Hello. I have really appreciated this website when trying to set up a personal blog, in order to choose ethical alternatives to many default solutions. Here’s a few things I have found:
- Platform: I really like the Ghost platform, although it has some aspects better suited to IT-literate people (like customising the theme). I like that it’s a non-profit company running it, an ethos we should see more often. While Wordpress is still open-source, the company behind it (Automattic) behaves in non-ethical ways, trying to suppress competition.
- Hosting: I had to choose between managed hosting (a company does the hosting for me), which means I couldn’t choose an ethical data center, or self-hosting, which is cheaper and which means I could in theory choose a service with 100% renewable power, for instance. In practice it’s not that simple as Ghost needs a virtual server (VPS) and there are limited options, so the bets I could was choosing one of the datacenters from DigitalOcean that runs on 100% renewable
- Analytics: This costs more than I expected, so one very good solution (besides complicated self-hosting) is GoatCounter, which is free for personal use, with a suggested monthly contribution. Very good at respecting privacy too.
Contributing here in case it can help others!