I Started A Ghost Blog

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 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 – ยฃ29.00/year for a blog on TSOHost.

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

8 Replies to “I Started A Ghost Blog”

  1. It feels as if I’ve been away from all this web stuff for ages. I remember Ghost. I downloaded the software, and tried to install it (somewhere, I forget where). Never succeeded and gave up.

    At the time, I was enthusiastic, as usual … was going to learn MarkUp, not just the _italics_ and *bold*. Got so irked when I wasn’t able to install it, so I let go of the whole idea.

    I’ve read your About page now. I could probably have liked it too, but there was also the part about commenting … or lack thereof .

    Will do something with my hernibs.com instead … for now ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I remember that now. What I _can’t_ remember is where I installed it … or tried to install.

        The only thing about that Ghost story I recall is I ended up asking myself ยซWhy am I putting myself through all this?ยป ๐Ÿ™‚ I did not pay.

        1. I asked on my cPanel shared hosting package whether they had node.js installed. If they had then I would have had a go at installing Ghost. They didn’t and I didn’t want to try the other option via Digital Ocean or some other VPS because I wasn’t sure how to make the site secure. That’s what decided me to go with TSOHost. They do all the setup and security in the background.

  2. About Markdown, there’s a reference sheet built into Ghost. You just click the link at the bottom of the page and a cheat sheet pops up as an overlay.

    I gave used Markdown with WordPress using the built-in Markdown module in Jetpack.

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