In the world of content management systems, Ghost CMS has carved a niche for itself. Having been around for more than half a decade, it is growing in usage and popularity. Ghost was founded in April 2013. It was started to create a new platform focused solely on professional publishing.
It has more than 3 Million installs and runs more than 10 thousand websites on its dedicated hosting. Apart from this, there are more than 100,000 active websites running ghost CMS on their servers. Since the source code is freely available you can host it on any server.
What is Ghost CMS?
Ghost is a headless CMS. It means the backend can be integrated with any front-end interface. Making it versatile, the Ghost CMS is loved by developers to customise. But at the same time, it retains the form of just a publishing platform.
The whole CMS has been used by a variety of organisations and individuals. Right from bloggers starting to experienced and professional bloggers, the CMS is loved by most. Even well-known companies are using it as a solid foundation backend for their publishing needs.
In this blog post, we take a look at the websites that run on cost. Most of them are blogs and publishing journals. Let’s dive in.
Websites Built with Ghost
The websites that are built with Ghost CMS and run on the platform are unique ones. The range varies from individuals to corporations. Let's look at them.
1. Apple Inc (Source: Ghost Customers)
Yes, the official customers' page of the Ghost CMS states Apple as a customer. Apple has used Ghost CMS to build their newsroom section it seems. Although this has not been confirmed yet it can be derived.
Since Ghost organisation has mentioned them as a customer it is official. Apple uses the Enterprise Cloud Contracts. It runs Ghost on its private network.
2. Square Inc
Square Inc is financial services and digital payments company. It is based in San Francisco, California. It uses Ghost's code on its private networks. They like Apple use enterprise cloud contracts to host the website. Using enterprise cloud contracts removes the headaches of server management completely.
Privacy is the first payment product that keeps your personal information private. It is more convenient than using a physical payment card online. Privacy.com uses Ghost to power its blog.
The blog of privacy.com is built with the Ghost CMS. The front end is customised for minimalism and has no images. You can easily read the text with zero distractions.
The DuckDuckGo Blog is built on Ghost CMS. It uses a modified version of the default theme Casper. The blog is soothing to the eye mixing well with the brand colours.
We all must have used the browser Firefox at some point in time. The foundation that has made the Firefox browser runs its blog on Ghost. The blog at Mozilla -the Moz VR Blog - runs on Ghost CMS.
Easy to customise with developers at hand has made Ghost popular at the organisation. Since Ghost's coding is focused on privacy and publishing it was an obvious choice.
Guideline is aimed at providing everyone with a secure retirement. As per its website, it is a platform powered by people. Guideline's Blog is built on Ghost.
7. Speed test
We all have used the speed test website to test our broadband speeds at some point in our life. The blog of speed test is also built upon Ghost CMS.
Since speed test is all about speed, Ghost CMS was an obvious choice. Ghost is known for delivering content at better speeds than its competitors. This has made it a better alternative to publishing platforms.
8. Open AI
Open AI is owned by the well-known billionaire Elon Musk. Not many people know about this. Many don’t even know about Open AI. The research of the Open AI team is published regularly on the Open AI blog.
The website and the blog are built and powered by Ghost. The front end of this blog is modified to give it a minimalistic view with no images.
The fun-looking website of Emojipedia has chosen Ghost as the platform to run its blog. The blog hosted on a subdomain retains the branding of the website. You can find updates wrt to different technologies regarding emojis on their blog.
Gusto is an HR and payroll Saas provider. It provides employee management services right from onboarding to payroll.
The engineering blog of Gusto has been built with Ghost CMS. It provides information about engineering and growth.
The blog of Fabric.com is powered by Ghost. Fabric is an Amazon-owned company. It educates about sewing, quilting and things related to clothing. It shares knowledge about fabrics and all stuff related to them.
Based in Australia, Quillette self-hosts and runs its website/blog on Ghost.
If you are an iPhone user you have heard about Clubhouse. The iOS-only app garnered reviews and attention for some time. They too run their blog with Pro services on Ghost.
14. Pocket Casts
Pocket Casts is a critically acclaimed, beautifully designed app. Its mission is to create the world’s greatest podcasting experience. According to their website, Pocket Casts is built by podcast listeners, for podcast listeners.
The Pockets Casts Blog is run with Ghost CMS. It is hosted on Pro services offered by the foundation.
15. Pics IO
Pics.io aims to develop an all-in-one digital assets hub. This is in addition to the existing storage solutions. They too chose Ghost as their publishing platform for powering their blog.
16. Yeezy Mafia
This one is a bit different. Yeezy Mafia is an e-commerce website built with Ghost. Though Ghost is not at all suitable for building e-commerce websites still this is a good try.
Fullstory transforms digital interactions across websites and mobile apps. These interactions are transformed into the actionable metrics that matter most to businesses. They run their blog as you guessed it.
The place where you can learn to code for free. Free Code Camp is a great tool to learn coding online for free. Many people have learned and made good choices. They built their blog on Ghost CMS where they share knowledge about coding concepts and tech in general. The Blog at Free CodeCamp is a good resource for tech-related things, especially coding.
XE offers a service to send forex at competitive rates. They are used by many organisations worldwide. They list notable names like Shopify and CLearbooks as their data API customers. The XE Blog is run with Ghost CMS in tandem with its branding.
The official customers' page at Ghost lists Cloudflare as a customer. Though we were not able to independently verify whether they use Ghost or not. Yet it is true. Cloudflare which powers many websites and delivers assets at lightning speeds chose Ghost to run their blog on. The Cloudflare Blog is running on top of Ghost CMS.
Another resource on the internet is where you can learn to code for free. Used by millions of people over the last decade, it has a blog run with Ghost. The posts on the blog mostly are about coding and development.
A company making products for our pets in the 21st century. They run an e-commerce store and a blog. The blog powered by Ghost has some good posts on pet care. The blog also features illustrations that are eye candy. Their blog is called Petfeed.
Getaround is a global and digital carsharing marketplace. It helps people with cars to share them with people who want to hire one to drive. People who hire their cars can unlock the cars with the app on their mobile phones. A new concept, an alternative to Uber - Getaround Blog is hosted with Ghost coding under the hood.
The interface is the default theme Casper tweaked to suit their requirements.
24. Qwant Search
Qwant is a search engine from France. Available in selected countries it has a blog. The Betterweb Blog is running on Ghost CMS code. The blog is maintained in 3 languages and is a classic example of Ghost's multi-language support out of the box.
Based in Canada, 7Shifts provides an all-in-one team management platform to restaurants. It helps restaurants manage their teams' schedules, timesheets, communication, tasks, tips and more—all in one place. The blog at 7Shifts is built on Ghost CMS.
Ghost is a great platform to build your blog or newsroom. Many more websites have been made in Ghost CMS. It can be used versatile. We have written about the system in detail before. We recommend you read our blog post on the CMS for publishers.
In case you would like to build and run your blog or publication on Ghost, we can help you. We can design and deploy your website. Connect with us and we shall be happy to help you.