Also, check out WriteFreely for an open-sourced blogging platform that is federated with ActivityPub, that you can also deploy yourself. Write.as is the main instance.
But my advice is: don't getting in to the business of hosting other people's stuff. It's just not worth it these days, unless they're paying. But even then, it has potential to be a huge can of legal worms these days. So much so that it'll suck the life out of you and the project, along with whatever you make on 'upgrades'.
IMHO: Self-hosting (and installing your software) should be the way (back) to go.
Very nice UI though. :)
The fact that Medium exists (and Blogger, Tumblr, etc.) is a testament to the fact that most (99% of the users) don't want to or know how to self-host a blog.
They just need a place to write.
But look where that's got us ;)
The tools/software just need to be very simple and easy (/foolproof, if such an app exists).
Also: 'webrings' need to be a thing again ;)
What I also mean is that any complaints go to the host/owner of the self-hosted system.
Not to the people writing and supporting the software they run.
Many, if not most, are not actually self-hosted.
Over the weekend I was asked to set up a remote-hosted WordPress site for a friend, and all the major web-hosters out there claim to hosting 100s of thousands of WordPress blogs.
(I ended up choosing 1&1.co.uk as they are UK based and seemed to offer good options for a good price... however the setup was not as easy as it could have been.)
But to the main point: "self-hosted" means that you are responsible for the content - and any legal or social implications therein. Not the "social media blogging platform du jour". It's your blog. You are the 'editor'/'publisher'.
The host itself has certain protections against whatever you might want to host. But it's your responsibility to act upon complaints.
And in today's increasingly litigious society, that's going to be massive drain. Emotionally, as well as financially. And that will always destroy any productivity the product itself should be getting.
I just think that "building (and selling!) tools" for users, to do what they want with, in 'space' they 'can call their own' is a better proposition than "building networks and apps to make it easy to pour everyone's content into silos. And transfer some degree of copyright in order to do so. And have to answer to all the complaints of abuse etc. etc. "
'Free' users are the worst users in that respect. Because they have none.
In my experience, free users are the worst. Full stop.
No customization aside from fonts and some light markup makes it really clean.
2. I'd rather support independent creators than MSFT
3. It's faster cheaper than if I hosted it myself
4. Github isn't designed for reading
the new versions I believe are configured safer now afaik.
It's a really good plaform for hosting a blog for free with the 'publish on git push' workflow mentioned above.
* Support open-source developers
* It is simply more convenient than creating MD files, editing, and then committing them
I set up a Jekyll blog using Gitlab + Netlify CMS, and while that's OK, it still isn't as simple as I wish it were.
Tried on my 25inch screen , I thought the call to action was broken it just that the slider was already open it seems like.
Love the idea and the concept, a bit more detail in UI would be nice. Just having an app that render fast unlike Medium is already a huge plus in my opinion.
That methodology suited me best, because it allowed me to post to my (then) blog regularly just be sending an email to a certain address (and from a certain address). I could be in the field on my iPhone or something and take a couple of pictures and write up a quick post and send it to go live in seconds.
> Does it support tags?
> Does it support MarkDown?
> Does it support ATOM/RSS?
> Does it let people comment and discuss the posts easily?
> Does it let you embed media (pictures, YouTube videos, SoudCloud tracks, formulae and diagrams etc)?
> Can I take a look at an example blog on this platform?
yes - stand by
password is poop
That's still good to know for the future though, thanks.