Contentful vs Ghost: What are the differences?
What is Contentful? Manage content once, publish it anywhere. Contentful is a flexible and future-friendly content platform that helps editors to manage and developers to serve content into mobile or web applications. Using Contentful, editors collaborate on content interactively in an easy-to-use editing interface, while developers use the content with the programming language and templating frameworks of their choice.
What is Ghost? Just a blogging platform. Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do.
Contentful and Ghost are primarily classified as "Cloud Content Management System" and "Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS" tools respectively.
"API-based cms" is the primary reason why developers consider Contentful over the competitors, whereas "Beautiful" was stated as the key factor in picking Ghost.
Ghost is an open source tool with 30.3K GitHub stars and 6.55K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Ghost's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Ghost has a broader approval, being mentioned in 60 company stacks & 39 developers stacks; compared to Contentful, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.
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After deciding to integrate an offline experience to our mobile shopping app Cash to Code I started looking at syncing solutions for mobile. Shouldn't be too hard to find something, many apps have to have this problem - or so I thought. Well, not that easy as it turned out. What was out there at that time was unfinished, limited or just broken. By accident I found Contentful and their API focused CMS.
Now some months later we are live in the app stores and I couldn't be happier how it all turned out. Yes, back then we couldn't just drop in a SDK an get all the sync functionality out of the box (I hear this is different now), but we just wrote it ourselves based on the great API documentation and the sync endpoint. We use the API to create our content on Contentful directly from our backend system, then it just gets synced to all the clients out there.
The Ghost CMS is built on Node.js and provides the means to post new content (articles) to the site. As I have little time to actually spend on broadcasting my thoughts to the blogosphere, this doesn't see much use.
Contentuful acts as a simple CMS for the end-user. A web hook is configured in a way that every time end-client updates any content on the platform - a new build is triggered.
Ghost powers our blog (surprisingly)
Blog platform for my main website, https://www.tiferrei.com