WordPress or Ghost: Which should you use?

This, understandably, is the most pestering questions in the minds of any rookie blogger. An experienced blogger doesn’t face the dilemma, as he knows the exact purpose of each, their pros and cons, and how each can be the better choice by serving their definite purposes, depending on the nature of the blog.But for beginners, they can follow this article to decide that on his/her own!

First of all, let’s start with a little introduction.

WordPress, the most famous content management system in the world, is the blogging platform for choice among a few millions of users, with a majority of websites and blogs depending upon it, be it free with paid addons (WordPress.com) , or the self hosted open source package (WordPress.org) . It is powered by about 30% of the websites and around 70% in content management system category. It is well known for its well structure and ease of use, though features such as the SEO metadata and custom content types is exclusive only to the self hosted version which requires payment for web hosting. The main motto of WordPress and its’ community is openness, and the proof of that is their completely open source software. WordPress.com also has a plan that is free for life.

But in the last few years, a number of upcoming open source platforms are grabbing eyeballs, such as the aforementioned Ghost. It is a simple platform mainly concerned with publishing, unlike WordPress, and is meant to be a strictly “blogging only” platform. In the dashbaord, you only get a list of your posts with a preview, along with the option to edit or add posts. This means that when its about huge multi-author blogs or magazines, WordPress wins. On the other hand, Ghost doesn’t allow custom post types, or plugins; though the requirement of plugins is minimized by the already present default SEO settings and social sharing features. Ghost comes in two variants, just like WordPress i.e. the self hosted version and the hosted version on Ghost’s servers. Ghost however does not offer a free hosted plan, though you have access to uploading your own and content by means of FTP.

Now that we are done with the introductions, let us get to the main part of this article:
WordPress is universally supported. You can go with both the free or paid plans. The most basic plan is free, and can give you any website you’d want. Also, if you ever have even the slightest chance of someday adding something other than a blog such as an eCommerce to your blog, WordPress should be your only choice.

Conversely, Ghost doesn’t have any free hosted option, which becomes a pain when you need more number of blogs, where paying someone a smaller amount to set things on your domains would seem the smarter option. But again, as WordPress is easily accessible, I don’t believe the WordPress hosted services do offer much of a benefit apart from larger networks through WordPress multisite. The WordPress admin panel is a bit outdated. Also, it seems more complex than Ghost, being a bit overwhelming at first. Ghost’s admin panel and settings section, is much simpler and decently structured however. Navigating through it is easier and you soon learn everything’s location.

As for writing, though both the platforms have previews, Ghost looks more beautiful and its easier to scribble common elements. In this case, its a pretty big deal as a better outlook has a correlation to a more engaging content. When it comes to advanced editing though, WordPress rules, as there are hardly any options as such in Ghost. WordPress has few shortcodes for use, and you can add a lot more with plugins, giving you better access to complex elements. In WordPress, though plugins can do anything and everything, with Ghost you cannot expect any advanced content management. But coming to SEO or speed, Ghost is the clear winner. The UI and usability factors are better than WordPress.

So what does it all come down to this when the question is asked: WordPress vs Ghost: Which should you use?

Even after going through all the above factors, its really hard to compare. WordPress and Ghost are two very different kind of platforms. WordPress is a platform capable of powering any sort of website, while Ghost mainly focuses on simple writing and publishing.If you work on a really simple blog and won’t need to do anything complicated, look no further, Ghost is the answer. It’s easy to use, the interface is engaging and a multitude of themes. However, if you’re thinking about a website with complex features or might need to extend and modify a certain amount of features in the future, WordPress is what you are looking for.

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