Have You Seen Ghost

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Have you seen Ghost, guvnor? Sweet little publishing platform it is, and to you – cheap at twice the price.

The photo is of a man who was advertising a performance during the Fringe Festival here in Edinburgh last summer. And it seemed kind of appropriate as an intro to this post, given that I am recommending a non-WordPress publishing platform named Ghost.

I started a Ghost blog as an experiment because I wanted to see what I thought of being able to see the front-end finished page as I wrote. I didn’t expect much, but I find to my surprise that I like it a lot.

I could have started the blog on Ghost’s own servers, but the cost is quite high ($19/month) for the cheapest option – and that’s for a blog that is half serious and half an experiment.

Running a site on Ghost’s servers gets you one site, 25,000 page-views per month, unlimited transfer and storage, Automatic updates and backups, Upload any theme or app, Worldwide CDN & security protection, and SSL Support.

So if you have a high-traffic site that is built around text, then it might be a solution for someone.

There are other ways to get a site up and running. You can download the source code and run it on a VPN. It is unlikely you could run it on most shared servers because of the way Ghost is built.

If I had the skills and energy to do it, I could start one on Digital Ocean for a very small monthly cost. But in the end I took the easy and cheap option – £29.00/year for a blog on TSOHost.

Here’s the link to my blog on Ghost: Marginal Seat and here is a link to the About page where I talk about the experience of writing with Ghost.

11 comments

  1. Tamara · November 11, 2016

    Great photo, I especially love that expression tip-topped by that curly moustache (and ay yay yay about the loud checked jacket, eh?)!

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  2. Tamara · November 11, 2016

    The Magical Mystery Tour, hmm?? 😬

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    • David Bennett · November 11, 2016

      I’m afraid the nasties are in the house and want to end the magic. We shall have to hang on and ride the bumpy road.

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      • Tamara · November 12, 2016

        The Blue Meanies have taken over — though it is actually much too serious to use this language now…

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  3. nicklewis · November 11, 2016

    Haha! Great stuff and exciting to see some experimentation with non-wordpress jiggery pokery wotsits wot!

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  4. Cardinal Guzman · December 29, 2016

    I’ll stick to free WordPress publishing. 🙂

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