WordPress has been the go-to for me for many years, but it's always been a bit of a hassle to keep up with its ever expanding list of security holes. And let's not forget that it needs a myriad of plugins to keep it somewhat secure, speedy and good-looking.
Ghost on the other hand is a relatively sleek and extremely straight forward service that does most of the work for you. Granted, since it's a NodeJS application it can't be thrown on any cheap web hosting like WordPress. But VPS aren't all that expensive these days either.
I've made a table with my Pro/Con arguments to make your decision easier:
|✅ Tons of plugins and themes||❌ Not as many plugins and themes|
|✅ Can be hosted on normal web hosting||❌ Needs a VPS|
|✅ Easy to customize||✅ Easy to customize|
|❌ Needs a myriad of plugins for basic functionality||✅ Comes with a rich base install that covers most requirements|
|❌ Requires a lot of upkeep for base install and plugins||✅ Very little upkeep required|
|❌ Basic performance is lacking without plugins||✅ Blazing fast even without additional caching|
|❌ Installation takes quite a bit of time||✅ Ghost even sets up nginx and letsencrypt for you (see below)|
The last point of ghost is what definitely sold me on it. Might be a bit petty, but I really appreciate a software taking care of a full install rather than leaving me to set up nginx, letsencrypt, systemd etc. on my own.
Just have a look at this beautiful install process:
/var/www/stukev$ ghost install ? Enter your blog URL: / ? Enter your MySQL hostname: localhost ? Enter your MySQL username: ghost ? Enter your MySQL password: [hidden] ? Enter your Ghost database name: stukev_prod ✔ Configuring Ghost ✔ Setting up instance ✔ Setting up "ghost" system user ? Do you wish to set up Nginx? Yes ✔ Setting up Nginx ? Do you wish to set up SSL? Yes ? Enter your email (For SSL Certificate) email@example.com ✔ Setting up SSL ? Do you wish to set up Systemd? Yes ✔ Setting up Systemd ? Do you want to start Ghost? Yes ✔ Starting Ghost
If you'd like to set up your own ghost install just head on over here, and you'll be up in no time. The only point I can still give WordPress it's that it's a super easy way for amateurs to set up websites. But as for blogging, we've got a new king, and it's Ghost.