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Jun 14, 2019 11:00:15

Blogging platforms to choose from

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So as i mentioned yesterday i am planning on making a blog about stuff.

So which blogging platform to choose?

I'm in between two, Ghost and Wordpress.

I know that many will say Wordpress but what about Ghost? It's a paid platform they say that it's perfect for blogs and businesses and their model is that they don't want to serve everyone, but they want to serve people that pay them and to be profitable and to be at their disposal 24/7.

So when you consider making a blog, should you choose something that's free or something that you will pay in advance and you have excellent customer service?

I strongly believe that having a nice customer service will give you an advantage over whatever you are doing. Since the customer should always be "right", choosing something that will benefit me, in the long run, is the key to success.

And a couple of words about Wordpress. I'm not against it don't get me wrong but i believe that paying for something, in the beginning, will give you an advantage.

Wordpress is a nice service i am not saying that it's not but the plugins that you are adding in order for your blog to run great will actually make it worse for you.

So should i go for Wordpress or Ghost? What's your take on this question?

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    @berkan If you choose Wordpress, beware the Wordpress.com vs Wordpress.org fallacy. I'm still not exactly sure how those two are different but they are.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 14, 2019 12:30:07
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      @berkan @brandonwilson wordpress.org is open source software that anyone can do anything with.

      wordpress.com is simply a SASS product that leverages the same open source code, provided by a company called 'automattic' founded by the original wordpress.org code contributor Matt Mullenweg.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 14, 2019 22:40:54
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      @brandonwilson Thanks man! Yea they are a bit different

      Berkan avatar Berkan | Jun 15, 2019 13:03:02
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      @brandonwilson @abrahamKim Thanks for the info <3

      Berkan avatar Berkan | Jun 15, 2019 13:03:18
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    @berkan I have used both and both have some pros and cons. Do you plan to monetize your blog at some point? Do you plan to add features that would require external plugins? Ghost is nice and simple but Wordpress certainly gives you the ability to do a lot more.

    Arpit Choudhury avatar Arpit Choudhury | Jun 14, 2019 15:56:02
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      @arpitchoudhury Yea i am planning on monetizing it at some point with some features like direct sales of a product (affiliate marketing). That's the only way to monetize it, and i heard there are no comments on Ghost but that there is a plugin to add so that you can add comments :). I'm looking at Ghost because the research that i made it's better for me to be on Ghost. Ooh and i forgot i will need to grab some emails for my newsletter.

      Berkan avatar Berkan | Jun 15, 2019 13:04:55
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      @berkan OK well you can manage those with Ghost for sure. Good luck!

      Arpit Choudhury avatar Arpit Choudhury | Jun 15, 2019 22:31:37
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    @berkan ... the platform is one thing .. but don't forget to choose a good hosting provider as well ... Personally, I am using Wordpress .. but probably the only reason is that I am familiar with it ... I have never even tried something else. I am sorry it's not gonna help much :))

    Efran avatar Efran | Jun 14, 2019 11:18:06
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      @efran Thanks, about the hosting provider i should look that up too. Could you recommend me some?

      Berkan avatar Berkan | Jun 15, 2019 13:05:23
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    @berkan I worked with many, many blogging systems, hosting systems over the years and in my opinion the decision should be based on what you're planning to do with it.

    If you're using a paid service directly from the "Developers" you don't need to think about updating, at least as far as I know both (WP and Ghost) do those maintenance things automatically for you. But that comes at a cost and you're also "locked" in on that one platform. So changing platforms later could be a pain point.

    I've hosted my blogs and websites over the years myself, sure you have to keep them updated and do the maintenance, but you're also in control of every little aspect. But I am also a tech experienced guy :)

    For the Wordpress / Ghost decision: I used both and both have their advantages. Personally, I would choose Ghost, but that's mainly based on the fact that I am writing nodeJs-Code basically 24/7. Wordpress has for sure the larger Plugin / Theme base, but also a much larger attack surface, because of the large user base. But again, if you're using a hosted service, that shouldn't matter much :)

    Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jun 14, 2019 11:12:38
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      @phaidenbauer Yea i am looking at Ghost too because the Theme would be very minimal at some point. Just a normal theme with content. I am not looking for a fancy design. Minimal is the key if you ask me ;). I am planning on adding a button to collect emails (for a newsletter) and i am planning on adding affiliate links. That's it. So what do you think? Ghost right?

      Berkan avatar Berkan | Jun 15, 2019 13:07:45
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      @berkan It's up to you :) I would start with Ghost. If you use a custom domain a change of the Software later shouldn't be a problem :)

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jun 15, 2019 18:33:26
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