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Ghost Pro alternative hosting platforms

A quick look at alternative Ghost CMS hosting services.

Ghost is a great all-in-one publishing tool that is fast becoming a favourite amongst bloggers.

Unfortunately, web hosting providers have been slow to adopt Ghost, so finding a web host that provides fully managed Ghost hosting is not as easy as finding a managed hosted service like you can do with WordPress.

Although Ghost offers a fully managed hosting solution (Ghost Pro), it can be a little pricey for those just starting out. Luckily for you, there are alternative options available which could save a little money.

Let’s take a look at alternative managed and unmanaged Ghost hosting options.

Ghost (Pro) 

Ghost(Pro) is the official managed host for Ghost.

Ghost(Pro) plans start from $11 a month or $9 if you pay annually. The starter plan includes 500 members, 1 staff user and access to free Ghost themes. You can not use custom themes or custom integrations unless you upgrade to the next plan which is $25 per month.

DigitalPress 

DigitalPress is a Ghost platform that allows you to launch a Ghost blog for free. You can get started with 200 newsletter emails a month, unlimited members and staff members and you also get access to free Ghost themes. The free plan is supported by ads, however, I am yet to see one.

The next plan up is the Starter plan which includes 2000 newsletter emails a month and access to premium themes. The starter plan is 6 EUR per month.

FirePress

FirePress is another Ghost platform that provides a fully managed solution. It’s not clear what their monthly limit is on newsletter emails per month but they offer unlimited members, unlimited staff and 500 image uploads per month. FirePress only has two plans, a $19 monthly plan and a $159 monthly plan.

Gloat

Gloat is a one-man Ghost hosting service run by Dan Rowden. Dan is well known within the Ghost community and he is also the man behind the popular Ghost commenting platform Cove

Like FirePress, Gloat has a single plan that is priced at $19 per month or $189 per year and includes 20,000 newsletter emails per month, unlimited members and unlimited staff members. 

Midnight

Midnight is another Ghost hosting platform which unlike others does not include newsletter emails on their Standard plan. The Standard plan is $15 per month and includes unlimited members and unlimited staff members. The Midnight Plus plan includes 10,000 newsletter emails per month.

FastComet

FastComet is one of the very few mainstream web hosts that I am aware of that offers Ghost hosting. FastComet is a cPanel web host and offers plans from $9.95 per month. Unlike most of the other Ghost hosting platforms on this list, FastComet does not include monthly newsletter emails so you will need to configure Ghost yourself using Mailgun to send out your monthly newsletters.

Because FastComet is a cPanel-based web host, you will get additional perks such as email inboxes and one-click app installers.

A2 Hosting

Just like FastComet, A2 Hosting is another popular web host that offers Ghost hosting. However, they only offer unmanaged virtual servers which is not ideal as you could potentially be missing out on important updates for both your server and Ghost installation – – if you have no server admin experience.

The A2 Hosting Runway plan starts at $6.99.

Self-hosting Ghost can be a headache for non-techies. The installation process can be tricky and you also have to think about server configuration, server updates, backups, transactional emails and so on.

As well as A2 Hosting, you can launch virtual instances with Ghost pre-installed on Digital Ocean and Amazon Lighsail.

So…

In a nutshell, a fully managed service beats self-hosting as you avoid configuration difficulties and technical issues which could arise at any time.

What to look for in a fully managed Ghost solution:

  • Unlimited members
  • Unlimited staff members
  • 1000+ newsletter emails 
  • Decent amount of storage
  • Free SSL
  • Custom integrations
  • Daily backups
  • Ghost updates

If you have any questions or doubts about Ghost, feel free to comment below.

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