An Introduction to Ghost – A Headless, Open-Source CMS

Ghost is the number-one, open-source, headless Node.js CMS. Essentially, it’s a customizable platform for running blogs, magazines, or journals. It’s fully open-source and runs blogs including OpenAI, DigitalOcean, and Mozilla.

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Behind the scenes, Ghost is running its admin panel with Ember.js, which can be run on the web and any OS. Since it uses Node.js, it easily integrates with third-party applications like Slack, Mailchimp, and Shopify. There’s also a command-line interface that makes it super-easy to get up and running locally or on a production server.


The power of being open-source is clear here. The Ghost theme that comes with the default installation is clean and ready to go, but it offers lots of room for creativity and customization. You can easily create your own themes, and locally, it even supports hot-reloading.


If you want to roll your own server, there are quick setup guides for Ubuntu (recommended) or Docker, and both are free. Ghost also offers hosting. It has a cost, but all proceeds go toward supporting the development of Ghost.If you’re interested in blogging in an efficient way with a clean, responsive user interface, Ghost may be the platform for you. It’s so easy to get started and has lots of room for growth and customization through themes and hosting providers.

Publishing options

The Ghost editor post settings menu has everything you need to fully optimise and distribute your content effectively.

Managing admin settings

There are a couple of things to do next while you're getting set up: making your site private and inviting your team.

Apps & integrations

Work with all your favourite apps and tools or create your own custom integrations using the Ghost API.


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