The other day I looked at Ghost blogging platform, specifically I looked at their email newsletter functionality.
I have to say that it intrigued me as a publishing system: starting with the fact that one of the founders comes from WordPress, and positions Ghost as a WordPress alternative. — I had my fair share of WordPress “experience,” and I just can’t help myself say that I share their sentiment in wanting to do that. 🙃
I also admire that they declare themselves as “an all-in-one platform for creators to run their own website, collect user signups, publish private content,” and I give them a 👍 for that.
One other thing that intrigued me about their newsletter functionality specifically: it looks quite sophisticated and well documented both in context of their user interface, and its more technical aspects.
One thing that seemed a bit controversial to me—and seems to some other users on their forum—is this:
Bulk email delivery for newsletters is a new feature which requires a bulk mail API. Currently the only bulk mail API we support is Mailgun. source
…and, I think I understand how this can be hard to swallow for their users. 🙂
Anyway, in case this turns people towards looking in other places for content distribution solutions, I’m here to say that FeedSubscription is an alternative.
If you have a FeedSubscription account, embedding our subscription form into a Ghost website I imagine should be possible with their HTML cards: just copy and paste your feed’s code snippet.
I hope this is useful, and please reach out at vlad@FeedSubscription.com if there is any issue or question.