In this post I want to show with which services and tools it is possible to run a completely free website. An own website not only offers the possibility to create your own professional web presence, it can also make you independent from silos like Facebook, Twitter or Medium. It is always better to publish content on your own page with your own domain. If a service changes the terms of use or ceases operation, it is so much easier to move to another service.

Similar to Ghost 3.0, WordPress ( + Jetpack sites) now supports payments too. As with Ghost, this is also based on Stripe, but with a few more options (because WordPress in general has more options).

I think interesting times are coming, given the huge market share and user base of WordPress. Will 30% of the web hide behind a paywall? Or is this finally the solution to replace advertising with donation options? Let’s see!

I’m making heavy use of my new publish method today, but there’s a lot of interesting stuff today…

Today Ghost is releasing version 3.0 of their CMS featuring support for paid memberships and a better integration with the JAMstack (static sites built using a headless CMS).

I once used Ghost for my blogs, but I realized that having a static site built with Hugo is giving me more control and is reducing the need for resources and maintenance as well as increasing simplicity. I’m still very happy with this setup, I don’t plan to switch back or anything like this.

But what I appreciate about Ghost’s new release is, that they are trying to give publishers new options to setup their sites to earn money without ads. We seriously need a new monetization model for the web. This new feature might be also interesting for writers who are looking for alternatives to Medium and the Medium membership program.

Let’s see how things develop…

Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.