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Ghost vs Hexo: What are the differences?

Developers describe Ghost as "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. On the other hand, Hexo is detailed as "A fast, simple & powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js". Hexo is a fast, simple and powerful blog framework. It parses your posts with Markdown or other render engine and generates static files with the beautiful theme. All of these just take seconds.

Ghost can be classified as a tool in the "Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS" category, while Hexo is grouped under "Static Site Generators".

"Beautiful" is the primary reason why developers consider Ghost over the competitors, whereas "Ease of deployment" was stated as the key factor in picking Hexo.

Ghost and Hexo are both open source tools. Ghost with 30.3K GitHub stars and 6.55K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Hexo with 27.1K GitHub stars and 3.6K GitHub forks.

Accenture, Pubu, and Ghost are some of the popular companies that use Ghost, whereas Hexo is used by Hazeorid, Erudika, and Flex.io. Ghost has a broader approval, being mentioned in 60 company stacks & 39 developers stacks; compared to Hexo, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

Decisions about Ghost and Hexo
Xander Groesbeek
Founder at Rate My Meeting · | 5 upvotes · 131.2K views

So many choices for CMSs these days. So then what do you choose if speed, security and customization are key? Headless for one. Consuming your own APIs for content is absolute key. It makes designing pages in the front-end a breeze. Leaving Ghost and Cockpit. If I then looked at the footprint and impact on server load, Cockpit definitely wins that battle.

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Pros of Ghost
Pros of Hexo
  • 43
    Beautiful
  • 33
    Fast
  • 28
    Quick/simple post styling
  • 18
    Non-profit
  • 18
    Live Post Preview
  • 17
    Open source
  • 15
    Seamless writing
  • 5
    Node.js
  • 4
    Javascript
  • 4
    Fast and Performatic
  • 3
    Simplest
  • 2
    Handlebars
  • 2
    Wonderful UI
  • 2
    Full Control
  • 1
    Clean
  • 1
    Magic
  • 17
    Ease of deployment
  • 13
    Uses NodeJS and npm
  • 12
    Easy GitHub Pages publishing
  • 10
    Powerful templating
  • 7
    Useful tools and plugins
  • 4
    Easy intergrating with js
  • 3
    Open source
  • 2
    Blazing Fast

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    What is Ghost?

    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.

    What is Hexo?

    Hexo is a fast, simple and powerful blog framework. It parses your posts with Markdown or other render engine and generates static files with the beautiful theme. All of these just take seconds.

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