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Written by Editorial Team on August 26, 2020

Ghost vs WordPress: A Comparison Like No Other

Ghost vs WordPress. Which is the best content management system for website owners? In this article, we will go through a detailed introduction on both Ghost and WordPress to give you a clear comparison between both of these awesome publishing platforms.

Ghost vs WordPress - Summary

FeaturesGhost CMSWordPress CMS
Hosted solutionYes, starts at $29 per monthYes, free plan available and paid plans start at $4 per month
Self-hosted solutionYes, for freeYes, for free
Recommended forPublishers and membership sites (paid content)Publisher, eCommerce, landing pages and membership sites (paid content)
Ease of use / Beginner-friendlyStraightforwardStraightforward with advanced features available
Coding skillsRequired (for theme customization)Not required, but it is an added advantage
PopularityPopular among publishersExtremely popular among various industries

An introduction to Ghost CMS

What is Ghost CMS? Ghost vs WordPress
~What is Ghost CMS? Ghost vs WordPress

Ghost.org is a popular publishing platform that looks very familiar with Medium. The Ghost CMS is very geared towards publishers, thus, you are getting more of a publisher platform (that allows you to create content fast) instead of those advanced features to customize a site.

Ghost.org Features

From content writers to podcasters to video creators, Ghost.org had been a valuable piece of software that allows you to showcase your content quickly and beautifully ... without a single line of code.

Modern publishing

  • A beautiful, powerful editor
  • Simple content management
  • Email newsletters built-in
  • SEO features included automatically

Membership business

  • Free member registration & login
  • Launch paid publications & newsletters
  • Subscription payments with Stripe
  • No transaction fees, you keep your revenue
  • Turn any subscriber list into a members site

Developer friendly

  • Headless CMS with Node.js REST APIs
  • Over 19x faster than WordPress
  • Secure & independently audited
  • Custom theme or any JAMstack front-end

Ghost.org Pricing

Basic
A good option for bloggers
$29
/mo
  • 100k views/month
  • 2 staff users
  • 1,000 members
  • SSL+CDN included
Standard
When publication gets serious
$79
/mo
  • 500k views/month
  • 5 staff users
  • 8,000 members
  • Priority support
Business
High volume, performance-focused
$199
/mo
  • 1M views/month
  • 15 staff users
  • 35,000 members
  • 99.9% uptime SLA

An introduction to WordPress

What is WordPress CMS? Ghost vs WordPress
~What is WordPress CMS? Ghost vs WordPress

WordPress doesn't require much introduction (to be honest). This is by far, one of the most popular CMS in the world. Last we check, it is powering over 35% of the world's website (which is fairly huge).

Unlike Ghost.org, WordPress is geared more towards a multipurpose CMS tool that allows you to build a website based on a wide number of criteria including membership sites, business blogs, landing pages, sales pages and many more.

Plus, WordPress comes with visual builders that allow you create customized WordPress designs without coding skills.

WordPress Features

WordPress CMS is a multi-purpose content management system for both beginners and advanced website owners.

Ease of use

  • 1-click install almost everything
  • Drag and drop website builders
  • Plugins make customizing WordPress sites easy
  • Extremely easy for beginners

Absolute control

  • Control everything on your site
  • Easily create membership subscriptions
  • Integration with marketing tool
  • International support

Developer friendly

  • No coding skills required
  • Drag and drop everything
  • Many ready-made themes and plugins
  • Fast and secure

WordPress Pricing

Host Solution
Worry-free and great for beginners
$4
/mo
  • Hosted on WordPress.com
  • Excellent support
  • Scalability and security
  • SSL + CDN included
Self-Hosted Solution
Performance and control
$4
/mo
  • A wide range of web hosting solutions
  • Easy to setup
  • Costs under $3.99 per month
  • Scalability and control

Summary: Ghost vs WordPress

If you are a publisher, course creator or having a subscription-based model, Ghost is an excellent choice to go with.

If you are looking for a full-fledged website CMS that gives you performance, stability, control and customization, there's nothing beating WordPress CMS.

What's your choice? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

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