I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on the best way to host a blog? I’ve used WP in the past and that would probably do the job fine but it’d be more interested to try something else. I don’t have a lot of criteria:
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Check out Hugo. It’s designed to generate blog-style sites in pure HTML using Markdown for the content. You can use Nginx & Let’s Encrypt to run a secure web server hosting those HTML documents. Best of all, there are existing tutorials for each of these tools.
In this case, I recommend sticking with WP ecosystem due to vast variety of ready-made themes available. Some of the themes are free too.
Anyway, since the original question is about an alternative, I recommend Ghost.
Medium is famous among the techies too.
Probably, you have heard about both already!
If your a developer I would go with October CMS. It’s much easier to customize compared to WP and has a wonderful blog feature where you can write in markdown.
I used WP for years and still have some sites running on it but I’m slowly migrating them to October.