Ghost 3.0 features over 15,000 commits, has raised $5 million while staying independent

Written 7 months ago by IanDorfman

Online blog writing and publishing platform Ghost has announced that version 3.0 is now available and features over 15,000 commits across 300 releases. Also, the platform has made $5 million USD in revenue while still remaining an independent non-profit that releases open-source software.

In an official blog post announcing and detailing the release, Small Ghost iconGhost Founder and CEO John O'Nolan provided a quick summary of the history of Ghost starting from its idea planning stages 6 years ago leading up to today's 3.0 release.

Ghost 3.0 includes two major implementations: built-in support for premium and subscription-based publishing for companies and other groups to sustain themselves financially via their user bases, and a completely new approach to the platform's technical architecture, moving away from dynamic apps that rely on caching to static sites with dynamic features.

The first of these two changes simplifies monetization for content publishers by ensuring that they don't have to utilize a third party crowdfunding service like Small Patreon iconPatreon to financially sustain themselves. According to O'Nolan, Ghost is "the first totally independent product out there" that integrates this support while primarily serving as a writing and publishing platform.

The second change transforms Ghost into a headless content management system, meaning that content creators can add powerful application programming interfaces for content, site administration, and other custom integrations to meet their unique needs.

In addition to these two major implementations, smaller quality of life changes have also been made available, such as support for GitHub Actions enabling continuous custom theme update syncing and an overhauled Small WordPress iconWordPress migration plugin.

Full details on what Ghost 3.0 includes can be found on a dedicated page on Ghost's official site. Anyone that subscribes to Ghost via their Pro service has already been upgraded. For users that self-host and have followed Ghost's official setup guide, the development team has set up a webpage to explain how to update your installation.

Further coverage:
The Ghost Blog