Goodbye Medium, Hello Ghost: Why my blog is migrating from Medium to Ghost

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on news.ycombinator.com

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  • Grav

    Modern, Crazy Fast, Ridiculously Easy and Amazingly Powerful Flat-File CMS powered by PHP, Markdown, Twig, and Symfony

    My personal blog runs on Grav, a flat-file CMS: https://getgrav.org/

    It was really simple to set up as a Docker container, it is pretty fast due to not having a backing database but instead being file based, allows for some customization in the form of plugins (e.g. RSS/Atom feeds), is themeable and also reasonably secure (as long as you consider using additional auth in front of /admin, though the admin module itself is entirely optional, you can just write blog posts with a text editor, should you so choose).

    Of course, there's not much of a network there to speak of, in regards to discoverability, nor is there any kind of advertising that would give me passive income from my writing (apart from a link to a VPS hosting provider, where I get discounts on my own hosting if someone signs up). However, using your own self-hosted blog is perfectly viable nowadays, should you so choose!

    Also, if you need a Wiki, some folks out there strongly recommend BookStack (https://www.bookstackapp.com/) and in regards to communication you can use Mattermost (https://mattermost.com/) or something like it. Not to detract from the actual article itself, it's just that we live in a pretty great time with plenty of options, be it cloud based ones, or self-hosted software!

  • Home Assistant

    :house_with_garden: Open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first.

    With Home Assistant[1] we use Ghost for our newsletter[2]. Besides ease of use and great design as article points out, it also was the only newsletter host that allowed us to disable all the tracking.

    +1 for Ghost. Awesome software

    [1]: https://www.home-assistant.io

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  • BookStack

    A platform to create documentation/wiki content built with PHP & Laravel

    My personal blog runs on Grav, a flat-file CMS: https://getgrav.org/

    It was really simple to set up as a Docker container, it is pretty fast due to not having a backing database but instead being file based, allows for some customization in the form of plugins (e.g. RSS/Atom feeds), is themeable and also reasonably secure (as long as you consider using additional auth in front of /admin, though the admin module itself is entirely optional, you can just write blog posts with a text editor, should you so choose).

    Of course, there's not much of a network there to speak of, in regards to discoverability, nor is there any kind of advertising that would give me passive income from my writing (apart from a link to a VPS hosting provider, where I get discounts on my own hosting if someone signs up). However, using your own self-hosted blog is perfectly viable nowadays, should you so choose!

    Also, if you need a Wiki, some folks out there strongly recommend BookStack (https://www.bookstackapp.com/) and in regards to communication you can use Mattermost (https://mattermost.com/) or something like it. Not to detract from the actual article itself, it's just that we live in a pretty great time with plenty of options, be it cloud based ones, or self-hosted software!

  • Mattermost

    Mattermost is an open source platform for secure collaboration across the entire software development lifecycle.

    My personal blog runs on Grav, a flat-file CMS: https://getgrav.org/

    It was really simple to set up as a Docker container, it is pretty fast due to not having a backing database but instead being file based, allows for some customization in the form of plugins (e.g. RSS/Atom feeds), is themeable and also reasonably secure (as long as you consider using additional auth in front of /admin, though the admin module itself is entirely optional, you can just write blog posts with a text editor, should you so choose).

    Of course, there's not much of a network there to speak of, in regards to discoverability, nor is there any kind of advertising that would give me passive income from my writing (apart from a link to a VPS hosting provider, where I get discounts on my own hosting if someone signs up). However, using your own self-hosted blog is perfectly viable nowadays, should you so choose!

    Also, if you need a Wiki, some folks out there strongly recommend BookStack (https://www.bookstackapp.com/) and in regards to communication you can use Mattermost (https://mattermost.com/) or something like it. Not to detract from the actual article itself, it's just that we live in a pretty great time with plenty of options, be it cloud based ones, or self-hosted software!

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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