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I've been on the hunt for a free, simple blogging platform. WordPress is great but it's too bloated for a blog. I would have loved running Medium except if they gave me control of the source files. The closest alternative then was Ghost.org I just tried it out and even 3 years since launch, there are glaring pitfalls. No in-built comments system What the f***? The most popular option is Disqus, but no, I don't want to use something as open as Disqus. No plugins For an extremely bare-bones and lightweight blogging platform, extensibility has to be top of the list. Analytics Nada. Again, in 2016, even the most basic blogs need analytics to grow. How is this not a thing yet? Google Analytics is an option but who wants to go full-blown on this? A simple blogging platform should come with a simple and easy to use analytics. An alternative editor should be added Markdown doesn't support underline. Image addition is simple using MD, but you have to host it elsewhere. No drag-and-drop. No media library. Thumbs down. It gets awkward writing in a split screen. A WYSIWYG editor with a single screen can work wonders. Especially one built just for Ghost. Inhouse. Infinite scroll How can a blogging platform in 2016 lack this? It's amazing for reader-experience. Of the drawback I mentioned, analytics and extensibility are in the works, but we don't know when they'll be available to us. Huge disappointment, would still love to use Ghost a year down the line when it's more polished. It has some great features like site-wide password protection, team management, and some great free minimal/clean themes. It's very fast, free to modify and use (ofcourse with credit), and can work on a $5/month DigitalOcean VPS.