Product feature set
  • 35
    Custom/internal social network
  • 14
    Open source
  • 8
    Great for all types of websites
  • 6
    Huge install and user base
  • 5
    Best
  • 5
    It's simple and easy to use by any novice
  • 5
    Most websites make use of it
  • 5
    Open Source Community
  • 5
    Perfect example of user collaboration
  • 5
    I like it like I like a kick in the groin
  • 4
    Community
  • 4
    API-based CMS
  • 3
    Easy To use
  • 2
    <a href="https://secure.wphackedhel">Easy Beginner</a>

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Cons of Ghost
Cons of WordPress
  • 10
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    Hard to keep up-to-date if you customize things
  • 10
    Plugins are of mixed quality
  • 8
    Not best backend UI
  • 1
    Complex Organization
  • 1
    Great Security

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What is Ghost?

Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do.

What is WordPress?

The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.

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Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.
Joomla!
Joomla is a simple and powerful web server application and it requires a server with PHP and either MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQL Server to run it.
Adobe Experience Manager
It is a Web Content Management System that allows companies to manage their web content (Web pages, digital assets, forms, etc) and also create digital experiences with this content on any platform web, mobile or IoT.
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