Ghost makes it possible to launch a membership business, develop a direct relationship with your fans and generate revenue from your creative work.

Make a sustainable income as an independent publisher with memberships and subscriptions and launch your own custom site to host members only content, premium newsletters, podcasts and much more.

Whether you want to create premium content, or free content that readers need to login to access, or a combination of the two, Ghost transforms anonymous visitors into registered members.

What can Ghost Members be used for?

The members features in Ghost are suitable for publishers and creatives of all types, who need a reliable platform to share content and generate income from a membership business. For example:

  • Premium publications - create unique content that your fans can't find anywhere else and offer premium memberships with recurring subscriptions.
  • Paid newsletters - Send your email newsletter content to a discerning group of paid subscribers using a few powerful automations.
  • New media - YouTube creators or Podcast producers can use Ghost to grow a list of paying members who subscribe to support their work.
  • Communities - Create comments sections and communities for logged in or paid-only members to foster engagement with your work.

These are just some examples of the types of membership publication you can create in a few clicks. Since Ghost was built for power, speed and flexibility, it's entirely possible to build a highly customised publication to suit your needs. We're excited to see what you create!

Ghost vs other platforms

Unlike closed platforms, Ghost is flexible, open source and stewarded by a non-profit organisation. This means you'll benefit from:

  • Imports - It's possible to import any existing list of subscribers with a CSV file. You can connect any mailing list, Patreon supporters or user database directly to your custom website.
  • No transaction fees - We're a verified Stripe partner which makes taking payments extremely secure and simple. Plus, we don't take any transaction fees. All the money you make is paid directly to you.
  • Integrations - Bring all your favourite tools with you and integrate them in a few minutes or less. Ghost gives you the opportunity to use your preferred tools to speed up publishing workflows.
  • Open source software - All our code is released under an open source license. You own your customers, content and code always and forever. Ghost is the platform you can depend on!

How does it work?

The concepts and components that enable you to turn any Ghost site into a members publication are surprisingly simple and efficient.

Now that you understand what Ghost members is and what it can be used for, we'll take a look at how it works, from registering and managing your members, to taking payments.