Ghost VS Grav

Compare Ghost vs Grav and see what are their differences.

Ghost

Turn your audience into a business. Publishing, memberships, subscriptions and newsletters. (by TryGhost)

Grav

Modern, Crazy Fast, Ridiculously Easy and Amazingly Powerful Flat-File CMS powered by PHP, Markdown, Twig, and Symfony (by getgrav)
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Ghost Grav
233 68
42,351 13,638
0.7% 0.3%
10.0 8.4
5 days ago 16 days ago
JavaScript PHP
MIT License MIT License
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Ghost

Posts with mentions or reviews of Ghost. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-04.

Grav

Posts with mentions or reviews of Grav. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-05.
  • Ask HN: What's on Your Home Server?
    52 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 5 Jan 2023
  • best php-based cms/tech choice
    16 projects | reddit.com/r/PHP | 28 Dec 2022
    Another area of CMS Systems are Flat File System based CMS which I did last time not hear a lot around but there was a lot of noice in the past from Kirby CMS and Grav CMS. Instead of a database they store all there data inside files and I mostly saw more for simpler website build with it where not specific security releated user context based content where used.
  • Learning curve for Joomla and Drupal
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/webdev | 15 Nov 2022
    I would recommend Grav or Kirby (if your site is less than 50 pages) or Craft if your site is larger than that. Craft is especially nice. I has an incredibly powerful developer experience and an incredibly refined editor experience. Those 2 don't often go together. Grav and Kirby are nice in that they give you all the nice features of a CMS, but don't require a database, so they're trivially easy to stand up almost anywhere.
  • I want to learn Frontend Development, but all the technologies and how they interact with each other are overwhelming and confusing. Where do I start?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/webdev | 19 Oct 2022
    So, I looked for some alternatives and stumbled upon stuff like Statamic, Grav, or Craft. The features sound super cool and it looks just awesome! Just what I need. But then there's the thing called... installation. Via package managers. npm. Composer. Terminal commands. YIKES. In my imagination, I just install it on my webspace (web hosting provider, shared hosting), similar to e.g. WordPress, and configure it right there.
  • How do I set up a website, advice needed!
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/ireland | 2 Oct 2022
    Well that’s a loads of arse. In that case build something with Grav or similar static generator like Jekyll.
  • What cms to use free and get first experience to integrate it?
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/webdev | 1 Oct 2022
    The CMS I use for personal projects is Strapi (https://strapi.io/). It can be used as either a dynamic CMS or static site generator and it's a powerful JavaScript backend. However, for beginners who might not want to use Wordpress, I recommend Grav (https://getgrav.org/). Instead of using a database, it uses a flat-file architecture which means your web server only requires PHP. And once you learn the Twig template system it's relatively simple to use, assuming your site needs aren't too demanding.
  • Yak Shaving: A Short Lesson on Staying Focused
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 6 Sep 2022
    > I had that idea at least 1-2 years ago, and I've only recently written my first post within the past 2 months. I think I enjoy tinkering with build systems much more than writing.

    This is very much an easy trap to fall into! What helped me was not sweating over the small stuff and setting up an instance of Grav, though I think that most of the turnkey blogging solutions out there would work (e.g. Ghost/Bolt as well, maybe not self-hosted Wordpress as a first option due to large surface area): https://getgrav.org/

    What I really like about that solution in particular is that it is flat-file based and also has an admin web dashboard that's a separate plugin that can be enabled/disabled (some might prefer writing text files directly, with front matter and all) and has separate URL path that can be put behind basicauth (in addition to built in auth), client certificate auth or anything else.

    It's not perfect, of course, and has given me the occasional headaches, but it's also good enough for my blog: https://blog.kronis.dev/

    That said, I still struggle with my homepage - instead of going back through 5+ years of projects and describing all of the noteworthy ones, putting up a few galleries of screenshots, listing technologies, ordering them by relevance and also making sure that it doesn't contain too much data... it's just sitting there, on my TODO list. It's been that way for a while now.

    I want it done. But I don't want to do it.

  • What are people using these days to build commercial small scale websites?
    9 projects | reddit.com/r/webdev | 2 Sep 2022
  • Looking for a non-blog type static website builder
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/selfhosted | 26 Aug 2022
    I have always liked grav https://getgrav.org/
  • Show HN: Markdown as Web Page/Site
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 11 Aug 2022
    The Grav CMS also internally uses Markdown for the page contents and generates static files: https://getgrav.org/

    They do use YAML FrontMatter for attaching metadata so the CMS knows how to process certain pages (e.g. page title, page type etc.), but it isn't too complicated in practice: https://learn.getgrav.org/17/content/content-pages#page-file

    They also have an admin plugin, which you can use if you prefer a more traditional workflow, even if it just generates the same file format under the hood: https://learn.getgrav.org/16/admin-panel/introduction

    I'm actually using an ancient version of Grav for my own blog, although I had to put the admin path behind additional auth (in addition to the one it already provides), for safety: https://blog.kronis.dev/

    I really like hybrid systems like that: a CMS for blogging or just writing in general that's based on Markdown, generates static files for decent performance, but is also extensible with additional functionality, and also has a decent web UI if you want one.

    (there are probably other CMSes like that out there, or more generic solutions, too)

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Ghost and Grav you can also consider the following projects:

Pico - Pico is a stupidly simple, blazing fast, flat file CMS.

Strapi - 🚀 Strapi is the leading open-source headless CMS. It’s 100% JavaScript, fully customizable and developer-first.

october - Self-hosted CMS platform based on the Laravel PHP Framework.

Bolt - Bolt is a simple CMS written in PHP. It is based on Silex and Symfony components, uses Twig and either SQLite, MySQL or PostgreSQL.

ApostropheCMS - Apostrophe is a full-featured, open-source CMS built with Node.js that empowers organizations by combining in-context editing and headless architecture in a full-stack JS environment.

KeystoneJS - The most powerful headless CMS for Node.js — built with GraphQL and React

Bludit - Simple, Fast, Secure, Flat-File CMS

GetSimple CMS - GetSimple CMS

Hexo - A fast, simple & powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js.

ProcessWire - ProcessWire 3.x is a friendly and powerful open source CMS with a strong API.

Kirby - Kirby's core application folder