Revue vs Ghost

Ghost is a powerful, independent alternative to Revue where you control your content & your design

Hey there! Thinking about moving over to Ghost? Or trying to decide which platform to use for the first time?

If you’re wondering what the differences are between Ghost and Revue for newsletter authors, we put together this no-nonsense overview.

GhostRevue
Pricing and transaction feesFrom $9/mo
Ghost takes 0% fees
Use your own payment gateway
5% of your revenue
For every $50k revenue
Revue takes $2,500 per year
Email Newsletters✅ Yes✅ Yes
Custom design✅ Yes, launch your own brand❌ No, Revue-branded template
Open source✅ Yes, you control the rules❌ No, Revue control everything
Native SEO✅ Yes❌ No
Open Subscription Platforms ✅ Yes, you own your data❌ No, you're locked in

Migrating from Revue to Ghost is easy

All subscribers, payments and newsletter issues can be seamlessly migrated from Revue to Ghost without any disruption to your readers. Get in touch with us at concierge@ghost.org to get started!

Building a membership business with Ghost

On Revue, you’re running your email newsletter business on their platform, along with everyone else. You can’t control any of the experience or design, or use a custom website.

If you’re just getting started with your newsletter, then Revue works perfectly fine. But if you’re building a serious membership business and want to establish a brand, then you’ll probably need more than Revue has to offer.

So much is possible with Ghost — you can build a completely custom publication with public & member-only content, or run free, paid or curated newsletters. Best of all, there’s no extra downloads and we don’t take any transaction fees — so all of your revenue is entirely yours to keep.

$
8
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For people who want the maximum available
  • check-circle-1Access all content
  • check-circle-1Weekly newsletter
  • check-circle-1Members-only comments
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20% Annual Discount
$
59
/ year
premium
For people who want the maximum available
  • check-circle-1Access all content
  • check-circle-1Weekly newsletter
  • check-circle-1Members-only comments
  • check-circle-1Support indie publishing
  • check-circle-1Advertising-free!
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Forecast

How much could you earn?

Whether you prefer a large audience at a low price point or a small dedicated following at a premium fee, you control the economics.

See how much you could earn with a subscription commerce publication:

members
$ / month
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your annual recurring revenue

How does this work?

Unlike other membership systems which typically take 10-30% of your revenue, Ghost takes no fee at all and instead connects directly to your own Stripe account, so you receive the money - not us. You own the software and you own the billing account, so there's no middleman between you and your customers. Stripe takes a ~2.9% processing fee, and all other revenue is yours to keep.

Building a subscription business is challenging in lots of ways. Our focus is on making the billing side as easy as possible - so you can keep your focus on your customers.

What else does Ghost do better?

When it comes to the user experience, Ghost is a simple and beautiful platform for writers, like you. It’s explicitly focused on doing one thing really well: Publishing. This means you’ll be able to focus your time on the most important things, creating unique content and building a direct relationship with your audience to generate sustainable recurring revenue.

Ghost

Creating content in Ghost is familiar and clutter free, and it supports dynamic 'Cards' to allow you to drop in images, embeds (like video or audio), galleries, bookmark cards and more.

Creators switch to Ghost because it provides a better writing experience, and stick around because they gain more control over their brand.

Sign up UI

The native members features within Ghost allow you to transform anonymous views into registered members, and it's possible to have both free and paid-only member tiers.

Everything you need to get started is built-in: member management, native payments with recurring subscriptions and email newsletters. All without any additional fees!

Uri Bram

"Have been building paid membership newsletters with Ghost for two months now and ridiculously happy with the experience. It's the combination of amazing design with endless customisability if you want to have your own style. The writing interface is just SO nice — it feels like stepping inside a high-end minimalist house, you just want to live up to the beauty of it."

Uri Bram, The Browser
Switched from Substack to Ghost

Fully customisable

While Revue is a closed platform that you have little control over, Ghost is open source and extremely flexible.

On Revue, you’re locked into a choice of two templates with some basic settings and no ability to create your own landing pages to promote your growing newsletter business. Your content looks the same as everyone else’s.

With Ghost: you choose your domain, design, and add youro wn branding. Each Ghost site is unique, and reflects the personality of it’s creator. Some examples:

The Browser theme
Tobias Van Schneider theme
Ali Abdaal theme
Birch Please theme

Growing an audience

The most important aspect of any publication is understanding and growing a core readership base. Getting traffic to an independent website can be challenging, of course. But the rewards are that you physically own the content and you’re benefitting your own brand and business.

Email newsletters are one of the most popular ways to build a trusted relationship with an audience. Ghost does everything you can do with Revue, allowing you to run a premium newsletter and send new posts directly to segments of your subscribers in a couple of clicks.

Ghost SEO and Social

Ghost has SEO & social built-in

What’s the point in publishing if nobody reads your content?

Ghost has the best support for search engine optimisation and social sharing features of any blogging platform in the world. You don’t need any extra plugins or extensions, and you don’t need to write any extra code. It just works.

Ghost SEO and Social

There are built-in XML sitemaps, Google AMP pages, canonical tags, optimised URLs, microformats, Facebook Open Graph tags, support for Twitter cards and clean semantic markup. All of this is done for you automatically, with no plugins needed.

Alex Older

"I launched my membership site in under 3 hours without having to find a plugin or deal with a platform that would have been overkill for what I needed. I was amazed that within hours of launching the site I was already getting members signing up!"

Alex Older, Shutter Club

Doing more than the basics

All new Ghost sites are installed with a beautiful default theme that you can get started with right away, but it’s worth having a look at the marketplace of free and premium themes, and our extensive directory of integrations. There’s so much that’s possible.

Ghost integrations

If you’re already using Revue and thinking about switching to Ghost, check out how you can migrate your existing audience and content.

TL;DR: Cut to the chase

Ghost is better for serious publishers and membership businesses who need a custom website. Revue is better for people who are just starting a simple newsletter.

One last thing you should know

Ghost is an independent non-profit organisation. We build publishing tools for modern journalism & publishing because we believe freedom of speech is important. Our software is released under a free open source license, our business model is completely transparent, and our legal structure means that 100% of the money we make is reinvested into making Ghost better.

We’re building a socially responsible, sustainable business which empowers people to share important stories and ideas. We’re in this for the long haul.

Jeff Atwood

"I've been a blog minimalist from the start, and finding a truly open source platform which reflects that minimalism and focus is incredibly refreshing."

Jeff Atwood, Coding Horror
Switched from TypePad to Ghost

You’re now armed with knowledge! Hopefully this guide was useful to give you a general overview of Revue compared to Ghost.

We can help you migrate to Ghost from Revue, for free! Save time and let the Ghost team do all the work on your behalf; no coding, no configuration, no worries. This migration is included when you make an annual payment on the Ghost(Pro) Creator, Team, or Business plans — get started by contacting concierge@ghost.org.

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