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๐Ÿ‘‹ Hey Product Hunters! After 6 years, I'm super excited to share Ghost 3.0 with you โ€” this is the biggest release we've done since the very first version of Ghost, and is absolutely full of new stuff. The link of the post goes to an overview of everything that shipped today, and an accompanying blog post about why we worked on those particular features, but I thought I'd use this opportunity on PH to give a bit of backstory. ๐Ÿ‘ป The Origin Just in case you've never heard of us - a quick recap! Ghost launched in 2013 on Kickstarter as a new take on the traditional blogging platform. The difference: Deeply focused on publishing (rather than generic website-building), blazing fast modern codebase, fully open source permissive MIT license, with a sustainable business model, structured as an independent non-profit organisation. To date, thereโ€™s still not a single other platform which offers all those things in one place! ๐Ÿš€ So what's 3.0 all about? Well, what started out as my life's work has turned into a team of 15 people spread all over the world making free open source software, actively used in production by people including Apple, Tinder, The Stanford Review, DuckDuckGo, Mozilla, OpenAI and many more. While so much of the early product was Hannah and myself hacking away to get a prototype out the door, these days there's just a lot more that goes into each release. In fact, the reason we're able to ship such a big update this time around is hugely influenced by how the team has grown in the last few years, and the incredible people who now work on Ghost full time. They're the ones who made all of this possible. Fundamentally, Ghost 3.0 is all about enabling new business models for publishers based on building real, engaged audiences. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Ghost now includes native support for memberships, turn your anonymous pageviews into registered users who are part of a community ๐Ÿ’ธ We've also built a deep Stripe integration to enable subscription commerce for all publishers. You can spin up a site like Stratechery, Sinocism, or The Information in just a few clicks. With 0% transaction fees. --- BTW - If you want to see a live demo of this in action: Today I launched my new site using Ghost members and subscriptions, it's called https://rediverge.com - I'm looking forward to getting back to publishing again with a new and improved format. --- ๐Ÿ›  A JAMstack native architecture, Ghost is the #1 most popular open source headless CMS out there, and has documented integrations with Gatsby, Next, Hexo, Nuxt, VuePress, Gridsome and Eleventy. ๐Ÿ”Œ A huge amount of new integrations for all your favourite products and services with Ghost โš™๏ธ Lots of improved automation with a new WordPress migration plugin, a new Github Action for continuous deployment, a new default theme with native Dark Mode support, and much more. Oh, and of course all of this is still completely open source. We've now passed 15,000 commits to Ghost, and the product has grown up tremendously from its early roots back in 2013. Here are some throwback screenshots of some of the earliest releases of Ghost: https://imgur.com/a/HIajekL (phew, glad we've improved a bit since then) ๐Ÿ“ข Thanks for reading! We'll be hanging out in the comments all day if you have any questions :)
@johnonolan I just saw https://rediverge.com/about/ wow! amazing. Stripe Checkout + Sign up so good!!! And also i love the darkmode as well. Well done!!!!!!!!!!!! So impressive on Jamstack too!
@johnonolan Congrats on the fast improvements from 1.X -> 2.0 -> 3.0. The last two releases are really exciting!
@fajarsiddiq Thanks Fajar! Glad you like it :)
@alexwelcing Really appreciate it! Feels like we've come a long way since 1.x already
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I run my blog on it!
@levelsio Not the easiest migration I've ever done Piet - your WP theme was very "creative"
@levelsio @johnonolan for some reason, when you import from wordpress, there are additional < p > tags inserted for paras, not really a conversion option to blocks for editing?
Amazing work! What do you think is your vision of the future publishing and textual media? Will everything go paid?
@levelsio Definitely not everything. But I think increasingly people are willing to pay for niches which are in an area that they care deeply about. I think in the long term, lots of people will have non-overlapping subscriptions to a few things they're most interested in, and that the long tail of small subscription businesses could be really great for the next generation of the open web and smaller communities within it.
๐Ÿ‘‹ Hey @johnonolan, Congrats with the launch! ๐Ÿคœ Great to see 1 big update from Ghost per year! 2014: Ghost 0.1 2017: Ghost: 1.0 2018: Ghost: 2.0 2019: Ghost: 3.0 Ghost is the big inspiration for all indie SaaS business! Questions: 1. Is it possible to have something like Patreon business model, where all of my articles are pubic, but some people can make recurrent donations and I can put their names on sponsored page? 2. Are you planning to make a recommendation engine where I can discover authors based on my interests so I can follow them be notified when the publish new article?
@andreyazimov Hey hey - yes to both #1 and #2 :)
@johnonolan about 1: how do you do this Patreon like supporting without making posts private?
@erwblo You can set posts to be public of private on an individual level, as well as a global default - there's no requirement to have _any_ of your posts private, or require payment!
@andreyazimov @johnonolan Iโ€™m hearing harps and seeing angels because of this. I love this product, and the new updates is making this a lifelong marriage.
Congratulations! I've been running our development blog on Ghost for a few years and love it. Our marketing blog is on the 'other' blog engine and I avoid it like the plague. Ghost is just so much easier, lightweight, reliable and functional that I will keep fighting to keep our dev blog on it. Looking forward to upgrading to 3.0 soon.
@dsabar Thanks Devan, really appreciate the support!