requires a server, from
per month, billed annually
per month, billed annually
per month, billed annually
For developers with spare time to maintain their own environment
For professional bloggers who are just getting started
Everything you need to manage a growing publication
For serious publishers who need more power and guaranteed uptime
|All product features||Identical||Identical||Identical||Identical|
|Custom domain support||Included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|Own your data||Included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|Managed install & setup||Not included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|Automatic weekly updates||Not included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|Server maintenance & backups||Not included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|Threat & uptime management||Not included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|SSL||Manual||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic + Custom Cert|
|Worldwide CDN||Not included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|Enterprise-grade security||Not included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|Managed subdirectory install||Not included when self-hosting||Not included in basic plan||Not included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
|Product||Community Forum||Email Support||Priority Support||24/7 Priority Support|
|Migration help||Not included when self-hosting||From self-hosted Ghost||From self-hosted Ghost||From other platforms|
|Uptime SLA||Not included when self-hosting||Not included in basic plan||Not included in standard plan||99.9% uptime SLA|
|Contribution to funding non-profit open source software||Not included when self-hosting||Included in basic plan||Included in standard plan||Included in business plan|
For developers who need to run code on-premise: the open source codebase can be easily self-hosted, but requires a far greater ongoing investment of time and energy to stay up to date.Read the developer docs
Average usage based billing for all plans
Our plans are limited by how many readers you have, and how often they visit your publication. We only enforce these limits on a 3 month rolling average, so we'll never make you upgrade plans if you happen to have one big traffic spike or particularly successful month.
No surprise suspensions for exceeding limits
We never suspend sites for exceeding plan limits. If you publish something really successful and suddenly get a big traffic spike, that's exactly when you need your site to stay online. We simply email you to let you know when it's time to upgrade.
20% discount when paying annually Popular
We're very happy to offer a significant discount to all customers who pay for their Ghost(Pro) subscriptions annually. Less charges to worry about for you, and less payment processing fees for us. Everybody wins!
You can test out a free 14 day trial of Ghost(Pro) any time, which is probably the best way to get familiar with the product. If you're looking for some specific help, we've got an entire support site full of Ghost guides and helpful articles. We validate credit cards up front to prevent spammers from abusing our services, but we do not charge cards automatically at the end of the trial.
Views refer to the number of requests to your site each month. These are tracked much like an analytics 'pageview' - and are incremented with each page or API request. We never disable sites for traffic spikes, so no need to worry about the front page of Reddit or HN. If you exceed your limit consistently on a 3 month rolling average, we'll just let you know that you need to upgrade.
Staff users refers to the total number of team members invited to Ghost Admin whom you collaborate with. For the purposes of billing, we only count users who have logged in at least once in the last 30 days.
We've raised prices a number of times as Ghost and Ghost(Pro) have matured over the years, however we always grandfather customers on pricing - so if you become a customer today you will lock in that price for life and be immune to future changes. This is our way of thanking early adopters who have maintained an active subscription.
Unfortunately we are not able to restore accounts which have expired for more than 30 days. We automatically purge and delete inactive-user data from our systems as much as possible in accordance with the GDPR. So if you had an old account with us once, in most cases you'll need to sign up for a new one and start over.
Yes, absolutely. You own your data and you can move between different hosts whenever you like. If you get tired of maintaining your own infrastructure and buy an annual Ghost(Pro) plan, we'll even help you with the transition!
We accept all major credit and debit cards such as Visa, Mastercard or American Express. For annual pre-paid accounts on Business or Enterprise plans we also accept bank transfers or Bitcoin, where desired. We do not, under any circumstances, accept Paypal.
We offer a 20% discount on all plans which are pre-paid annually. We're a non-profit ourselves, so unfortunately we aren't able to discount our services beyond that. The good news is that we do release all of our code as free and open source, however, so you can always self-host it on your own server!
Ghost(Pro) is the sole source of funding for the open source project, which is how we are able to continue to develop and improve it.
To cancel your account, log into Ghost.org and change your plan from active to "Cancel" — that's all there is to it! To delete your account or if you need any other help just email us on [email protected].
We do not offer refunds.
We, like you, expect our data to be secure and confidential at all times, and we go to great lengths to ensure that this is always the case. We conduct regular security reviews of our product and infrastructure, and as an open source codebase - of course - we have very public scrutiny of all our practices.
All Ghost(Pro) servers are located in Digital Ocean's AMS data centres in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - and we have a publicly available GDPR Data Processing Agreement.
The site is staffed 24/7/365 with onsite security and to protect against unauthorized entry. Each site has security cameras that monitor both the facility premises as well as each area of the datacenter internally. There are biometric readers for access as well as at least two factor authentication to gain access to the building. Each facility is unmarked so as not to draw any additional attention from the outside and adheres to strict local government standards.
If you believe that you have a found a vulnerability in any of our services, please reach out to us directly on [email protected].